Pulitzer and TIME honor top influencers

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

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Taylor Swift and Pope Francis were named Icons by TIME Magazine.

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced recently, honoring achievements in journalism, literature, and music.

The New York Times won a Pulitzer for international reporting, because of its “courageous front-line reporting and vivid human stories” about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has claimed nearly 11,000 lives and infected about 26,000 people. Other winners included Bloomberg for its coverage of tax-dodging businesses, The Seattle Times for its investigation of a deadly landslide, the Los Angeles Times for its witty articles on television and culture, and Julia Wolfe for her coal-mining song “Anthracite Fields”.

Influential writers aren’t the only ones being honored, because TIME Magazine unveiled its list of the 100 Most Influential People.

TIME Magazine recognized people in the categories of Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, and Icons. Its list of Titans includes rapper Kanye West, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Oscar-winning filmmaker Lee Daniels, while some of the featured Pioneers are Harry Potter actress Emma Watson and Kira Orange Jones, whose leadership in Teach for America and Louisiana’s board of education helped rebuild the New Orleans school system after Hurricane Katrina. Guardians of the Galaxy actors Bradley Cooper and Chris Pratt made the Artists list, while Catholic leader Pope Francis and musician Taylor Swift were named Icons. The highest ranked Leaders included India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and American politicians Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Grumpy Cat was furious when he wasn’t honored, and TIME Magazine politely reminded him he was a Cat and not a Person. Meow was he supposed to know?

Featured image courtesy of The Pulitzer Prizes and Columbia University (left) and TIME Magazine (right).