WASHINGTON — CNN is honoring 10 remarkable people for helping shape and improve the world in a star-studded ceremony that will be broadcast live this afternoon on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. The annual America’s People and Places event kicks off the network’s third annual America’s Persons Awards.
This year’s honorees celebrate the many faces of America, including survivors, activists, influencers, athletes, artists, government officials, artists, educators, volunteers, veterans, and builders of communities, up for recognition at the center of U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 poll that found a tie between Oprah Winfrey and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren as most admired public figure in the country.
Tina Fey, Rachel Maddow, Senator Bob Casey, Jane Fonda, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charles Ferguson, Rose Byrne, Troye Sivan, Denny Strigl, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren are among those who are selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for their exemplary work in combating human trafficking and protecting the environment, and for their support for DACA recipients.
The Golden Rule award is for the “encouragement of and development of a society or culture where human rights are actually respected”
Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts)
Oprah Winfrey (D-Missouri)
Tina Fey (D-New York)
Rachel Maddow (D-Illinois)
Charles Ferguson (D-District of Columbia)
Jane Fonda (D-California)
Gwyneth Paltrow (D-California)
Rose Byrne (D-California)
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
Denny Strigl (NASA)
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon)
DACA recipient Troye Sivan (Hailing from Australia)
Stacey Abrams (D-Georgia)
“We are excited to honor these 10 extraordinary people for working to make the world a better place and to acknowledge the many trailblazers who made a big difference this year,” said Rick Kaplan, CNN’s president of news. “It was great to welcome Tina Fey to the exclusive ‘ACES’ table last year, and last night was terrific to welcome back Senator Bob Casey. The power of partnerships and communities are a defining feature of this year’s event. By sharing in our celebration of their contributions, we are actively committed to supporting the ‘ACES’ Institute, which we are proud to sponsor.”
“It’s always an honor to have CNN honor such dynamic and incredible people,” said CNN’s Head of Corporate Development Andrew Young. “I have enjoyed the support and collaboration with this special award group. We are honored to see our Project ‘ELITE’ succeed and excited to have more courageous leaders around the world.”
A Lifetime Achievement Award was created to reflect a person’s tireless efforts to advance the cause of human rights through commitment to activism. This award honors our lifetime’s work to advance the cause of human rights through moral conviction and devotion to individual rights, social justice, and political change.
A Global Citizenship Award was created to recognize individuals who defend the human rights of people in other countries and play leadership roles in their progress towards their own, understanding that no one nation can claim universal human rights. This award honors the work of 10 people in international humanitarian assistance who have worked to ensure that others do not remain without their basic human rights.
The America’s People and Places Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who have made profound and enduring contributions to all aspects of American life. This award honors individuals whose work has championed major issues to promote America’s global leadership and the environment. The award will be presented to one recipient from each of the following areas, honoring those whose work has made a lasting impact: health, education, the environment, and community development.
2017 – Elizabeth Warren
2018 – Oprah Winfrey
2019 – Tina Fey
2020 – Jane Fonda