Krithika Varagur is an award-winning American journalist, essayist, and humorist currently based in New Delhi, after several years in Indonesia. Her work focuses on religion and politics and has been published in print and online in The Guardian, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Financial Times, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, NPR, The Daily Beast, The London Review of Books, CNN Style, The Caravan, and more. She is a grantee of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the International Reporting Project, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Amtrak Writer Residency, the WITS Africa-China Reporting Project, the Overseas Press Club Foundation, the Rory Peck Trust, and the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. She is a National Geographic explorer for forthcoming work in Eastern Indonesia and several of her stories have won Religion News Association awards. Her first book, on Gulf proselytization, will be published by Columbia Global Reports in spring 2020.
During her time in Southeast Asia, she covered landmark elections in Jakarta and Malaysia, broke an investigation of Ivanka Trump’s clothing factory in West Java, reported from the public flogging of gay Indonesians in Aceh, trekked to the spice island once traded for Manhattan, chronicled the reunions of East Timor's stolen children, and profiled immigrants who were deported from her hometown to Indonesia. She has also reported from the Balkans, India, Kenya, and Nigeria and written about things like museums, “museums,” malls, and mysticism. She has appeared on NPR, Democracy Now!, BBC Newshour and Outside Source, TRT World, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, and CBC News. Please get in touch via email if you’re interested in booking any media appearances.
Varagur grew up in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Harvard and M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she was a Fulbright scholar and winner of the Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism. She has been a writer and editor at the Huffington Post in New York and a contributing writer to Vogue India. She is an alumna of the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine and writes humor and satire for publications like The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and The Awl, as well as occasional essays and criticism. She underwent Hostile Environment First Aid Training (HEFAT) with RPS Solutions in 2018 and speaks Tamil, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian).
Homepage photo: Sunset at Indonesia’s Run island, which was traded for Manhattan between the Dutch and the British in 1667.
© Krithika Varagur, 2017.