Ronan Farrow Wins Public Service Award For His Weinstein Coverage

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

Journalist Ronan Farrow’s three-part series on the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal earned him a public service award Tuesday.

Farrow, 30, an investigative journalist for The New Yorker, NBC political correspondent, and son of actress Mia Farrow, won a public service award at the National Museum Awards Tuesday, reported the New York Post.

Farrow reached out to publicists, actors, assistants, and current and former employees at the Weinstein Co. to acquire information on the depth of sexual abuse. Farrow’s research also uncovered the complicity within the industry, emphasizing that Weinstein’s alleged abuse was well-known industry secret.

Weinstein’s assistants and employees were allegedly well-aware of his alleged sexual misconduct, yet did not speak out sooner, the Daily Beast reported.

The investigative reporter claimed that he originally planned on reporting the story with NBC, but it was declined due to internal politics, which he confirmed in an interview with Rachel Maddow, Newsweek reported. One possible explanation for refusing to publish Farrow’s explosive piece is that Weinstein allegedly paid settlements to keep his alleged victims from speaking out to NBC, The Hollywood Reporter claimed.

Farrow won an award called the National Award For Public Interest, reported The New Yorker, though the awards are also known as the Ellies since they look like elephants.

“I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier. And immediately, obviously, The New Yorker recognized that. And it is not accurate to say that it was not reportable. In fact, there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC,” Farrow told Maddow in an interview.

While the New York Times initially broke the Weinstein story, Farrow’s three-part series covered the disgraced producer’s more serious allegations. Farrow’s coverage of Weinstein “helped spark the national discussion about gender and power. Farrow gave Harvey Weinstein’s accusers room to tell their stories, confirming jaw-dropping details about the machinery Weinstein used to silence his victims,” according to the award’s original citation, reported Deadline.

His work also spurred the #MeToo movement, as well as leading to more investigations of alleged sexual abuse within the entertainment industry and politics.

Farrow expressed his gratitude for receiving the award in a tweet on his Twitter page. The journalist wrote that he was “grateful for this honor” and praised Weinstein’s alleged victims who came forward to share their stories.

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The Ellies are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors with the Columbia University Graduate School in Journalism.

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