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News stories are more than reports of the day's events. They are about the impact of events on people's lives. They impact other lives and can even influence current events. KIRO Radio's On Assignment is an ongoing series of reports which start with your tips, challenges, and questions and become in-depth investigative pieces through our reporters' resources, expertise, and initiative.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

  • New Seattle police unit tasked with tackling tough issues downtown
    The Seattle Police Department's newest unit, called the "Neighborhood Response Team," has been working to clean up some of the worst problem areas downtown. The group of six officers and a sergeant are tasked with tackling the chronic street disorder that plagues areas like Westlake Park and Pike Place Market. KIRO Radio's Brandi Kruse tagged along with the unit and says, above all, the officers are dedicated to finding help for those who call the streets home.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

  • Cargo ships linger in Puget Sound as port slowdowns continue
    As slowdowns continue at ports across the West Coast, massive cargo ships are forced to sit at anchor for days or weeks at a time. KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse boarded the Hyundai Global as it sat for 17 days in the waters near Seattle. She takes us, “On Assignment.”

Monday, December 15, 2014

  • 'We’re always happy to put someone in handcuffs for their cause'
    Many protesters arrested during demonstrations in Seattle will never be charged with a crime, based on guidelines set forth by the City Attorney’s Office. It means peaceful protesters arrested in recent years have been given a free pass from prosecution. KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse takes us, “On Assignment.”

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

  • 'Every container has a story'
    Washington-grown Christmas trees bound for Hong Kong are stuck at the Port of Tacoma, where union workers are accused of deliberately slowing down commerce. John and Carol Tillman, who have been Christmas tree farmers all their lives, say the shipment accounts for 20 percent of their income for the entire year. Brandi Kruse reports from Mossyrock, Washington, for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • King Co. Sheriff John Urquhart on controversial use-of-force tactic
    Following public backlash, King County Sheriff John Urquhart announced he would no longer train his deputies in a controversial use-of-force tactic known as the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint (LVNR). Sheriff Urquhart tells KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse he thinks the tool is valuable, but that he can’t convince the public it is worthwhile.
  • King County deputies defend controversial use-of-force tactic
    King County deputies say the sheriff's "knee-jerk" decision to stop training in a controversial use-of-force tactic puts lives at risk. Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."
  • King Co. deputy accuses sheriff of caving to 'political pressure'
    As part of an “On Assignment” investigation into a controversial use-of-force tactic called a Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint (LVNR), KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse spoke to a King County sheriff’s deputy who accused his boss, Sheriff John Urquhart, of caving to political pressure when he decided not to train deputies in the technique. Note: The deputy’s voice has been disguised.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

  • Few in number, Washington Hells Angels just 'trying to survive'
    Members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club rallied at a Seattle bar late into the night Tuesday, a gathering that was closely monitored by Seattle police detectives who are working to determine the organization's current membership. As Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment," the outlaw motorcycle club is just a shadow of it's former self.
  • Gang detective on why the Hells Angels are a threat
    A Seattle police gang detective was reduced to tears during an interview with KIRO Radio "On Assignment." The detective, who has tracked outlaw biker gangs for years, told reporter Brandi Kruse about a heinous crime committed by an associate of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 1977.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

  • Few in number, Washington Hells Angels 'trying to survive'
    Members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club will meet at a Seattle bar Tuesday, a gathering that could help attract new recruits at a time when the notorious biker gang desperately needs them. Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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