Krithika Varagur is an award-winning American journalist, essayist, and humorist based in London after several years in Indonesia. Her work focuses on religion and geopolitics and has been published by 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, Voice of America, The Caravan, and more. Her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting (on Gulf investments in Indonesia and the Balkans), the International Reporting Project (on Buddhism in India), the International Women’s Media Foundation, the WITS China-Africa Reporting Project, the Overseas Press Club, and the Rory Peck Trust. Her stories were recognized in two categories of the 2018 Religion News Association awards. She is currently writing her first book, for Columbia Global Reports, about Gulf countries’ foreign religious investments.
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 written about things like museums, “museums,” malls, and mysticism. She has appeared on NPR, Democracy Now!, BBC Newshour, TRT World, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, and CBC News; please get in touch if you’re interested in booking any media appearances.
Varagur grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Harvard University in 2015. She is a Fulbright scholar and has been an Amtrak writer-in-residence, a reporter and editor at the Huffington Post in New York, and a contributing writer for three years to Vogue India. She is an alumna of the Harvard Lampoon magazine and writes humor and satire for publications including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and The Awl, as well as occasional essays and criticism. She speaks Tamil, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian).
Homepage photo: Sunset at Indonesia's Run Island, which was once traded for Manhattan, in July 2017.