Don Lemon whose full name is Donald Carlton Lemon is an American journalist and an author. During his early days as a journalist, he anchored weekend news programs on local television stations in Pennsylvania and Alabama. Now he is a news anchor for CNN, New York. He hosts the program CNN Tonight.
Don Lemon Early Life
Don Lemon was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the US on 1 March 1966. He grew up in Court St. and has Creole ancestry. His nationality is American.
Don Lemon Education
Don Lemon did his schooling at Baker High School which is situated in the town of Baker in East Baton Rouge Parish. He was even voted to be the class president during his senior years. He attended Louisiana State University. After that, he did his major in broadcast journalism from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York. During his majors, he worked as a news assistant at WNYW which is an East Coast flagship station of the Fox television network. At the same time, he was hired by Fox News. He worked for its St. Louis and Chicago affiliates for several years.
Don Lemon Family
Don Lemon’s great-grandfather was of French descent and had African-American ancestry. His grandmother was a mixed-race woman. Lemon’s mother’s name is Katherine Clark and his father’s name is Mr. Richardson. He has two sisters named Yma Lemon and Leisa Lemon.
Don Lemon Personal Life
Don Lemon came out as gay in 2011 in his memoir named Transparent. He was then just one of the very few openly gay black men in broadcasting. He also discussed colorism in the black community and also the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. In Court St. when he lived in his childhood, the blacks lived on one side and the whites on the other. Lemon during an interview in 2010 discussed how he was sexually molested when he was just five or six years of age by a neighbor teenage boy. But he did not tell this to his mother until he was thirty. He told his mother about him being gay 15 years before he came out in public.
He is an engaged man and lives with his fiancée, Tim Malone who is a real estate executive. They got engaged in April 2019. They started dating around mid-2017. But they kept their relationship out of the public eye for quite a time. They confirmed their relationship when Lemon publicly kissed Malone on CNN New Year’s Live show on 1 January 2018.
Tim Malone was born and raised in Water Mill, New York. He attended Southampton High School. He did his Bachelors in Science studying History and Journalism from Boston College and graduated In 2006. Soon after he moved to New York and immediately after that began working at NBC as a production assistant. He has even served as the Director at Billboard.
In 2008 he shifted to being a real estate agent at Corcoran Group which is one of New York City’s premier real estate companies.
Don Lemon Career
At the beginning of his career Don Lemon worked as a weekend news anchor for WBRC, a Fox-affiliated television station situated I Birmingham, Alabama, and also for WCAU, an NBC owned and operated television station situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was also an anchor and investigative reporter for KTVI, a Fox-affiliated television station in St. Louis, Missouri.
He joined CNN in September 2006. He has been very outspoken in his work at CNN. He voices strong opinions on the way African-Americans can improve their lives which has even caused some controversy. Since 2014 he is co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special from New Orleans with Brooke Baldwin. Baldwin is an American journalist and television host.
In 2009 he was voted one of the 150 Most Influential African-Americans by Ebony Magazine. In 2014 he was listed as Advocate publication’s 50 Most Influential LGBTQ People in Media. In 2019 Queerty named him one of the Pride50 trailblazing people who work for equality, acceptance, and dignity of the queer people.
Don Lemon Net Worth 2021
Don Lemon lives in an apartment in Harlem. He has another house in Sag Harbor on Long Island in New York. As a CNN anchor, he reportedly has a very lucrative contract as per which he earns $4 million annually. He is one of the highest-paid television anchors. His net worth is estimated to be around $12 million.