Breaking the Story: The Fight for and Transformative Power of Hard Truths
At a time of skepticism about the news media, Farrow has become one of the world's most prominent investigative reporters. In an affecting, uncensored talk, he pulls back the curtain on the old-school, scrappy detective work that allowed him to break some of the biggest stories in recent memory, the obstacles that have forced him and other journalists to put everything on the line to fight for the truth, and the seismic cultural impact of his stories.
The Sexual Abuse Reckoning
Farrow has been one of the foremost reporters documenting the culture of silence and impunity around sexual misconduct, in Hollywood and beyond. As industry after industry attempts to confront long-unexamined demons in this area, Farrow offers a blueprint of the “dos” and “don’ts” of efforts to create accountability, and discusses the poignant personal stories of abuse, in his family and beyond, that led him to report so passionately on the topic.
The Power of the Next Generation
As a youth activist The New York Times once called “the youngest old guy in the room,” Ronan Farrow has years of experience bridging the divide between old school institutions – from the US government to major corporations – and a restless generation empowered by rapidly changing technology. Using examples and moving personal stories drawn from around the world, Farrow takes an affecting, rebellious look at the challenges of connecting with the next generation.
Building the Modern Humanitarian and Global Citizen
Too many organizations adopt splashy causes and fail to affect meaningful change – and too many people are left disillusioned and skeptical of their ability to make a difference. Ronan Farrow has witnessed the worst and the best of humanitarian and development efforts. He looks at how to confront the uncertainty and presents powerful illustrations of organizations and individuals revitalizing themselves as global citizens who are willing to take action on the world’s greatest challenges.
Ronan Farrow wins the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
Investigative reporter RONAN FARROW was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for his culture-shifting reporting for The New Yorker on Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment, and abuse of power. Awarded along with Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, the Pulitzer Prize committee recognized the journalists’, “explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women.” Farrow’s first article for The New Yorker, a seven-thousand-word investigation, shared the stories of multiple women who were assaulted by the film executive and served as a lightning rod for the important conversation surrounding workplace harassment and abuse of power. Farrow’s initial article was followed up with several subsequent New Yorker pieces, and Farrow has spoken up and shed light on the sobering details surrounding his investigations on NPR, Rachel Maddow, ABC This Week, and more, providing powerful commentary on his reporting and its implications. He has taken his powerful message to audiences nationwide, discussing the standards of journalism and impact and future of the Me Too movement at Globoforce’s WorkHuman 2018, Youngstown State University, Gonzaga University, and Colgate, inspiring tweets of praise such as: “Great to listen to @RonanFarrow at the #LibertyAward. Stunning keynote!”; “Re-inspired to make the world a better place by keynote @RonanFarrow”; “Keynote @LibertyAward by the great and courageous journalist and fighter for the freedom of press @RonanFarrow.” Dedicated to sharing the stories of those who are often silenced, Farrow also just signed an exclusive three-year deal with HBO to develop an investigative docu-series.
Up Close and Personal with Ronan Farrow
An influential journalist and an award-winning voice of the Millennial generation RONAN FARROW dropped by HWA recently and we met the man behind the spotlight. Ronan shared personal stories from his life and career - from lessons learned in a multi-cultural/multi-race family of 14 to having a first-hand and very personal understanding of the disenfranchised, to the people and experiences that shaped his spirit for public service - our team was engaged and inspired by all that he shared.Watch Ronan's HWA Chat
Ronan Farrow breaks major story in The New Yorker
After a 10-month investigation, award-winning journalist RONAN FARROW broke a major story in The New Yorker: “From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories.” An in-depth piece that shares the stories of multiple women who were assaulted by the film executive, The New Yorker piece is a lightning rod for the important conversation surrounding workplace harassment and abuse of power. Farrow’s initial article was followed up with two other crucial New Yorker pieces, “Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies” and "Harvey Weinstein's Secret Settlements," chronicling the media mogul’s efforts to suppress allegations of harassment and assault. Farrow has shed light on the sobering details surrounding the Weinstein story in interviews on NPR, Rachel Maddow and ABC This Week, providing powerful commentary on his reporting and its implications and covering topics as crucial and varied as abuse of power, ongoing allegations of sexual harassment across the country, the standards of journalism, and more.Watch Ronan Farrow on Rachel Maddow >>
Ronan Farrow shines a spotlight on #Undercovered stories
As an NBC News investigative correspondent, RONAN FARROW dives into the world’s most compelling, under-reported stories as the founder and front man of the Today Show’s “Undercovered.” A fascinating series that combines traditional journalism with innovative crowd-sourced story selection, Ronan takes suggestions from viewers who have a story they think needs more coverage and dives in with true investigative-style reporting. Having shed light on everything from new approaches to battling heroin addiction, to the dark side of the movie industry and toxic chemicals found in California’s water supply, Farrow has an uncanny ability to capture the heart of a story, drawing out the personalities, facts and impacts of issues that go largely unnoticed in mainstream news. With a clear and engaging reporting style, Farrow’s messages speak to a wide audience. As one viewer recently tweeted: “@RonanFarrow when I expect 100% , you give me 200%. Great report!”Watch Ronan Farrow's latest Undercovered segment >>
Ronan Farrow is an influential voice in government and media, helping traditional institutions address the frustrations – and tap the promise – of a new generation. Forbes Magazine has twice named him one of the “30 Under 30” most influential people in law and policy, a contest he has gone on to judge. New York Magazine has named him “activist of the year.” Esquire magazine recently named him the man of his year of birth. He has received numerous human rights awards, including Refugees International’s McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for “extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people”.
His speeches on the struggles of young people he’s worked with around the world as well as his own childhood growing up amidst a high profile Hollywood scandal have been selected among NPR’s “Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever” and Huffington Post’s top ten speeches of the year.
As an NBC News anchor and investigative reporter, Farrow founded and fronts the Today Show’s “#Undercovered” series, combining traditional reporting with innovative crowd-sourced story selection. He has also anchored an MSNBC cable news program, Ronan Farrow Daily. He has written about human rights and foreign policy for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.
Farrow served as a State Department diplomat in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and reported to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the United States’ first special adviser for global youth during the Arab Spring revolutions. He has also served as spokesperson for youth at UNICEF in Nigeria, Angola, and the Darfur region of Sudan, and appeared as an expert witness before the US Congressional human rights caucus.
Farrow is a Yale Law School educated attorney and a member of the New York Bar, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of the forthcoming Pandora’s Box: How America Creates Its Own Enemies from Penguin Press.