Don Lemon

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Don Lemon
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Lemon at the 2013 Inaugural Dignity Gala
Born (1966-03-01) March 1, 1966 (age 48)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Education Brooklyn College
Louisiana State University
Occupation Journalist

Donald Davis Lemon (born March 1, 1966) is an American journalist and television news anchor, best known as the host of the prime-time weekend edition of CNN Newsroom, based in New York.

Early life[edit]

Lemon was born on March 1, 1966 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He majored in broadcast journalism at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York, and also attended Louisiana State University.[1][2]

While in college, Lemon worked as a news assistant at WNYW in New York City. He has also reported as a weekend anchor for WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); anchor and investigative reporter for KTVI St. Louis; and anchor for WBRC Birmingham, Alabama.[1]

Lemon reported for NBC News' New York City operations, including working as a correspondent for Today and NBC Nightly News and an anchor on Weekend Today and MSNBC. In 2003 he began at NBC O&O station WMAQ-TV (5 in Chicago), and was a reporter as well as local news co-anchor.[1]

Lemon joined CNN in September 2006.[1] Lemon has been outspoken in his work at CNN, criticizing the state of cable news and questioning the network publicly.[3]

Further, on CNN, Lemon has discussed his views on improving the African American community, causing some controversy.[4] [5]

Personal life[edit]

During an on-air interview with members of Bishop Eddie Long's congregation on September 25, 2010, Lemon said that he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child, and that it was not until he was thirty years old that he told his mother about it.[6][dead link]

In his memoir, Transparent, released in 2011, Lemon came out publicly as gay[7] and discusses colorism in the black community, homophobia, and the sexual abuse that he suffered as a child.[8]

Honors and awards[edit]

Lemon won an Emmy Award for a special report on the real estate market in Chicago.[9] He received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the capture of the D.C. area sniper,[10] and a number of other awards for reports on Hurricane Katrina, and the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Lemon was voted as one of the 150 most influential African Americans by Ebony magazine in 2009.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "Don Lemon". CNN. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  2. ^ Don Lemon: Address; Distinguished Alumnus Award, Brooklyn College.
  3. ^ Williams, Wyatt (December 22, 2011). "Can Don Lemon set CNN straight?". Creative Loafing. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  4. ^ Lemon, Don. "Black People. Clean Up Your Act". July 23, 2013. CNN. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Brett, Jennifer. "Fact-checking CNN's Don Lemon". August 2, 2013. Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ Lemon, Don (2010-09-25). "CNN: Don Lemon - "I Was Attacked By A Pedophile"". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  7. ^ Folkenflik, David (May 16, 2011). "Livelihood 'On The Line,' Anchorman Reveals He's Gay". NPR. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  8. ^ Carter, Bill (May 15, 2011). "Gay CNN Anchor Sees Risk in Book". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "Anchors & Reporters - Don Lemon". CNN. 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Laurence Watts (15 September 2011). "Interview: Don Lemon, CNN’s openly gay anchorman". Pink News. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "". CNN. 

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