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Don Lemon Profile
Don Lemon is an American television journalist most well known for being a host on CNN. Lemon anchored weekend news programs on local television stations in Alabama and Pennsylvania during his early days as a journalist.
Don Lemon Age
Lemon is 57 years old as of 2023, he was born on 1st March 1966 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America. Furthermore, he celebrates his birthday on the 1st of March every year.
Don Lemon Height
He stands at an average height of 6 feet tall.
Don Lemon Family
Lemon was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the son of Katherine Marie and Wilmon Lee Richardson. His father was a prominent attorney, who was part of a lawsuit successfully challenging the segregation of public transportation in Baton Rouge. Lemon was born under the surname of his mother’s then-husband and discovered that Wilmon was his father when he was five. He is of mostly mixed ancestry, along with Creole; his maternal grandmother was the daughter of a black mother and a white father, who had French and Scots-Irish ancestry.
Don Lemon Sister’s Death
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 pond while fishing. After being absent for approximately a week, he opened his show on February 6 by thanking everyone who wished him “prayers and words of encouragement”.
Don Lemon Education
He attended Baker High School, a public high school in the town of Baker in East Baton Rouge Parish. Lemon was voted class president during his senior year. Lemon attended Louisiana State University and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1996, majoring in broadcast journalism. While at Brooklyn College, he interned at WNYW. He worked for Fox affiliates in St. Louis and Chicago for several years and was a correspondent for NBC affiliates in Philadelphia and Chicago.
Don Lemon Gay
Lemon met real estate agent Tim Malone in 2017, after which the two began dating. The couple announced in April 2019 that they were engaged. During an on-air interview with members of Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation in September 2010, Lemon discussed being sexually molested when he was five or six by a neighbor teenage boy, and that it was not until he was thirty that he told his mother about it.
In his 2011 memoir, Transparent, Lemon publicly came out as gay—has been out in his personal life and with close colleagues—becoming “one of the few openly gay black men in broadcasting.” He also discussed colorism in the black community and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. He dedicated the book to Tyler Clementi, a college student who took his own life after his roommate outed him online. Lemon also stated that he has known about his sexuality since the age of five or six.
Don Lemon CNN
Lemon joined CNN in September 2006. He has been outspoken in his work at CNN, criticizing the state of cable news and questioning the network publicly. He has also voiced strong opinions on ways that the mixed community can improve their lives, which has caused some controversy. In 2014, CNN began to pilot prime-time shows hosted by Lemon, including The Eleventh Hour and The Don Lemon Show. Following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Lemon began to host a special, nightly program featuring discussion and analysis of the event by aviation experts.
After a realignment of CNN’s schedule following the cancellation of Piers Morgan Live, this hour was replaced by the news program CNN Tonight; Lemon would later become the permanent host of the hour as CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. Lemon has also participated in CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live as a correspondent from a city in the Central Time Zone, most often alongside fellow CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin.
Lemon’s outspoken criticism of the administration of Donald Trump and accusations of racism made him a target of the president. In January 2018, after Trump controversially referred to countries such as El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras as “shitholes” during a meeting on immigration, Lemon opened the program with a proclamation that “The president of the United States is racist. A lot of us already knew that.
Don Lemon The Don Lemon Show
In February 2022, it was announced that he would be hosting a talk show for CNN’s then-forthcoming streaming service CNN+ called The Don Lemon Show. However, only two episodes managed to be released in the service’s sole month of operation in April 2022, before shutting down. On September 15, 2022, it was announced that Lemon will co-anchor a new CNN morning show with Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow later in the year. On October 12, 2022, it was announced that the morning show will be named CNN This Morning.
Don Lemon Career
In October 2018, during a discussion with Chris Cuomo on Cuomo Prime Time amid the Jeffersontown shooting, Lemon argued that Americans shouldn’t “demonize any one group or any one ethnicity”, and that domestic terrorism by white supremacist Americans, “most of them radicalized to the right”, was a bigger threat to the safety of the country than foreigners.
He went on to ask, “There is no travel ban on, they have the Muslim ban, there is no white guy ban, so what do we do about that?” Lemon’s remarks were criticized by conservative figures. Who felt that it was “race-baiting” and contradicted his suggestion that Americans should not “demonize any one group or any one ethnicity.” In response to the criticism, Lemon cited data from a report by the Government Accountability Office stating that there had been 255 fatalities between September 12, 2001, and December 31, 2016.
Don Lemon The Handoff
Moreover, involving domestic extremists and killings by far-right extremists outranked those by Islamic extremists in 10 of the 15 years tracked. In the same period, no deaths were credited to attacks by far-left extremists. In May 2021, it was announced that Lemon, along with CNN fellow journalist Chris Cuomo, would launch a podcast named The Handoff. The audio show will center around “politics and personal” and will be teleprompter-free.
Moreover, on May 17, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon was retitled to simply Don Lemon Tonight; Lemon apologized for how he teased the rebranding on his show, stating that he “didn’t mean to set the internet on fire” about viewers who thought that Lemon would be departing CNN.
Don Lemon Honors and awards
In 2002, Lemon won an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the capture of the D.C. area sniper, and other awards for reports on Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, he earned three Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards one for a business feature about Craigslist real estate listings, “Life on Craigslist,” and two for reporting on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, “Journey to Africa” while reporting for WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Lemon was voted as one of the 150 most influential African Americans by Ebony magazine in 2009. In 2014, The Advocate listed Lemon as one of the publication’s 50 Most Influential LGBTQ People in Media.
In December 2016, Lemon was honored with a Native Son Award, named after James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son (1955), recognizing and “encouraging the increased visibility and impact of black gay men in society”. Additionally, in 2017, Out named him on its Power 50 list of “the most influential LGBTQ people in the USA.”
In June 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York, an event widely considered a watershed moment in the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Furthermore, Queerty named him one of the Pride50 “trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance, and dignity for all queer people”
Don Lemon Net Worth
Lemon has an estimated annual net worth of $ 1 million to $5 million earned from his career as an Anchor.
Don Lemon Social Media Platforms
Lemon is very active on his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. He has 1.4 Million followers on Twitter, 703k followers on Instagram, and 983k followers on Facebook.