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Ronan Farrow Biography
Ronan Farrow is an American journalist, lawyer, and former government advisor best known for writing investigative articles for The New Yorker and making documentaries for HBO.
From 2001 to 2009, Farrow was a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth, advocating for both children and women caught up in the ongoing crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region and assisting in fundraising and addressing United Nations affiliated groups in the United States.
During this time, Farrow also made joint trips to the Darfur region of Sudan with his mother, actress Mia Farrow, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He afterward advocated for the protection of Darfuri refugees.
Following his experiences in Sudan, Farrow was affiliated with the Genocide Intervention Network. During his time at Yale Law School, he interned at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell and in the office of the chief counsel at the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he focus on international human rights law.
In 2009, he joined the Obama administration as Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.Ronan Farrow Photo
Farrow was part of a team of officials recruited by the diplomat Richard Holbrooke, for whom Farrow had previously worked for as a speechwriter. For the next two years, he was responsible for “overseeing the United States Government’s relationships with civil society and nongovernmental actors” in Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
In 2011, Farrow was appointed as a Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues and Director of the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
The office’s creation was as an outcome of a multi-year task-force appointed by Clinton to review the United States’ economic and social policies on youth, for which he co-chaired the working group with senior United States Agency for International Development staff member David Barth beginning in 2010.
His appointment and the creation of the office were announced by Clinton as part of a refocusing on youth following the Arab Spring revolutions.
He was responsible for US youth policy and programming with an aim of “empowering young people as economic and civic actors.”
He concluded his term as Special Adviser in 2012, with his policies and programs continuing under his successor.
After leaving government, Farrow began a Rhodes Scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied toward a Doctor of Philosophy, researching the exploitation of the poor in developing countries, but did not complete his degree.
Farrow has written op-eds, essays, and other pieces for The Guardian, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and other periodicals.
In October 2013, Penguin Press acquired his book, Pandora’s Box: How American Military Aid Creates America’s Enemies, scheduling it for 2015 publication.
Ronan Farrow Education
As a child, Farrow skipped several grades in school and took courses with the Center for Talented Youth. He attended Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and later transferred to Bard College for a B.A. in philosophy, and became the youngest graduate of that institution at age 15. In 2009, he received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, and was later admitted to the New York Bar.
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Farrow was born Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow on December 19, 1987 in New York City, New York, United States. He is 31 years old as of 2018. He celebrates his birthday on 19th December every year.
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Farrow stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches tall.
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Farrow is the son of filmmaker Woody Allen and actress Mia Farrow. His father’s family is Jewish, while his mother’s family is Catholic.
His given name honors National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige and his maternal grandmother, actress Maureen O’Sullivan.
Ronan Farrow Siblings
Farrow has four adopted siblings; three sisters two Vietnamese and one Korean, Soon-Yi Previn and a one adopted Korean brother, Moses Farrow.
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Farrow is considered a ‘genius’ by some. At 11 years of age, he was the youngest student to ever attend Simon’s Rock high school for gifted students, run by Bard College in Massachusetts. He then graduated from Bard with his B.A. degree at age 15.
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In a 2013 interview with Vanity Fair, Ronan’s mother Mia Farrow stated that Ronan could “possibly” be the biological child of Frank Sinatra, with whom she claimed to have “never really split up”.
In a 2015 CBS Sunday Morning interview, Sinatra’s daughter Nancy dismissed the idea that her father is also the biological father of Ronan Farrow, calling it “nonsense.”
She said that her children were affected by the rumor because they were being questioned about it. “I was kind of cranky with Mia for even saying ‘possibly’,” Nancy added. “I was cranky with her for saying that because she knew better, you know, she really did. But she was making a joke! And it was taken very serious and was just silly, stupid.”
DNA paternity testing to determine Farrow’s father is not known to have occurred. Farrow has refused to discuss DNA, and stated that despite their estrangement, “Woody Allen, legally, ethically, personally was absolutely a father in our family.”
