Brandt Williams

Brandt Williams

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
bwilliams@mpr.org

Brandt Williams is a reporter with MPR News' Metro Unit. At MPR, Brandt has extensively covered city government, public safety and courts; race and justice; and livability issues in the city of Minneapolis. Before coming to MPR in 2000, Brandt was the executive editor of Insight News, the state's largest African American-owned newspaper. He was with Insight for eight years. Brandt grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Speech Communications in 1991.

Brandt Williams Feature Archive

Police begin to clear the scene of a shooting.
An apparent killing at a Maple Grove rest area early Wednesday led to a police chase that ended with officers killing the suspect. (12/17/2014)
Suspect in child abduction case
Investigators continue to follow leads but haven't made any arrests and continue to ask for the public's help. (12/15/2014)
Minneapolis Police Academy's class of 2009
Citing studies that show female officers are better than males at defusing potentially violent confrontations, some advocates say police departments should hire more women. (12/14/2014)
Officials say the suspect is a white male in his mid-30s wearing a dark colored coat with a horizontal stripe across the chest. (12/09/2014)
Protesters walked from south Minneapolis, blocked part of Interstate 35W and rallied at Minneapolis City Hall protesting police brutality and racism around the country Thursday afternoon. (12/04/2014)
The march and blockade were tied largely to outrage over the refusal of grand juries in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, to indict police officers who killed black men during confrontations. (12/04/2014)
After the Minnesota Twins announced that the team signed Torii Hunter to a one-year contract, he and a reporter had a terse exchange over his views on gay marriage. (12/03/2014)
A University of Minnesota study found sidewalks that cut into the roots of Minneapolis boulevard trees made those trees twice as likely as others to topple. (12/02/2014)
According to a complaint, Daquein McNeil struck his girlfriend with a leather belt and tried to strangle her. U of M officials suspended him from the team. (11/26/2014)
Students and activists across the state Tuesday protested the Missouri grand jury's decision. Rallies were peaceful, although a woman was hit by a car during a late afternoon rally in Minneapolis. (11/25/2014)
Relations between Minneapolis police and African-Americans have long been rocky. Police-involved shootings have sparked community unrest. (11/24/2014)
A North Oaks woman permanently blinded by an airbag says she doesn't want others to suffer the same fate. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has taken an interest in her case. (11/24/2014)
Police say two men were wounded after an apparent drug deal turned into an armed robbery. Shots were fired inside a car while a 2-year-old boy sat in the backseat. (11/24/2014)
Law enforcement says it stopped a violent gang feud that's killed and injured more than a dozen people in the metro area over the last several years. (11/21/2014)
Minnesota's DWI courts reduce repeat crimes and save taxpayers around $700,000 a year, according to a study released Wednesday. (11/19/2014)