Ronan Farrow Talks Weinstein in Commencement Speech: ‘I Had No Idea if I was Doing the Right Thing’


Journalist Ronan Farrow won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting that helped to expose the sexual misconduct of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Yet in an emotional commencement speech at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday, Farrow talked candidly about the doubts he had along the way.

He started by saying that at the time, his career was “on the rocks” and he felt very little support from executives “telling me it wasn’t a story.”

Still, though, he plowed on.

“I wish I could tell you I was confident. That I was sure of myself. That I didn’t care, or I said ‘to hell with it,'” Farrow told the graduates. “And if there’s ever a movie I’m sure there’ll be a moment where some actor smirks and lowers his shades and says ‘over my dead body I’ll stop reporting’ and swaggers out of the room.”

He then said the reality was much less dramatic.

“The real version of this was that I was heartbroken, and I was scared, and I had no idea if I was doing the right thing,” he confessed.

He concluded by praising those willing to report on the hard stories, the ones that fill them with doubt and require great risks.

“I am so grateful for every story of every person who stared down that uncertainty and listened to that voice telling them to do the right thing, even if it wasn’t clear it was the smart or strategic thing,” he said.

Watch Farrow’s speech above.

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