Don Lemon Biography

Updated On May 21, 2019 Published On Jun 27, 2016
Facts of Don Lemon
Date of Birth: 1966 , March-1
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Name Don Lemon
Birth Name Don Carlton Lemon
Nick Name Don
Father Mr. Richardson
Mother Katherine Clarke
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Religion Christian
Ethnicity Black Ethnicity
Profession Television journalist
Working For CNN
Net Worth $3 Million
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Face Color Black
Famous for CNN Tonight
Married to N/A
Divorce N/A
Education Louisiana State University
Awards Emmy Award,Edward R. Murrow Award
Online Presence Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia
TV Show CNN Newsroom, The Big Brass Ring
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Don Lemon is a TV journalist and a news anchor from the United States. He is famous for being the host of the CNN show Tonight. Lemon is also well known as the weekend anchor for WBRC and as an investigative reporter for KTVI, St. Louis. 

Don Lemon Early Life & Education

Don Lemon was born as Don Carlton Lemon on 1st March 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the United States to an American mother, Katherine Clark. He had a sister named Leisa Grimes, who died due to drowning. He is of American nationality and his ethnicity is African-American.

As a child, Don joined Baker High School. Later on, he joined Brooklyn College with a major in broadcast journalism. Don Lemon was also enrolled at Louisiana State University.

Journalism Career

After graduation, Don Lemon started his career in journalism from WNYW in New York City as a news assistant. Later on, he was hired by WBRC as its weekend anchor. He also worked at KTVI St. Louis as an anchor and investigative reporter and anchor at WBRC.

At the end of 2006, he was hired by CNN and since 2014, Don Lemon has hosted CNN's New Year's Eve special from New Orleans. 

In October 2015, over 30,000 people signed a petition against Don Lemon calling on the news channel to fire their newsman after he insisted that his colleagues Wolf Blitzer and legal analyst Sunny Hosting withhold deciding whether South Carolina resource office Ben Fields used excessive force when removing a student from a class.

In December 2016, Don Lemon voiced strong opinions on ways that the African-American community can improve themselves, which caused him a lot of controversies and even faced the Politifact Truth-o-Meter.

Love Affairs & Reltionships

Currently 52, Don Lemon is in a relationship with Tim Malone, and are enjoying their love life together. 

Don's sexuality and love life were a mystery until he was on his 20s. But while he turned 30 he and revealed that he is a gay and outed that he suffered sexual abuse in his childhood. Lemon is rumored to be married to his long-term boyfriend, Stephanie Ortiz.

Net Worth & Salary

Don Lemon earns a massive amount of salary as a journalist and his current net worth is estimated to be around $3 million. His annual salary is estimated to be $125 thousand. He has earned all his wealth from his work with different News channels.

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Don Lemon facts on timeline

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

March 1 , 1966

5'.6" tall, Don Lemon was born in the mid 1960s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the United States of America. He was born to Katherine Lemon Clark. He has two siblings Yma Lemon and Leisa Lemon.

Joined NBC O&O station WMAQ-TV


Don Lemon began his broadcasting career from WNYW in New York City. He joined the organization as a news assistant. Later he was hired by WBRC as its weekend anchor. In 2003, Don joined NBC O&O station WMAQ-TV.

Joined CNN


Don Lemon worked at KTVI St. Louis as its anchor and investigative reporter later as an anchor at WBRC. At the end of 2006, he was hired by CNN, his work here was highly criticized.

Was honored by Ebony magazine


Don Lemon is a TV journalist and a news anchor from United States. In 2009, he was honored by Ebony magazine. They honored him by listing him in their list of one of the 150 most influential African-Americans. 

Net Worth Update


Don Lemon has an estimated net worth of $3 million as of 2018. Heis said to receive an annual salary of $125k from CNN.