TRI-STATE REGION PROFILE
Lucy Kaylin '81
New York, N.Y.
Editor-in-Chief, O, The Oprah Magazine
Lucy Kaylin '81 is editor-in-chief of O, The Oprah Magazine. O is the seventh largest monthly magazine on newsstands today with one of the industry's highest e-edition circulations at more than 108,000.
A joint venture between Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines, O encourages confident, intelligent women to reach for their dreams, express their individual style and make wise choices, guided by the values of one of the most charismatic women in the world, O Founder and Editorial Director Oprah Winfrey. With an emphasis on personal growth, the magazine inspires, addressing every aspect of a woman's life and deeply connects with nearly 14 million readers every month (MRI Doublebase 2012). In May 2012, O, The Oprah Magazine won the publishing industry's highest honor, the American Society of Magazine Editors award for General Excellence.
"I am looking forward to O's 'next chapter' with Lucy Kaylin at the helm," remarked Oprah Winfrey upon Kaylin's appointment to editor-in-chief in April 2013. "She understands the mission of the magazine and certainly gets why it matters to our readers. After working with her for four years, I am thrilled she will be editor-in-chief. Lucy is smart, innovative, and a dream to collaborate with."
Prior to joining O as deputy editor in 2009, Kaylin got her start in the magazine industry as a fact-checker at Vogue. She then spent nearly two decades working at the men's magazine GQ, where she contributed more than 100 articles and dozens of cover profiles, including the controversial, widely quoted interview with Tom Cruise in 2006.
Kaylin rose to features editor at GQ before becoming executive editor at Marie Claire, where she oversaw many attention-getting stories, including "My Sister's Secret Life" by Robert Radin, which won a Folio award. She also wrote cover stories for the magazine and interviewed President Barack Obama; was a finalist for the MPA Mentor of the Year award; and was instrumental in the execution of Marie Claire's reality show on the Style network, "Running in Heels," in which she appeared.
In addition to her experience in the magazine industry, Kaylin is the author of two books, "For the Love of God," about the decline of Catholic nuns in America, and "The Perfect Stranger," about the complicated relationship between mothers and nannies. She has also contributed an essay to the anthology "The Secret Currency of Love," about the role money plays in relationships.
During her time at William Smith College, Kaylin was a member of Hai Timiai, the William Smith senior honor society, and received the White Essay Prize for writing the best English essay. Kaylin graduated in 1981 cum laude and with highest honors in English. She went on to receive a master's degree in English Literature from Columbia University.