Vauhini Vara is the online business editor at the New Yorker, where she oversees business coverage on the New Yorker’s Web site and edits the Currency blog. She is also a fiction writer.
At the New Yorker, she has edited online pieces written by staff writers including James Surowiecki, John Cassidy, Ken Auletta, and Tad Friend, and by freelancers. She has also written about the growing gap between black and white wealth, the myth of California’s fiscal comeback, and the fall of BlackBerry.
She was previously 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 in San Francisco and for WSJ.com in New York, inaugurating the Journal’s Facebook beat. In covering Facebook, she broke news of the company’s development of what would become the iconic News Feed and Pages features; her 2008 profile of Mark Zuckerberg was the paper’s first Page One feature on Facebook.
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. Her short stories have been published or are forthcoming in Tin House, Glimmer Train, Black Warrior Review and Epoch.
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. She has been a guest on CNN, CNBC and NPR, and her journalism has also appeared in the Seattle Times and the Denver Post.
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 $2,000 scholarship to a graduate of Mercer Island High School in memory of her sister, Krishna, who passed away in 2001.