Vauhini Vara, a journalist in Colorado, is a staff writer at The California Sunday Magazine and a contributing writer for the New Yorker‘s website. Her work has also appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic, Businessweek, and elsewhere.
Previously, she launched and edited the business section of the New Yorker’s website. Before that, she spent nine years 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 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 has served on the MacDowell Fellows Executive Committee and currently sits 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.