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MICHELLE HURD Brings Star Power to Star Trek: Picard

Face the Nation ’s Margaret Brennan & More!

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Picard ’s Michelle Hurd

MARGARET BRENNAN Photographed by Séan Alonzo Harris at Brennan’s home in Washington, D.C. MICHELLE HURD Photographed by Max Hemphill at Milk Studios, Los Angeles

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Picard ’s Michelle Hurd may be new to Star Trek , but she has won a legion of fans.

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M ICHELLE HURD LANDED A PRETTY GREAT FIRST job right after college, playing a district attorney on the daytime drama Another World . But the young graduate was nervous, so much so that her knees were shaking. “But I stood in front of the courtroom and I said to myself, ‘Get up and claim that space,’” she told us (“Hurd’s So Good”). “I loved that feeling so much that I told my agents that I wasn’t interested in being the girlfriend or the wife or the lover or the ingénue. I wanted to be the boss.” Mission accomplished. As Picard ’s Lieutenant Commander Raffaela “Raffi” Musiker, the veteran actress has made her mark on the Star Trek franchise and her fellow Starfleet crew mem- bers. Hurd plays Raffi with empathy and intelligence, showing the character’s heart as well as her mind. This is a boss we’d all like to work for. Face the Nation ’s Margaret Brennan (“State of Grace”) uses a nonintergalactic flight metaphor when discussing her leader- ship of one of the longest-running news programs on the air. “When I was first learning to anchor, someone said it’s like hours logged in the cockpit; you’ve just got to do it,” she says. “When I first got the role of moderator, I felt—and I still feel—a She� s the Boss

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tremendous amount of responsibility. Sometimes that can be inhibiting. But the past 18 months of crisis upon crisis in this country has given us—given me—a sense of purpose for the job that we are doing.” Brennan, like Hurd, is a woman I very much admire. Our two cover subjects share a commitment to excellence, helping to steer their respective and very different programs with a calm sense of purpose, preparation, and compassion. As we approach International Women’s Day (March 8), it’s the perfect time to highlight these outstanding women (although I also believe we should do so every day!). In addition to com- bating gender bias and working toward parity, one of the core beliefs of IWD is that “identifying, celebrating, and increasing visibility of women’s achievements can help forge equality.” I agree.

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Teen Titan She’s only 17 but already a vet of stage and screen. Meet Kaci Walfall , star of Ava DuVernay’s superhero drama Naomi . BY NATE MILLADO

gets from] reading a comic book. I can also relate to her drive. She’s passionate about finding out who she is. The whole question of the show is, “Who am I?” So whether that’s art or education or read- ing—that has been really helpful in cre- ating her character because we’re both driven by things we’re passionate about. In a lot of shows set in high school, the “teens” are played by 20-some- things, but you’re actually 17. What’s it like to go through the teenage years alongside your character? KW: It’s really helpful because I can relate to a lot of things that go on through Naomi’s life. While she’s writ- ing a college essay, I’m also writing a college essay. There are a lot of parallels I can use with being an actual teenager and having to balance my school life and my work life. Has anybody from the Arrowverse reached out to you with advice or well-wishes? KW: I got a message from

E VERY SUPERHERO HAS AN origin story. Kaci Walfall’s starts in Brooklyn. The native New Yorker didn’t grow up in the industry—“nobody in my family was ever an actor or a singer”— instead, her parents really wanted her to play sports. But her mom would find her at practices off the court, putting on a show. “I’ve always had a big personality.” Walfall booked her first acting gig, a TV commer- cial, at 7, then discovered musical theater a year later. “I remember seeing Annie for the first time on Broadway, and I was just really inspired. I kind of had the feeling of, like, I want to be there.” A decade later, Walfall is No. 1 on the call sheet, playing The CW’s newest teen heroine, Naomi.

