Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow (born December 19, 1987) in New York City is an American activist, journalist, and former US government adviser. He is the son of actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen. In 2013, however, his mother raised speculation that singer-actor Frank Sinatra was Farrow’s biological father. He is also the grandson of Australian director John Farrow and Irish actress Maureen O’Sullivan. At age 11, he enrolled and later graduated from Bard College, graduated Yale Law School at the age of 21 and won a Rhodes scholarship.
From 2001 to 2009, he was a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth, acting as an “advocate” for children and women caught up in the ongoing crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region and assisting in fundraising and addressing United Nations affiliated groups in the United States. served as a diplomat for the Obama administration.
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. He was part of a team of officials recruited by the diplomat Richard Holbrooke for whom Farrow had previously worked as a speechwriter. 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.
In 2011, Farrow was appointed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues and Director of the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues. 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, for which Farrow co-chaired the working group.
After leaving government, Farrow began a Rhodes Scholarship at University of Oxford, studying international relations, but did not complete his degree.
He also hosted ‘Ronan Farrow Daily’ a television news program which aired on MSNBC from February 24, 2014 through February 27, 2015. He has written essays, op-eds, and other pieces for The Guardian, Foreign Policy magazine,The Atlantic,The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and other periodicals. In October 2013, Penguin Press acquired Farrow’s book, Pandora’s Box: How American Military Aid Creates America’s Enemies.
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.
Farrow currently fronts a recurring investigative series, “Undercover with Ronan Farrow”, on NBC’s Today Show. Launched in June 2015, the series is billed as providing Farrow’s look at the stories “you don’t see in the headlines every day”. In October 2017, The New Yorker published a long investigative piece by Farrow, after Farrow’s employer, NBC, decided against airing it, detailing allegations of sexual misconduct said to have been committed by film producer Harvey Weinstein. He was threatened with a lawsuit by Weinstein, but the expose has exploded into several dozen women coming for with additional accusations against him and has opened the floodgates of both women and men accusing men in powerful positions using it to assault them, including what has also become numerous accusations of men against Kevin Spacey.
Farrow is estranged from his father, Woody Allen. 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.It has been rumored that he has had relationships with both men and women, though he has stated that he resists being labeled gay, straight or bi-sexual.