Perhaps the least surprising aspect of The New Yorker magazine’s story on abuse allegations against New York’s attorney general last week was Ronan Farrow’s name on it as one of the authors.
Farrow has been on a head-spinning run that started in October with an expose on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, for which he shared a Pulitzer Prize with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times.
The 30-year-old journalist has since written about Israeli operatives collecting information on former Obama aides, the National Enquirer buying stories to keep them quiet, a Playboy model’s story of an affair with President Donald Trump and Weinstein’s intricate efforts to conceal his behavior.
He also just released a book on international diplomacy and Rex Tillerson’s tenure at the State Department. On Friday, Little, Brown and Co. announced it would publish “Catch and Kill,” about efforts to silence women who accuse powerful men of sexual misconduct.
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Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general accused of physically and verbally abusing former girlfriends, announced his resignation less than four hours after The New Yorker posted the story, which Farrow co-wrote with investigative reporter Jane Mayer.
“You could say he has a bright future in journalism,” deadpanned Bill Grueskin, a veteran editor and Columbia University professor.
Appropriately, the son of actress Mia Farrow and his estranged father, Woody Allen, has a story Hollywood would love, complete with rising from a point where he questioned his career and the investigation that earned him a Pulitzer. (Farrow has not reported on his sister Dylan’s allegations that Allen molested her — which he has denied — but said he’s proud of her for making them).
Farrow was a boy wonder even before getting into journalism. The future Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law School graduate finished Bard College at age 15. He worked for the U.S. state department in the Obama administration and in Nigeria for UNICEF.
“I wound up in situations through my work in advocacy and government where I was seeing stories play out that I thought needed telling, sometimes in tough places where press access was…