Brandi Powell

Brandi Powell


"I'm fortunate to be living in my remarkable hometown - the Twin Cities - full of people and places I love. I'm also lucky to be part of the KSTP 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS team, where I have the opportunity to cover the vibrant lives and important issues of people across Minnesota."

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Previous Experience
Brandi Powell is a Weekend Anchor/Reporter with KSTP-TV (ABC affiliate) in Minneapolis/St. Paul. She has been part of the news team since January 2014. Brandi anchors newscasts on Sunday nights from 5:30-6pm and 10-11pm on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. She also anchors Sunday night newscasts from 9-9:30pm on 45-TV. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Brandi anchors newscasts from 6-7am and 8-9am on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. During the week, she reports news stories in the field.

Brandi worked as a Reporter/Multi-Media Journalist at KNSD-TV (NBC 7 San Diego) from 2011-2013. She covered breaking news, crime and politics. While at NBC 7, she also served as a regular on-air contributor for "Politically Speaking", the station's weekly political show.  

She worked as a Reporter/Video Journalist/Bell County Bureau Chief, from 2008-2009, at News 8 Austin (now named Time Warner News – Spectrum). She covered Fort Hood and its surrounding communities.  

Her first on-air position was as the Political Reporter at KFYR-TV (NBC Affiliate) in Bismarck, North Dakota. From 2006-2008, she covered statewide elections and legislative sessions.

Brandi began her career, behind-the-scenes, as a Production Assistant at MSNBC, from 2005-2006.  She was an Intern with The Washington Center, for the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. She was also an Intern with Dateline NBC in 2004. 

In 2011, Brandi earned her Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from George Washington University. Her concentration was International Development. From 2009-2011, Brandi was a full-time graduate school student in Washington, DC.
In 2004, Brandi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her minor at UNLV was Spanish. She was in the Honors College. Brandi also studied abroad in Barcelona and Salamanca, Spain.
Professional Organizations & Awards
Brandi is a member of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Twin Cities Black Journalists (TCBJ). Brandi has won multiple team Emmy awards and earned individual Emmy nominations. She has also won two North Dakota Associated Press awards.

Personal Interests
Brandi enjoys traveling near and far, as she loves experiencing different cultures. She has fun painting, watching movies, hiking and going to live jazz & theater performances. She's conversational in Spanish, and still keeps in touch with her friends in Spain who she met while studying abroad in college. Brandi emcees events for community non-profits and organizations, and moderates panel discussions in the Twin Cities area. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband.

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