Emmy Award winner Don Lemon is an American journalist and television news anchor who is currently working for CNN as a host of the late evening news and commentary program Don Lemon Tonight. He began working at CNN in 2005 as a corespondent.
Early Life And Education Details Of Don Lemon
Born in the year 1966 March 1 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Don Lemon belongs to the Afro-American race and has an American nationality. He is 56 years old as of 2022.
Talking about his educational qualifications, he went to Baker High School and later attended Louisiana State University. Moreover, he graduated with a major in broadcast journalism from Brooklyn College in 1996.
Did You Know? He has been sexually abused when he was 7 years old.
When Don was in Brooklyn college, he had worked as a news a s sistant for the WNYW network in New York. He also worked as a weekend anchor for the WCAU network based in Philadelphia. After his graduation, he worked for KTVI located in St. Louis as an anchor and investigative reporter.
Lemon's Career Achievements
Afterward, he got affiliated with NBC News as a reporter. He reported for NBC News’ New York City Operations and also worked as a correspondent for the shows Today and NBC Nightly News.
He also became an anchor for MSNBC and Weekend Today on the network. In 2003, he began to work at NBC O&O station WMAQ-TV based in Chicago as a reporter and local news co-anchor. In September 2006, Don Lemon joined in CNN network and worked in the network afterward.
Lemon has the image of the outspoken journalist as he does not hesitate to criticize and question the state of cable news publicly. He was also controversial for his habit where he had discussed his views on improving the African American community.
He has also voiced strong opinions on ways that the African-American community can improve themselves, which has caused some controversy. He has hosted CNN's New Year's Eve special from New Orleans since 2014.
In a much-reported broadcast in January 2018, Lemon introduced his broadcast with, “This is CNN Tonight, I’m Don Lemon. The President of the United States is racist.”
As of 2022, he hosts the late evening news and commentary program Don Lemon Tonight. The show first aired on 14th April 2014.
Don Lemon is also an author. He has written a book named “Transparent”, released in 2011, which is related to his personal life and sexuality, also has discussed colorism in the black community, h 0phobia and sexual abuse as he was one of the victims. It was then that he publicly came out as gay.
Lemon's Net Worth And Salary Details: How Rich Is The Host?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Don's net worth is estimated at around $12 million at present. Similarly, his annual salary at CNN is around $4 million.
Previously he has earned an annual salary of $128 thousand in his career.
He earned the Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting and coverage of the D.C, Maryland, and Virginia-area sniper shooting of 2002.
The host currently resides in his Hamptons cottage in Sag Harbor. He purchased the condo for $3 million in 2016 and the property is currently worth $4.5 million.
In 2016, he sold his apartment for $970,000. Similarly, in 2020, he listed his 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms Harlem condo for $1.75 million. The 1,400 sq.ft. the property was purchased by Don in 2013 for $1.5 million.
Is Lemon Dating Anyone In 2022?
The 56-year-old TV show host is openly gay. As of 2022, Don is engaged to his long-term boyfriend turned fiance Tim Malone. They began dating in 2017 and got engaged two years later in 2019.
As per sources, Tim is a real estate agent. He resides in Hamptons alongside Don and their two puppies.
Previously, he was rumored to be married to his first wife actress Stephanie Ortiz. However, the news was never confirmed by Don himself.
On January 31, 2018, Lemon's sister, L'Tanya "Leisa" Lemon Grimes, died at the age of 58; and the police concluded that her death was an accidental drowning in a pond while fishing.
After being absent for approximately a week, he opened the show on February 6 by thanking everyone who sent him "prayers and words of encouragement". He said that conservatives, like Sean Hannity, were among the first to call, which illustrated how they actually respect each other and have good relations, even though they disagree on the issues.
Awards & Honors
For his work, Don Lemon has won three Emmy Awards in total for a special report on the real estate market in Chicago. He has also received an Edward R. Murrow Award for the coverage of the D.C area sniper. Besides, he has won a number of awards for his report on Hurricane Katrina and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.
Don Lemon has been voted as one of the 150 most influential Afro-Americans by Ebony magazine. His fans can read his biography on different internet sites including Wikipedia. Besides, he can also be followed on Twitter so his fans can get more news on his recent activities and get updated with his work and life.
by sahra, 20 Sep, 2014