Meet Team Lily

The women behind The Lily


To empower with news and information and promote inclusivity by exposing diverse voices and perspectives.

Team Lily, left to right: Amy Cavenaile, Amy King, Rachel Orr, Carol Shih, Ashley Nguyen and Neema Roshania Patel. (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. (Jesse Dittmar for The 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. (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

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. (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

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 five tattoos, and all of them are her favorite.

Ashley Nguyen. (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

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, getting multiple bikes stolen and politely refusing meat.

Amy Cavenaile. (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

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.

Carol Shih. (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

Carol Shih is a producer for The Lily. Previously, she worked as the associate digital editor at Sunset Magazine and covered the food beat for Dallas’ D Magazine. Because of that, she has strong feelings about queso.

Maya Sugarman. (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.

Team Lily. (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)

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