Who is Don Lemon? The news world knows Don Lemon as a reporter for CNN and news anchor on the prime-time weekend version of CNN Newsroom, based in Atlanta.
Life and careerLemon was born March 1, 1966, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He received a degree in broadcast journalism from Brooklyn College and also attended Louisiana State University.
While still in college, he became a news assistant at WNYW (TV 5 in New York City). He has also been a reporter and weekend anchor for WCAU (TV 10 in Philadelphia); anchor and investigative reporter for KTVI (TV 2 in St. Louis); and anchor for WBRC (TV 6 in Birmingham, Alabama).
He became a reporter 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 August 2003 he began at NBC O&O station WMAQ-TV (5 in Chicago), and was a reporter and the 5 p.m. local news co-anchor.
Lemon joined CNN in September 2006.
Personal lifeDuring an on-air interview with members of Bishop Eddie Long's congregation on September 25, 2010, Lemon said that he was a victim of sex abuse as a child, and that it wasn't until he was thirty that he told his mother about it.
In his memoir, Transparent, released in May 2011, Lemon acknowledges publicly that he is gay and discusses colorism in the black community, racism, homophobia, and the sexual abuse that he suffered as a child.
Honors and awardsLemon won an Emmy Award for a special report on the real estate market in Chicago. He told the New York Times that he's gay. He received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the capture of the D.C. area sniper, 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.