Naomi is the coolest girl I wish I knew. She’s into comic books, she’s a skater girl, she’s universally liked and respected, but she’s also super kind. What’s the coolest part about playing Naomi? KW: My favorite part about playing her is she’s a really good moral compass. She looks for the best in people, no mat-

ter what the circumstances. I also love her style! I want all the sneakers she wears. What parts of her do you relate to the most? KW: I’m an avid reader, so I understand the rush [Naomi

[Batwoman] Javicia Leslie on Instagram. She followed me and I was freaking out! She was just giving me encour- agement and saying that

NAOMI airs Tuesdays at 9p.m. ET/PT on The CW

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the first time, I was a little bit nervous because this is like a huge project and something that I wanted so bad. And from the moment she even said my name, there was a feeling of comfort- ability. She’s such a great creative and she puts so much love into her projects, but she’s also such a kind, good person. She’s taught me so much about acting, about approaching my characters, but also taught me to be a better person. You’ve been onstage in musicals like The Lion King and Matilda . We’ve heard Supergirl and The Flash sing. Any chance we’ll get to hear Naomi sing? KW: The CW loves their musical theater folks! Aidan [Gemme], who plays Jacob, has been on Broadway

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SUPERPOWER YOU’D L IKE IRL : Superspeed. I don’t like the airport. So just, like, going off and coming

SUPER FRIENDS: Aidan Gemme, Mary-Charles Jones, Kaci Walfall, Will Myers, and Camila Moreno star in The CW’s Naomi .

back in a couple of seconds would be super cool to me.

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she was super excited to see the show. I replied, “Black Girl Superheroes!” That’s so dope to have that interaction with her. For her to give so much posi- tivity to the show means a lot. When we interviewed Javicia Leslie, she said it was a “blessing” to step into a role that represents so many people who have felt underrepre- sented. What does it mean to you to play a Black teenage girl on TV— who happens to be a superhero? KW: I agree, it’s 100 percent a blessing. It’s powerful because Naomi represents those girls who haven’t seen themselves accurately reflected on TV. So it’s a beautiful thing, and I feel very power- ful to almost be that voice of other girls. I remember when I first got the audition, I had related to her so much because we’re both Black girls, we’re both teenagers, and I love superheroes. So for somebody to see themselves reflected like that, it’s super powerful. Every time I watch anything by Ava DuVernay, I know I’ll experience something special. And now you’re in one of these special projects! KW: It’s a dream. I have always looked up to Miss Ava. When I met her for

FAVORI TE SCHOOL SUBJECT: Economics and humanities

three times. Mary-Charles Jones (Annabelle) sings. Two weekends ago, we had a jam session at one of our apartments, where

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GUI LTY PLEASURE : Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups . Or chocolate chip cookies. I get

Will [Myers], who plays Anthony, was just playing the guitar. I joked with [showrunner/EP] Jill Blankenship about having a musical episode. Sing- ing in front of the camera intimidates me a little bit—I feel more comfortable singing onstage—but I’m always up for a challenge. So, hopefully in the future! Do you make New Year’s resolu- tions? And if so, what are you hop- ing for in 2022? KW: I write a letter to myself every year. I write it on the last day of the year

them every day on set. Anything chocolatey is right up my alley.

THE CW SUPERHERO YOU’D WANT TO TEAM UP WI TH ONSCREEN: Superman. Naomi stans him. So I think Tyler [Hoechlin] would be super dope, and I think their interactions would be hilarious! HIDDEN TALENTS : I have a really good memory . I can remember random things from years ago. Also, I’m a swimmer. I feel like no one knows that I swam for six years.

and open it a year later. I think that it’ll be really interesting to read my letter from 2020 to 2021, because so much great stuff has happened this year. I want to also learn another lan- guage! Naomi knows nine lan-

IDOLS : The Good Fight ’s Audra McDonald and Tina Tony winner Adrienne Warren.

“They’re both in the Broadway world, and also now in the film and TV world. I love them so much for their talent, but it was really the first time I had seen the representation of what I wanted to do and be so successful at that.

guages and I only know one. I’m also turning 18 in 2022, so I’m stepping into my mini-adulthood. I want to practice giving myself more grace with that.

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Catch in ’22 It’s gonna be a happy new year for viewers, thanks to these seven highly anticipated events—coming to a small screen near you in 2022.

