Don Lemon Biography
Don Lemon(Don Carlton Lemon), is an American television journalist. He has anchored weekend news programs on local television stations in Alabama and Pennsylvania. He then served as a news correspondent for NBC on its programs, such as Today and NBC Nightly News. After that, he joined CNN in 2006 as a correspondent. He is also a recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award and three regional Emmy Awards.
Don Lemon Career
He started his career journey as a news anchor at WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama, and for WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then joined KTVI in Louis Missouri where he was an investigative reporter and an anchor. After that he joined NBC News’s New York City where he was working as a correspondent for both Today and NBC Nightly News, he also worked as an anchor on Weekend Today and programs on MSNBC.
Don Lemon CNN
In September 2006, Don joined CNN where he was soo outspoken in his job at CNN. He criticized the state of cable news and questioned the network publicly. Don has also spoken strongly about ways that African American community can improve their lives, which has caused some controversy. From 2014, Don has co-hosted CNN’S News Year’s Eve special from New Orleans with Brookewin.
Don received a death threat laced with racial slurs in October 2017. Don filled a report detailing the incident. In January 2018, Lemon introduced his Broadcast with” This is CNN Tonight, I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United State is racist.” His criticism of the Trump Administration and accusations of racism against President Trump have made him become a target of Trump. Furthermore, in November 2018, he got attention for saying that homegrown white supremacists were a bigger threat to the country than immigrants.
During a live interview with members of Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation in September 2010. Don spoke of being sexually abused when he was five or six by a neighboring teenager and told his mother when he was thirty. In his personal life and with close colleagues, becoming “one of the few openly gay black men in transmission”. Moreover, He also talked about colorism in the black community and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.
Don dedicated the book to Tyler Clementi, a college student who took his own life after his roommate gave it away online. Lemon is also said to have known about her sexuality from the age of five or six. On January 31, 2018, Lemon’s sister, L’Tanya “Leisa” Lemon Grimes, died at the age of 58; police concluded that her death was an accidental drowning in a fish pond while fishing. After being absent for about a week, he opened his show on February 6, thanking all those who wished him “prayers and words of encouragement”.
He said conservatives like Sean Hannity were among the first to call, illustrating how they respect each other and maintain good relations, even if they disagree on matters. In August 2019, a New York bartender, Dustin Hice, filed a civil suit against Lemon for “degrading, unprovoked and offensive assault” at a tavern in Sag Harbor in July. 2018, looking for unspecified harms of “severe emotional distress and loss of future earnings and opportunities”. In his response, Lemon denied the waiter’s claims.
Awards and Honors
In 2002, he won an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of sniper capture in the DC area and other awards for reporting Hurricane Katrina.
In 2006, Lemon won three Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards: one for a commercial article on Craigslist’s real estate ads, “Life on Craigslist,” and two for reporting the HIV pandemic. AIDS in Africa, “Journey to Africa”. while writing for WMAQ-TV in Chicago.
In addition, he was voted one of the 150 most influential African Americans by Ebony Magazine in 2009. Furthermore, in 2014, Advocate listed Lemon as one of the 50 most influential LGBTQ people in the media. However, In 2014, Columbia Journalism Review’s David Uberti placed him on a list of the worst journalists of the year for several reporting errors in all.
In December 2016, Lemon was honored with a Native Son award. The award, is named after James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son (1955). The award recognizes and “promotes the greater visibility and impact of black gays in society”. In 2017, Out placed him on the Power 50 list of “Most Influential LGBTQ People in America”.
In June 2019, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York. Which is widely considered a watershed moment in the modern LGBTQ rights movement, Queerty named him one of the pioneers of Pride50 “individuals who actively ensure that society continues to move towards equality, acceptance, and dignity for all queer people.”
Don Lemon Age
Lemon was born on 1st March 1966,(aged 55 years) in Banton Rouge Louisiana.
Don Lemon Family
Don is a son to Richardson Lemon and Katherine Clark He has two siblings namely Yma Lemon and Leisa Lemon, however, his sister Leisa died on January 31, 2018.
Don Lemon Education
Don attended Baker Highschool, a public high school in the town of Baker in East Baton Rouge Parish. During his senior year, he was elected as a class president. After that, he joined Louisiana State University and later joined Brooklyn College in 1996 where he majored in journalism
Don Lemon Boyfriend
After he opened up about him being gay. Don met his partner Tim Malone who is a real estate agent in 2017 and the two started dating. In April 2019 the two announced that they were engaged.
Don Lemon Height
The 55-year-old stands at 6feet tall and in addition, he weighs 79kg.
Don Lemon Net worth
Lemon earns a salary of $125k and has a net worth of around $3million.