Alison Bass


Alison Bass is an award-winning journalist and the author of two critically acclaimed nonfiction books: Getting Screwed, Sex Workers and the Law (2015) and Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial. (2008). Side Effects received the prestigious National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award and the film rights to Side Effects have been optioned.

Bass recently retired as Associate Professor of Journalism at West Virginia University. She was a long-time science and medical writer for The Boston Globe and a series she wrote for The Globe was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in the Public Service category. Her articles and essays have also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed, The Village Voice, Psychology Today, and numerous other media. She has received a number of journalism awards for her work, including an Alicia Patterson Fellowship and the Top Media Award from the National Mental Health Association. For more on her credentials, please visit her website at

Alison’s Books

BrassyBroad-sm-rev2 Brassy Broad: How One Journalist helped pave the way to #MeToo