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Hello, Master Chief . Based on the wildly popular Xbox video game franchise, HALO the series weaves deeply drawn personal stories into the epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Starring Pablo Schreiber ( American Gods ) as Spartan-117. Teen Wolf (Paramount+) 2 The wolves are howling again! A full moon rises in Beacon Hills, and with it a terrifying evil emerges. Only a werewolf like Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) can summon new allies and old friends to fight what may be the most powerful and deadly enemy they’ve ever faced. Come Dance With Me (CBS) 3

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Long before Captain Kirk boarded the U.S.S. Enterprise , Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) manned the helm of the Federation starship. Star Trek: Discovery fan faves Spock (Ethan Peck) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) join the intergalactic adventures. How We Roll (CBS) 5 Can Tom Smallwood (Pete Holmes), a Midwest husband and dad laid off from

a car assembly line, strike it big as a pro bowler? Also stars Katie Lowes as Tom’s supportive wife, Jen, and Chi McBride as Archie, his mentor and proud owner of Archie’s Lanes: Home of the Curly Fry. Good Sam (CBS) 6 Gifted heart surgeon Dr. Sam Griffith (Sophia Bush) is thrust into the role of chief of surgery after her renowned boss falls into a coma. Of course, when the caustic and arrogant Dr. Rob “Griff” Griffith (Jason Isaacs) wakes up months later, he demands to resume his duties. Sam is then tasked with supervising this egomaniac—who just happens to be her father. Talk about family drama! All American: Homecoming (The CW) 7 If you thought high school was dramatic, wait till you see what life is like at a prestigious HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)— where Black excellence is a way of life. The new sports drama centers on Beverly Hills tennis hopeful Simone (Geffri Maya) and Damon (Peyton Alex Smith), an elite baseball player from Chicago, as they navigate the highs and lows of unsupervised early adulthood.

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The Lady Is a Champ Tony winner—and BB super-fan— Marissa Jaret Winokur took home the first CBB title and $250K prize, which she said was a “dream come true” since Baby Drama Even though it’s just three weeks (versus three months), the celebrity HGs are still completely cut off from the outside world and their families. So when new mom Pulliam’s breast milk supply dwindled—and her breast pump broke the morning of it’s son Zev’s favorite show. the eviction—she begged everyone to send her home.

Political Intrigue CBB made headlines when former White House staffer Omarosa spilled the Trump tea. “It’s not gonna be OK,” she tearfully told Ross Matthews. “It’s so bad.” All-Star Lineup Celebs are used to cameras. But 94 cameras is next level! Past BB houseguests include Olympians Ryan Lochte and Lolo Jones, momager Dina Lohan, Real Housewives Brandi Glanville and Kandi Burruss, and Miss Universe first runner-up Ariadna Gutiérrez.

Trail-Blazing Tamar Technically, R&B diva Tamar Braxton is the first Black Brother edition— years before The Cookout Alliance dominated BB23. winner of any American Big

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Shannon Recast A game-changing “Recast” twist allowed another houseguest to overthrow current Head of Household Shannon Elizabeth and immediately nominate two HGs. (Keshia Knight Pulliam won the power and put MMA fighter Chuck Liddell and former boy bander James Maslow on the block.)

Late-Night Standup While the other celebs slept, Canadian comic Tom Green engaged in some after-hours mischief, taking mascot Orwell the Owl on house tours and doing silly routines like the “Cereal Box Osprey.” His live- feed entertainment earned him “America’s Favorite Houseguest.”

The Mooch Is Twisted Much like his White House stint, Anthony Scaramucci’s stay inside the BB house was short- lived. Turns out he wasn’t a real houseguest but part of a twist that allowed for a second veto comp before eviction.

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THE GAME | CLICK Mr. Wives’ Guy You knowwho’s probably never spent Valentine’s Day alone? Genoa City’s legendary lothario Victor Newman ( Eric Braeden ), who’s been down the aisle a whopping 15 times! Test your

1 Victor’s first a secret vasectomy instead. She ends up pregnant anyway—but falls wife wants his baby; he gets down a flight of stairs and miscarries. 2 Spikes Victor’s recovering- alcoholic fiancée’s drinks with vodka; drugs Victor into marrying her in Nevada. 3 A presumed- dead Victor meets (and falls in love with) this blind woman in Kansas. 4 Victor steals her from his nemesis, Jack. Later, she has a fling with Victor’s son Nick and hatches a plan with his other son, Adam, to take him down. 5 Steals Victor’s sperm and inseminates herself, then passes the baby off as Brad’s.

6 Pens a scandalous tell-all about Victor called Ruthless. 7 This former stripper mistakes Victor for a “butler” when she meets him at the stables. Arguably his soulmate, she and Victor have gotten hitched four times—once on her presumed deathbed. 8 Victoria’s friend who bonds with Victor over their shared passion for art. After her death, she appears to Victor as a ghost! 9 Victor’s former daughter- in-law whom he marries to protect his assets while he’s in jail. But the nonromantic relationship develops into something more.

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RED LIPS Classic, high-pigment red lips were on display at Fendi (classic and sophisticated), Naeem Khan (tropical and bright), and Saint Laurent (almost sanguine). At Michael

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LAYERED CAT EYES Dua Lipa made her runway debut at Ver- sace in showstopping electric green and blue eyeliner painted into oversize wings. The look was dreamed up by makeup’s queen of transcendent color, Pat McGrath. Pat McGrath Labs Mthrshp Mega: Celestial Odyssey Eyeshadow Palette, $78, sephora.com You can’t have a 2000s fashion revival without reviving lip gloss, as Blumarine showed on the runway. Healthy, shimmering skin and high-gloss lips gave the sporty looks at BOSS x Russell Athletic an irresistible radiance. Lancôme Juicy Tubes Original Lip Gloss in Hallucination, $20, sephora.com GLOSSY POUTS

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Casa de Sasha Our style director’s guide to all things fashion BY SASHA CHARNIN MORRISON

LUST/MUST CELLPHONE HOLDERS One of the greatest gifts to enter my life EVER has been a dangling cellphone holder. It’s the ultimate nanny for my phone. Since my wallet, keys, and contacts live on my device, I can say adios to massive backbreaking bags, phones that fall, and not being able to find anything. Boyy leather holder in cognac (above), $380, boyy.com vs. Malibu Skye “Alex” faux leather case (right), $48, amazon.com

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STYLE STALK JACQUELINE MACINNES WOOD I am crushing hard on JMW. She plays fictional fashion executive and heiress Steffy Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful . Have you seen her looks on the red carpet? Sultry, seductive, gorgeous vixen. She’s a globetrotter with great

Last year I was obsessed with all things fluffy and ugly. This year it’s red hot hearts. Loving these insanely mismatched (on purpose) earrings so much. Regal, elegant, and sassy. Lova by VL massive hearts are lightweight and perfect for shameless romantics. Venetian heart earrings, $285, lovabyvl.com

style and a force to be reckoned with. Gown by Versace

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HERMÈS BEAUTY Orange Boîte nail color Did you know Hermès designed nail color? I didn’t. I am excited to break away frommy usual deep red Wicked and nude-ish pink Ballet Slipper to try one of 20 nifty Hermès polishes. This one slays! It matches the color of the iconic boxes that have been around since 1942. $45, hermes.com

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WORK IT Superstylist June Ambrose (Jay-Z! Missy Elliott!) is now the creative director at Puma. I love her style and the way she puts street looks together. Her Puma Hoops, High Court collection is not only covetable but designed for women by a woman. “We are holding court,” she says. “We’re standing our power so young women feel empowered to hold their own.” That ALMOST makes me want to work out.

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The New Book From Tough As Nails Star, Merryl Tengesdal Combining grit and a giving heart, this book epitomizes what it means to be 'tough as nails.' Through her extraordinary life and her uncanny knack for candor, this book will leave you empowered to conquer your own success. -Phil Keoghan Host and Executive Producer of Tough as Nails and The Amazing Race.

Easy read, humorous at times, intense, raw and inspirational. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. -Felix, GoodReads Review personality, Merryl uses the events in her life weaving a well-written narrative that anyone can relate to —even if they haven’t gone to the Stratosphere. -CJ Mundy A must read for women with big dreams. An Authentic story of a woman who showed up where she wanted to be and proved the sky is not the limit to success. -Kerri Jeter, Founder of Freedom Sisters Media What a fast-paced read! From her roots in the Bronx to her time in the military to becoming a TV

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Her sultry, simple, stunning red carpet style has been award- worthy, too. AudraMcDonald

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MZ SKIN LED-powered Light- Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device, $578, knockoutbeauty.com

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SUPERGOOP! Handscreen, $14, and Body Butter, $38, both SPF 40, supergoop.com

PERRICONE MD Essential Fx Acyl-Glutathione Rejuvenating Moisturizer, 30 ml, $98, perriconemd.com

Cold Brews These luxe lotions help protect your skin from the winter elements —beautifully.

