Don Lemon

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Don Lemon is an American Journalist and Anchor. Don Lemon is the anchor for CNN popular for his work on ‘NBC’ and ‘MSNBC’.

Early Life and Childhood

Don Lemon was born on March 1, 1966, and is currently 56 years old. His birth name is Don Carlton Lemon and his zodiac sign is Pisces. Likewise, he was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America, and holds American citizenship. Similarly, talking about his ethnicity, he has a mixed ethnic background. He has Creole ancestry whereas his great-grandfather has French descent. Additionally, he also has Nigerian, Cameroonian, and Congolese ancestry. Likewise, he follows Christianity. Regarding his family background, Lemon is the son of Mr. Richardson and Katherine Clark. Likewise, he has two sisters whose names are Yma and Leise.

He spent his childhood with his mother and grandmother in west Baton Rouge and Port Allen. Moreover, he later reported being sexually abused by a teenage male neighbor at the age of five. He told this in an on-air interview with members of Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation. Likewise, he further shared that he told to his mother only after the age of thirty.

Furthermore, talking about his educational background, he went to Baker High School and was the class president during his senior year. Likewise, he attended Louisiana State University and later graduated from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn. He graduated by majoring in broadcast journalism. During his college days, he worked as a news assistant at WNYW. Likewise, after being hired by Fox News, he worked for its other affiliation in St. Louis and Chicago for several years. Following graduation, he became a correspondent for NBC affiliates in Chicago and Philadelphia.

Don Lemon – Net Worth 2022

Regarding his net worth, the talented journalist has a net worth of around $10 million. Likewise, he lives in an apartment in Harlem, New York City. Similarly, he also has a home located in Sag Harbor on Long Island, New York.


Likewise, after having several experiences in journalism while in college days, Don started his career as a weekend news anchor for WBRC and WCAU in Birmingham and Philadelphia consequently. Likewise, he worked as an anchor and investigative reporter for KTVI in St. Louis. Furthermore, in the year 2003, he started working at NBC-owned and operated station WMAQ-TV as a reporter and local news co-anchor.

Furthermore, in September 2006, after working in reporting for several years, he joined CNN. Likewise, he has been very outspoken and also criticized the state of cable news questioning the network publicly. Similarly, he also raised his voice and strong opinions on improving the lives of the African American community. Additionally, he also hosts CNN’s New Year’s Eve Special from New Orleans started since the year 2014.

Likewise, in October 2017, he faced racial slurs and death threats and he filed a report to the police detailing the incident. Similarly, he introduced the ‘CNN Tonight’ broadcast with ‘I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United States is racist in January 2018. Moreover, his outspoken criticism of the Trump administration made him a target of all white supremacists and Trump.


Don Lemon is one of the popular journalists on CNN and has many admirable works besides journalism. Likewise, he received the ‘Edward R. Murrow Award’ in the year 2002 for capturing the ‘DC area sniper and reports on ‘Hurricane Katrina’. Similarly, in the year 2006, he earned three ‘Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards. This, one of them is for a business feature about Craigslist real estate listings ‘Life on Craigslist’. Likewise, the other two were for ‘Journey to Africa’ which is reporting on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.

Furthermore, in the year 2009, ‘Ebony magazine voted him as one of the ‘150 most influential African Americans’. Likewise, ‘The Advocate’ which is an American LGBT-interest magazine listed him as ’50 Most Influential LGBTQ People in Media’ in the year 2014. Similarly, for his strong voice for black gay men and their rights, he was honored with the prestigious ‘Native Son Award’ on the year December 2016. He received the award as recognition for ‘encouraging the increased visibility and impact of black gay men in society.

Likewise, the popular American LGBTQ news, fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle magazine ‘Out’ listed him as ‘the most influential LGBTQ people in the USA’ in its Power 50 list. Similarly, he was named as one of the Pride 50 ‘trailblazing individuals who actively ensures society remains moving toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all queer people. The ‘Stonewall riots’ on its 50th anniversary made an event considered the watershed moment in the modern ‘LGBTQ rights movement and recognized him with this name.

Relationship Status

Regarding his relationship status, Don has revealed being gay and publicly came out through his 2011 memoir ‘Transparent’. Likewise, he is in a relationship with Tim Malone. Tim is a real estate agent and has announced its engagement through social media. Likewise, they started dating in mid-2017. Moreover, he confirmed their relationship publicly during CNN New Year’s Live show in 2018 by kissing publicly.

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Caption: Don with his boyfriend Tim. (Source: Instagram)

Body Measurements

Don stands the height of 5 feet 6 inches (66 inches) tall and weighs around 74 kg. Likewise, his body measurement in chest-waist-hip is 40-32-35. Likewise, looking at his appearance, he has a charming personality with black hair color and dark brown captivating eyes.

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Caption: Don posing for a picture. (Source: Instagram)

Don Lemon – Social Media

Reflecting upon his social media presence, he is active on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Likewise, his Instagram handle is @donlemoncnn, and has over 544k followers on it. Similarly, he joined Twitter in August 2008 and has over 1.1 million followers on his @donlemon. Additionally, his Facebook handle is @donlemoncnn and has over 935K subscribers in it.