In a 2018 New York magazine article, Woody Allen said that Farrow may indeed be Sinatra’s son: “In my opinion, he’s my child … I think he is, but I wouldn’t bet my life on it. I paid for child support for him for his whole childhood, and I don’t think that’s very fair if he’s not mine.”Ronan Farrow Frank Sinatra
Ronan Farrow Net Worth
Farrow has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
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From February 2014 to February 2015, he hosted Ronan Farrow Daily, a television news program that aired on MSNBC. He also hosted the investigative segment “Undercover with Ronan Farrow” on NBC’s Today.
The seies was launched in June 2015, and was billed as providing Farrow’s look at the stories “you don’t see in the headlines every day”, often featuring crowd-sourced story selection and covering topics from the labor rights of nail salon workers to mental healthcare issues to sexual assault on campus.
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On October 10, 2017, The New Yorker published an investigative article by Farrow detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against film producer Harvey Weinstein. Five days after, The New York Times published the findings of its own investigation into Weinstein and in 2016, NBC had decided against airing Farrow’s initial findings.
In 2018, The New Yorker won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for Farrow’s reporting, sharing the award with Meghan Twohey and Jodi Kantor at The New York Times. In the same year, Farrow was included in the Time “100 Most Influential People in the World” list.
On May 7, 2018, The New Yorker published an article by Farrow and his fellow reporter Jane Mayer stating that, during his term in office, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had physically abused at least four women with whom he had been romantically involved, and that he had habitually abused alcohol and prescription drugs. On May 8, 2018 after hours of its publication, Schneiderman resigned.
Farrow and Mayer reported that they had confirmed the women’s allegations with photographs of contusions and with statements from friends with whom the alleged victims had confided subsequent to the claimed assaults.
Although Schneiderman denied the allegations, he stated that he resigned because they “effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work”. Governor Andrew Cuomo then assigned a special prosecutor to investigate the filing of possible criminal charges against Schneiderman.
On July 27, 2018, The New Yorker published an article by Farrow stating that six women had accused CBS CEO Leslie Moonves of harassment and intimidation, and that many more people described abuse at his company.
On August 23, 2018, The New Yorker published an article by Farrow and Adam Entous stating that top aides of the Trump White House circulated a conspiracy memo entitled “The Echo Chamber” about Obama aides.
On September 14, 2018, Jane Mayer and Farrow published information pertaining to an allegation of sexual assault by United States Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
He voiced minor characters in the English-language versions of two Japanese animated films, From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) and The Wind Rises (2013).
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Ronan Farrow Book
- 2020: Pandora’s Box: How American Military Aid Creates America’s Enemies
- 2019: Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
- 2018: War on Peace
- 2015: Pandora’s Box: How American Military Aid Creates America’s Enemies
Ronan Farrow Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.
In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family.
All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance that could not be explained – until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood, to Washington, and beyond.
This is 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 – and it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.
Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power – and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture.
Ronan Farrow War On Peace | Ronan Farrow Diplomacy
War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence is a book by Ronan Farrow released in 2018. The book was published by W. W. Norton & Company.
Ronan Farrow Awards
- In 2008, he was awarded Refugees International’s McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people.
- In 2009, he was named New York magazine’s “New Activist” of the year and was included on its list of individuals “on the verge of changing their worlds”.
- In 2011, he was listed by Harper’s Bazaar as an “up-and-coming politician”.
- In 2012, Farrow was ranked number one in “Law and Policy” on Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” Most Influential People.
- In 2012, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Dominican University of California.
- In its 2013 retrospective of men born in its 80 years of publication, Esquire magazine named him the man of the year of his birth.
- In February 2014, he received the third annual Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism from Reach the World, in recognition of his work since 2001, including his being a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth in 2001. Some media outlets suggested that the award was not justified after they noted that the award came three days after Ronan Farrow Daily began airing.
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Interviewer: What was happening in your life when you decided to write “War On Peace”?
