Brian D. Haas

Work Experience:

The Tennessean, 2010-present, Nashville, Tenn.

Crime Reporter, 2010-present, Nashville:

  • Cover crime and public safety issues in Nashville and surrounding areas, with a focus on enterprise and investigative stories

(South Florida) Sun Sentinel, 2005-2010, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

General Assignment Reporter/Watchdog, 2008-Present, Palm Beach County:

  • Wrote enterprise, investigative and computer-assisted reporting stories on crime, legal affairs and watchdog issues, breaking a national trend story about jurors being increasingly unable to serve because of our troubled economy
  • Spearheaded an investigation into voting irregularities and troubled voting machines during the 2008 primary and general elections
  • Provided text, audio, video and databases for our Web site and media partners

Lead Crime Writer, 2005-2008, Broward County:

  • Anchored major breaking news stories including the recent deaths of 21 polo horses, several police murders, the death of Anna Nicole Smith and the brutal beatings of several homeless men in Fort Lauderdale
  • Researched, created and analyzed a comprehensive homicide database that allowed us to document recent increases and an alarming surge in domestic-related homicides
  • Coordinated projects with a host of editors and reporters, including the execution of our award-winning series on crime and safety at local malls
  • Corresponded from Key West before, during and after Hurricane Wilma

Bradenton Herald, 2002-2005, Bradenton, Fla.

Crime Reporter, 2003-2005 Manatee County:

  • Created a comprehensive homicide database to track murders, clearance rates and victim demographics
  • Sole correspondent on the disastrous 2005 hurricane season, including exclusive dispatches from devastated DeSoto County that other media initially ignored; later reported on destruction in Charlotte and Sarasota Counties
  • Lead writer on the notorious Carlie Brucia murder case

Community News Reporter, 2002-2003, eastern Manatee County:

  • Tracked growth and development issues in the then-rapidly expanding Lakewood Ranch region and surrounding areas

The Star Democrat, 2001-2002, Easton, Md.

Beat Reporter, 2001-2002:

  • Covered breaking news, police, education, and municipal issues in Talbot County

Specialized Skills:

  • I can anchor and coordinate fast-moving, important breaking news stories on a variety of topics, including enterprise and analysis pieces
  • CAR skills: Excel, Access, Flash, database management software
  • Frequently use Moveable Type blogging software, Twitter and other social networking applications to both enhance and promote my work
  • I can provide text, audio and video, do basic editing and transmit from the field using VPN, FTP or E-mail
  • Extensive knowledge of public records, databases and open government laws


May 2001

B.A. in English from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, with a minor in History

Professional Awards:

June 2009: SPJ Green Eyeshade Award first place in “Consumer Reporting” for “Danger at the Mall”

May 2009: SPJ South Florida second place in “Criminal Law Reporting” for “Danger at the Mall”

June 2007: Florida Society of Newspaper Editors first place (staff) in “Beat Reporting” for our coverage of homeless beatings in Fort Lauderdale

2006: Part of a Pulitzer-finalist team for our Hurricane Wilma breaking news coverage

September 2004: Florida Press Club first place in “Excellence in Crime Writing” for body of work

June 2004: SPJ South Florida first place in “Deadline News Reporting” for “One Dead in Shootout”

May 2004: SPJ Mid-Florida first place in “Spot News Reporting” for “One Dead in Shootout”

2005-Present: Numerous Sun Sentinel in-house writing awards

August 5-10, 2007: NICAR Bootcamp, Columbia, Mo.

Professional Affiliations:

Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors

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