Elizabeth Morris "Lally" Graham Weymouth (born 3 July 1943) is an American journalist who serves as Senior Associate Editor of the Washington Post. She previously served as Special Diplomatic Correspondent of Newsweek magazine, during her family's ownership of the publication.
Early life and education
She is the eldest of the four children of Katharine Graham and Philip Graham, both of whom were publishers of the Post. Her maternal grandmother, Agnes Meyer, was a German Lutheran;. Her maternal grandfather, Eugene Meyer, was German Jewish and descended from a rabbinical family in Strasbourg. He bought the bankrupt Post shortly after stepping down as Chairman of the Federal Reserve in mid-1933. The eldest of her three brothers is Donald E. Graham, who was the publisher of the Post from 1979 to 2000, a position held by Weymouth's daughter Katharine Weymouth since 2008.
Weymouth edited and compiled Thomas Jefferson: The Man, His World, His Influence (1973, G.P. Putnam), a collection which includes contributions from leading Jeffersonian scholars. She is the author of America in 1876, The Way We Were (1976, Random House). She worked as a freelance journalist and contributing editor from 1977 to 1983 for such publications as New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Atlantic Monthly, and Parade. From 1983 to 1986 she was a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times.
Weymouth presently serves as Senior Associate Editor of the Washington Post. She has been writing on foreign affairs and conducting exclusive interviews with foreign heads of state since 1986. Some notable past interviews include: the last foreign interview with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto two weeks before her death, President Karzai of Afghanistan, Colonel Gaddafi of Libya, President Musharraf of Pakistan two months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President Chavez of Venezuela, President Assad of Syria, Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia, Saddam Hussein, and President Rousseff's first English-language interview following her election in Brazil. She interviewed President Lukashenko in Belarus after the violent crackdown of the opposition on the eve of the December 2010 elections. She traveled to Israel and Ramallah in February 2011, where she conducted an interview with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad. In May 2011, Lally Weymouth met with Egyptian Foreign Minister el-Araby, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, and members of the Supreme Military Council in Cairo. In September 2011, Lally Weymouth traveled to Tehran, where she was granted an exclusive interview with President Ahmadinejad in advance of his trip to the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
In 1963, she married architect Yann Weymouth (whose sister is Tina Weymouth who was the bassist for the art-rock band Talking Heads from 1974 to 1991). They divorced in 1969. They had two children:
- Katharine Weymouth, publisher for the Washington Post
- Pamela Alma Weymouth, writer for Huffington Post.
- The Guardian: "Katharine Graham – Washington Post publisher who took over the family business after her husband's suicide and saw it through the Watergate scandal" by Godfrey Hodgson July 18, 2001
- USA Today: "'Washington Post' icon Katharine Graham, 84, dies" July 18, 2001
- Ava Fran Kahn (2002). Jewish Voices of the California Gold Rush: A Documentary History, 1849–1880. Wayne State University Press. pp. 138–. ISBN 978-0-8143-2859-0. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- "Engagement Announcements". The Washington Post. 1964-09-20. p. F2.
- People: "Lally Weymouth Has a Lot Going for Her: Brains, Glamor, a Famous Family and Now a Big Book" By Barbara Kevles July 05, 1976| "Phil Graham committed suicide. "I thought it was the end," she says. "He was always the someone there in case you did something disastrous....in the summer of '63, her junior year. The next year, at the age of 20, Lally married Yann Weymouth, son of a Navy admiral."
- Gulf Coast Business review: "No Rock Star-chitect" by Carl Cronan August 27, 2010 | "His sister, Tina Weymouth, was bassist for the legendary art-rock band Talking Heads from 1974 to 1991, and his daughter, Katharine Weymouth, became publisher of The Washington Post two years ago"
- People: "Lally Weymouth Has a Lot Going for Her: Brains, Glamor, a Famous Family and Now a Big Book" By Barbara Kevles July 05, 1976| "After six years and a second baby, they were divorced. She adjusted to the loneliness of single life "not very well. I just shuffled along."
- Wired.com: "Post's Weymouth: The Last Media Tycoon" By Lloyd Grove July 16, 2008 | "Her mother, Newsweek senior editor Lally Weymouth, who is Don's older sister, and father, Yann Weymouth, a prominent architect, separated when Katharine was 5. She grew up with her younger sister, Pamela"
- Huffington Post: "Pamela Alma Weymouth" retrieved February 16, 2013
- Lally Weymouth on The Leon Charney Report (interview by Leon Charney), USA: Leon H. Charney Media Foundation.