Lylah M. Alphonse

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Lylah M. Alphonse (born 1972, Princeton, New Jersey) is an American journalist.

Family and life[edit]

Her mother is a Parsi from India and her father is from Haiti. The eldest of three children, Alphonse attended Princeton Day School.[citation needed]

A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, she was recently inducted to the Newhouse School's Alumni Hall of Fame.


In 1994, she began working as an editor at The Boston Globe newspaper in Boston, where she eventually became a member of the newspaper's Sunday magazine staff.[1] She also wrote frequently for their Travel,[2] Food,[3] National & Foreign News, and Living/Arts[4] sections. She has also been Consulting Editor for the Fezana Journal[5] and Managing Editor at Work It, Mom!.[6]

More recently, she held the position of Senior Editor and Writer for the Y! Shine microsite of,[7] writing extensively on a variety of topics, particularly women's issues. Currently, she works as Managing Editor/Special Reports at U.S. News & World Report, a position she's held since June 2013.

Ms. Alphonse also has blogs titled The 36-Hour Day blog[8] and Write. Edit. Repeat.,[9] is the author of "Triumph Over Discrimination: The Life Story of Farhang Mehr"[10] (ISBN 0-9709937-0-6), and has contributed articles to Our Times (5th edition, Bedford Books, 1998) and Interactions: A Thematic Reader (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999).[11]