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Alison Bass

Associate Professor

M.L.A. (Harvard University Extension School)

Alison Bass joined the WVU Reed College of Media in the summer of 2012. She teaches investigative reporting and writing, multimedia journalism, and health and science journalism.

Bass is an award-winning journalist and critically acclaimed author. One reviewer describes her new book, “Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law,” due out this fall, as a “gripping, clear-eyed look at a marginalized subculture that will make you rethink assumptions about what consenting adults do behind closed doors.” Her first nonfiction book, “Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial,” won the national Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award in 2009. In addition, Bass was a long-time medical and science writer for The Boston Globe. Bass’s work has also appeared in the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and on Public Radio International’s website.

Before coming to WVU, Bass taught journalism at Mount Holyoke College, Brandeis University and Boston University.

Bass received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and her Master of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University Extension School.