Ronan Farrow

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  • Contributing Writer, The New Yorker
  • Documentary Filmmaker, HBO
  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Investigative Reporter
  • Human Rights Attorney, Rhodes Scholar, and Former U.S. State Department official

Ronan Farrow is an investigative journalist who writes for The New Yorker—which published his culture-shifting series of stories on sexual assault and harassment—and makes documentaries for HBO. He has been an anchor and reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, and his writing has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He is also a former State Department official who worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan and reported to the Secretary of State as the United States' senior official focused on youth uprisings. He is the author of "War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of the American Influence" (from W.W. Norton, April 24, 2018). He is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a 2018 George Polk Award, and has been nominated for the National Magazine Award, among other commendations. Named one of TIME"s "100 Most Influential People of 2018," his speeches have been selected among NPR’s “Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever” and Huffington Post’s Top 10 Speeches of the Year.

 

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The Dismantling of the State Department, a discussion with James Hoge | Washington Watch [1:06:22] - Get Sharable Link
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On #MeToo, Going to College at Eleven, and His Path to Journalism | The New Yorker [12:04]
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Discussion of War on Peace with Lydia Polgreen | Build [51:41]
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The hard work of investigative journalism | Society of the Silurians [ 41:22]
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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 ...

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 crea ...

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 e ...

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 th ...

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. 

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<p>Ronan Farrow makes headlines for awards and work </p>

Ronan Farrow makes headlines for awards and work 

Investigative reporter RONAN FARROW was both awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People of 2018for 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 Farrow's, “explosive, impactful journalism... spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women,” and as the TIME tribute cited, "Their hard work and impeccable journalism have changed attitudes, behavior, conversations, norms, laws and policies, yielding enormous personal and public good." Beyond his grounbreaking work with The New Yorker, Farrow has also signed an exclusive three-year deal with HBOto develop and be featured in a series of investigative documentary specials, and just released a book War on Peace, which is a harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy. The book was an instant Amazon and New York Times #1 Bestseller, and Farrow has been making headlines in virtually every major outlet as he's been sought-out for interviews by The Late Show with Stephen ColbertABC's Good Morning America, CBS' This MorningTIME, The New Yorker, SLATE, NPR, Preet Bharara's podcast and more, shedding light on everything from Tillerson's short-lived tenure as Secretary of State to lessons on investigative journalism. He has taken his powerful message to audiences nationwide, delivering compelling speeches at Colgate Univerisrty, Globoforce’s WorkHuman 2018, Gonzaga University, and more. His recent commencement address at Loyola Marymount University made headlines in The Washington Post, Forbes, TIME, Fast Company, and more, thanks to his inspiring message on rising up and trusting your inner voice. 

<p>Ronan Farrow in the news</p>

Ronan Farrow in the news

Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the 2018 George Polk Award, and named one of TIME"s "100 Most Influential People of 2018," Ronan Farrow's views are in high demand in the media.  Follow his latest appearances here.

4.26.2018  Ronan Farrow on #MeToo, Going to College at Eleven, and His Path to Journalism | The New Yorker

4.24.2018  Ronan Farrow explores decline of U.S. diplomacy in "War on Peace" \ CBS This Morning

4.22.2018  Ronan Farrow: State Department is being decimated  |  CNN Zakaria GPS

<p><strong>Ronan Farrow wins the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service</strong></p>

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 NPRRachel MaddowABC 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.

<p>Up Close and Personal with Ronan Farrow</p>

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.

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<p>Ronan Farrow breaks major story in <em>The New Yorker</em></p>

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 NPRRachel 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.​

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<p>Ronan Farrow shines a spotlight on #Undercovered stories </p>

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!”  

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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. Last month he won the world's most prestigious journalist award, the Pulitzer Prize, for his reporting on sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein. In April he published a new book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, which gives a unique insight into US foreign policy, and what many describe as US resignation in global leadership. In this book, Farrow interviews all of America's former living secretary of state.

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. Farrow is a Yale Law School educated attorney and a member of the New York Bar, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.