‘Time Person of the Year’ to be revealed on NBC special tonight


(NBC) – As 2020 starts to draw to a close that means lots of year-end countdowns and year-end honors, one of those is being announced tonight.

“Time” magazine will be revealing its “Person of the Year” in an hour-long special on NBC at 9 p.m. (CST).

The four finalists were revealed this morning on “Today”:

  • President Donald Trump
  • President-Elect Joe Biden
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci and front-line healthcare workers
  • The movement for racial justice

“’Person of the Year’ is not always a person, although it traditionally has been, and I think there are many of our readers and audience around the world certainly find it most satisfying when it is,” explained “Time” Exec. Editor, Ben Goldberger. “But, we’ve not only named individual people, but many groups and we’ve named actual objects before. The personal computer was ‘Person of the Year’ and we also named the planet earth which was an early clarion call about the dangers of climate change.”

Goldberger also touched on how difficult it was to choose this year’s honoree.

“It’s tough every year, this year may well be the most challenging yet. As well all know, this is a year unlike any before it, certainly in my lifetime. I imagine in any of our lifetimes. And there have been so many seismic stories this year, that in any other year, would have lent themselves to being ‘Person of the Year’ in some form. This year, there’s no doubt, it was a special challenge.”

The magazine has revealed its athlete of the year is basketball star LeBron James.

Its entertainer of the year is the music group BTS, which had one of the year’s biggest hit songs, “Dynamite.”

“Time Person of the Year” airs tonight at 9 p.m. (CST) on KSN.

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