GIVENCHY Beauty Ressource Velvet Moisturizing Face Cream, $66, givenchybeauty.com

BY TERRY Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm, $38, dermstore.com

ELIZABETH ARDEN Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, $24, elizabetharden.com

HYDRATION OASIS Refreshing Gel Moisturizer, $42, h2oplus.com

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DRIVING OUR HEROES TO A BETTER TOMORROW

New wheels and new beginnings. This year, we’re celebrating 9 years of donating vehicles to veterans and their families. It’s our way of giving back to those who gave so much.

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PICARD ’S MICHELLE HURD MAY BE A RELATIVE NEWCOMER TO THE LEGENDARY STAR TREK UNIVERSE, BUT HER TALENT, FEROCITY, AND COMPASSION HAVE ALREADY WON HER A LEGION OF FANS.

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YUP, MICHELLE HURD WATCHED STAR TREK AS A KID. A LOT OF STAR TREK . BUT HER FANDOM TOOK ON SPECIAL MEANING AS SHE CAUGHT A CLASSIC EPISODE IN 2019—JUST A FEWMONTHS AFTER LANDING THE ROLE OF STARFLEET LIEUTENANT COMMANDER RAFFAELA “ RAFFI ” MUSIKER ON THE NEW SPINOFF SERIES PICARD .

adds, speaking broadly as not to give away spoilers. (She won’t even confirm that it’s partially set in the 21st century!) Per the native New Yorker, her Picard tenure is the highlight in a diverse TV career that’s spanned more than three decades. She’s certainly the only actress who can lay claim to appearing on Law & Order: SVU , ER , The Good Wife , Ash vs. Evil Dead , and both The O.C. and Gossip Girl . (Ironically, she met her husband of 15 years, fellow veteran TV actor and Fear the Walking Dead star Garrett Dillahunt, while starring in a play with him.) During a break from filming Season 3 of Picard , Hurd, 55, discussed her past and Raffi’s future.

“It actually brought me to tears,” she says. “I couldn’t believe that I was on this show with this family and this legacy. It made me want to live up to the responsibility and do it justice.” Mission accomplished. After just 10 episodes of Picard , Raffi has made her mark on the iconic franchise as a strong-willed character unafraid to go toe-to-toe with Sir Patrick Stewart’s titular captain. (In Season 1, Raffi battled a substance addiction, shared a kiss with Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine, and helped save the galaxy.) Now, after a pandemic-induced delay, she’s boldly going where no man . . . OK, fine, she’s returning for another round. But still. “I’m really excited about it because it’s so action-packed with a lot of surprises,” Hurd

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‟ [THE FANS] KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF INCLUSIVITY AND THAT EVERYONE HAS A VOICE AND WE SHOULD GIVE EACH OTHER TIME AND MAKE EYE CONTACT AND HOLD SPACE.”

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‟ I TOLD MY AGENTS THAT I WASN’T INTERESTED IN BEING THE GIRLFRIEND OR THE WIFE OR THE LOVER OR THE INGENUE. I WANTED TO BE THE BOSS. ”

When we last saw Raffi, she was in a pretty good emotional place. Where is she now? MH: She still is in that good place at the start, especially in comparison to the beginning of Season 2. But she’s a walk- ing heart, right? And with that heart comes deep feelings. So she has to deal with a world of challenges and ends up walking through all the difficulties that caused her to spiral into dark places. She becomes determined to fix things —I’m not sure if she can, but she is going to try. Whoopi Goldberg reprises her role as Guinan. Did you work with her directly? MH: I’m in a scene with her, and I got to hang out with her. She is the coolest person, and seeing her and Patrick con- verse was an insane moment in time. You waited an extra six months to start production on the season. What was it like that first day back? MH: Oh my god. I refer to my crew as my motley crew. We’re this family that loves each other and laughs with each

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“I WANTED YOUNG LADIES WHO LOOK LIKE ME TO SEE THEMSELVES AS LEADERS WHO WALK INTOAROOMANDCONTROL ITANDHAVESOME- THING TO SAY AND CONTRIBUTE.”

