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

Officers searched with dog, SWAT team
The Minneapolis police officer shot and wounded over the weekend has been released from the hospital. Community leaders say the incident is helping bring police and neighbors closer. (02/23/2015)
A car plows through the protesters.
Hennepin County prosecutors declined to charge a man who drove into a teen during a November protest in Minneapolis. Police have sent their findings to the city attorney for possible action. (02/12/2015)
The lawsuit brought by a teenager alleges a police officer at Patrick Henry High School put the teen in a neck restraint until he lost consciousness. (02/06/2015)
A Minneapolis woman has been charged with 53 felony counts for filing false income tax statements on behalf of her clients and failing to file her own returns. (02/06/2015)
David Winters died of a self-inflicted gunshot and was dead when officers entered the Jordan, Minn., home where he was hiding, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said Wednesday. (02/04/2015)
A civil lawsuit claims 34-year-old Dawn Pfister was either sitting or lying down and posed no threat to officers when she was shot. (02/03/2015)
Raymond Kmetz wound his way through legal and mental health facilities for years. ​Here's a look at what happened and when. (01/29/2015)
Prosecutors say 22-year-old Peijan Hodges pleaded guilty to attacking two women just hours apart one afternoon last October in one of the large parking ramps near Target Center. (01/26/2015)
Minnesota law enforcement officers have shot and killed at least 60 people since 2008. The stories behind the numbers show the myriad ways these sometimes-volatile encounters can turn deadly. (01/26/2015)
The Hennepin County Attorney's office has charged a Farmington couple in a scheme involving more than $5,300 worth of American Girl dolls. (01/22/2015)
Police and community leaders hope small gatherings, like one Tuesday night at a north Minneapolis police station, will ease tensions between officers and people of color. (01/21/2015)
Despite positive crime data, Chief Janee Harteau spent more time Thursday answering questions about how to improve relations between police and people of color. (01/15/2015)
Hennepin County District Court Judge Lois Conroy ordered Colin Chisholm to serve 21 months for receiving $168,000 in welfare benefits he did not need. (01/05/2015)
Larry Havluck has brought his distinctive voice to the Minneapolis soundtrack for more than 30 years. (12/23/2014)
Protesters with their arms in the air, chanting, "Hands up! Don't shoot!" walked through the Mall of America Saturday afternoon, while others gathered in the building's rotunda amid stories-high silver Christmas trees, chanting "Black Lives Matter." (12/20/2014)