We publish original work by outstanding writers. Tom Wolfe, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham, National Book Award winners Julia Glass and Andrew Solomon, and New York Times Sunday Review editor Sam Tanenhaus have all appeared in our pages. We also publish work by first-class writers whose names aren’t as well known (yet).
We’ve won two gold awards from Folio:, the trade magazine of the magazine industry, since 2004. In 2012, in the CASE national alumni magazine competition, we won a “Grand Gold” for best article published. The “Grand Gold” is an optional award that the judges rarely give; the previous one was given in 2006.
The print version of the Yale Alumni Magazine is published bimonthly and distributed to almost 135,000 alumni of Yale—nearly all the alumni for whom Yale has viable mailing addresses. Some 5,000 faculty and staff also receive the magazine.
The magazine’s archives are available online at yalealumnimagazine.com, where we also publish several blogs that keep alumni up to date with happenings on campus and with Yale alumni news.
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The Yale Alumni Magazine is honored to have Laura R. Handman ’73, Esq., as Media Law Adviser and Diane Straus Tucker ’73 as Publishing Adviser.
This website was designed in collaboration with Andy Pressman, of Rumors.
The Yale Alumni Magazine was founded as the Yale Alumni Weekly in 1891 by the student editors of the Yale Daily News. In the first issue, its founders declared that the publication was to be “run exclusively for the benefit of the graduates.” It was to “serve as an organ for the expression of graduate opinion upon topics concerning the welfare and interest of Yale” and to “act as a bond between the Alumni themselves and between the Alumni and the University.”
After a few years, the Daily News sold the new publication to two alumni, who ran it privately until 1909. In that year, the Yale Publishing Association was founded as publisher of the Weekly, governed by a nonprofit corporation “formed to hold [the YPA] in trust for the Yale graduates at large.” In 1937, the Alumni Board of Yale incorporated the nonprofit Yale Alumni Publications, Inc., to take over publication of what was soon renamed the Yale Alumni Magazine. In July 2015, Yale Alumni Publications, Inc., and Yale University agreed that the magazine would become a department of Yale, though Yale Alumni Publications, Inc., continues to exist and its board continues to shepherd the magazine and ensure its journalistic quality.
On April 24, 2015, the Board of Directors of Yale Alumni Publications, Inc., approved the following Statement of Purpose for the magazine, to be effective July 1, 2015:
The Yale Alumni Magazine is published by Yale University under agreement with Yale Alumni Publications, Inc., a nonprofit incorporated in Connecticut. Yale Alumni Publications is run by a governing board that also serves as an editorial advisory board to the magazine. The Board of Directors includes representatives of the Yale faculty, alumni, and administration, as well as leading journalists and publishers.
Currently, the journalists on the magazine’s governing board are Paul Steiger, editor of ProPublica and former editor of the Wall Street Journal; Joanne Lipman, author and founding editor of Condé Nast’s Portfolio magazine; and Ben Smith, editor of Buzzfeed.
As of July 1, 2015, the members of the Board of Directors of Yale Alumni Publications, Inc., are: