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

Al Flowers thanked a roomful of supporters.
Minneapolis activists say that the recent altercation between Al Flowers and Minneapolis police is part of a larger pattern. Police Chief Janee Hartea is asking for calm. (07/29/2014)
Minneapolis police officers
Brian Thole and Shawn Powell repeatedly used racial epithets and obscenities during a confrontation with a group of black men outside a Green Bay bar in the summer of 2013. (07/28/2014)
All Star Game signs in downtown Minneapolis
A document released by the city of Minneapolis shows the city provided free rent worth more than $250,000 for Major League Baseball's FanFest. (07/23/2014)
he game ends the nearly week long celebration of baseball. And officials with the city of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Twins say there will be lasting impact from the game for years to come. (07/16/2014)
Though the rules changed this year to showcase more players and speed up at-bats, the point of the derby remained the same: To win, a player had to hit the most home runs. (07/15/2014)
Overall shooting calls in the city have increased 23 percent so far this year over the same period last year and are up nearly 48 percent over the number reached by this time two years ago. (07/10/2014)
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman credited the determination of Minneapolis homicide investigators and improvements in DNA technology for helping to identify a suspect. (07/09/2014)
The killings were part of a violent weekend in the city, which also included a pair of stabbings. (07/08/2014)
The homicides are the 15th and 16th committed in the city so far this year. In north Minneapolis, reports of shootings are up nearly 50 percent over this same period last year. (07/05/2014)
Anyone who wants to be become a police officer in Minnesota will find it a good time to look for work. (07/01/2014)
City officials say more than 300 people voted at City Hall today. (06/27/2014)
World Cup watchers gathered in full force in downtown Minneapolis Thursday to watch the U.S. team advance to the next round of play, even as it lost to Germany 1-0. (06/26/2014)
A member of the Minnesota Air Reserve was shot in the thigh by one of his roommates in a Richfield apartment earlier this week, according to charges filed in Hennepin County District Court. (06/20/2014)
Immigrant rights advocates and civil libertarians hailed the decision as a way to help build trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement -- and save taxpayer dollars. (06/11/2014)
A Hennepin County jury convicted Zakaria Yusuf of St. Paul of attempted murder, first and second degree assault and illegal possession of a gun. The shooting, which police called gang related, was one of several violent confrontations between young Somali men in Minneapolis last year. (06/05/2014)