2015 Bostonians of the Year: John Fish and Chris Dempsey
Only one could prevail, but the leaders of each side of the Boston Olympics question forced us to get serious about the city's future.
2014 Bostonians of the Year: Market Basket employees
The grocery chain's 25,000 workers risked their jobs to support a benevolent leader and highlighted that a company formula of low prices and good wages can succeed.
2013 Bostonians of the Year: Boston Marathon bystanders
When bombs went off at the Marathon finish line, the crowds fled for safety. But a group of everyday people like Dan Marshall, Natalie Stavas, and Larry Hittinger rushed in to offer whatever help they could.
2012 Bostonians of the Year: Aly Raisman and Kayla Harrison
At the 2012 London Olympics, US female athletes snared more gold medals than the entire squads of all but two countries, led by local gymnast Aly Raisman and judo champion Kayla Harrison.
2011 Bostonian of the Year: Carmen Ortiz
The US attorney restored our faith in the system by targeting corruption and white-collar crime.
2010 Bostonian of the Year: Scott Brown
By winning "the Kennedy seat," the Republican shocked the political world and inspired a legion of long-shot challengers.
2009 Bostonian of the Year: Elizabeth Warren
The Harvard professor and overseer of the bank bailout showed herself to be the American taxpayer's fiercest advocate.
2008 Bostonian of the Year: Paul Pierce
The Celtics player displayed a will to win and tears of joy that restored glory to the Garden.
2007 Bostonian of the Year: Bruce Marks
For homeowners caught in the mortgage crisis, housing activist Bruce Marks got big banks to bend.
2006 Bostonian of the Year: Deval Patrick
The governor-elect took the honor for running his inclusive, historic "Together we can" campaign.
2005 Bostonian of the Year: Edward Ginsburg
The Big Dig is a whole lot safer because this retired judge blew the whistle on many construction flaws.
2004 Bostonian of the Year: Theo Epstein
The Red Sox' most valuable player never appeared in the lineup. He built it.