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.
Jane Mayer is an investigative journalist every bit as formidable as Ronan Farrow.— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) September 24, 2018
She’s exposed the Koch brothers money trail, Robert Mercer & Trump and bylined several stories with Ronan.
She’s also been nominated twice for the Pulitzer.
We see you @JaneMayerNYer pic.twitter.com/FGO4rLAHmC
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.
Ronan Farrow is really great about sharing credit with his frequent co-author Jane Mayer.— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) September 24, 2018
Important that the rest of us give her due credit as well.
It would be the height of irony to erase a female journalist’s role in knocking down pillars of institutional sexism.
Hi not to be annoying bc I love Ronan Farrow’s work I do but the new New Yorker story has two bylines and the other is Jane Mayer, who has a really long investigative track record incl, and this is relevant, co-authoring a whole book on the Clarence Thomas hearing.— tanvi (@Tanvim) September 24, 2018
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.