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Meet Time's 'Person of the Year' for 2020

Magazine names Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 11, 2020 12:38 AM CST
Time 's 'Person of the Year' Is Actually 2 People
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holds hands with President-elect Joe Biden and her husband Doug Emhoff as they celebrate Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) Time magazine has named President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris its “Person of the Year,” the AP reports. Time's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal says Biden and Harris won the honor for “changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world.” Felsenthal notes, “Every elected President since FDR has at some point during his term been a Person of the Year, nearly a dozen of those in a presidential election year. This is the first time we have included a Vice President.”

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Time's other Person of the Year candidates were President Trump; frontline health care workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci; and the movement for racial justice. Also Thursday, Time named the Korean boy band BTS its Entertainer of the Year and named Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James its Athlete of the Year.

(Read more Time's Person of the Year stories.)

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