WND has launched an annual “Person of the Year” journalistic institution, recognizing individuals who make a positive impact on society against great odds.

WND’s editors have narrowed down a worthy list of notable figures to 10 finalists, and WND’s readers have some input on who is ultimately honored as the 2009 WND “Person of the Year.”

The finalists are listed below in no particular order. Or, is there someone deserving you think has been left off the list?

  • Alan Carlin, a senior research analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency who dared to challenge the science behind the U.S. government’s massive economic commitment to reducing so-called “global warming.”
  • The American Tea partier, who banded together to demand that Big Government stop overspending, stop growing and stop trampling individual rights.
  • Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe, whose hidden-camera videos led the U.S. Census Bureau to cut ties to ACORN and both houses of Congress to halt funding to the organization.
  • Carrie Prejean, Miss California, who was stripped of her title after defending marriage between a man and a woman during a Miss USA pageant.
  • Rush Limbaugh, the most listened-to radio talker in the nation, who has worked to make the administration more “transparent” to the American public than any White House to date.
  • Lila Rose, who posed as a 15-year-old seeking an abortion to expose Planned Parenthood clinics ignoring and skirting statutory rape laws and covering for child molesters.
  • Glenn Beck, who has been blasted, ridiculed and even boycotted by leftists in full-blown panic over the impact his voice is having on America.
  • Sarah Palin, who has maintained her relevance and is still among the favorites to lead the GOP in the future.
  • Susan Boyle, a middle-aged church volunteer who became a worldwide best-selling artist.
  • The mysterious “Climategate” hacker who leaked e-mails from a key global-warming research center in which scientists discuss how to “trick” and “hide” data contrary to popular theories of manmade “global warming.”