Ronan Farrow

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Ronan Farrow
Born Satchel Ronan O'Sullivan Farrow
(1987-12-19) December 19, 1987 (age 26)
New York City, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Seamus Farrow
Alma mater Bard College at Simon's Rock
Yale Law School
Magdalen College, Oxford
Parents

Ronan Farrow (born Satchel Ronan O'Sullivan Farrow; December 19, 1987)[1] is an American activist, journalist, lawyer and former U.S. government advisor. He is the son of actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen.

Early life[edit]

Farrow was born in New York City, to actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen.[1] He was named after baseball player Satchel Paige[2] and his maternal grandmother, actress Maureen O'Sullivan. He was given the surname "Farrow" to avoid a family with "one child named Allen amidst two Farrows and six Previns."[3]

Farrow attended Bard College at Simon's Rock and graduated at age 15.[4][5] In 2009,[6] after deferring admission for several years, he graduated from Yale Law School,[5] and he later became a member of the New York Bar.[7][8]

Career[edit]

From 2001 to 2009, he was a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth,[9] acting as an "advocate" for children and women caught up in the ongoing crisis in Sudan's Darfur region [10] and assisting in fundraising and addressing United Nations affiliated groups in the United States.[10][11] 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.[12] He subsequently advocated for the protection of Darfuri refugees.[7] Following on his experiences in Sudan, Farrow was affiliated with the Genocide Intervention Network,[13] a group founded by Swarthmore College students to advocate for armed involvement in the Darfur Conflict.

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.[7][14][15]

In 2009 Farrow joined the Obama administration with his appointment as Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.[7][16][17] He was part of a team of officials recruited by veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke,[18] for whom Farrow had previously worked as a speechwriter.[19] For the ensuing two years, Farrow was responsible for "overseeing the U.S. Government’s relationships with civil society and nongovernmental actors" in Afghanistan and Pakistan.[7][16]

In 2011 Farrow was appointed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues[20] and Director of the State Department's Office of Global Youth Issues.[7] 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,[21] for which Farrow co-chaired the working group with senior USAID staff member David Barth beginning in 2010.[22][23] 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.[24] Farrow was responsible for U.S. youth policy and programming[7] with an aim toward "empower[ing] young people as economic and civic actors."[7] Farrow concluded his term as Special Adviser in 2012, with his policies and programs continuing under his successor.[25]

After departing government, Farrow began a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University.[26]

He has written essays, op-eds and other pieces for The Guardian,[27] Foreign Policy magazine,[28] The Atlantic,[29] The Wall Street Journal,[30] the Los Angeles Times[31] 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.[32] In February 2014, Ronan Farrow Daily began airing on MSNBC.[8][33][34]

Recognition[edit]

In 2008 Farrow was awarded Refugees International's McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for "extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people."[35] 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.”[36] In 2011 Harper’s Bazaar listed him as an "up-and-coming politician.".[7][37] In 2012 he was ranked number one in 'Law and Policy' on Forbes Magazine’s "30 Under 30" Most Influential People.[38] He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate by Dominican University of California in 2012.[39]

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.[40]

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.[41][42] The awarding was critiqued by some media outlets as coming just three days after Ronan Farrow Daily began airing.[43][44][45]

Personal life[edit]

Farrow is estranged from his father, Woody Allen.[why?][46][47] In 2011 he 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."[48] In January 2014 as Allen was being honored with a Golden Globe Award, Farrow posted on Twitter and Facebook that "a woman publicly confirmed" that Allen "molested her at age 7."[49][50] Farrow was referring to his adopted sister who was named Dylan during her childhood, but now goes by another name.[49] A police-appointed medical team in 1993 concluded Dylan "was not molested," citing contradictory statements by her.[51] The judge eventually found that the sex abuse charges were inconclusive.[52] Allen has repeatedly denied the allegation, calling it "untrue and disgraceful."[53][54]

