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

Suspicious vehicle
A new analysis confirms that people of color are stopped for low-level offenses at much higher rates. (05/28/2015)
USI Wireless already has a wireless network and fiber optic lines in Minneapolis. (05/20/2015)
Michael Griffin at his police academy graduation
A day after he was indicted, Minneapolis Officer Michael Griffin on Thursday pleaded not guilty to multiple federal criminal charges, including use of excessive force and perjury. (05/20/2015)
By a 12-1 vote, Minneapolis City Council members gave CenturyLink the go-ahead to challenge Comcast for cable television customers. (05/15/2015)
Minneapolis officials are promising a thorough investigation after protesters say police on Wednesday night sprayed a chemical irritant on a group of demonstrators, including a 10-year-old. (05/14/2015)
Carver County prosecutors say Reinol Godines Vergara, of Richfield, and Edson Celin-Dominguez Benitez, of St. Paul, tied up and beat Earl Olander to death in San Francisco Township. (05/13/2015)
The city's police union contends the ordinances are legitimate law enforcement tools that can help thwart more serious crime. But critics say they're used to target people of color. (05/06/2015)
Prosecutors said Michael Garant illegally bought guns for Ray Kmetz, who shot at police outside a New Hope City Council meeting in January. Officers returned fire, killing Kmetz. (05/01/2015)
Undaunted by criticism, Nekima Levy-Pounds, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas and a leading voice for civil rights, is running for president of the Minneapolis NAACP. (05/01/2015)
Members of the City Council's Ways and Means Committee on Monday recommended allowing CenturyLink to compete with Comcast for customers. (04/28/2015)
Pastor Harding Smith announced Friday that Collins' mother should be on her way to the United States from Liberia. (04/24/2015)
Most of the money will go to the plaintiff's attorneys. (04/22/2015)
Police Chief Janee Harteau told City Council members that five officers and a supervisor will seek information on gang activity that can be used to prevent violence. (04/22/2015)
Ramsey County gang prosecutions are up but the shifting nature of gangs makes it more challenging for police and for neighborhood groups trying to keep kids out of gang life. (04/22/2015)
A recent report showed that officers rarely provide details of so-called "suspicious person" stops. (04/15/2015)