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.
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. 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. Farrow was included in the Time “100 Most Influential People in the World” list in 2018.
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. 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. Though he denied the allegations, Schneiderman stated that he resigned because they “effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work”.[ Governor Andrew Cuomo 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 accuse CBS CEO Leslie Moonves of harassment and intimidation, and dozens more describe abuse at his company.
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,”
Farrow voiced minor characters in the English-language versions of two Japanese animated films, From Up on Poppy Hill 2011 and The Wind Rises 2013.
In 2008 Farrow was awarded Refugees International’s McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for “extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people.” 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.” In 2011 Harper’s Bazaar listed him as an “up-and-coming politician”. In 2012, he was ranked number one in “Law and Policy” on Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” Most Influential People. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Dominican University of California in 2012.
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, 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. Some media outlets noted the award came three days after Ronan Farrow Daily began airing and suggested that the awarding was therefore not justified.
Farrow has identified as part of the LGBT community. He was recognized by the Point Foundation in 2018. His partner is podcast host and former presidential speech writer Jon Lovett. The couple has been together since 2011.
Farrow is estranged from his father, Woody Allen. 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.”
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”. 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’,” 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.”
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.”