Mission

Inform and empower. Expose diverse voices and perspectives.

Team Lily's founding team, left to right: Amy Cavenaile, Amy King, Rachel Orr, Carol Shih, Ashley Nguyen and Neema Roshania Patel. Maya Sugarman joined The Lily in December 0f 2017. (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Team Lily's founding team, left to right: Amy Cavenaile, Amy King, Rachel Orr, Carol Shih, Ashley Nguyen and Neema Roshania Patel. Maya Sugarman joined The Lily in December 0f 2017. (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

What to expect

A product of The Washington Post, The Lily of 2017 is a place for the curious minded and for those who want to be heard. We will bring you coverage of national news, politics, gender equality, health, film, fashion and more. Expect to feel uncomfortable. To agree and then passionately disagree.

Our backstory

The Lily was the first U.S. newspaper for and by women. It was started in 1849 by Amelia Bloomer as part of the temperance movement. Eventually, the paper shifted focus, covering issues like the abolition of slavery, and a woman’s right to vote and own property. Well-known suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were part of The Lily, too.

Team Lily

Amy King is editor in chief and creative director of The Lily. Amy proposed and developed the editorial and creative mission of The Lily. She started at The Washington Post in 2013 as an art director for the Arts & Style section and went on to help launch The Post’s national apps and Snapchat Discover channel. She grew up in North Canton, Ohio.

Neema Roshania Patel is deputy editor of The Lily. Before joining The Washington Post, she worked at NPR member station WHYY as a community editor. Neema graduated from Rutgers University with a dual-degree in journalism and economics, and credits her love of news to her days on the college paper.

Rachel Orr is an art director for The Lily and The Washington Post. She previously worked in print and digital journalism at The Arizona Republic after graduating with a degree in visual communication from Ohio University. She has six tattoos, and all of them are her favorite.

Ashley Nguyen is a digital editor for The Lily and The Washington Post’s national apps. Her life story includes chapters about being a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, reporting for Philly.com, getting multiple bikes stolen and politely refusing meat.

Amy Cavenaile is an art director for The Lily. A born-and-bred Hoosier, she graduated from Ball State University with a degree in journalism before beginning her career on The Washington Post’s Emerging News Products team. Outside the newsroom, you’ll find her dipping fries in ranch and pretzels in Nutella.

(Marvin Joseph for The Lily)
(Marvin Joseph for The Lily)

Maya Sugarman is video editor of The Lily. Before joining The Washington Post, she was a visual journalist at NPR affiliate KPCC in Los Angeles. Maya studied art at UCLA and grew up in Oakland, Calif.

Monica Castillo is a contract writer for The Lily based in New York City. Previously, she wrote and curated film entries for The New York Times’ Watching, the TV and movie recommendation site. Her work has also appeared in The Village Voice, RogerEbert.com, Cosmopolitan, Remezcla, NPR and The Boston Globe. She completed her master’s degree at the University of Southern California as the school’s first film critic fellow.

Photos by Jesse Dittmar; makeup by Amanda Soto; lily illustration by Kathryn Zaremba; The Lily logo drawn by Olga Vasik.

Awards

  • Email Newsletter for Lily Lines
  • Best New Vertical/Brand
  • Best Overall Design
  • Best Use of Instagram
  • Best Email Newsletter
  • Portfolio: Organization
  • Portfolio: News Sites and Redesigns
  • Product Design
  • Experimental Design
  • Graphics: Social Media Graphics
  • Features: Coverage