NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 09: Point Courage Award Honoree Journalist Ronan Farrow poses with his award as Point Foundation hosts Annual Point Honors New York Gala Celebrating The Accomplishments Of LGBTQ Students at The Plaza Hotel on April 9, 2018 in New York City.Photo: Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Point Foundation
Just a week after he (finally) came out as a member of the LGBT community, Ronan Farrow has won a Pultizer prize for his groundbreaking reporting on Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predation. Farrow, whose stories ran in the New Yorker, shared the gold medal award for public service with two reporters from The New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohy.
The Pulitzer committee said the award, the most prestigious it hands out, was for “explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women.”
At the time Farrrow’s story on Weinstein ran, the producer was considered virtually untouchable. Since then, his company has filed for bankruptcy and he has become a pariah.
The award is a special acknowledgment of Farrow’s tenacity. He began work on the story while at NBC News, but the network passed on it. Farrow then took the story to the New Yorker, where it was immediately recognized as a blockbuster. The network now has the task of wiping even more egg off its face.
Farrow’s Pulitzer isn’t the only one to matter to LGBT advocate. The Washington Post also won a Pulitzer for its tenacious reporting on Roy Moore’s affinity for younger women. The stories eventually doomed the homophobic Republican’s Senate campaign.