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 Dilworth 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. He currently is the co-host of CNN Tonight.

Professional life[edit]

Lemon was born 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]

In November 2014, Lemon drew additional controversy for asking, during his CNN interview of a purported rape victim, why she did not bite her alleged attacker on the penis to prevent forcible oral sex.[6]

Personal life[edit]

During an on-air interview with members of Bishop Eddie Long's congregation in September 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.[7]

In his memoir, Transparent, Lemon came out as gay[8] and discusses colorism in the black community, homophobia, and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.[9]

Honors and awards[edit]

Lemon won an Emmy Award for a special report on the real estate market in Chicago.[10] He received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the capture of the D.C. area sniper,[11] 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.[12] He was also named one of the worst journalists of 2014 by Columbia Journalism Review.


  1. ^ a b c d "Don Lemon". CNN. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ Don Lemon: Address; Distinguished Alumnus Award, Brooklyn College.
  3. ^ Williams, Wyatt (December 22, 2011). "Can Don Lemon set CNN straight?". Creative Loafing. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Lemon, Don. "Black People. Clean Up Your Act". July 23, 2013. CNN. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Brett, Jennifer (August 2, 2013). "Fact-checking CNN's Don Lemon". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (November 19, 2014). "Don Lemon Asks Cosby Rape Accuser Why She Didn’t Just Gnaw Her Way Out of Danger". Slate. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ Lemon, Don (September 25, 2010). "CNN: Don Lemon - "I Was Attacked By A Pedophile"". YouTube. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ Folkenflik, David (May 16, 2011). "Livelihood 'On The Line,' Anchorman Reveals He's Gay". NPR. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ Carter, Bill (May 15, 2011). "Gay CNN Anchor Sees Risk in Book". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ "Anchors & Reporters - Don Lemon". CNN. 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ Laurence Watts (September 15, 2011). "Interview: Don Lemon, CNN's openly gay anchorman". Pink News. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "CNN NEWSROOM transcript". April 18, 2009. 

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