Don Lemon Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Salary, Wife, CNN, Gay, Kids, Net Worth

Award-winning journalist and author Don Lemon is an American who now anchors and reports for CNN Tonight, which airs weeknights at 10 p.m. Additionally, he works as a correspondent for all CNN/US programming.

Don Lemon Biography, Wiki, Age, Nationality

On March 1st, 1966, Lemon was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the United States. He has a birthday party every year on March 1. In 2022, Lemon will become 56 years old.

Don Lemon Height & Weight

He has an extremely tall stature; he is 6 feet, 0 inches (1.83 meters) tall, and weighs 174 pounds (79 Kg).

Don Lemon Education

He attended Baker High School, a public high school in the East Baton Rouge Parish community of Baker. He attended Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York, to study journalism after graduating from high school, where he specialized in broadcast journalism. He also sits on the institution’s board of trustees.

Later, he began attending Louisiana State University. He held a position as a news assistant at WNYW in New York City while he was completing his course of study in college.

Don Lemon Mother & Father

Katherine Lemon Clark, a single mother who worked, gave birth to Lemon. Lemon’s father, Mr. Richardson, had a great influence on him growing up. In addition to having Nigerian, Cameroonian, and Congolese heritage, his great-grandfather also had French ancestry.

Don Lemon Siblings

He was reared alongside his sisters, Yma and Leisa, and they lived with their mother and grandmother in West Baton Rouge and Port Allen until 1976, when she wed Lemon’s stepfather.

When Tanya “Leisa” Lemon Grimes drowned while fishing in a pond on January 31, 2018, she was 58 years old. The police determined that Tanya’s death was unintentional.

He took a few weeks off from work, and when he returned, he opened his show on February 6 by thanking everyone who had sent him “prayers and words of encouragement”—including Sean Patrick Hannity, the host of a talk show and a political commentator who was one of the first to call him during those trying times.

Don Lemon Married Stephanie Ortiz

Don had long kept his sexual orientation a secret and was thought to be secretly wed to Stephanie Ortiz, an actress.

Lemon revealed that a neighboring teenage boy had sexually molested him when he was five or six years old in a broadcast interview with members of Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation in September 2010. Lemon made the decision to keep the incident a secret until he was thirty before telling his mother about it. Since then, he claims, he has been aware of his sexuality.

Because of this, he published his autobiography, Transparent, in 2011, and publicly came out as homosexual after doing so in private and with close friends. As a result, he was dubbed “one of the few openly gay black guys in broadcasting.”

He also spoke about colorism in the black community and the sexual assault he had as a youngster throughout the conversation. Tyler Clementi, a college student who committed himself after his roommate outed him online, is the person Lemon chose to dedicate to the book.

Lemon is currently dating his husband, a real estate agent named Tim Malone. After meeting in 2017, the couple started dating. On New Year’s Eve 2018, Lemon revealed his secret connection with Tim Malone, which had appeared to develop suddenly barely a year before.

He invited his partner to join the interview while they were singing and having fun live, and when they kissed and told each other, “I love you baby!” it became evident that they were dating. They announced their engagement in April 2019.

Don Lemon CNN Salary

At CNN, salaries vary from $37,311 to $144,282 on average each year. However, depending on the employee’s degree of seniority, these numbers may differ significantly.

Don Lemon Net Worth

Lemon has had a successful long career in journalism. He has amassed a sizable fortune from the sales of his books and job as an anchor. Lemon is thought to be valued at around $3 million USD.

Don Lemon Bio & Wiki

  • Full Name: Donald Carlton Lemon
  • Popular As: Lemon
  • Gender: Male
  • Occupation / Profession: Journalist
  • Nationality: American
  • Race / Ethnicity: Mixed
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Sexual Orientation: Gay

Don Lemon Birthday

  • Age / How Old?: 54 (2020)
  • Zodiac Sign: Pisces
  • Date of Birth: March 1, 1966
  • Place of Birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Birthday: Mar. 1st

Don Lemon Body Measurements

  • Body Measurements: 40-32-35
  • Height / How Tall?: 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 meters)
  • Weight: 174 lbs (79 Kg)
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Shoe Size: 10
  • Biceps Size: 15.5 inches
  • Chest Size: 40 Inches
  • Waist Size: 32 Inches
  • Hip Size: 35 Inches

Don Lemon Family & Relationship

  • Father (Dad): Mr. Richardson
  • Mother: Katherine Lemon Clark
  • Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): Yma, Leisa
  • Marital Status: Unmarried
  • Dating / Boyfriend: Tim Malone
  • Children:  Sons (None) Daughter(s) (None)

Don Lemon Career

Lemon joined NBC5 News in Chicago in August 2003 as an anchor/reporter after working in New York as the network’s correspondent for The Today Show and NBC Nightly News. Prior to joining Cnn, Lemon co-anchored the 5 p.m. broadcast for NBC5 News.

