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Ronan Farrow
Satchel Ronan O'Sullivan Farrow (born December 19, 1987) is an American journalist, lawyer, and former government advisor. He is the son of actress Mia

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Ronan Farrow Born Satchel Ronan O'Sullivan Farrow
(1987-12-19) December 19, 1987 (age 30)
New York City, U.S.Alma mater Bard College (BA)
Yale University (JD)
Oxford UniversityYears active 2001–presentPartner(s) Jon Lovett
  • Mia Farrow
  • Woody Allen

Satchel Ronan O'Sullivan Farrow (born December 19, 1987) is an American journalist, lawyer, and former government advisor. He is the son of actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen.

In late 2017, Farrow's articles in The New Yorker helped uncover the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. For this reporting, The New Yorker won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, sharing the award with The New York Times. Farrow’s subsequent investigations exposed similar allegations against Eric Schneiderman and Les Moonves, which led to the resignations of both in 2018.

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Public service
    • 2.2 Journalist
    • 2.3 Film voice work
  • 3 Recognition
  • 4 Personal life
    • 4.1 Relationship to Woody Allen
  • 5 See also
  • 6 Bibliography
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links
Early life

Farrow was born in New York City to actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen. His father's family is Jewish, whereas his mother's is Catholic.[1] His given name honors National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige[2] and actress Maureen O'Sullivan, his maternal grandmother. Now known as Ronan, he was given the surname "Farrow" to avoid a family with one child named Allen amid Farrows and Previns.[3] In 2013, Mia Farrow raised speculation that singer-actor Frank Sinatra could have been Ronan's biological father.[4][5]

As a child, Farrow skipped grades in school and took courses with the Center for Talented Youth.[6] He attended Bard College at Simon's Rock, later transferring to Bard College for a B.A. in philosophy[7] and becoming the youngest graduate of that institution at age 15.[8][9] In 2009,[10] he received a J.D. from Yale Law School,[9] and was later admitted to the New York Bar.[11]

Career Public service

From 2001 to 2009, he was a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth,[12] acting as an "advocate" for children and women caught up in the ongoing crisis in Sudan's Darfur region [13] and assisting in fundraising and addressing United Nations affiliated groups in the United States.[13][14] During this time, he also made joint trips to the Darfur region of Sudan with his mother, the actress Mia Farrow, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.[15] He subsequently advocated for the protection of Darfuri refugees.[16] Following on his experiences in Sudan, Farrow was affiliated with the Genocide Intervention Network.[17]

During his time at Yale Law School, Farrow 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, focusing on international human rights law.[16][18]

In 2009, Farrow joined the Obama administration as Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.[16][19][20] He was part of a team of officials recruited by the diplomat Richard Holbrooke,[21] for whom Farrow had previously worked as a speechwriter.[22] For the next two years, Farrow was responsible for "overseeing the U.S. Government's relationships with civil society and nongovernmental actors" in Afghanistan and Pakistan.[16][19]

In 2011, Farrow was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as her Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues[23] and Director of the State Department's Office of Global Youth Issues.[16] The office's creation was the outcome of a multi-year task-force appointed by Clinton to review the United States' economic and social policies on youth,[24] for which Farrow co-chaired the working group with senior United States Agency for International Development staff member David Barth beginning in 2010.[25][26] Farrow's appointment and the creation of the office were announced by Clinton as part of a refocusing on youth following the Arab Spring revolutions.[27] Farrow was responsible for US youth policy and programming[16] with an aim toward "empower young people as economic and civic actors."[16] Farrow concluded his term as Special Adviser in 2012, with his policies and programs continuing under his successor.[28]


After leaving government, Farrow began a Rhodes Scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford. He studied toward a Doctor of Philosophy, researching the exploitation of the poor in developing countries, but did not complete his degree.[29]

He has written essays, op-eds, and other pieces for The Guardian,[30] Foreign Policy magazine,[31] The Atlantic,[32] The Wall Street Journal,[33] the Los Angeles Times[34] and other periodicals. In October 2013, Penguin Press acquired Farrow's book, Pandora's Box: How American Military Aid Creates America's Enemies, scheduling it for 2015 publication.[35] From February 2014 through February 2015, Farrow hosted Ronan Farrow Daily, a television news program that aired on MSNBC.[36][37][38][39]

Farrow hosted the investigative segment "Undercover with Ronan Farrow" on NBC's Today.[40][41] Launched in June 2015,[42] the series 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.[43][44][45]

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. In 2016, NBC decided against airing Farrow's initial findings.[46][47][48] The New Yorker won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for Farrow's reporting, sharing the award with Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey at The New York Times.[49] Farrow was included in the Time "100 Most Influential People in the World" list in 2018.[50][51]

On May 7, 2018, The New Yorker published an article by Farrow and 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. Within hours of its publication, Schneiderman resigned, effective May 8, 2018.[52][53] Mayer and Farrow 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.[52] Though he denied the allegations, Schneiderman stated that he resigned because they "effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work".[54] Governor Andrew Cuomo assigned a special prosecutor to investigate the filing of possible criminal charges against Schneiderman.[55]

On July 27, 2018, The New Yorker published an article by Farrow stating that six women accuse CBS CEO Leslie Moonves of harassment and intimidation, and dozens more describe abuse at his company.[56]

On August 23, 2018, The New Yorker published an article by Adam Entous and Farrow, stating that top aides of the Trump White House circulated a conspiracy memo about Obama aides, titled “The Echo Chamber,”[57]

On September 14, 2018, Farrow and Jane Mayer published information pertaining to an allegation of alleged sexual assault by US Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.[58]

Film voice work

Farrow voiced minor characters in the English-language versions of two Japanese animated films, From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)[59] and The Wind Rises (2013).[60]