Ronan Farrow: You know, this project gestated for a long time, and then with the advent of the Trump administration, the exact trend line I was talking about, decimating American diplomacy, reached this new nadir. And it was uncanny in a way I wish I could say I celebrated that it had suddenly become I think really the defining topic in American foreign policy. America’s place in the world is being redefined in this massive way. And, yes, it’s worth noting this new extreme under Trump, and I do at length. A lot of the book is set during this administration. But to answer your question, this was something I had been working on for something like five years, really showing that administration after administration of both parties had been guilty of some version of this, the politically expedient sidelining of the American diplomat.
Interviewer: You started working at the State Department when you were 20 with Richard Holbrooke, who was then the special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan. What was your job description?
Ronan Farrow: I was the special adviser for humanitarian and NGO affairs, which, like everything in government, was an unwieldy and ridiculous title with too many acronyms in it. And we had this team of what one senior military official calls weirdos (laughter). So Richard Holbrooke, who was, you know, the embodiment of establishment foreign policy in a lot of ways, also had this very firm and I think very admirable commitment to bringing in new ideas and new blood. And I think he really embodies the idea that you can do both. You can respect expertise and also shake things up. He kind of did an “Ocean’s Eleven”-style heist team for this. He brought in academics and business people and all sorts of people you wouldn’t normally see on a State Department team. It rankled a lot of the bureaucracy. But he thought that was what it would take to break through decades of, you know, Afghanistan being the graveyard of the empires. And…
Interviewer: So if it was “Ocean’s Eleven,” where did you fit in?
Ronan Farrow: (Laughter) I mean, I was like the intern of the “Ocean’s Eleven” team. You know, I think I would have been cut for economy of characters in a movie script.
Ronan Farrow: But my job was to liaise with the human rights groups, the nongovernmental groups on the ground. And a big part of Richard Holbrooke’s idea for Afghanistan and Pakistan was to stop this practice of putting all of our development work through Beltway bandits, these giant contractors who had tons of overhead and would subcontract out six times and then, you know, wind up with outsiders coming in who didn’t really know the territory anyway. He wanted much more local implementation instead. You know, go to the mom-and-pop group that can build the well instead of the seven layers of contractors. So that was a big part of what I worked on and, you know, I can’t say he succeeded in that, but I do think it was the right line of thinking.
Interviewer: So you write about how diplomats are losing their importance in an era when foreign policy has been militarized. What’s an example of that that you saw in the Obama administration when you were working in the administration?
Ronan Farrow: So Obama is often remembered by liberal commentators, I think, through rose-colored glasses in this particular respect because we think of him in Cairo sounding extremely inclusive in that famous speech, and many others, really talking about the importance of diplomacy and the United States having more than just war as an approach to different conflicts. But in practice, a lot of the trends that have kind of been set in stone across administration after administration continued unabated under Barack Obama. One of those trend lines was increases in arms sales, which really exploded under Obama. One of them was the White House filling with former generals.
When you look at the Afghanistan review during Obama’s first term, there was sort of a collision of all of these trends in the militarization of foreign policy. And you had an environment where what Ben Rhodes, one of Obama’s senior foreign policy voices, called celebrity general culture and what Richard Holbrooke called in some of his last-anguished memos that I release in this book mil-think – military thinking. And the end result is there was this torturous review of Afghanistan policy, Terry, where it became a cavalcade of military voices. And the few civilian voices in the room, I think partly for political reasons, were completely lockstep with the calls for escalation from the generals. And Richard Holbrooke, who felt there needed to be less escalation and that we needed to focus on a potential political settlement – an idea that is widely embraced now but at the time was totally verboten and controversial – didn’t even get heard. He rarely made it into the room when most of the crucial decisions were made.
Interviewer: So meanwhile, under the Trump administration, the president seems to be dismantling much of the State Department. What are some of the…
Ronan Farrow: Yes.
Interviewer: …Biggest ways you think that the Trump administration has been succeeding?
Ronan Farrow: You look at this dynamic under Barack Obama, especially in the first term where diplomats were frequently sidelined and left at the margins of the rooms where decisions were being made – they are no longer in the room, they are no longer in the building under Trump. The Trump administration has evinced a complete disregard for expertise, for history, for the kind of careful assessment of a region and the pressure points and the ways to avoid pitfalls that we so desperately need right now as we confront Iran, North Korea. That’s all gone.
