Don Lemon Biography
Don Lemon is an Emmy Award-winning American journalist working for CNN News where he serves as a co-anchor who joined the network in August 2003. Previously he worked at NBC5 News in Chicago where he served as a co-anchor.
Don Lemon Age
Lemon is 56 years old as of 2022. He was born on March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.
Don Lemon Height
Lemon stands at an approximate height of 6 feet 0 inches.
Don Lemon Family
Lemon was born to his loving parents Wilmon Lee Richardson and Katherine Marie (Bouligney). His father was a notable attorney who was part of the successful lawsuit that challenged the public transport segregation in Baton Rouge. Lemon’s surname was from his mother’s then-husband. Later at the age of five, Lemon found out that his father was Wilmon. Along with Creole, he is of African-American ethnicity, and his grandmother was the daughter of a white father and a black mother who were of Scots-Irish and French ancestry.
Don Lemon Wife/Gay/Partner
Lemon is openly Gay. He got engaged to his partner Tim Malone on April 6, 2019, during Malones birthday which he stated was a tag on his dog’s tag that stated “Daddy will you marry Papa.” He later stated that he had accepted the proposal. Malone is a real estate agent.
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 co-anchor.
Don Lemon Salary
Lemon earns an annual salary ranging from $ 45,000 – $ 110,500.
Don Lemon Education
Lemon attended Baker High School, a public high school in Baker town in East Baton Rouge Parish. During his senior year in high school, he was elected as the class president. Later in 1996, he attended Louisiana State University majoring in broadcast journalism, and later graduated from Brooklyn College. Aside from him being a student at Brooklyn, he also worked at WNYW as an intern.
Don Lemon Career
Lemon is an American journalist working for CNN News where he co-anchors CNN This Morning with Don Lemon, Kaitlan Collins, and Poppy Harlow, on weekday mornings. He also serves as the network’s correspondent across CNN/U.S. programming. Lemon joined the network in September 2006 serving as a prime-time anchor for more than eight years of Don Lemon Tonight. He is also the author of This Is The Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism which is the #1 bestselling New York Times.
Being a Chicago news veteran, Lemon has reported live from Chicago during the presidential election in 2008. He also featured with then-Rep. Rahm Emanuel on the day he accepted the position of Chief of Staff for President-elect Barack Obama. Additionally, he also featured the 106-year-old voter Anne Cooper who was later highlighted, by President-elect Obama after he had seen Lemon’s interview with Cooper on CNN in his election night acceptance speech.
He also has served as the network’s moderator during its political town halls and co-moderated the first 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate. Lemon also served as the co-host of the Color of Covid special on communities of color that addressed the pandemic’s impact. Serving as the network’s lead voice, he guided viewers through the summer of nationwide riots and protests, and the death of George Floyd.
He also has anchored and reported live for the network’s headline stories, which include the Colorado Theater Shooting (2012), the school shooting in Uvalde, TX (2022), the Minneapolis bridge collapse (2007) the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (2012), Hurricane Ian (2022), the death of Whitney Houston, the Boston Marathon bombing (2013), Queen Elizabeth II’s death in 2022, the 2022 Ukraine crisis, the death of Michael Jackson (2009), the George Zimmerman trial (2013), Charleston church shooting (2015), the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO (2014), the Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub (2016), death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, the Philadelphia building collapse (2013), the Inaugural of the 44th President in Washington, D.C., and Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana (2008).
Additionally, Lemon has also covered the network’s spot-hitting coverage of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, the Joplin tornado, the Arab Spring, and the death of Osama Bin Laden. For the network, he also covered the Race and Rage documentary: The Beating of Rodney King, which aired 20 years to the day of the beating. He is also notable for featuring public officials and politicians during his “No Talking Points” segment.
Prior to him joining the network, he tenured in Chicago at NBC5 News where he served as a co-anchor for the 5 p.m. newscast. He joined the network in August 2003 after his tenure at NBC News where he served as a correspondent for NBC Nightly News and The Today Show. Aside from his tenuring as a reporter in New York, he also served for MSNBC and also as an anchor at Weekend Today. There he covered several events both nationally and globally including SARS in Canada and Space Shuttle Columbia.
Additionally, he also served for an NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, WCAU-TV, where he served as a general assignment reporter and a weekend anchor. He also served both as an investigative reporter and anchor for KTVI-TV in St. Louis and an anchor for WBRC-TV in Birmingham. Lemon began his career as a news assistant at WNYW in New York City while still in college.
Later in 2009, he was acknowledged as America’s most influential Black by Ebony (the Ebony Power 150). For his capture of the Washington, D.C. sniper’s coverage, he was accorded an Edward R. Murrow award. He also won an Emmy for his real estate in a Chicagoland special report and several awards for his reporting on Hurricane Katrina and the AIDS epidemic in Africa.
Later in 2006, he won three more local Emmys for his reporting in Africa and a business feature about Craigslist, an online community. Lemon also tenures at Brooklyn College as an adjunct professor both teaching and participating in a curriculum designed around new media.
Don Lemon Leaving CNN News/Fired
Despite all rumors, Lemon is not leaving nor being fired instead he is leaving the network’s Primetime to work in its mornings. He currently co-anchors CNN’s This Morning with Don Lemon, Kaitlan Collins, and Poppy Harlow, on weekday mornings.
Don Lemon CNN News
Lemon is working at CNN News where he works alongside other famous CNN News meteorologists, anchors, and reporters including;
- Michael Holmes
- Pedram Javaheri
- Van Jones
- Brianna Keilar
- Lynda Kinkade
- John King
- Melissa Knowles
- Alison Kosik
- Christina Macfarlane
- Robin Meade
- Veronica Miracle
- Abby Phillip
- Richard Quest
- Don Riddell
- Christine Romans
Don Lemon Social Media Platforms
He is active on his social media accounts and is often seen posting on his Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He has over 703K followers on Instagram, over 984K followers on Facebook, and over 1.4M followers on his Twitter accounts.