Wil S. Hylton

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Wil S. Hylton
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BornBaltimore, Maryland
Notable worksVanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II

Wil S. Hylton is an American journalist. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine[1] and has published cover stories for The New Yorker,[2] Rolling Stone,[3] Esquire,[4] Harper's,[5] Details, GQ,[6] New York,[7][8] Outside,[9] and many others.

Early life and education[edit]

Hylton was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Baltimore City College high school. He enrolled in Kenyon College for a year before being expelled.[10]


Hylton began publishing articles in The Baltimore Sun as a teenager,[11] and was writing for major magazines by his early twenties.[3][12][4] In 1999 he bicycled across Cuba for Esquire,[13] climbed the Ecuadorean Andes for Details, and wrote about Hugh Hefner for Rolling Stone.[14]

At 24, Hylton was hired as a Contributing Editor at Esquire, where he wrote about the invasion of Afghanistan,[15] attempts to patent the human genome,[16] and the prosecution of alleged nuclear spy Wen Ho Lee.[17] After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Hylton became a Washington Correspondent for GQ, publishing criticism of the war[18][19] and drafting articles of impeachment for Dick Cheney.[20][21] He was the first journalist to interview Joe Darby, the whistleblower at Abu Ghraib prison.[22]

Hylton was hired by The New York Times Magazine as a Contributing Writer in 2010.[1] In October 2011, Hugo Lindgren, editor of The New York Times Magazine, wrote, "By now you should know that when you see Wil's byline on a piece, it doesn't really matter what it's about. Just read it.”[23] Hylton has written for the magazine about bioterrorism,[24] the search for Air France Flight 447,[25] the influence of Breitbart News,[26] and the prosecution of police officers after the death of Freddie Gray.[27] His February 8, 2015 article about the family detention policy to imprison Central American women and children[28] was cited by a federal judge in an injunction to suspend the policy two weeks later.[29] His 2016 profile of the painter Chuck Close was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Feature Writing.[30]

In 2018, Hylton stated on The Daily that he was conducting secret interviews with the Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, who at the time was under house arrest.[31][32]

Hylton is a recipient of the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Journalism by the Medill School of Journalism[33] and his articles have been anthologized in the books "Best Political Writing," "Best Music Writing," and "Best Business Stories."[34] He is a Special Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University[35] and a member of the faculty at the MFA program in creative nonfiction at Goucher College.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Hylton lives in Baltimore; he is divorced with two children.[37]


  • "A bug in the system : why last night's chicken made you sick". Annals of Food. The New Yorker. 90 (46): 30–35. February 2, 2015.
  • "My cousin was my hero. Until the day he tried to kill me". The New York Times Magazine. May 8, 2019.
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  1. ^ a b "The New York Times Magazine - Masthead". The New York Times. March 2011.
  2. ^ "Wil S. Hylton". The New Yorker.
  3. ^ a b "Wil S. Hylton". Rolling Stone.
  4. ^ a b "Wil S. Hylton". Esquire.
  5. ^ "Wil S. Hylton | Harper's Magazine". Harper's Magazine.
  6. ^ "Wil S. Hylton - Bio, latest news and articles". GQ.
  7. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2015-11-02). "Willie Nelson's Crusade to Stop Big Pot". New York Magazine.
  8. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2015-02-25). "American Deserter: Why AWOL U.S. Soldiers Are Most at Risk in Canada". New York Magazine.
  9. ^ "Search Results". Outside Online.
  10. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/08/magazine/cousin-kill-me-male-violence.html
  11. ^ Woods, Baynard. "Baltimore writer Wil Hylton goes deep to solve a decades-old mystery". citypaper.com. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  12. ^ "Island of Forbidden Delights". Outside Online. 2004-05-02. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  13. ^ https://classics.esquire.com/article/2000/4/1/cuba-from-tip-to-tail
  14. ^ "Inside the Playboy Mansion with Hugh Hefner". Rolling Stone. 2000-08-30.
  15. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2002-08-01). "Mazar I Sharif". Esquire.
  16. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2001-06-01). "Who owns this body?". Esquire.
  17. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2000-12-01). "Guilty". Esquire.
  18. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2006-10-31). "The Big, Bad Wolfowitz?". GQ. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  19. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2006-10-31). "Casualty of War". GQ. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  20. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2007-02-14). "The People V. Richard Cheney". GQ. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  21. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (2011-08-30). "Remembering Why Americans Loathe Dick Cheney". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  22. ^ Norris, Michele (2006-08-15). "Abu Ghraib Whistleblower Speaks Out". NPR. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  23. ^ Lindgren, Hugo (2011-10-28). "This Sunday: Excuse Me While I Get Fitted for a Hazmat Suit". The 6th Floor Blog. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  24. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2011-10-26). "How Ready Are We for Bioterrorism?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  25. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2011-05-04). "What Happened to Air France Flight 447?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  26. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2017-08-16). "Down the Breitbart Hole". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  27. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2016-09-28). "Baltimore vs. Marilyn Mosby". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  28. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (2015-02-04). "The Shame of America's Family Detention Camps". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  29. ^ "Memorandum Opinion" (PDF). ACLU.
  30. ^ "ELLIE AWARDS 2017 WINNERS ANNOUNCED | ASME". asme.magazine.org. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  31. ^ Barbaro, Michael (2018-03-12). "Listen to 'The Daily': House Arrest in Venezuela". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  32. ^ Barbaro, Michael (2018-03-13). "Listen to 'The Daily': Refusing to Stay Silent". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  33. ^ "John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism". Medill Northwestern University. Archived from the original on 2013-08-27.
  34. ^ "Wil Hylton | HuffPost". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  35. ^ "Wil S. Hylton, Special Lecturer | Advanced Academic Programs | Johns Hopkins University". Johns Hopkins University. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  36. ^ "M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction Faculty". Goucher College. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  37. ^ Hylton, Wil S. (8 May 2019). "My Cousin Was My Hero. Until the Day He Tried to Kill Me". Retrieved 9 May 2019 – via NYTimes.com.

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