Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are Time Person of the Year

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are . “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 are TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year,” wrote Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal.Harris became the country’s first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president-elect. During Thursday morning’s broadcast of NBC’s Today show, the publication unveiled its shortlist of candidates for the honor, which came down to four finalists: Biden, frontline health care workers and top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, the movement for racial justice, and President .

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Time magazine’s tradition of singling out an especially influential person started in 1927, launching as Man of the Year. The name was later changed to Person of the Year, which is bestowed on an individual, a group, a movement or an idea that had the most influence in the past year. Time expanded its Person of the Year franchise last year by introducing four additional categories including Businessperson of the Year.