Ronan Farrow: Power, Abuse and Facing Facts
Ronan Farrow has been one of the foremost reporters documenting the culture of silence and impunity around sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. As industry after industry attempts to confront long-unexamined demons in this area, Farrow offers fresh ideas for creating a new culture of accountability.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival, Farrow joins Tracey Spicer to discuss #MeToo and the media.
Ronan Farrow is an investigative journalist who writes for the New Yorker and makes documentaries for HBO. He has been an anchor and reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, and his writing has appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. A series of stories he wrote in 2017 exposed the first allegations of sexual assault against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
Prior to his work as a journalist, he served as a State Department official in Afghanistan and Pakistan and reported to the Secretary of State as a senior official focused on youth uprisings. He is a Yale Law School-educated attorney and studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the George Polk Award for National Reporting, and the National Magazine Award, among other commendations, and has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (and also one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive, which doesn’t have anything to do with his career, but he still brings it up a lot).
Tracey Spicer is an iconoclast whose TEDx talk ‘The Lady Stripped Bare’ has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people. Tracey has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for several TV networks, and has brought her sassy style to talkback radio. Her columns appear weekly in metropolitan newspapers and on opinion websites. The 49-year-old is the co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media.