In recent weeks, journalists Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow have received much praise for uncovering sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But Mayer’s groundbreaking work is not limited to her collaborations with Farrow. Here’s what you should know about this amazing reporter:
Mayer has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1995. In addition to their stories about the Kavanaugh allegations, she and Farrow also broke the story that four women had accused New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of physical abuse (he later resigned as a result of the accusations). Mayer frequently reports on politics and the Trump administration. She has written about Trump’s abuse of women, interviewed Anita Hill about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations, and penned a bestselling book about the influence of the billionaire Koch brothers on politics. In 2009, she was selected as Princeton University’s Ferris Professor of Journalism.
Before she worked for The New Yorker, Mayer covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Gulf War for The Wall Street Journal. In 1984, she broke barriers when she became the first-ever female Washington correspondent for the paper. In 1994, Mayer wrote a book with reporter Jill Abramson called Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas about Anita Hill’s sexual harassment claims against Thomas.
Despite Mayer’s remarkable career, her reporting partner, Farrow, has received the bulk of the attenton for exposing the Kavanaugh allegations. After the two journalists reported on a second woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault, several Twitter users rushed to make sure that Mayer wasn’t overshadowed by Farrow again.
Mayer has shattered the glass ceiling and reported on crucial information in her decades-long career, and she’s proven herself to be a committed ally to survivors. We’re taking today to thank Mayer for all she’s done to ensure the truth is known, and justice is served.