2019 New Englanders of the Year

Margaret Brennan
Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News and Moderator of “Face the Nation”
Connecticut native Margaret Brennan is the Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent at CBS News, and the Moderator of “Face the Nation,” the network’s long-running Sunday morning public affairs program. She is only the second woman to serve as moderator in the program’s 65-year history. Brennan first joined CBS News in 2012 and has covered the State Department and served as the network’s White House Correspondent before taking the helm of “Face the Nation” in 2018. Prior to joining CBS News, Brennan spent a decade covering the global financial markets first as a reporter and anchor at Bloomberg Television, and later as a correspondent at CNBC during the financial crisis. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar, studying Arabic at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.

The Honorable Maggie Hassan
United States Senator, New Hampshire
U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan has dedicated the past 15 years of her career to public service, first as a New Hampshire State Senator, then as the Granite State’s second female Governor, and for the past three years, as the state’s junior United States Senator. In the Senate, she serves on the Senate’s Finance Committee; Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee; Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee. Over the course of her career, she has been an outspoken and effective advocate on some of the most critical issues facing our region, including combatting the opioid epidemic, making college more affordable, strengthening national security, and helping innovative businesses grow and create jobs. The Senator is a graduate of Brown University and Northeastern University School of Law.

Jerry Remy
Red Sox Color Analyst, NESN; Former Second Baseman, MLB
Jerry Remy has served as a Red Sox color analyst on NESN since 1988. He was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006 for his playing and broadcasting accomplishments and has now logged over 40 years of service to the organization. A native of Somerset, MA, Remy was an infielder for 10 years in the majors with the Angels (1975–77) and Red Sox (1978–84). His career batting average was .275 to go along with 208 stolen bases in 1,154 games. During his career, he played with 7 Baseball Hall of Famers and 12 Red Sox Hall of Famers. In September of 2007, Remy was elected President of Red Sox Nation through online voting, and in 2017 he was elected to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Roger W. Crandall
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, MassMutual
Roger W. Crandall is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). During Crandall’s tenure as CEO, MassMutual has grown to serve more than five million customers, provide more than $740 billion in life insurance protection and manage more than $500 billion in assets. A graduate of the University of Vermont and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, Crandall joined MassMutual in 1988 as a real estate investment trainee and assumed broader leadership roles throughout his career, becoming President and joining the company’s Board of Directors in 2008 and being named CEO and Chairman in 2010. In addition to his role at MassMutual, Crandall takes an active leadership role in industry, civic, academic and economic development organizations.

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