Brassy Broad

BrassyBroad-lg-rev How one journalist helped pave the way to #MeToo

Alison Bass

Bink Books
210 pp. ● 6×9
$17.95 (pb) ● $9.99 (eb)
ISBN 978-1-949290-63-9 (pb)

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers

Publication date: September 21, 2021

About the Book

Alison Bass learned as a child to challenge the status quo. As an adult, she not only challenged, but smashed it as a scrappy outlier, establishing herself as a respected, award-winning investigative journalist in a male-dominated industry.

Bass grew up in Bryn Gweled, Pennsylvania, an unusual cooperative community founded by Quakers, where she gained a unique view of the world that compelled her to question everything but also be empathetic and open-minded about the answers she uncovered. The perfect combination for an investigative journalist. In 1989, Bass was the first reporter in the nation to write about how common it was for male psychiatrists to sexually abuse female patients. She was also the first reporter at The Boston Globe to write about the molestation of children by Catholic priests—a decade ahead of the Spotlight investigation chronicled in the 2016 movie that won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Despite her success, Bass alienated her bosses with her assertive reporting style and refusal to take “no” for an answer. Editors at The Miami Herald in the early 1980s didn’t know what to do with a “brassy northern broad.” At The Boston Globe, she was denied a berth on the Spotlight team because she was considered too independent-minded for a woman.

Alison Bass’ story is much more than how a scrappy outsider became an investigative journalist despite the odds against her. Her perseverance in chipping away at the wall of male bias in how female victims are treated in the media helped pave the way to the #MeToo movement.

In the Media

Social Impact Authors: How & Why Alison Bass Is Helping To Change Our World: An Interview With Edward SylvanAuthority Magazine


Brassy Broad explores Bass’s journey into feminist journalism and the beginnings of the #MeToo movement. Through her vivid storytelling and no-holds-barred accounts, Bass shows readers what happens when you just can’t take “no” for an answer.” — Morgantown Magazine

Brassy Broad explores Bass’s Journey into feminist journalism and the beginnings of the #MeToo movement. Through her vivid storytelling and no-holds-barred accounts, Bass shows readers what happens when you just can’t take “no” for an answer.” — Devin Lacy, Review, WV Living

“So much of what she wrote inspired others, changed polices and hopefully the way other journalists would present their take on stories in an honest, trustworthy and down right to the point way. Alison Bass’s story explains how she helped pave the way to ( be one known as) the ME-TOO movements. Her voice is strong on every page and each story she relates is told in a straightforward nothing held back way.” — Just Reviews

“During her storied career as a journalist, Alison Bass has exposed wrongdoing, questioned authority and held the powerful accountable. This page-turning memoir is a story of her grit and frustrations, her courage and triumphs. Bass shows us why journalism matters.” — Eric Eyre, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic

“For years Alison Bass worked as a courageous reporter for newspapers like the Boston Globe, attacking stories of financial corruption, sexual abuse, and pharmaceutical scandal in a dogged pursuit of the truth. Now, she turns her clear-eyed, honest reporting to her own story. Told with humor, insight, and a fierce, high-spirited determination to tell the truth, Brassy Broad’s inspiring tale shows what a lone woman who’s unafraid to challenge even the highest authorities can achieve.” — Karen Osborn, award-winning author of Patchwork, Centerville and, most recently, The Music Book

Brassy Broad is a worthy addition to the canon of memoirs of trail-blazing women. Readers who enjoy true stories that reveal strength, character, and perseverance will enjoy Bass’s memoir. Writers, journalists in particular, will enjoy the personal stories behind the major news stories Bass covered, and the glimpses into the newsrooms of decades past.” — Story Circle Book Review