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

An activist group claims Minneapolis police officers needlessly pepper sprayed its members Wednesday night in north Minneapolis. Police say a hostile crowd formed around the officers. (07/30/2015)
Minneapolis police and county sheriff on patrol.
Some black residents of north Minneapolis appreciate the extra attention their area gets from police. Others deeply resent it. (07/30/2015)
Prayers for gun violence victims
Three men died and at least three others were wounded by gunfire in the city over the weekend. That makes 29 homicides in Minneapolis so far this year. Last year at this time, the total was 19. (07/28/2015)
The officer involved in the shooting is a seven-year veteran of the force. (07/23/2015)
In one incident, two people were shot in the 2300 block of Thomas Avenue North, one fatally. In another, a 68-year-old woman was found dead in her home of a suspected murder. (07/16/2015)
More than 300 people gathered in front of City Hall Wednesday to call for better conditions for workers. A Neighborhoods Organizing for Change report highlighted the tough working conditions many face. (07/15/2015)
David Lundquist and Steven Josephson say they were sexually abused by their scoutmasters while they were members of different St. Paul-based troops in the late 1960s and early '70s. (07/09/2015)
Judge Michael Davis rejected supervised release for Hamza Ahmed, Zacharia Abdurahman and Hanad Musse but didn't close the door completely. Musse's lawyer said his client is "not the enemy." (07/08/2015)
So far this year, 22 people have been killed in the city, compared to 15 during the same period last year. Most of this year's homicide victims were shot to death. (07/06/2015)
Police officials say even trained professionals sometimes struggle to tell the difference between the two kinds of explosions. (07/02/2015)
The Supreme Court's decision Friday allowing same-sex marriage nationwide likely won't change hearts and minds in Minnesota, which legalized gay marriage in 2013 after an intense political battle. (06/26/2015)
Ramsey County Board Chair Jim McDonough filed a lawsuit today in state court alleging he was sexually abused by a Boy Scout leader more than 40 years ago. (06/23/2015)
The United States Olympic Committee on Monday announced that Four Seasons Curling Club will be one of 18 official training sites across the nation. (06/22/2015)
Prosecutors allege Dontae Peterson shot at a passing SUV thinking a rival gang member was inside. The bullet instead wounded a Minneapolis mother and her 15-month-old baby. (06/22/2015)
The three-year program aims to use social psychology research to explore the underlying issues that could lead to police misconduct. (06/17/2015)