Don Lemon

Don Lemon Biography

Full Name Don Lemon
Age 57 Years old.
Birth Name Don Lemon
Birth Date 1966-03-01
Gender Male

Don Lemon is a versatile American television journalist who is famous for being a host on CNN. He had previously worked for both NBC and MSNBC. He started his journalistic career as a news assistant on Channel 5 in New York City. He joined CNN in 2006, also as a correspondent, and later achieved prominence as the presenter of Don Lemon Tonight from 2014 to 2022. Don previously worked as a news correspondent for NBC on its programming, such as "Today" and "NBC Nightly News". CNN started to pilot prime-time shows hosted by Lemon, including "The Eleventh Hour" and "The Don Lemon Show" in 2014. He has also worked for Fox affiliates in St. Louis and Chicago for several years and was a correspondent for NBC affiliates in Philadelphia and Chicago.

As well, Don is also a recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award and three regional Emmy Awards. It was announced in May 2021 that Don, along with CNN fellow journalist Chris Cuomo, would launch a podcast named "The Handoff". Moreover, it was also announced on 15th September 2022 that he will co-anchor a new CNN morning show, named "CNN This Morning" with Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow later in the year. After Nikki Haley's presidential campaign announcement, Don said in 2023 that Haley "isn't in her prime" and that a woman is "in her prime in her 20s, 30s, 40s." He apologized for the comments on Twitter, calling his words "inartful and irrelevant".


Nationality American
Religion Christian
Horoscope Pisces
Famous For For hosting the program ‘CNN Tonight’

Don Lemon Background

Don Lemon opened his eyes for the very first time on 1st March 1966 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. He is American by nationality and African-American by ethnicity. Likewise, he follows the Christian religion and his race is black. Don's present age is 56 which he celebrated back in 2022 and as per his birthdate, his star sign is Pisces. 


Birth Nation United States
Place Of Birth Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Siblings Leisa Lemon, Yma Lemon
Ethnicity Mixed

Don is the son of his mother, Katherine Marie (Bouligney), and his father, 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. Don has three siblings named Leisa Lemon, Yma Lemon, and L'Tanya Lemon Grimes. Unfortunately, Lemon's sister, L'Tanya, died at the age of 58 on 31st January 2018; police concluded that her death was an accidental drowning in a pond while fishing.

Moving to Lemon's education, he attended Baker High School, a public high school in the town of Baker in East Baton Rouge Parish. Later, he attended Louisiana State University and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1996, majoring in broadcast journalism. While at Brooklyn College, he interned at WNYW.

Don Lemon Career

  • Don Lemon kicks off his journalism career reporting as a weekend news anchor for WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama, and for WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and became an anchor and investigative reporter for KTVI in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Then he reported for NBC News's New York City operations, including working as a correspondent for both "Today", and "NBC Nightly News"; and as an anchor on "Weekend Today" and programs on MSNBC.
  • He later started working at NBC-owned-and-operated station WMAQ-TV in Chicago in 2003 and was a reporter and local news co-anchor. 
  • In September 2006, he joined CNN and began to pilot prime-time shows hosted by Lemon, including "The Eleventh Hour" and "The Don Lemon Show" in 2014.
  • He has also participated in CNN's "New Year's Eve Live" as a correspondent from a city in the Central Time Zone after which his outspoken criticism of the administration of Donald Trump and accusations of racism made him a target of the president.
  • Don argued in October 2018, during a discussion with Chris Cuomo on Cuomo Prime Time amid the Jeffersontown shooting 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. 
  • It was announced in May 2021 that he along with CNN fellow journalist Chris Cuomo, would launch a podcast named "The Handoff" as well as t was announced in February 2022 that he would be hosting a talk show for CNN's then-forthcoming streaming service CNN+ called "The Don Lemon Show".
  • Subsequently, it was announced on 15th September 2022 that Don will co-anchor a new CNN morning show with Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow later in the year. On 12th October 2022, it was announced that the morning show will be named "CNN This Morning".
  • Furthermore, after Nikki Haley's presidential campaign announcement, Don said in 2023 that Haley "isn't in her prime" and that a woman is "in her prime in her 20s, 30s, 40s." He apologized for the comments on Twitter, calling his words "inartful and irrelevant".

Books

  • Transparent
  • This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism

Awards and Achievements

Don Lemon won the award for a special report on the real estate market in Chicago in Emmy Award. He also received the Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the D.C. area sniper. He also won a number of awards for reports on Hurricane Katrina and the AIDS epidemic in Africa. He was voted as one of the 150 most influential African-Americans. He was also named in the list of worst journalists of the year. He was also honored with a Native Son Award, named after James Baldwin's "Notes of a Native Son" (1955) in December 2016. 

In 2017, Out named Don 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, 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 Relationship, Partner & Gay

Don Lemon is an unmarried man. He is currently in a romantic relationship with his handsome partner Tim Malone who is a real estate agent. The pair met with each other in 2017, after which the two began dating. The couple announced in April 2019 that they were engaged. Concerning, Don's sexual orientation, he publicly came out as gay in his 011 memoirs having been out in his personal life and with close colleagues becoming "one of the few openly gay black men in broadcasting." Don currently 


Moreover, Lemon 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. He received death threats laced with racial slurs; he filed a police report detailing the incident in October 2017. He currently lives in an apartment in Harlem and has another home in Sag Harbor on Long Island, New York.

Don Lemon Salary & Net Worth

Net Worth $ 12 million (As of 2018)
Salary $4 million per year

Don Lemon has established an identity already. He has a net worth of $12 million as of 2023 and his annual CNN salary is reported to be $4 million per year. With his hard work and luck by his side, he can double the amount of wealth he has today. Bit of dedication and luck, he would definitely be unstoppable. He has a long road ahead of him and he definitely holds all the potential to make it big in the industry. 

In addition, his major source of income is his television journalist career and he is sincere in his work. He has also done endorsement work for several brands from where he gained a handsome amount of money.

Don Lemon Height & Weight

Don Lemon has unarguably accomplished a decent height career-wise. He stands at an ideal height of 5 ft 10½ in or 179 cm with a balanced body weight of 79 kg or 174 lbs. He has good-looking black hair and dark brown eyes color.

Besides, his body build type is average and his body measurements are 40-32-35 inches. He's got an unconventional good look and raw appeal about him. 


Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Height 5 Feet 6 Inch
Weight 79 kg or 174 lbs
Body Measurement 40-32-35