Krithika Varagur

Senior Speechwriter

Krithika joined Fenway in 2021 after years as an award-winning journalist. She was a foreign correspondent based in Indonesia for outlets including The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, writing on subjects ranging from Trump resorts to the oldest cave painting in the world. She was an Amtrak writer-in-residence in 2016, named “Foreign Correspondent of the Year” by the Newswomen’s Club of New York in 2020, and selected for Forbes’ “30 under 30” list in 2022. She became a National Geographic Explorer for her work retracing the steps of Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace in Southeast Asia. It may be worth noting here that she grew up on a steady diet of Indiana Jones and Westerns. 

Her first book, The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project, was published in 2020 and detailed the impact of Saudi missionary activity in the Muslim world, from the Balkans to Nigeria. Stateside, she has reported an award-winning series on the aftermath of the George Floyd protests for The New York Review of Books and was the inaugural “At Work” columnist at The Wall Street Journal, where she wrote about the lighter side of work, from office romances to CIA recruitment on Instagram.She is HEFAT-certified to work in hostile environments, though she hopes never to put her tourniquet skills into practice. 

At Fenway, she has written speeches and op-eds for the development, nonprofit, and corporate sectors, for venues ranging from university commencements to the Vatican. Krithika is a devoted resident and amateur historian of Brooklyn Heights. She is among the last few New Yorkers to use their oven for storage. Krithika has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a master’s degree from SOAS University of London, where she was a Fulbright scholar. She once went on a BBC game show to answer questions about FDR — a subject she will discuss enthusiastically with anyone and their dad.