Newyorker.com hired Vauhini Vara to be the site’s new business editor and expand the business coverage, editor Nicholas Thompson announced this morning.
“Vauhini is everything we want in a business reporter: she breaks news, files F.O.I.A. requests, and writes beautifully,” Mr. Thompson said in the announcement. “I’ve always wanted someone who can cover the S.E.C. and who has also studied literary fiction. She’ll do a great job in further expanding our rapidly growing business coverage on newyorker.com.”
Ms. Vara has pretty shiny credentials to helm Newyorker.com’s business vertical. In addition to an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the prestigious University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, Ms. Vara majored in International Relations and Economics at Stanford University. Most recently, she was a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, where she spent the past three years covering California politics. Before covering politics (and taking time off to get her fiction writing degree), Ms. Vara covered the tech industry and Silicon Alley for the Journal.
Ms. Vara’s hire is part of a push to expand the venerable magazine’s website. In February, Matt Buchanan came over from BuzzFeed to launch the site’s science and tech section and Michael Agger and Sasha Weiss were recently tapped to expand the site’s cultural coverage.