Here's the Shortlist for Time's Person of the Year

Trump is on it for the 4th year running
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2019 12:24 PM CST
Here's the Shortlist for Time 's Person of the Year
Soccer player Megan Rapinoe, right, is on the shortlist.   (Joshua Bessex/The News Tribune via AP)

Time magazine will unveil its Person of the Year Wednesday, and the shortlist is out today. These are the people editors thought influenced the world the most in 2019:

  • Nancy Pelosi: The House speaker has been a key figure in impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
  • Donald Trump: The president may become just the third US president to be impeached. He was named Person of the Year in 2016 and has been on the shortlist every year since.
  • The whistleblower: Another central impeachment figure, this is the unnamed CIA officer who first raised alarms about Trump's call with the president of Ukraine, triggering the inquiry.
  • Rudy Giuliani: The president's personal lawyer has been another big name in the impeachment proceedings.
Read on for the rest of the names, which move on from the impeachment to other high-profile topics.

  • Megan Rapinoe: She led the US women's soccer team to a World Cup title while also making headlines for her dislike of the president and her commitment to equal pay and LGBTQ rights.
  • Mark Zuckerberg: The Facebook CEO has faced quite a few controversies this year related to privacy, user data, political ads, and more.
  • Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand's prime minister gave birth while in office, making her a very high-profile working mom. She was still breastfeeding the 3-month-old when she became the first world leader to bring her infant to a United Nations general assembly meeting. She's also made waves with her commitment to gun control.
  • Greta Thunberg: The Swedish 16-year-old is a huge leader in the climate change movement, including leading strikes and protests and speaking at the UN.
  • Xi Jinping: China's leader is embroiled in his country's trade war with the US, and also faces pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong protesters: The aforementioned protesters are not happy with a proposed change to China's extradition law that is seen as Beijing attempting to exert more control over Hong Kong.
See more on each member of the list at Time. (More Time's Person of the Year stories.)

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