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Elizabeth Morris "Lally" Graham Weymouth (born July 3, 1943)[1] is an American journalist who serves as senior associate editor of the Washington Post. She previously served as special diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek magazine during her family's ownership of the publication.

Lally Weymouth
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Weymouth in 2009
Elizabeth Morris Graham

(1943-07-03) July 3, 1943 (age 76)
Alma materRadcliffe College
Yann Weymouth (m. 1963–1969)
ChildrenKatharine Weymouth
Pamela Alma Weymouth


Early life and educationEdit

She is the eldest of the four children of Katharine Graham and Philip Graham, both of whom were publishers of The Post. Her maternal grandmother, Agnes Meyer, was a Lutheran of German ancestry.[2][3] Her maternal grandfather, Eugene Meyer, was of German Jewish ancestry, and descended from a rabbinical family in Strasbourg. He bought the bankrupt Post shortly after stepping down as Chairman of the Federal Reserve in mid-1933.[4] Her mother was baptized as a Lutheran but attended an Episcopal church while growing up.[5] Her father, Philip (Phil) Leslie Graham, was born to a Lutheran family in Terry, South Dakota.[6] The eldest of her three brothers is Donald E. Graham, who was the publisher of The Post from 1979 to 2000, a position held by Weymouth's daughter Katharine Weymouth from 2008 until 2014.

Weymouth attended The Madeira School[7] and graduated from Radcliffe College at Harvard University cum laude with a degree in American History and Literature.


From 1968 to 1969, Weymouth worked for Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.[clarification needed (RFK died in 1968)]

Weymouth edited and compiled Thomas Jefferson: The Man, His World, His Influence (1973, G.P. Putnam), a collection which includes contributions from leading Jeffersonian scholars. She is the author of America in 1876, The Way We Were (1976, Random House). She worked as a freelance journalist and contributing editor from 1977 to 1983 for such publications as New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Atlantic Monthly, and Parade. From 1983 to 1986 she was a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times.

Weymouth presently serves as Senior Associate Editor of The Washington Post. She has been writing on foreign affairs and conducting exclusive interviews with foreign heads of state since 1986. In June 2017, Lally Weymouth conducted the first foreign interview with South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in in Seoul to discuss the crisis in North Korea. In April, Lally Weymouth interviewed Italy's new Prime Minister Gentilioni to discuss the flow of refugees into that country. Jordan's King Abdullah II also granted Mrs. Weymouth an interview in April and he discussed the Islamic State and the future of Syria. In March 2017, she travelled to Estonia to interview President Kersti Kaljulaid about the threat from Russia. She then went to Lithuania, where she interviewed President Dailia Grybauskaite about the same topics. In January, Lally Weymouth interviewed Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, about the battle for Mosul. In December 2016, Lally Weymouth travelled to Peru to conduct an interview with Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. In September 2016, she interviewed Colombia's President Manuel Santos and Italy's former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen gave Mrs. Weymouth her first interview after taking office in Taipei in July 2016. Brazil's president Michel Temer granted his first foreign interview to Lally Weymouth in June 2016. In November 2016, she travelled to Myanmar to interview Daw Aung San Suu Kyi following her party's overwhelming victory in the country's elections. Lally Weymouth has spent significant time in the Middle East. Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein granted her the first print interview he gave to an American journalist. She also interviewed Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in his tent in the Libyan desert. Both Syrian Presidents Hafez and Bashar Assad granted her exclusive interviews. Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi has given three interviews to Lally Weymouth. She has interviewed every Israeli Prime Minister since 1981, including Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, and, most recently, Benjamin Netanyahu. Lally Weymouth conducted the last interview with Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto before her assassination in December 2007.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1963, she married architect Yann Weymouth[8] They divorced in 1969.[9] They had two daughters: Katharine Weymouth, was publisher of the Washington Post from 2008 to 2013 [10], and Pamela Alma Weymouth, a writer for Huffington Post.[11]

Weymouth was portrayed in the 2017 film The Post by Alison Brie.[12]


  1. ^ Graham, Katharine (1997). Personal History. A.A. Knopf. p. 151. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  2. ^ The Guardian: "Katharine Graham – Washington Post publisher who took over the family business after her husband's suicide and saw it through the Watergate scandal" by Godfrey Hodgson July 18, 2001
  3. ^ USA Today: "'Washington Post' icon Katharine Graham, 84, dies" July 18, 2001
  4. ^ Ava Fran Kahn (2002). Jewish Voices of the California Gold Rush: A Documentary History, 1849–1880. Wayne State University Press. pp. 138–. ISBN 978-0-8143-2859-0. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  5. ^ Zweigenhaft, Richard L. and G. William Domhoff The New CEOs : Women, African American, Latino, and Asian American Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies Published: 2014-03-18 |Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  6. ^ Silbiger, Steve (May 25, 2000). The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People. Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 190
  7. ^ "Engagement Announcements". The Washington Post. September 20, 1964. p. F2.
  8. ^ People: "Lally Weymouth Has a Lot Going for Her: Brains, Glamor, a Famous Family and Now a Big Book" By Barbara Kevles July 5, 1976| "Phil Graham committed suicide. "I thought it was the end," she says. "He was always the someone there in case you did something the summer of '63, her junior year. The next year, at the age of 20, Lally married Yann Weymouth, son of a Navy admiral."
  9. ^ People: "Lally Weymouth Has a Lot Going for Her: Brains, Glamor, a Famous Family and Now a Big Book" By Barbara Kevles July 5, 1976| "After six years and a second baby, they were divorced. She adjusted to the loneliness of single life "not very well. I just shuffled along."
  10. ^ "Post's Weymouth: The Last Media Tycoon" By Lloyd Grove July 16, 2008 | "Her mother, Newsweek senior editor Lally Weymouth, who is Don's older sister, and father, Yann Weymouth, a prominent architect, separated when Katharine was 5. She grew up with her younger sister, Pamela"
  11. ^ Huffington Post: "Pamela Alma Weymouth" retrieved February 16, 2013
  12. ^ Galuppo, Mia (January 8, 2018). "Alison Brie Talks Finding "Meaningful" Projects: "After 'GLOW,' I Became Very Picky"". The Hollywood Reporter.

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