Ronan Farrow is a star. His work in The New Yorker has been heralded as brilliant as he regularly delivers stunning scoops.
But it’s Jane Mayer behind the curtain, the decades-long eminent and esteemed investigative journalist, spilling ink on dark and dirty money, exposing corruption at the highest levels of government and laying bare the truths found in war and behind closed and locked doors.
Mayer has been an award-winning journalist and author for four decades.
Here’s what you need to know about Jane Mayer:
1. New Yorker Writer & New Yorker, Jane Mayer is the Journalist Everyone is Talking About
Mayer, 62, is a native New Yorker. Her mother a painter and printmaker, her father a composer, her grandfather was a historian and John D Rockefeller Jr. biographer, and her ancestor Emanuel Lehman was a founder of the Lehman Brothers.
She attended tony New York high schools, was an exchange boarding school student in England and then, graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 1977. While at Yale, she was editor of the Yale Daily News Magazine. Also while studying in New Haven, she began her professional career in journalism as a freelancer for Time magazine.
In 1992, Mayer married fellow journalist William B. Hamilton, then Washington Post national editor, now Washington editor for The New York Times. They have one child, daughter Kate.
Mayer is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press.
2. Mayer’s Career in Journalism, Begun at Small Weekly Newspapers in Vermont, Includes 12 Years at The Wall Street Journal
he New Yorker writer Jane Mayer attends the 2010 New Yorker Festival at Le Poisson Rouge on October 2, 2010 in New York City.
And because good journalists pay their dues on the ground covering small communities, Mayer began as a beat reporter for small weeklies in Vermont, then moved on to the daily Rutland (VT) Herald before joining the staff of the now long-closed Washington Star as a metro beat reporter. In 1982, Mayer was hired by The Wall Street Journal. There she soared and was named the first female White House correspondent.
Jane Mayer is the GOAT. https://t.co/nt4VIT48FE
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) September 14, 2018
Mayer became a foreign war reporter and covered the 1983 bombing of US barracks in Beirut, and the fall of Communism and the Berlin Wall in 1989. She was nominated for two Pulitzer’s, and was a contributor for The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times.
After nearly 12 years with the WSJ, Mayer joined the staff at The New Yorker in 1995 and has been there since as a politics, culture, and national security writer, according to her bio.
3. Mayer’s Major Stories Began in the ‘80s & Continue With Intrepid Investigative Journalism & Eye-Popping Scoops
Edward Snowden is Interviewed by Jane Mayer in 2014.
Mayer, with Farrow, shook the earth with the May 2018 bombshell report on New York Attorney …read more