Brian Haas is an award-winning journalist at The Tennessean and an aspiring screenwriter.
After graduating at the University of Michigan’s Dearborn campus in 2001, he went on to begin his journalism career at the Star Democrat newspaper in Easton, Md. Like many reporters at small papers, he covered a little bit of everything: police, government, education and — his favorite beat at the paper — the Talbot County Liquor Board.
In 2002, he moved to the Tampa Bay to cover communities and growth and development issues at the Bradenton Herald. A year of stirring up trouble in eastern Manatee County led to him being made lead crime reporter for the county. In this position, he was able to cover several national stories including the devastating 2004 hurricane season and the tragic abduction and murder of Carlie Brucia. His work there earned him the Florida Press Club’s 2004 award for “Excellence in Crime Writing.”
In 2005, he signed on as lead crime reporter for the Sun Sentinel‘s main Broward County office. There he led coverage on hundreds of murders and dozens of high-profile issues such as the brutal beatings of three homeless men in Fort Lauderdale, one of them fatal; he was a one-man correspondent in Key West during Hurricane Wilma’s destructive push over the island; he created a comprehensive database of homicides which he helped develop and continues to maintain online; and led most of our coverage of the 2007 death of Anna Nicole Smith, even appearing on MSNBC to talk about the case.
That same year, he signed on to do freelance children’s stories and marketing/social media consulting for the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Quantum Learning Technologies.
In 2010, he moved to The Tennessean in Nashville, Tenn., to become the paper’s full-time crime writer. There, he uncovered the mishandling of thousands of domestic violence cases and was part of the Pulitzer Prize finalist team that documented the May 2010 floods.
Brian Haas lives near Nashville, Tenn.