“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.”
Brandi Powell is a weekday Morning News Anchor and has been part of the 5 Eyewitness News team since January 2014.
In 2020, Brandi launched and reported an in-depth series called Conversations About Racism and the Road to Equality. The 3-part series included Understanding Racism, The Talk and Youth Activists & Education. Her team won a Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One Award for Special Project/In-depth Series in 2021.
At KSTP-TV Brandi is also a daily contributor on Minnesota Live. She’s filled-in as host on At Issue and as co-host on Twin Cities Live and Minnesota Live. Brandi was selected to be in the Prince and Mary Tyler Moore REELZ specials, giving on-air perspectives as a journalist and Minnesotan.
From 2011-2013, Brandi worked as a Reporter/Multi-Media Journalist at KNSD-TV (NBC 7) in San Diego. She covered breaking news, crime and politics. She also served as a regular on-air contributor for Politically Speaking, the station’s weekly political show.
Brandi worked as a Reporter/Video Journalist/Bell County Bureau Chief, from 2008-2009, at News 8 Austin (now Spectrum News -Time Warner Cable). She covered Fort Hood and its surrounding communities.
Her first on-air TV 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 was on assignment in Guatemala for nearly two weeks, covering elections, agriculture and education as she followed a group of North Dakota teachers doing an intercultural exchange.
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 in Washington, DC. From 2009-2011, Brandi was a full-time graduate school student.
In 2004, Brandi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She minored in Spanish. She was in the UNLV Honors College. Brandi also studied abroad for a semester in Salamanca, Spain and a summer in Barcelona, Spain. Her first broadcasting experience was announcing the community calendars for a local jazz radio station.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & VOLUNTEERING
Brandi is a member of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Twin Cities Black Journalists (TCBJ). She hosts and emcees events for a variety of community organizations including Urban Ventures, Urban League Twin Cities and Depart Smart. She also moderates panel discussions. In 2019, Brandi volunteered weekly at Urban Ventures with its dynamic youth programs.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Brandi has won multiple team Emmy awards and earned individual Emmy nominations, most recently an Upper Midwest Emmy nomination for Anchoring in 2020. She won a Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One Award for Special Project/In-depth Series in 2021. Brandi has also won two North Dakota Associated Press awards. In 2014, Brandi was selected to do a Voice-Over for part of a Shark Week episode. In 2017, Brandi was selected as the Keynote Speaker for the Patricia Adams Lecture Series (PALS) at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, OH.
Brandi was born in Minnesota. She enjoys traveling near and far with loved ones, as she likes to experience different cultures. She’s conversational in Spanish. Brandi has fun painting & doing all kinds of art work, watching movies, going to live jazz & theater performances, eating delicious food, hiking and spending time in her yard with her family. Brandi lives in Minneapolis. She says she hit the jackpot with her husband and their toddler daughter.