Don Lemon is an American journalist and author. He is an award-winning news anchor for CNN based in New York City, and hosts CNN Tonight. Lemon was born on born March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
He was educated at Baker High School, a public high school in the town of Baker in East Baton Rouge Parish. Moreover, he majored in broadcast journalism at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Louisiana State University. While in college, Lemon worked as a news assistant at WNYW in New York City.
Early in his career, Lemon reported as a weekend anchor for WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama, and WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as well as an anchor and investigative reporter for KTVI St. Louis.
Moreover, Lemon reported for NBC News’ New York City operations, including working as a correspondent for Today and NBC Nightly News and an anchor on Weekend Today and MSNBC. In 2003, he began at NBC owned-and-operated station WMAQ-TV (5 in Chicago) and was a reporter as well as local news co-anchor.
In his memoir, Transparent, Lemon came out as gay and discusses colorism in the black community, and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Moreover, he has Creole ancestry (his great-grandfather was of French descent) in addition to Nigerian, Cameroonian, and Congolese ancestry.
His Honors & Awards
Lemon won an Emmy Award for a special report on the real estate market in Chicago. Likewise, he received an Edward R Murrow Award for his coverage of the capture of the D.C. area sniper. Additionally, a number of other awards for reports on Hurricane Katrina, and the AIDS epidemic in Africa.
However, in 2014, Columbia Journalism Review awarded Lemon a more dubious honor when his work was named in a list of worst journalism of the year (along with Fox & Friends and Rolling Stone magazine) for his remarks to an alleged Bill Cosby rape victim.
His Published Works
- Lemon, Don (2011). Transparent. Farrah Gray Publishing, Inc. ISBN 978-0-9827027-8-9.
- Full Name: Don Lemon
- Date of Birth: March 1, 1966
- Age: 53
- Birth Place: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
- Residence: New York City, New York, U.S.
- Education: Baker High School
- Alma mater: Brooklyn College Louisiana State University
- Occupation: Journalist
- Employer: CNN
- Political party: Independent
- Awards: Emmy Award, Edward R. Murrow Award
- Height: 1.83 m
- Parents: Katherine Clark
- Net Worth: $10 million
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