So you and your husband have over 100 TV credits between the two of you. What’s the best part about being married to a fellow actor? MH: We understand what our worlds are like, and then we’re also able to work with each other. I love talking to Garrett about the arts. And I love running lines with him and helping him with audi- tions. And he inspires me to just make bold choices and go for it. We have no competition between us—just support, encourage- ment, and love. You’ve played a lot of authority figures in your career. Is that intentional? MH: My first job out of college was playing a district attorney on Another World . Mind you, I was 22. I remember my very first day of shooting: I was so nervous that my knees were shaking. But I stood in front of the courtroom and I said to myself, “Get up and claim that space.” I loved that feeling so much that I told my agents that I wasn’t interested in being the girlfriend or the wife or the lover or the ingenue. I wanted to be the boss. Was that personally important to you too? MH: I grew up a little biracial kid in New York and didn’t see a lot of people like myself on television. So I wanted young ladies who look like me to see themselves as leaders who walk into a room and control it and have something to say and contribute. But I love playing Raffi because you also get to see imperfections. We don’t always get it right. We stumble and fall and make mistakes— but we’re still valuable human beings and deserve a voice and platform.

other. It was so great to see them, though we all sort of stayed in this connective state with Zooming and texting. But we also had to take care of each other with the protocols. My lead actor is a mature man, and I was going to do everything in my bones to make sure he was safe. Sir Patrick read a Shakespeare sonnet on social media every day during the height of the pandemic. Does he ever do that on set? MH: Actually, there was a moment when we were promoting the show at this gorgeous old-fashioned theater in Lucca, Italy. We’re onstage and had just finished the questions, and Patrick took the mic and said, “I’m having a very difficult time fighting the urge to stand up and do Shakespeare, and I’m not going to fight it any- more.” He put the mic down and did this beautiful monologue! I feel spoiled because not only do I get to act with him, but he’s my friend, too. He knows how much I love him. How are the Trekkie fans treating you? It’s a whole other level of adoration. MH: I’ve been humbled at how welcoming and how warm they’ve been. And I’ve discovered that they really know their s--t. They know it better than we do. I’m always impressed with their deep questions about the foundation of Star Trek . They know the impor- tance of inclusivity and that everyone has a voice and we should give each other time and make eye contact and hold space.

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AS MARGARET BRENNAN MARKS HER FOURTH ANNIVERSARY AS FACE THENATION ’S CONSUMMATE MODERATOR, SHE REFLECTS ONNAVIGATING FORMIDABLENEWS STORIES ANDTHE FAMILY LIFE THAT KEEPS HER LIGHTONHER FEET.

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HEN THE MODERATOR OF FACE THE Nation with Margaret Brennan faces journalism hopefuls, she often advises them “to learn as much as they can, to cover as much as they can, to get as much experience as they can.” It’s talk the Emmy-winning journalist has

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walked. A much-abridged itinerary of Brennan’s stops along the way to becoming moderator of the nation’s longest-running, and currently most-watched, Sunday news program includes majoring in foreign affairs and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Virginia; studying abroad in Jordan (her minor was Arabic); being a producer on Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser ; and anchoring her own Bloomberg television show. When she joined CBS News in 2012, leaving New York City for Washington, D.C., she held roles covering the State Department and the Obama and Trump admin- istrations. Brennan’s familiarity with the intersections of markets and economic policy and domestic and foreign governing bodies has served Face the Nation well. In February, Brennan, 41, will mark her fourth anniversary at Face the Nation . Under her clear-eyed, intellectually agile guidance (along with the savvy insights of veteran executive producer Mary Hager), Face the Nation has held sway over its network competition

and provided viewers with much needed context during a historically turbulent time. That vital context has led Face the Nation to be the most-watched Sunday show in its cat- egory for the second year in a row. “I believe in the preparation-meets-oppor- tunity concept—that’s what leads you to the next place,” Brennan says on a Zoom call from the home she shares with husband Lt. Colonel Yado Yakub, their 8-month-old and 3-year-old sons, and one beloved rescue dog.

