Lylah M. Alphonse

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Lylah M. Alphonse
Born1972 (age 51–52)
EducationS.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Known forBoston Globe,
U.S. News & World Report

Lylah M. Alphonse (born 1972) is an American journalist.

Early life[edit]

Alphonse was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the oldest child of Gerard A. Alphonse, a Haitian electrical engineer, inventor and research scientist, and Tehmina M. Alphonse,[1] a Parsi restaurateur from India.[2] She attended Princeton Day School, graduating in 1990.[3]


A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University,[4] Alphonse was inducted to the Newhouse School's Alumni Hall of Fame in 2000.[5]


In 1994, Alphonse began working as an editor at The Boston Globe in Boston, where she eventually became a member of the newspaper's Sunday magazine staff.[6] She also wrote frequently for their Travel,[7] Food,[8] National & Foreign News, and Living/Arts[9] sections. She has also been Consulting Editor for the Fezana Journal,[10] Managing Editor at Work It, Mom!,[11] and Senior Editor and Writer at,[12] where she covered news, parenting trends, health, women's issues,[13] and politics and interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama,[14] presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett,[15] and others.

She became the managing editor for special reports at U.S. News & World Report in June 2013, and was promoted to managing editor for news a year later.[16][17] After a brief tenure as Senior Vice President of Laurel Strategies, a strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C.,[18] she rejoined The Boston Globe as the editor of their Rhode Island bureau in October 2020.[19] In March 2023, the Boston Globe launched their New Hampshire bureau with Alphonse "editing and shaping Boston Globe New Hampshire as well."[20]

Alphonse formerly wrote the blog The 36-Hour Day blog[21] and Write. Edit. Repeat.,[22] is the author of "Triumph Over Discrimination: The Life Story of Farhang Mehr"[23] (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).[24] She is a frequent guest on WGBH-TV news shows[25] in Boston and offers commentary on "Rhode Island PBS Weekly" in Rhode Island.[26]


  1. ^ "The Princeton Packet". 24 March 2020. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  2. ^ "A Harrowing and Heart-Felt Parsi Memoir". Retrieved Jul 7, 2021.
  3. ^ "Lylah Alphonse '90 Delivers Rothrock Lecture, 10/11". Retrieved Jul 7, 2021.
  4. ^ "Alumni - Newspaper and Online Journalism, Bachelor's - Newhouse School - Syracuse University - Syracuse University". Newhouse School - Syracuse University. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2016-03-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Magazine 10/14/2018 - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Globe-trotting". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Boston Food and Restaurant News". 12 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Books - The Boston Globe Book Reviews and Best Sellers Lists". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  10. ^ "FEZANA - Fezana Journal". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  11. ^, blubolt Design. "Working Moms - Working Mothers Community - Work It, Mom!". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Yahoo". Yahoo. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Working Closer with Women Online". 1 February 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2018 – via National Archives.
  14. ^ "Yahoo - ONLY ON YAHOO! SHINE: Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Discuss Supporting Military Families in Honor of Veteran's Day". Archived from the original on 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  15. ^ The Obama White House (30 March 2011). "Open for Questions: Women in America". Archived from the original on 2021-12-12. Retrieved 12 October 2018 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ "Masthead". Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  17. ^ "Inside U.S. News and World Report with Managing Editor Lylah Alphonse - American Journalism Review". 7 May 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Laurel Strategies Global Team, Lylah M. Alphonse". Archived from the original on 2020-06-29.
  19. ^ "Lylah Alphonse - editor, Rhode Island - The Boston Globe". Retrieved Jul 7, 2021.
  20. ^ "The Boston Globe Announces Investment In New Hampshire Coverage". 27 March 2023. Retrieved March 27, 2023.
  21. ^, blubolt Design. "The 36-Hour Day - Work It, Mom!". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  22. ^ "About Lylah M. Alphonse". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  23. ^ Alphonse, Lylah M. (22 December 2000). Triumph Over Discrimination: The Life Story of Farhang Mehr. Lylah M. Alphonse. ISBN 0970993706.
  24. ^ "Lylah M. Alphonse". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  25. ^ "GBH News". News. Retrieved Jul 7, 2021.
  26. ^ "Rhode Island PBS". News. Retrieved Oct 4, 2021.