Lylah M. Alphonse is editor of Globe Rhode Island and Globe New Hampshire, leading separate teams covering and exploring each state. Previously, she was the Managing Editor for News at U.S. News & World Report, overseeing the Special Reports, Best Countries, Best States, Healthiest Communities, and Cities sections and coordinating news coverage of national issues ranging from politics and policy to higher education and health care. While at U.S. News & World Report, she also helped launch the Healthcare of Tomorrow and College of Tomorrow franchises, served as a moderator at conferences, and developed the publication’s STEM Index, an interactive measure of science, technology, engineering and mathematics activity in the United States. Before joining U.S. News, she was a Senior Editor and Writer at Yahoo.com, where she created and curated the Women in Politics section, edited the Work + Money vertical for Yahoo! Shine, and wrote about news, news analysis, healthcare, childcare, and trends for the homepage of Yahoo.com. Prior to that, she worked at The Boston Globe from 1994 to 2010, editing in the Living/Arts, National News, and Boston Globe Magazine departments and writing for various sections, including book reviews, feature stories, weekly columns on shopping and travel for The Boston Globe, and a regular parenting column on Boston.com. She is the author of "Triumph Over Discrimination: The Life Story of Farhang Mehr," a biography of the first non-Muslim deputy prime minister of Iran, and is a frequent guest on GBH and Rhode Island PBS news shows. Born and raised in Princeton, N.J., Lylah is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and was inducted into the school's alumni hall of fame in 2000.