Ebola Fighters Named TIME Magazine Persons of the Year for 2014

TIME Person of the Year was announced by TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs on NBC’s Today Show Monday, December 10, 2014.

This year, the magazine named ‘Ebola Fighters‘ as TIME Person of the Year. The title, according to TIME, goes to an individual or group who, for better or worse, has had the biggest impact on the world and the news over the course of the previous year.

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The group beat out other candidates this year. They are the following:

The Ferguson protesters, who took to the streets in August following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, and again in November when a grand jury declined to indict the officer in the killing.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president who has remained in the headlines throughout this year, from his country’s stewardship of the Winter Olympics in Sochi to its annexation of Crimea, and its role in the ongoing civil strife in eastern Ukraine.

Taylor Swift, one of the world’s top-selling pop artists, who this year shook up the music industry by pulling her music from streaming service Spotify, which she believes should compensate artists more.
Jack Ma, an English teacher turned founder and CEO of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant which debuted a $25 billion IPO.

Tim Cook, who introduced Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay this year, and whose decision to come out made him the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.

Masoud Barzani, the acting president of the Iraqi Kurdish Region since 2005, who has deftly threaded the region’s push for independence with the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.

Roger Goodell, the National Football League commissioner whose leadership has been under great scrutiny this year as the league dealt with public incidents of domestic abuse by players such as Ray Rice, among other controversies.

Last year, Pope Francis was named TIME Person Of The Year.

TIME has named a Person of the Year for the past nine decades. The title is bestowed to those who have, for good or for ill, most influenced the news and our lives in the past year.

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