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Satchel Ronan O'Sullivan Farrow (born December 19, 1987) is an American activist, journalist, lawyer, and former US government advisor. He is the son of actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen. He is also the grandson of Australian director John Farrow and Irish actress Maureen O'Sullivan. In 2017, Farrow reported on the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations.
Farrow was born in New York City to actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen. In 2013, however, his mother raised speculation that singer-actor Frank Sinatra was Farrow's biological father. Now known as Ronan, he was named after Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Satchel Paige and actress Maureen O'Sullivan, his maternal grandmother. He was given the surname "Farrow" to avoid a family with "one child named Allen amidst two Farrows and six Previns."
Farrow attended Bard College at Simon's Rock, later transferring to Bard College for a bachelor of arts in philosophy and graduating at age 15. In 2009, he graduated from Yale Law School, and he later became a member of the New York bar.
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. 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. He subsequently advocated for the protection of Darfuri refugees. Following on his experiences in Sudan, Farrow was affiliated with the Genocide Intervention Network.
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.
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 with senior United States Agency for International Development staff member David Barth beginning in 2010. 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. Farrow was responsible for US youth policy and programming with an aim toward "empower[ing] young people as economic and civic actors." Farrow concluded his term as Special Adviser in 2012, with his policies and programs continuing under his successor.
After leaving government, Farrow began a Rhodes Scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford, studying toward a doctor of philosophy in international development, but did not complete his degree.
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, scheduling it for 2015 publication. From February 2014 through February 2015, Farrow hosted Ronan Farrow Daily, a television news program that aired on MSNBC.
Since then, he has continued to work as an NBC News Investigative Correspondent, reporting for NBC's Today Show, Nightly News, and the company's cable programs including Morning Joe.
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", often featuring crowd-sourced story selection and covering topics from the labor rights of nail salon workers to mental healthcare issues to sexual assault on campus.
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.
Film voice work
Farrow voiced minor characters in the English-language versions of two Japanese animated films, From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) and The Wind Rises (2013).
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, including his being a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth in 2001. Some media outlets noted the award came three days after Ronan Farrow Daily began airing and suggested that the awarding was therefore not justified.
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."
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. After the allegation became widespread in the news media, Ronan joked October 2, 2013, on Twitter, "Listen, we're all *possibly* Frank Sinatra's son." On February 7, 2014, Woody Allen replied in The New York Times, writing, "Is he my son or, as Mia suggests, Frank Sinatra's?" In 2015, Vanity Fair asked Nancy Sinatra about Ronan being treated as if he were a member of their family. She answered in an e-mail, "He is a big part of us, and we are blessed to have him in our lives." DNA testing to determine Farrow's paternity is not known to have occurred. In a CBS Sunday Morning interview, Nancy Sinatra denied that Ronan was a half-brother.
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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.'
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- ^ Allen, Woody (February 7, 2014). "Woody Allen Speaks Out". The 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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