Lylah M. Alphonse

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


A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University,[1] Alphonse was inducted to the Newhouse School's Alumni Hall of Fame in 2000.[2]


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.[3] She also wrote frequently for their Travel,[4] Food,[5] National & Foreign News, and Living/Arts[6] sections. She has also been Consulting Editor for the Fezana Journal,[7] Managing Editor at Work It, Mom!,[8] and Senior Editor and Writer at,[9] where she covered news, parenting trends, health, women's issues,[10] and politics and interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama,[11] presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett,[12] 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.[13][14]

Alphonse formerly wrote the blog The 36-Hour Day blog[15] and Write. Edit. Repeat.,[16] is the author of "Triumph Over Discrimination: The Life Story of Farhang Mehr"[17] (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).[18]