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Ronan Farrow profiled in GQ: “I keep my head down, and I do the work, and it’s pretty hard work”

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow is such a rock star.

He is profiled in the latest issue of GQ and I’ve pulled out an excerpt for you:

To some, he is an avenging angel, a real-life superhero. “[D]o we women have a bat signal for Ronan Farrow[?]” one admirer recently asked on Twitter. (“Basically yes,” Farrow tweeted back, and gave out his New Yorker e-mail address.) Farrow’s travel is now watched, and the mere prospect of him doing a story can move markets. “There’s the very peculiar dynamic of doing sort of business-related or Wall Street reporting,” he complains, “and a tweet about a rumor of you doing a story on a company literally knocks half a billion dollars off the company’s stock value”—indeed, speculation around Farrow’s reporting caused a CBS stock plummet that was ultimately worth more than a billion dollars before the story even hit the web.

But it’s not the prospect of harming a major corporation’s bottom line that bothers Farrow. It’s the prospect of not doing right by his sources. “I keep my head down, and I do the work, and it’s pretty hard work,” Farrow says, “but harder for the sources I’m working with than it is for me. And anytime one of those sources feels that I’m a person that they can trust and come to if they have a significant story, and anytime someone knows that I will work carefully and meticulously to interrogate those claims but also create a space where they feel safe in coming forward with them, those are things I’m deeply grateful for. That’s what’s made this run of reporting possible.”

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