The Paramount Theatre, February 21
By Holly Cowart
It’s sometimes forgotten that power is a separate entity from corruption, defined heavily by the moral compass of those who possess it. One glowing example of the impact an individual can have on societal progression is Ronan Farrow, a trailblazing journalist who has repeatedly used his post to shine a light on global injustices and give the public something invaluable: the truth.
Farrow is difficult to describe without starting to ramble off a long list of accomplishments. A child of famous parents, he became the youngest person to graduate from Bard College at 15. The next year he enrolled at Yale Law School. From there he’d go on to represent UNICEF and the Genocide Intervention Network before entering political work, including service as the State Department’s Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Farrow later transitioned his focus to investigative journalism, writing for respected outlets and hosting regular news segments. A component in the surge of the #MeToo movement, his article published in 2017 by The New Yorker was among the first to uncover the widespread sexual assault allegations against movie giant Harvey Weinstein, chronicled in his 2019 book “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.” He is one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, GQ’s Men of the Year, a New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize recipient for public service. Incredibly, the list goes on.
At 32, Farrow has proved himself to be a reliable advocate for human rights and a critic of manipulative media culture. The noted orator arrives at the Paramount Theatre for a Q&A on February 21.