Bass serves as communications director and grants officer for the John William Pope Foundation, an independent grant-making organization committed to advancing economic liberty for future generations.
From 2008 to 2012, Bass served as an associate editor and investigative reporter for Carolina Journal at the John Locke Foundation. Before coming to JLF, he was a research associate at the North Carolina Family Policy Council.
His reporting, opinion, and analysis pieces have appeared in a variety of publications, including National Review Online, Education Week, The Washington Examiner, The San Francisco Examiner, TownHall.com, WorldNetDaily, the Heartland Institute's Budget & Tax News, Stanford University's Education Next, and Intellectual Conservative. He is also a contributing blogger for The Spectacle and his articles have been featured by The Drudge Report, BigGovernment.com, RedState.com, The Washington Times, The Charlotte Observer, RealClearPolitics.com,The Christian Science Monitor, and the Alliance Defense Fund.
He contributed a feature article to The American Spectator’s May 2012 issue on Social Security, alongside U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.
In addition to covering local and state politics, Bass helped produce voter guides for the 2004 and 2006 elections. He has also appeared as a guest on numerous radio stations, including Raleigh’s WPTF-AM, Chicago's WYLL-AM, Austin's KLGO-FM, Newport's WTKF-FM, Wilmington's WLTT-FM, and American Family Radio. Bass is a native of Greensboro.
He has a B.A. in journalism from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J. Follow him on Twitter @davidnbass.
(5.02.13) Report: U.S. Among Freest Nations for Ease of Generosity
RALEIGH — The philanthropy freedom index puts the Netherlands, United States, Sweden, Japan, Australia, and Mexico at the top. Turkey, Russia, Egypt, and China round out the bottom. Of the three metrics used, the U.S. scored highest in civil-society freedom: The right of individuals and groups to join forces and give as they choose.
(7.01.12) Murray’s Coming Apart Offers Explanations for Social Decline
“Our nation is coming apart at the seams — not ethnic seams, but the seams of class.” At first glance, a casual reader could mistake that sentence as originating from the pen of a class-warfare liberal. Instead, it reflects the thesis of libertarian scholar Charles Murray’s new treatise on the economic and cultural decline of whites in the United States, titled Coming Apart.
... Although the book can be “wonkish” and heavy on Census data — so much so that it’s easy to get lost in the weeds — Murray’s latest offering makes a critical point. It’s a must-read for any serious observer of contemporary American culture.
(5.10.12) Election Night Brings Upsets, Close Margins in N.C. Legislative Races
RALEIGH — Primary election night Tuesday resulted in several upsets and close races in legislative contests in North Carolina, setting the stage for a competitive general election season this summer and fall. Voter turnout was 35 percent, nipping at the heels of the record-breaking turnout of 37 percent in 2008, another presidential year.
(5.04.12) In N.C. Senate Race, Republican Ramsey Gets Help From Other Aircraft Providers
RALEIGH — Randy Ramsey’s support for Democrats includes air travel for Gov. Bev Perdue and a $2,000 contribution to her campaign in July. Before this year, he had given $3,750 to Republican candidates, but more than 10 times that amount to Democratic campaigns and to the state Democratic Party.
(4.30.12) Republicans Duke It Out in Winner-Take-All House District 16 Primary
RALEIGH — A civil engineer, a storm-recovery expert, and a builder are vying for the opportunity to represent the residents of N.C. House District 16 in the state legislature. The stakes are high in this coastal region: Because no Democrat has filed, the winner of the Republican primary May 8 becomes the de facto representative.
(4.24.12) With Cap Lifted, State Sees Surge in Charter School Applications
RALEIGH — By mid-April, approximately 60 applications for new charters had been submitted to the N.C. Office of Charter Schools. If approved, the new charter schools would open by the fall of 2013. The applications run the gamut of rural and urban regions across North Carolina — from the Triad, Triangle, and Charlotte regions to rural Randolph and Chatham counties.
(4.19.12) Challenger Says Incumbent Sen. Bingham Has Violated Republican Principles
RALEIGH — Because no Democrat has filed in the district, the winner of the Republican primary May 8 will take the seat. Republicans have a decided advantage in voter registration in state Senate District 33.
(4.19.12) N.C. Democratic Party Chair David Parker Refuses to Resign
RALEIGH — Notwithstanding David Parker’s early departure, the chairman will remain the titular head of the party as Democrats welcome President Obama to North Carolina for an official visit Wednesday and as voters head to the polls in the May 8 primary.
(4.17.12) Four N.C. Reps Earn ‘F’ Grade on Fiscal Votes in 2011
RALEIGH — Four members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation earned an “F” grade for their votes on fiscal issues during the 2011 session of Congress, according to new rankings from the National Taxpayer Union, a limited-government advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.
(4.16.12) Four-Way Primary Has Republicans Battling to Replace Faison
RALEIGH — When Bill Faison decided to forgo running for re-election to the state House and run for governor, few would have predicted that his heavily Democratic district would provoke so much interest from Republicans. The GOP contenders think newly drawn district lines are cause for hope.