Asked about longstanding speculation that Ronan Farrow is the son of Mia Farrow's ex-husband Frank Sinatra, Mia stated in a 2013 Vanity Fair article that Sinatra might "possibly" be Ronan's father.[55] After the allegation became widespread in the news media, Ronan tweeted humorously on October 2, 2013, "Listen, we're all *possibly* Frank Sinatra's son."[56] In a February 7, 2014 editorial he wrote in the New York Times, Allen expressed his uncertainty, writing, "Is he my son or, as Mia suggests, Frank Sinatra’s?"[57] No DNA testing has been conducted to determine Farrow's paternity.[55]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Son Born to Mia Farrow And Woody Allen". Associated Press via The New York Times. December 22, 1987. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Corliss, Richard; Harbison, Georgia (August 31, 1992). "Woody Allen and Mia Farrow: Scenes From A Breakup". Time. Retrieved October 1, 2010 
  3. ^ Lax, Eric (1992). Woody Allen: A Biography (2nd ed.). New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-73847-9.  p.182
  4. ^ "Alumnus Ronan Farrow ’99 to Give Commencement Address" (Press release). Bard College at Simon's Rock. Undated. 
  5. ^ a b "Ronan S. Farrow Named 2012 Rhodes Scholar" (Press release). Bard College at Simon’s Rock. November 2011. "Farrow, ‘99 was the youngest student ever admitted to Simon’s Rock at age 11. ... At age 15 he was the youngest graduate of Bard College and was among the youngest students to enter Yale Law School, at 16." 
  6. ^ "Three with New York Ties Named Rhodes Scholars". Associated Press via WNBC-TV. November 20, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Biography: Ronan Farrow, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State, Global Youth Issues". U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  8. ^ a b Guthrie, Marisa (October 2, 2013). "Ronan Farrow in Talks to Host MSNBC Show (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Bonham Carter, Rachel (May 3, 2007). "UNICEF Youth Spokesperson Ronan Farrow heads call for...". UNICEF via YouTube. 
  10. ^ a b "Ronan Farrow: A Prominent Voice Advocating for Children". UNICEF. December 20, 2005. 
  11. ^ "UNICEF Youth Spokesperson Ronan Farrow heads call for universal access to HIV treatment". UNICEF. June 1, 2006. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  12. ^ UNICEF - Press centre - Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow return to Darfur
  13. ^ "Staff". Genocide Intervention Network. Archived from the original on September 8, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  14. ^ Wurtzel, Elizabeth (January 11, 2009). "Ronan Farrow, Activist". New York. 
  15. ^ "Ronan Farrow, Congressional Staffer: Salary Data". Legistorm.com. Undated. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  16. ^ a b Press Releases & Statements | Embassy of the United States Kathmandu, Nepal
  17. ^ Federal Employees Results
  18. ^ State Department Briefing on Afghanistan, Pakistan Policy | IIP Digital
  19. ^ Young blue eyes: is Ronan Farrow the best-connected young man on the planet? - London Life - Life & Style - London Evening Standard
  20. ^ Ronan Farrow making mark as diplomat at young age - SFGate
  21. ^ "The Way Forward"
  22. ^ Empowering Youth To Be Agents of Change | DipNote
  23. ^ Remarks at UC Berkeley International House
  24. ^ Town Hall With Tunisian Youth
  25. ^ Office of Global Youth Issues
  26. ^ "Ronan S. Farrow". The Rhodes Trust. Undated. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  27. ^ "The Real Concer: Why are so Many US Government Documents Classified?". The Guardian. 
  28. ^ "Censuring the Censors". Foreign Policy. 
  29. ^ "The Real Benghazi Scandal". Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  30. ^ "The U.N.'s Human-Rights Sham". The Wall Street Journal. 
  31. ^ "Ethiopa's war on its own". Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  32. ^ "Ronan Farrow writing book about US military aid". Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek. October 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  33. ^ "Ronan Farrow Joins MSNBC as Host" (Press release). MSNBC. October 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  34. ^ Fung, Katherine (February 6, 2014). "Ronan Farrow's MSNBC Show Will Be Called 'Ronan Farrow Daily'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Refugees International to Honor Farrow". April 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  36. ^ "New Activist: Ronan Farrow". New York. January 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  37. ^ "Names to Know in 2011: Ronan Farrow". October 6, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  38. ^ "30Under30". Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  39. ^ Ronan Farrow to Address Class of 2012 — Dominican University of California
  40. ^ Fussman, Cal (September 13, 2013 / October print issue). "Ronan Farrow: What I've Learned: 26 (b. 1987) Diplomat, lawyer, activist". Esquire. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  41. ^ "14th Annual Benefit and Charity Auction". Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  42. ^ Ronan Farrow, Reluctant TV Star
  43. ^ Byers, Dylan (26 February 2014). "Ronan Farrow, Cronkite award recipient, won't take off-topic questions". Politico. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  44. ^ Web, Sam (27 February 2014). "Sheepish Ronan Farrow receives Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism after only three days on the air with new TV show". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  45. ^ Johnson, Andrew (26 February 2014). "Farrow, After Three Days on the Air, Receives Cronkite Award". National Review. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  46. ^ Schulman, Michael (October 25, 2013). "Ronan Farrow: The Youngest Old Guy in the Room". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  47. ^ Ravitz, Justin (October 2, 2013). "Ronan Farrow Jokes About Mia Farrow, Frank Sinatra, Woody Allen Baby Daddy Story". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  48. ^ "LIFE.com: Cheating Scandals of the Stars". Life via Xfinity. Undated. Retrieved 2013-11-21. "After Allen and Soon-Yi wed in 1997, his biological son Ronan Seamus Farrow said, 'He's my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression.... I cannot have a relationship with my father and be morally consistent.'" 
  49. ^ a b Ahmed, Saeed (January 13, 2014). "Ronan Farrow disses estranged dad Woody Allen's Golden Globes tribute". CNN Entertainment. 
  50. ^ Hutchinson, Bill (Wednesday, February 26, 2014). "Golden Globe Awards 2014: Ronan Farrow takes shot at Woody Allen tribute on Twitter". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2014-2-25. 
  51. ^ Perez-Pena, Richard (May 4, 1993). "Doctor Cites Inconsistencies In Dylan Farrow's Statement". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  52. ^ Brozan, Nadine (May 13, 1994). "Chronicle", The New York Times.
  53. ^ February 2, 2014. "Woody Allen rejects 'untrue and disgraceful' sex abuse claims". AFP. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  54. ^ Suzanne Moore (February 3, 2014). "The kangaroo court of Twitter is no place to judge Woody Allen". The Guardian. 
  55. ^ a b "Mia Farrow and Eight of Her Children Speak Out on Their Lives, Frank Sinatra, and the Scandals They’ve Endured". Vanity Fair. October 2, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  56. ^ Palmer, Roxanne (October 2, 2013). "Woody Allen Or Ol' Blue Eyes? What Ronan Farrow's Eye Color Says About Who His Father Is (Not Much)". International Business Times. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  57. ^ Allen, Woody (February 7, 2014). "Woody Allen Speaks Out". New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2014. "Is he my son or, as Mia suggests, Frank Sinatra’s? Granted, he looks a lot like Frank with the blue eyes and facial features, but if so what does this say? That all during the custody hearing Mia lied under oath and falsely represented Ronan as our son? Even if he is not Frank’s, the possibility she raises that he could be, indicates she was secretly intimate with him during our years. Not to mention all the money I paid for child support. Was I supporting Frank’s son?" 

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