Ronan Farrow

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

Ronan Farrow is an investigative reporter and a contributing writer to The New Yorker. He is also currently producing documentaries for HBO. His stories for The New Yorker exposed the first sexual-assault allegations against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the first misconduct allegations against CBS executives, including then C.E.O. Leslie Moonves. He was also responsible for the first detailed accounts of payments made by the National Enquirer’s parent company in order to suppress stories about Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential campaign. Farrow has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the National Magazine Award, and the George Polk Award, among other honors. He has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People, one of the Hollywood Reporter's Most Powerful People in Entertainment, and one of GQ's Men of the Year. He previously worked as an anchor and investigative reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, with his print commentary and reporting appearing in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Farrow is the author of the New York Times bestseller War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, and the forthcoming Catch and Kill. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a member of the New York Bar. He recently completed a Ph.D. in political science at Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to his career in journalism, he served as a State Department official, working in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East. He lives in New York. 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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He sure did knock it out of the park...My goal with our meeting was that every attendee leave feeling hopeful, energized and inspired, and [his] keynote truly made that impact.

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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's Catch and Kill sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture</p>

Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture

Investigative journalist RONAN FARROW was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People" for his culture-shifting reporting for The New Yorker on Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment, and abuse of power. Now in his explosive book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, Farrow breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture. He takes readers behind the scenes of his reporting process to reveal the serial abusers and cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, sharing the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. Farrow also highlights the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement through #MeToo. 

Ronan Farrow is already making headlines for his "bombshell" work, as excerpts were released in The New Yorker, and Farrow was sought-out for a radically candid interview on Good Morning America.

Farrow's rave reviews touch on his power as a speaker:

  • "Last night was a tremendous success. No real words can describe the job that Ronan did... He was professional, polished, human, kind, warm, open... His event was the first one in thirteen years that I actually had to turn away our wait list folks." (University of Washington)
  • "He sure did knock it out of the park... " (Blackbaud)
  • "What a wonderful presenter you have with Ronan Farrow... Thought provoking and thoroughly engaging for our team." (Constellation Brands)
  • "He is so darn smart, articulate, and insightful... Wrap all that with a great personality, and you have Ronan- tough to top!.. He was clearly invested in making our event the best it could be..." (University of Buffalo)

<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 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and named to TIME's "100 Most Influential Peoplefor 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 University, Globoforce’s WorkHuman, 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. 

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<p>Ronan Farrow featured in documentary Untouchable</p>

Ronan Farrow featured in documentary Untouchable

Pulitzer Prize-Winning investigative reporter RONAN FARROW is featured in the upcoming documentary about the Harvey Weinstein case, Untouchable, set to debut on Hulu September 2. In the important documentary, the victim’s voices, rather than the media mogul’s, take center stage, allowing the women to regain control of their own narrative. It’s a shift Farrow was heralded for in his own journalism. Farrow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People" 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 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."

In Untouchable, Farrow shares his reporting process, and the obstacles he faced trying to break the story. He displays the same candor and thoughtfulness he brings to each of his speaking engagements. Whether sharing transformative lessons on journalism and today’s media landscape or the sexual abuse reckoning, Farrow’s speeches inform and empower. He offers audiences powerful insights on why we need to fight for hard truths, and how we can build a culture of a accountability and equality.

<p>Ronan Farrow receives rave reviews at back-to-back events </p>

Ronan Farrow receives rave reviews at back-to-back events 

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Investigative Reporter RONAN FARROW wowed audiences at back-to-back events, first sharing his insights for an audience of 2,000 at the Frederick Speaker Series, and then at PwC's Diversity and Inclusion program. A tremendously informative and engaging speaker, Farrow had the audience at both events tweeting praise such as: "Super thrilled to hear speak tonight at . Crazy engaging and articulate. Thanks to the work he does, I like to hope my daughters have a fairer shot at a safe workplace."; "Thank you for coming to . Enjoyed you immensely. Keep up your excellent work!"; "It was a privilege to watch in person such an inspiring conversation about with ." A contributing writer for The New Yorker—which published his culture-shifting series of stories on sexual assault and harassment—and documentary filmmaker for HBO, Farrow shares candid and powerful lessons on our politics and culture today. His bestselling book "War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of the American Influence" was hailed as delivering "lively writing, astute commentary, and plenty of great stories, laced through with passion and outrage," in The Washington Post, and his revolutionary investigative reporting continues to make headlines and an impact. He receives rave reviews at each an every engagement such as: "He sure did knock it out of the park...My goal with our meeting was that every attendee leave feeling hopeful, energized and inspired, and [his] keynote truly made that impact." (Blackbaud)

<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.

7.29.2018  How Ronan Farrow keeps landing bombshells  |  CNN Money

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

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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, the New York Times bestseller, 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.