Alison Bass is a journalist and author who teaches journalism at West Virginia University. Her nonfiction book, Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, won the prestigious NASW Science in Society Award in 2009. She was a longtime medical and science writer for The Boston Globe and her work has also appeared in Harvard University's Nieman Reports, The Miami Herald, Psychology Today and Technology Review, among other publications. She writes a blog  about health care news and issues. Before coming to West Virginia as an Assistant Professor of Journalism, Bass taught at Brandeis University and Mount Holyoke College.
In 2007, she won an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to write Side Effects, which was published by Algonquin Press in 2008.