In 2008, Farrow was awarded Refugees International's McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for "extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people."[61] In 2009, Farrow was named New York magazine's "New Activist" of the year and included on its list of individuals "on the verge of changing their worlds."[62] In 2011, Harper's Bazaar listed him as an "up-and-coming politician".[16][63] In 2012, he was ranked number one in "Law and Policy" on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" Most Influential People.[64] He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Dominican University of California in 2012.[65]

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.[66]

In February 2014, Farrow 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.[67][68] Some media outlets noted the award came three days after Ronan Farrow Daily began airing and suggested that the awarding was therefore not justified.[69][70][71]

Personal life

Farrow has identified as part of the LGBT community.[72] He was recognized by the Point Foundation in 2018.[73] His partner is podcast host and former presidential speech writer Jon Lovett.[74] The couple has been together since 2011.[75]

Relationship to Woody Allen

Farrow is estranged from his father, Woody Allen.[76][77] Farrow later commented, "He's my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression."[78]

In a 2013 interview with Vanity Fair, Mia Farrow stated that Ronan could "possibly" be the biological child of Frank Sinatra, with whom she claimed to have "never really split up".[79] 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."[80] 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'," she 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."[81]

DNA paternity testing to determine Farrow's father is not known to have occurred.[4] Farrow has refused to discuss DNA, and stated that despite their estrangement, "Woody Allen, legally, ethically, personally was absolutely a father in our family."[82]

See also
  • Investigative journalism
  • LGBT culture in New York City
  • Public administration
  • Farrow, Ronan (2018). War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. New York: WW Norton & Co. ISBN 9780393652109
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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
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Fascism: A Warning
Fascism: A Warning
#1 New York Times Bestseller Best Books of 2018 --The EconomistA personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of stateA Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.” The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.Fascism, as she shows, not only endured through the twentieth century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II.  The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse.  The United States, which historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates division and heaps scorn on democratic institutions.  In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political center and empowering the extremes of right and left.  Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s.Fascism: A Warning is a book for our times that is relevant to all times.  Written  by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.

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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
In his book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.

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The Hellfire Club
The Hellfire Club
A young Congressman stumbles on the powerful political underworld of 1950's D.C. in this "potent thriller" (David Baldacci) and New York Times bestseller from CNN correspondent Jake Tapper.Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. When Charlie discovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of governance, he has to fight not only for his principles and his newfound political career...but for his life.

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The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies
The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies
A blistering critique of the forces threatening the American intelligence community, beginning with the President of the United States himself, in a time when that community's work has never been harder or more importantIn the face of a President who lobs accusations without facts, evidence, or logic, truth tellers are under attack. Meanwhile, the world order is teetering on the brink. North Korea is on the verge of having a nuclear weapon that could reach all of the United States, Russians have mastered a new form of information warfare that undercuts democracy, and the role of China in the global community remains unclear. There will always be value to experience and expertise, devotion to facts, humility in the face of complexity, and a respect for ideas, but in this moment they seem more important, and more endangered, than they've ever been. American Intelligence--the ultimate truth teller--has a responsibility in a post-truth world beyond merely warning of external dangers, and in The Assault on Intelligence, General Michael Hayden takes up that urgent work with profound passion, insight and authority. It is a sobering vision. The American intelligence community is more at risk than is commonly understood, for every good reason. Civil war or societal collapse is not necessarily imminent or inevitable, but our democracy's core structures, processes, and attitudes are under great stress. Many of the premises on which we have based our understanding of governance are now challenged, eroded, or simply gone. And we have a President in office who responds to overwhelming evidence from the intelligence community that the Russians are, by all acceptable standards of cyber conflict, in a state of outright war against us, not by leading a strong response, but by shooting the messenger. There are fundamental changes afoot in the world and in this country. The Assault on Intelligence shows us what they are, reveals how crippled we've become in our capacity to address them, and points toward a series of effective responses. Because when we lose our intelligence, literally and figuratively, democracy dies.

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The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House
The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From one of Barack Obama’s most trusted aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency—and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive.“The closest view of Obama we’re likely to get until he publishes his own memoir.”—George Packer, The New Yorker  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIANFor nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration—first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Briefing, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership—and, ultimately, friendship—with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.   Rhodes was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency—waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, responding to the Arab Spring, reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump. In The World as It Is, Rhodes shows what it was like to be there—from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. It is a story populated by such characters as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and—above all—Barack Obama, who comes to life on the page in moments of great urgency and disarming intimacy. This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama’s worldview and presidency, a chronicle of a political education by a writer of enormous talent, and an essential record of the forces that shaped the last decade.Praise for The World as It Is“A book that reflects the president [Rhodes] served—intelligent, amiable, compelling and principled . . . a classic coming-of-age story, about the journey from idealism to realism, told with candor and immediacy . . . His achievement is rare for a political memoir: He has written a humane and honorable book.”—Joe Klein, The New York Times Book Review

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The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
In this candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain, an American hero reflects on his life—and what matters most.“I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here. Maybe I’ll have another five years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, they’ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I’ll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But I’m prepared for either contingency, or at least I’m getting prepared. I have some things I’d like to take care of first, some work that needs finishing, and some people I need to see. And I want to talk to my fellow Americans a little more if I may.” So writes John McCain in this inspiring, moving, frank, and deeply personal memoir. Written while confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Always the fighter, McCain attacks the “spurious nationalism” and political polarization afflicting American policy. He makes an impassioned case for democratic internationalism and bi-partisanship. He tells stories of his most satisfying moments of public service, including his work with another giant of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy. Senator McCain recalls his disagreements with several presidents, and minces no words in his objections to some of President Trump’s statements and policies. At the same time, he offers a positive vision of America that looks beyond the Trump presidency. The Restless Wave is John McCain at his best.

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