He has also hosted shows on MSNBC, Weekend Today, and NBC-owned and operated station WMAQ-TV, where he won three Emmys for his local reporting. While working for NBC, he covered several major national and international topics, including the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, SARS in Canada, and many more.

In addition to his profession, Lemon has also served as a weekend news anchor for NBC affiliates WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama. Lemon also worked as a general assignment reporter for WCAU. He worked as an anchor for WBRC-TV as well as an investigative reporter for KTVI-TV in St. Louis.

Don Lemon CNN

CNN welcomed Lemon in September 2006. He has been vocal in his employment at CNN, challenging the network in public and criticizing the condition of cable news. He has also expressed his strong views on how the African-American community might have a better life.

Lemon presided over CNN’s live coverage of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the Arab Spring, the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and the tornado that hit Joplin.

In the days preceding the 2008 presidential election, Lemon further reported from Chicago. He had an interview with then-Rep. Rahm Emanuel on the day that he accepted the post of Chief of Staff for President-elect Barack Obama.

After seeing Lemon’s interview with Cooper on CNN, President-elect Obama spoke highly of the 106-year-old voter, Anne Cooper, in his election-night acceptance address.

His most well-known breaking news stories include the collapse of the Minneapolis bridge in 2007, Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana in 2008, and the deaths of Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson at the inauguration of the 44th President in Washington, D.C.

The shootings at the Colorado theatre and Sandy Hook Elementary School both occurred in 2012. He provided coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Philadelphia building collapse, and the George Zimmerman trial in 2013.

He also covered breaking news from other years, such as the shooting deaths of Freddie Gray while in police custody in 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri that same year, the Charleston church shooting in 2015, the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, the shooting in Las Vegas in 2017 and Hurricane Florence in 2018.

Lemon provided reporting for the network’s race and rage: the beating of Rodney King documentary, which aired exactly 20 years after the incident. Additionally, he has his “No Talking Points” program where he holds public servants and politicians accountable.

However, he got racist slurs in his death threats in 2017, and he reported the issue to the police. Lemon began his show by saying, “This is CNN,” in a widely-reported episode that aired in January of the next year (2018). I’m Don Lemon, and tonight’s topic is “The President of the United States is racist.”

Lemon has been a target of President Trump and white nationalists because to his vocal criticism of the Trump administration and claims of racism against the president.

Lemon gained notice when he said that domestic white nationalists were a greater threat to the nation than immigration in November of the same year.

Don Lemon Awards & Achievements

Lemon received more honors for his stories on Hurricane Katrina as well as the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the capture of the D.C. area sniper.

In addition, he won three Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards in 2006 while working as a reporter for WMAQ-TV in Chicago. One was for a business feature about Craiglist real estate listings called “Life on Craiglist,” and the other two were for his report on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa called “Journey to Africa.”

Also in 2009, Ebony magazine named Lemon one of the 150 most influential African-Americans. In 2014, Advocate named Lemon one of the 50 Most Influential LGBTQ People in Media. And of course, David Uberti of the Columbia Journalism Review named Lemon one of the worst journalists of the year for a number of reporting errors he made throughout the year.

A Native Son Award, named after James Balwin’s 1955 novel Notes of a Native Son, was given to Lemon in 2016. It was given in recognition of and to “encourage the growing visibility and effect of black homosexual males in society.”

He was included on the Power 50 list of “the most important LGBTQ persons in the USA” published by Out in 2017. In June 2019, Queerty named him one of the Pride50 “trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance, and dignity for all queer people” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York, an incident widely regarded as a watershed moment in the modern LGBTQ rights movement.


Who is Don Lemon?

Don Lemon is an American award-winning television journalist and author, who works as a reporter/anchor at CNN Tonight, and airs weeknights at 10 p.m. He also serves as a correspondent across CNN/U.S. programming.

How old is Don Lemon?

Don was born on March 1, 1966, in  Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America. He celebrates his birthday on March 1st every year.  Don will be 54 years old on March 1st, 2020.

How tall is Don Lemon?

Lemon stands at a height of 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 meters)

Is Don Lemon married?

At age 30, Don came out to openly disclose his relationship status. He also spoke out about his sexual abuse during his childhood age and it affected him till then. he had not told anyone about his past including his own mother. He clearly stated that he was gay and is currently dating Tim Malone.

How much does Don Lemon make?

Salaries at CNN range from an average of $37,311 to $144,282 a year. However, these figures may vary substantially according to the level of seniority of the employee in question. At the moment, we do not have the exact salary of Don Lemon but we’ll keep tabs and update once it is available.

Where does Don Lemon live?

He is a resident of Sag Harbor on Long Island, New York.

Is Don Lemon dead or alive?

Don is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him 0being sick or having any health-related issues.

Where is Don Lemon Now?

Lemon is pursuing a career in journalism. He works as a television journalist at CNN, since 2006.

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