Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Named 'Time' Person of the Year

The president-elect and vice president-elect added a couple more historical firsts to their legacy.

Time’s 2020 Person of the Year is, evidently, also America’s Person of the Year (and the next four, at least). The magazine chose President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to carry the title this year.

Yesterday, Time revealed their 2020 shortlist for the honor, which included Donald Trump, frontline workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the Movement for Racial Justice. Note: Person of the Year — which has been awarded to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Donald Trump — is not always an endorsement. Time defines the annually-bestowed title as “the person who affected the news or our lives the most, for better or worse.”

The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote that Biden and Harris were chosen “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.”

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
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Like the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Time’s 2020 decision marks many firsts. It’s the first time in the 93 years since the magazine began naming a Person of the Year (though it was originally “Man of the Year”) that a president-elect and vice president-elect have appeared together on the cover of the special issue, and it’s also the first time a vice president-elect has taken the Person of the Year title at all.

The magazine also named Guardians of the Year (Frontline Health Workers and Racial-Justice Organizers), Athlete of the Year (LeBron James), Businessperson of the Year (Zoom CEO Eric Yuan), and Entertainer of the Year (BTS).

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