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Quinta Brunson named one of People magazine's 2022 "People of the Year"

Digital Brief: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 (A.M.)
Digital Brief: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 (A.M.) 02:13

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Philadelphia native Quinta Brunson is among the four people named People magazine's 2022 "People of the Year." Brunson is the creator and star of "Abbott Elementary."

Actor Matthew McConaughey, actress Mila Kunis and singer Jennifer Hudson were also named People magazine's 2022 "People of the Year."

The magazine unveiled its annual list Wednesday, with Editor in Chief Wendy Naugle explaining this year's honorees were selected because of their efforts to help others.

Brunson and Hudson were honored for their onscreen work. Brunson's "Abbott Elementary," a critical hit that turned her into an Emmy winner, was praised as a show that brought many people joy and showed that different generations can work well together. The show is set at a fictional elementary school in Philadelphia.

Hudson, who launched a daytime talk show this year, was cited for her efforts to create an inclusive show where everyone felt welcome.  

McConaughey was chosen for his advocacy efforts after the Uvalde school shooting rocked his hometown. Kunis was lauded for her fundraising — which People said has topped $37 million — for Ukraine, where she was born.

Each of the honorees are featured on a special cover that highlights their contributions. Kunis' includes the quote, "I'm proud to be from Ukraine," while Brunson includes her statement: "I'm a sign that times are changing."

McConaughey's proclaims, "We have to do better for our kids," while Hudson's says, "I'm living my dream — and learning as I go."

Previous People honorees have included George Clooney, Regina King, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Sandra Oh, Selena Gomez and Simone Biles. This year's special editions will be released Friday.

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