Frank Bass is a part of a team of reporters at the Alabama Journal, in Montgomery, Ala., that was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting for a series on the state’s infant mortality rates. Bass began his career at the Alabama Journal where he worked from 1987 to 1989. Bass earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication.
Now living in Arlington, Va., Bass works for Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C., where he is an enterprise reporter covering governmental issues. At Bloomberg, Bass has been responsible for providing data-driven health care enterprise stories and investigative projects. He also provides computer-assisted reporting guidance for a staff of approximately 150 reporters, editors and analysts.
From 1997 to 2009, Bass worked for the Associated Press in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., as the director of computer investigations and training. He was responsible for investigative and enterprise projects. He authored the “Associated Press Guide to Internet Research and Reporting” and was the lead news manager for Census coverage. He won and contributed to multiple national award-winning stories, including the 2006 Gerald Loeb Award for Business Reporting and the 2006 APME Enterprise Reporting Award. Bass also trained hundreds of news reporters, editors, managers and students on five continents. He was a founding member of the multimedia investigative reporting team.
Bass worked from 1995 to 1997 for the Wall Street Journal in Houston, where he was a reporter for the Texas Journal. He was responsible for weekly analysis of regional stocks and the “Heard on the Street” column. He also covered health care reform during the administration of former Gov. George W. Bush.
From 1991 to 1995, Bass worked for the Houston Post as senior reporter responsible for medical and enterprise investigative coverage. He won and contributed to multiple state reporting and writing awards, including the 1994 Texas Headliners Foundation Reporter of the Year.
At the Alabama Journal, he was a reporter responsible for health, environment, and state agency coverage. As a part of a team of reporters, Bass and his colleagues won the Pulitzer Prize. Bass contributed to other multiple national reporting and writing awards, including the 1988 APME Public Service Award.
Bass’ other honors include: the 2007 Education Writers Association Certificate of Merit, the 2007 Columbia University Journalism Race and Ethnicity Award, the 2001 Society of Public Journalists Public Service Award, the 1994 Dallas Press Club Best Feature Series Award, and the 1988 Society of Public Journalists Public Service Award.
He also has held an adjunct faculty position at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and previously held the Snedden Fellowship at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of Missouri, among others.