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Brennan shares her most memorable Face the Nation moments. THE TOP FIVE

INTERVI EW WI TH: ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL BARR “The nation watched as protesters were forcibly cleared from Lafayette Square in front of the White House. I confronted Attorney General Bill Barr with footage of what had happened, since he had ordered federal forces to clear the area. He defended the use of ‘pepper balls’ on protesters and discussed the administration’s thinking on the potential use of military troops to restore order as racial justice protests and violence erupted in cities around the country.”

Who’s barking? MB: That’s my dog, Callie, our first baby so to speak. But she’s defi- nitely been crowded out by the kids lately. How’s she handling that? MB: She’s good with the boys, really gentle. She’s mainly American Staffordshire terrier, according to the test we did. There’s a reason they called them “nanny dogs.” She definitely acts like a little mom. Speaking of dogs, one of the pleasures of the show is your dogged follow-up questions. How do you deal with push- back or outright mendacity? MB: There is a value in letting people talk and hearing—listen- ing to—how they explain their version of events, to understand

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ONGOING COVERAGE : U.S. AND IRAN ON THE BRINK “2020 began with President Trump ordering a drone strike to kill Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani, who orchestrated the militias aligned with that rogue regime. It was a step previous presidents had backed away from out of concern it would be too dramatic an escalation, despite the fact that Soleimani had the blood of many Americans on his hands. After an extended exchange pressing then Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on the factors that went into the decision, he made the stunning admission that he had never seen the ‘exquisite intelligence’ used by President Trump to justify the strike to kill Soleimani. That show received an Emmy nomination for our coverage.”

INTERVI EW WI TH: ZALMAY KHALILZAD

“No American has spent as much time with the Taliban as Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. He negotiated on behalf of Trump and Biden and brokered the deal to withdraw U.S. troops from America’s longest war. I had pressed Zal for some time to speak about the chaotic withdrawal and why the U.S. would trust a deal with the Taliban in the first place.” INTERVI EW WI TH: WHITE HOUSE COVID- RESPONSE COORDINATOR DEBORAH BIRX “It was her first conversation since leaving the Trump administration, and she was ready to speak candidly about how unprepared America’s health system was for a pandemic and how chaos in the administration made it worse. The interview took months to prepare for. The CDC official spoke of her regrets but also wanted to make public deep-seated issues in public health that she says persist and if they remain unresolved will leave us vulnerable to the next pandemic.”

ONGOING COVERAGE : FACING THE PANDEMIC “I remember vividly the early March day when Dr. Scott Gottlieb told us that this might indeed be the once-in- a-hundred-years virus that was about to dramatically change our lives. As our reporters brought us images from Europe and Asia showing how ravaged they were by COVID, no one from the Trump administration— or even top health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci—was

yet warning the public of that severity. Executive producer Mary Hager and I quickly planned out how to adjust the show to bring clear health and financial information to the public. Having covered past financial crises, I saw that there would be a massive economic impact, too. So our brilliant booker Carol Joynt began ringing bank CEOs and Federal Reserve presidents to talk us through it.”

Mary Hager is so key in that. That sense of purpose has helped define the choices we make. We knew getting clear answers was important because of the conversations we were having in our own lives. I am genuinely asking, “When is my 3-year-old going to get a vaccine?” That is authentically me. There’s always something new with little ones. What’s the latest with your fellas? MB: Malek’s big development is he started solid foods. This week it was butternut squash I made on my day off. Last week it was bananas. Those are big doings. Eamon started preschool in September. We’re experiencing the pandemic through him. We’re experiencing school for the first time through him. We’re like, “Tell us what happened in school today.” Any nugget we can

where they’re coming from and to challenge them in a way that’s not about an argument. My executive producer and I have agreed that’s the best way to engage someone—and then have the facts that contradict them. It looks like you’ve grown more comfortable revealing yourself a bit while maintaining a formidable journalistic presence. MB: Ages ago, when I was first learning to anchor, someone said it’s like hours logged in the cockpit: You’ve just got to do it. When I first got the role of moderator, I felt—and I still feel—a tremendous amount of responsibility. Sometimes that can be inhibiting. But the past 18 months of crisis upon crisis in this country has given us—given me —a sense of purpose for the job that we are doing.

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