Local journalist, author Ruth Bass continues to write at 87

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RICHMOND, Mass. – It’s been over 60 years since Ruth Bass started writing for the Berkshire Eagle, and every week she still publishes her column for the Tuesday edition.

“I came there in 1956, after finishing journalism school at Columbia with my master’s degree,” Bass said. “And I was the first female journalist in the newsroom, which was an interesting education in itself.”


What do you want to know

  • Author and local journalist Ruth Bass has been writing for over 60 years
  • She began her career at the Berkshire Eagle in 1956
  • After retiring from the newspaper, she began writing fiction and published four novels
  • At 87, she works on a 5and novel, and still has a weekly column in the Eagle

Bass began her career as a crime and police reporter before becoming editor of the Berkshire Sampler and then the Eagle’s weekend magazine.

She’s had a checkered career, including trips abroad to report on everything from the US invasion of Grenada to a trip to a Hungarian food market.

“They had an inspector there because a lot of Hungarian mushrooms are poisonous,” Bass said. “And I watched him for a while, and indeed some of the mushrooms that were presented to him were put in the trash. So I thought he was just standing there sorting mushrooms and saving lives. was interesting.”

After retiring from the newspaper, Bass turned to writing fiction. She published her first book at age 73 and turned it into a series of novels about life in the late 1800s based on family stories.

“There are anecdotes that I used for my 19and books of the century that took place in the 20and century, the events of the 20and century,” Bass said. “Because you suddenly realize that times are changing, and yet they aren’t really changing. People don’t change.”

Now 87, Bass isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In addition to her weekly column, she is working on a new crime novel inspired by her experiences as a journalist.

She always enjoys writing, especially when she can present a new perspective or idea.

“I love being able to make people think about things like the weather and animal issues,” Bass said. “All those things that we really appreciate here and take for granted, we have to pay attention to.

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