Disinformation: The Fight for and Transformative Power of the Truth
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Ronan Farrow is singularly qualified to offer insights on the disinformation epidemic, including the driving factors as well as impacts on society, news, and politics. Farrow outlines the intense challenges facing our society and democracy when it comes to disinformation, and how all industries and as well as individuals can fight for the truth in this riveting analysis.
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.
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.
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.
Success Story: Ronan Farrow is electrifying audiences at KPMG and PCMA with keynotes on disinformation
Pulitzer Prize-winning and Peabody and Grammy Award-nominated investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Catch and Kill, which became a widely viewed HBO documentary, RONAN FARROW electrified recent audiences at KPMG’s Board Leadership Conference and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Annual Meeting with his keynote on the disinformation epidemic, “The Fight for and Transformative Power of the Truth.” Farrow is singularly qualified to offer insights on the driving factors and impacts on society, news, and politics of disinformation. KPMG’s 200+ person event attended by corporate board directors, most representing Fortune500 companies, were eager for Farrow’s riveting analysis. A gifted and sought-after speaker, Farrow’s addresses have been selected among NPR’s “Greatest commencement Speeches Ever” and Huffington Post’s “Top 10 Speeches of the Year.”
PCMA welcomed Farrow as their highly anticipated keynote speaker for their Annual Meeting, which was attended by 2,300 people in person and livestreamed to an audience of another 1,500 guests. Farrow outlined the intense challenges facing our society and democracy when it comes to disinformation and highlighted the vital role events play in created shared space and common ground in this specifically tailored address. In an affirming interview with mediator Holly Ransom, Farrow endorsed that events “change the world for the better,” saying “I feel it’s more important than ever that they happen, in this time of challenge when shared space and common ground is so precious.” As all industries face real communications challenges, it is imperative that we understand the forces at play as well as the possible outcomes of the disinformation epidemic, and Farrow is uniquely poised to illuminate this complex topic for audiences, who were enthralled by his presentation: “’#pcmacl off to a great start. Nothing like waking up to Paula Abdul followed by Ronan Farrow!’ … ‘Really insightful and a great start to the event!’ … ‘Such a treat for this journalist to see Ronan Farrow in person at #pcmacl’ … ‘Love being back in person at PCMA Convening Leaders! Ronan Farrow did not disappoint with showcasing the importance of events and bringing people together!’” (Crowd Comments from PCMA on social media)
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.
Ronan Farrow's book Catch and Kill, now a docuseries, 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. Based on his explosive book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, Farrow executive produced a six part half hour docuseries for HBO Documentary Films titled "Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes" based on his interviews, bringing to life his interviews with sources for his podcast and bestselling book, and expanding with new footage and insights discussing not only exposing one predator, but the systems that cover up these crimes.
In the book and docuseries, Farrow breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture in his new docuseries. He takes readers and viewers 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 made headlines for his "bombshell" work, as he was profiled in the New York Times, excerpts were released in The New Yorker, featured in the Chicago Sun Times, 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:
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.
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 @RonanFarrow speak tonight at @WeinbergCenter. 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 @RonanFarrow for coming to @WeinbergCenter. Enjoyed you immensely. Keep up your excellent work!"; "It was a privilege to watch in person such an inspiring conversation about #GenderEquality with @RonanFarrow." 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)
Ronan Farrow is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, where his investigative reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the National Magazine Award, and the George Polk Award, among other honors. His latest book, Catch and Kill is a New York Times bestseller with a companion Peabody Award-winning podcast which has topped the Apple Podcast charts. Ronan is also currently producing documentaries for HBO. 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.
Before his career in journalism, he served as a State Department official in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence . Farrow has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People and one of GQ's Men of the Year.
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. He lives in New York.