And even just in terms of the shape of the organization of the State Department, Terry, what we’ve seen is it’s often described as unprecedented. I wouldn’t say unprecedented because I think there are clear lessons we can pull out of recent history about this, but it is certainly a new extreme where embassies around the world are short-staffed and have no leadership where the regional offices that are supposed to be led by important officials who really know the regions are again empty and being led by acting officials. And in conflict after conflict – I chronicle this in “War On Peace” – you see us barreling headlong into situations, you know, with diplomacy by tweet as the apparent spearhead and no experts to counterbalance it because we’re just not listening to them anymore.
Interviewer: So there’s a scene in the book – you’re basically having your job interview with Richard Holbrooke, and you’re following him around. You follow him home to his townhouse where he keeps asking you questions, really complicated questions. He goes into the shower, and with the shower running, he’s still kind of interviewing you. And the thing about that scene is like if you were a woman, he shouldn’t be doing that. If you were a woman, that could easily be interpreted as…
Ronan Farrow: Of course, of course.
Interviewer: …Sexual harassment. And the thing is, like, a lot of guys think, well, like, yeah, it’s hard to hire a woman because you can’t do what you usually do, right? And if what you usually do is talk to people while you’re showering, then you have to change your behavior because, oh, I hired a woman. Do you know what I mean? And I was wondering if you were thinking about that because…
Ronan Farrow: Of course I thought about it and I…
Interviewer: …It’s the kind of thing that stand in – it’s the kind of thing that stands in the way of a lot of people hiring women, that they feel like I can’t…
Ronan Farrow: Sure, and it’s…
Interviewer: They can’t behave the way they do around the guys.
Ronan Farrow: I mean, there’s really – there’s two parts to that question. One is about Richard Holbrooke. And it’s sort of an accident of fate that – between when I first drafted that scene and when this book came out – obviously, the world had changed in terms of our view of this issue. And, you know, I – obviously, I had hands on the text late enough in the game to be able to write it with a very particular eye towards delineating between this and, you know, actual examples of sexual harassment. You know, I was on the other side of a closed door. There was no kind of sexual component to this. It was embedded in, I think, a personality trait that Richard Holbrooke had, which was that he was oblivious to the sensitivities of others around him. And once, I describe him, you know, following Hillary Clinton into a women’s room in Pakistan, which is also not great for (laughter), you know, office conduct. But really in his case – was born of, you know, this incredible intellectual energy and enthusiasm for keeping the briefing going (laughter), you know, and not even being aware of his surroundings.
I never in my time working with him knew him to be, you know, harassing or intimidating in any way. He was famously a bully and had a lot of bluster, but I never heard from anyone that he sort of made them uncomfortable in that respect. To your question about, you know, this argument that we hear now about it being harder to hire women or there being the fear of a chilling effect in terms of women’s ascendancy in the workplace – I just have yet to see actual hard evidence that that is a meaningful trend line in American workplaces.
I spoke at a very large conference of human resources managers from big corporations recently. And, you know, a number of them talked about the specter of this. You know, oh, well, what if men are afraid to mentor women? But none of them could come up with any metrics from within their companies to suggest that this was actually happening or any anecdotes even that they had witnessed to suggest that this was happening. So I would just caution – you know, I see that argument kind of weaponized against activists working on this issue. And, you know, I think it’s the wrong response to the problem. You know, it may be important for us to be conscious of that, that if – the moment it becomes a real phenomenon. But I don’t think the answer is to somehow, you know, blame women for being too forthright about this problem.
Interviewer: Well, let’s take a short break here, and then we’ll talk some more. If you’re just joining us, my guest is Ronan Farrow. And his new book is called “War On Peace: The End Of Diplomacy And The Decline Of American Influence.” And he shared a Pulitzer Prize this year with The New York Times for uncovering the story of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and assault of actresses.