Don Lemon Profile, Wiki, Bio
Don Lemon is an American Emmy Award-winning News Anchor/Reporter working for CNN in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined the station in September 2006.
Don Lemon Education
Lemon is a proud alumnus of Baker High School, Louisiana State University, and Brooklyn College. He graduated from Brooklyn College in the year 1996 with a degree in broadcast journalism. During his stint at Brooklyn, he worked as an adjunct professor, where he taught and participated in a curriculum designed around new media. While studying at Brooklyn College, he worked as an intern at WNYW-TV in New York City. He also served at NBC affiliates in Chicago and Philadelphia as a correspondent and Fox affiliates in Chicago and St. Louis, for a couple of years.
Don Lemon CNN
Lemon serves at CNN as an anchor of his program, “Don Lemon Tonight,” which airs every weeknight at 10 PM. Also, he serves as a correspondent across CNN International and the CNN United States programming. Joining CNN, he was based in the New York bureau. Lemon has done live reports from Chicago, where he covered the 2008 presidential election. During that election period, he got to interview then-Representative Rahm Emanuel on the day he began working as President-elect Obama’s Chief of Staff. Also, he conducted an interview with the 106-year-old voter, Anne Cooper.
At CNN, Lemon has moderated political town halls and served as a co-moderator of the 1st 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate. He has also served as a co-host of a special, “Color of Covid,” where he was addressing COVID-19’s impact on communities of color. Lemon has worked as CNN’s leading voice, where he guided viewers via the summer of nationwide protests and riots and the death of George Floyd.
Lemon has worked as a live reporter, covering major breaking news stories. Some of these breaking stories include the 2022 crisis in Ukraine, the 2022 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the 2013 Boston marathon bombing, and the 2016 Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub. He also covered the George Zimmerman trial in the year 2013, the Inaugural of the 44th President in Washington, the 2008 Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana, and the 2015 Charleston church shooting, just to name a few.
He has served as an anchor for CNN’s breaking news stories such as the Joplin tornado, the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, Osama Bin Laden’s death, and the Arab Spring. Lemon has done reports for the network’s documentary, “Race and Rage: The Beating of Rodney King” which aired 2 decades to the beating day. Lemon has held public officials like politicians accountable in his segment, “No Talking Points”.
Don Lemon Career
Lemon works at CNN. Before joining CNN, he worked for NBC5 News in Chicago, where he co-anchored the 5 p.m. newscasts. He began working for NBC5 News in as an Anchor/Reporter in August 2003. Before that, he served at NBC News in New York. There he worked as a correspondent for “NBC Nightly News” and “The Today Show,” and anchored on TODAY on Saturdays and Sundays and on MSNBC. At NBC, he reported on various stories like SARS in Canada and the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, as well as other stories of both national and worldwide importance.
Lemon has worked for an NBC affiliate, WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a general assignment reporter and weekend news anchor. He has also served at KTVI-TV in St. Louis as an investigative reporter and news anchor. Additionally, Lemon has worked for WBRC-TV in Birmingham as a news anchor. He started his journalism career at WNYW in New York City, where he worked as a news assistant. At the time, he was still a student in college.
Quick Facts About Don Lemon
|Full Name||Don Lemon|
|Age||56 years old as of 2022|
|Net Worth||$1 Million – $5 Million|
Awards and Recognitions
Throughout his career, has earned various honors and awards. He holds an Emmy Award for a special report on real estate in Chicagoland and an Edward R. Murrow award for covering the capture of the Washington DC snipers. He was awarded several local Emmy Awards for a business feature about Craigslist, an online community, as well as for his reporting in Africa, in the year 2016. Ebony recognized Lemon as one of the Ebony Power 150: the most influential Blacks in America n the year 2019. In addition, Lemon holds other different awards for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.
Don Lemon Age, Birthday / How old is Don Lemon?
Lemon is 56 years old as of 2022. He was born on March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. He celebrates his birthday on the 1st of March every year.
Don Lemon Height, Measurements
How tall is Don Lemon? Lemon stands at a height of approximately 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m).
Don Lemon Family, Parents
Lemon was born to his loving parents; Wilmon Lee Richardson (father) and Katherine Marie (mother). Wilmon Lee Richardson is Lemon’s stepfather and has been a prominent attorney. He was part of a lawsuit that successfully challenged the segregation of public transportation in Baton Rouge. There is no information regarding Lemon’s real father. Lemon has an elder sister, L’Tanya “Leisa” Lemon Grimes.
Don Lemon Sister’s Death
Lemon’s sister, L’Tanya “Leisa” Lemon Grimes passed away on January 31, 2018, when she was 58 years old. According to police investigations, Grimes’s death was an accidental drowning in a pond while fishing.
Don Lemon Partner, Spouse
Lemon is married to his lovely spouse/partner, Tim Malone, a real-estate agent, who buys and sells luxury real estate in Hamptons, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. They reside in an apartment in Harlem. They also have another house in Sag Harbor on Long Island, New York. Tim celebrates his birthday on the 6th of April every year, having been born on April 6. Lemon and Tim first met in the year 2017 in New York. Tim proposed to Lemon on April 6, 2019, when Tim was celebrating his birthday and had their engagement in the same month of the year. They are proud dog parents to their 3 cute dogs.
Don Lemon Salary
Being one of the top journalists for CNN Lemon earns an annual salary ranging from $ 20,000 – $ 100,000.
Don Lemon Net Worth
Lemon has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a News Anchor/Reporter.
Don Lemon Books, Author
Other than being a journalist, he is also an author. He has authored 2 New York Times Best Selling Books;
- “Transparent” in 2011 – published by Farrah Gray Publishing, Inc.
- “This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism” in 2021 – published by Little, Brown, and Company.
Don Lemon Gay
In Lemon’s memoir “Transparent,” he publicly came out and confirmed himself as gay. He stated that the first time he discovered his sexuality was when he was around 5 or 6 years old. Also, in the memoir, he talked about colorism in the community of blacks and the sexual abuse he suffered when he was young. Lemon dedicated the memoir to a college student who committed suicide after his roommate outed him online, Tyler Clementi.
Don Lemon Lawsuit
In the year 2018, Lemon was accused of assaulting a man in a Sag Harbor, New York, but the lawsuit has ended in a whimper. Lemon calls it a difficult and long journey. The Court’s ruling fully brings a vindication to Lemon and therefore an end to the abusive lawsuit. The case was a crass money grab from its inception and Lemon has never paid the compensatory damages for the plaintiff. Hice was the plaintiff in the case and had to pay $77,000.