Don Lemon CNN, Bio, Wiki, Age, Husband, Book, Salary, and Net Worth

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Don Lemon Bio, Wiki

Don Lemon is an American tv journalist, who hosts his own show called Don Lemon Tonight. During his early days as a journalist, Don anchored weekend news programs on local television stations in Alabama and Pennsylvania. From there, he went to work as a news correspondent for NBC on its programming including NBC Nightly News and Today.

Don Lemon Age

He was born Donald Carlton Lemon on March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America. Don is 55 years old as of 2021.

Don Lemon Height

Don boasts at a height of 5 ft 8 in ( Approx 1.73m).

Don Lemon Family

On March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America, he was born to Katherine Marie (Bouligney) and Wilmon Lee Richardson. Lee was a well-known lawyer in the past. In Baton Rouge, he and his team fought the segregation of public transit. Katherine had been married to another guy before marrying Wilmon. Wilmon Lee was Don’s father when he was five years old. Don was born in the United States but is of African-American origin. His maternal grandmother was born to a white father with French and Scots-Irish ancestry and a black mother.

Don Lemon Siblings

He grew up with two older sisters L’Tanya and Yma Lemon. In 2018, he lost his older sister L’Tanya Lemon Grimes aka “Leisha” in a fishing excursion in Denham Springs, La. She reportedly tripped and fell into the neighborhood pond, accidentally drowning.

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Don Lemon Gay – Husband – Partner

Don who is openly gay is married to his gay partner called Tim Malone, who works as an estate agent. The couple met each other for the first time in 2017 and shortly after, they began dating. Don and Tim announced their engagement ceremony in April 2019.

Don Lemon First Wife

He currently lives in an apartment in Harlem but has another home in Sag Harbor on Long Island, New York. In September 2010, Don had an on-air interview with members of Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation. He discussed being sexually molested by a neighbor teenage boy at around 5 or 6 years of age. The molestation continued until Don was thirty when he decided to tell his mother about it.


He joined Louisiana State University and later graduated from Brooklyn College in 1996. In college, Don majored in broadcast journalism. He interned at WNYW while still at Brooklyn College. Also, he worked for Fox affiliates based in St. Louis and Chicago for some years prior to becoming a correspondent for NBC affiliates based in Philadelphia and Chicago.

Don Lemon CNN

He began his journalism career by serving as a reporter and weekend news anchor for WBRC based in Birmingham, Alabama. Also, Don worked for WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served as an anchor and investigative reporter for KTVI based in St. Louis, Missouri. Don reported for NBC News’s New York City operations and also worked as a correspondent for both Today and NBC Nightly News. He served as an anchor on Weekend Today and programs on MSNBC.

In 2003, he started working at NBC-owned and operated station WMAQ-TV 5 based in Chicago. There, Don was a reporter and local news co-anchor. While at WMAQ, he won three Emmys for local reporting. Don became part of the CNN network in September 2006. In his work of criticizing the state of cable news and questioning the network publicly at CNN has made him become an outspoken journalist. Don voiced strong opinions on how the African-American community can improve their lives.

Those opinions caused some controversy. Since 2014, Dan has been serving as the co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve special from New Orleans with Brooke Baldwin. In January 2018, in a much-reported broadcast, Don introduced his broadcast with the statement “This is CNN Tonight, I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United States is racist.” His outspoken criticism of the former USA president Donald Trump administration as well as accusations of racism against Trump has made Don a target of Trump.

Don Lemon Married Stephanie Ortiz

There had been whispers for years that Don and actress Stephanie Ortiz were secretly married. Don and Stephanie, on the other hand, have made no public statements about the situation. As a result, we tend to dismiss it as a spurious assertion. Don currently lives in denial, and his sexuality was revealed in his 2011 memoir, Transparent. Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts of MSNBC were the most prominent at the time when Don officially announced his sexual orientation.

Don Lemon Book

In his 2011 memoir, Transparent, Don publicly came out as gay. He had been out in his personal life and with his close workmates. His gau declaration made him one of the few openly gay black men in broadcasting. Don talked about colorism in the black community as well as the sexual abuse he suffered while growing up.

His book was dedicated to Tyler Clementi, a college student who committed suicide after his roommate outed him online. Also, he stated that he has known about his sexuality as young as 5 or six. In October 2017, Don received death threats laced with racial slurs. He later filed a police report that detailed the incident.

Don Lemon Tonight

At the end of the edition of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon on May 14, 2021, the host announced: “So, earlier I told you I had an announcement, and I do. It’s been really, really great. This is the last night that we’ll be CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. So I appreciate all the years of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, but changes are coming, and I will fill you in”. The following morning, Don apologized for “setting fire to” the internet. He also tweeted that his show would be renamed Don Lemon Tonight, beginning the following Monday.

Don Lemon Salary

His annual salary is estimated to range between $ 100,000 – $ 500,000.

Don Lemon Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned through his career as a journalist.


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