Lylah M. Alphonse is editor of Globe Rhode Island and Globe New Hampshire, leading separate teams covering and exploring each state. Previously, she was Managing Editor 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. 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 and edited Work + Money for Yahoo! Shine. Prior to that, she worked at The Boston Globe for 16 years, editing in the Living/Arts, National News, and Boston Globe Magazine departments and writing for various sections, including 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 regular guest on several GBH 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.