Alison Bass is an award-winning journalist, professor, 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 in 2009.
Bass is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media. 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, The Huffington Post, The Village Voice, , Psychology Today, and 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.