Brittany Hailer is a freelance reporter and educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Brittany Hailer reports on mental health, addiction and incarceration. In 2019, she was nominated for The Sally Kalson Courage in Journalism Fund award for her reporting on the mental health affects of active shooter trainings in public schools. For her stories of people affected by the opioid epidemic, she received a 2019 Golden Quill Award from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and a Robert L. Vann Award of Excellence for investigative/enterprise reporting from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. In 2018, Brittany was selected to be a Justice Reporting Fellow as part of the John Jay/Langeloth Foundation Fellowship on “Reinventing Solitary Confinement.” Her work has been funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation and Staunton Family Farm Foundation.
Her memoir and poetry collection "Animal You'll Surely Become" was published by Tolsun Books in 2018, which has gone into its second printing. The paperback edition features additional prose and poetry and has been one of Tolsun Books bestsellers. "Animal You'll Surely Become is an honest, intimate, and unwaveringly compassionate look at our human vulnerability, especially the young, the disenfranchised, the addicted, and the innocent. These fierce essays sting, then sing. Brittany Hailer is a writer to watch, that’s for sure." - Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire
Brittany has taught creative writing classes at the Allegheny County Jail and Sojourner House as part of Chatham’s Words Without Walls program and now teaches creative writing and journalism at the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated with a master’s in fine arts from Chatham University. Her work as appeared in NPR, Fairy Tale Review, Hobart, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere.