Vauhini Vara is the business editor at NewYorker.com, where she oversees the Business Pages and edits the Currency blog. She also writes for NewYorker.com and has covered, among other things, the growing gap between black and white wealth, the real reason for pensions, and the fall of BlackBerry.
From 2004 to 2013, she was a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal. From 2010 to 2013, she covered California politics, following Gov. Jerry Brown and his efforts to rescue the state from its worst fiscal crisis in recent history. Previously, she spent four years as a technology reporter for the Journal, first covering the software industry and, later, inaugurating the Journal‘s Facebook beat. In covering Facebook, she broke news of the company’s development of what would become the News Feed and Pages features; her 2008 profile of Mark Zuckerberg was the paper’s first Page One feature on Facebook. She has been a guest on CNN, CNBC, and NPR, and her journalism has also appeared in the Seattle Times and the Denver Post.
She is also a fiction writer. Her short stories have been published in Tin House, Glimmer Train, Black Warrior Review, and Epoch. Between her stints as a tech reporter and a political reporter, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, where she studied fiction at the Writers’ Workshop. She also reviewed some books for the Rumpus.
She has received awards for her journalism from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Northwest Journalists of Color. For her fiction, she has received grants from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and others, and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and a guest of the Yaddo Corporation.
Vauhini holds a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University and lives in New York. She sits on the board of the Krishna D. Vara Memorial Fund, which presents an annual two-thousand-dollar scholarship to a graduate of Mercer Island High School in memory of her sister, Krishna, who passed away in 2001.