Previously, she spent nearly a decade as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, first covering technology companies including Facebook and Oracle, and later writing about California politics; her writing has been anthologized in “Dogfight at the Pentagon,” a 2014 collection of page-one features from the Journal. She has received awards for her journalism from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Northwest Journalists of Color.
She is also an O. Henry Award-winning fiction writer whose short stories have been published in Tin House, Zyzzyva, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. She earned a master’s degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 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 studied international relations at Stanford University. She sits on the MacDowell Fellows Executive Committee and on the board of the Krishna D. Vara Memorial Fund, which presents an annual scholarship to a graduate of Mercer Island High School in memory of her sister.