American Society of Magazine Editors

Mel Allen


Yankee Magazine

Mel is the fifth editor of Yankee Magazine since its beginning in 1935. His career at Yankee spans nearly four decades. In his pursuit of stories, he has raced a sled dog team, crawled into the dens of black bears, picked potatoes in Aroostook County, Maine and stood beneath a battleship before it was launched. But Mel claims his most memorable ones seem to involve the Red Sox including roaming  the back roads for talent with Red Sox scout Bill Enos; profiling Red Sox hitting coach Walt Hriniak which required Mel to spend a week in spring training in 1986, the year the “Curse” came so close to being broken; and spending several days with the legendary Ted Williams at his fishing camp. Mel taught writing for 12 years at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and currently teaches creative non-fiction in the MFA program of BayPath University in Longmeadow, MA.  He is the author of A Coach’s Letter to His Son” and his column, “Here in New England,” was twice a finalist for Best column in a city and regional magazine.