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TIME’s Person of the Year Award went to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jan 5, 2021

Kamala Harris just made history, again. TIME Magazine named Kamala Harris and Joe Biden as 2020 Person of the Year, the first time in the magazine’s history they honor a Vice President-elect. In the running was Agent Orange, healthcare workers and Dr. Fauci.


Edward Felsenthal, editor-in-chief of the magazine, explained his decision, “For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, [and] for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world.” He added, “In a year that saw an epic struggle for racial justice, and one of the most consequential elections in history, the Biden-Harris partnership sends a powerful message.”


Earlier in 2020, TIME made history by changing their name on the cover to “VOTE” for the 2020 election.



Photo via TIME Magazine, portrait by Jason Seiler