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Donald Carlton Lemon is a 54-year-old outspoken television host. Based on the way he reports the news and interviews his guests, people might think he is a Democrat. He is an Independent. Before joining CNN in 2006 as a correspondent, Lemon worked as a news correspondent on Today and NBC Nightly News.
Don worked his way up and began hosting his own primetime show, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, in 2014. The show airs live on weeknights from 10 p.m. to midnight. The taped rebroadcast airs from 2 to 4 a.m. on the same night.
Lemon's Early Life
Don Lemon was born March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has an interesting Creole ancestry. His great-grandfather was of French descent, in addition to being Nigerian, Cameroonian, and Congolese. Even though Don's father had a positive role in his life, he was raised by his single mother. He often talks about her on his show. He grew up with his two sisters, Leisa and Yma. Don took time off from work in 2018 when his older sister, Leisa, died at the age of 58 after she accidentally drowned while fishing.
Don began getting prepared for his current job when he became the class president of his senior class at Baker High School in East Baton Rouge Parish. He attended Louisiana State University before transferring to and graduating from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. He majored in broadcast journalism while working as a news assistant at WNYW in New York City.
Before graduating, Lemon worked at Fox News and for its Chicago and St. Louis affiliates. He became a correspondent for NBC affiliates in Chicago and Philadelphia after he graduated from college.
Don Lemon's Memoir
In 2011, Lemon published his memoir, Transparent. In his book, the journalist wrote details about his childhood assault and how he came out after knowing what his lifestyle would be when he was as young as five or six years old.
Lemon dedicated his memoir to Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old college student who took his own life after his roommate outed him online.
Honors and Awards
During his career as a journalist, Don received many honors and awards. Most of them were for excellent reporting on tragedies, including coverage of the capture of the D.C. area sniper, Hurricane Katrina. and the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.
Lemon has received several awards for being an influential person in certain areas.
- In 2009, Ebony magazine named him as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans.
- In 2014, Advocate listed him as one of its 50 Most Influential LGBTQ People in Media.
- In 2016, Lemon was honored with a Native Son Award.
- In 2017, Out named Don on its Power 50 list as one of the Most Influential LGBTQ People in the USA.
- In 2019, Lemon was named by Queerty as one of its Pride50 Trailblazers.
Criticisms and Controversies
Don Lemon has had criticisms about him. Some of them have been from people of his own race. For instance, Black comedian Dave Chappelle criticized Lemon in his 8:46 Netflix special after Lemon suggested that Black celebrities should “do something and help these young people instead of sitting in your mansions and doing nothing.” The comment was made after the police killing of George Floyd and protests spread nationwide.
Lemon responded by saying that Dave Chappelle is his favorite comedian and he cares about what Chappelle says. He added that he agrees with Chapelle to some degree, but he stands by what he said.
In October 2017, Lemon filed a police report after receiving death threats with racial names. He believes he was targeted because of his criticisms about President Trump and white supremacists.
The two Donalds don't mind talking and tweeting about each other. After Lemon interviewed LeBron James, Trump tweeted, "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon, who gets terrible ratings."
Lemon's Personal Life
Don Lemon and Tim Malone started dating in the summer of 2016. On Tim's 35th birthday on April 6, 2019, he proposed to Don who said, "He proposed to me on his birthday. How could I say, "No?"
They both agreed they are not rushing to get married because they are happy just living together rather than having a piece of paper saying they are married. Since going public, they post a lot of pictures on each other's Instagram accounts.
Don and Tim have a lot in common. Tim studied history and journalism and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College. After graduating in 2006, he moved to New York City to begin working at NBC as a production assistant on the Today show. In 2018, he made a career change and is now successful at Corcoran Group, which was founded in 1973 by real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran.
Don and Tim enjoy trips to the beach and traveling together to other places. They love running and talking about politics. In fact, they consider themselves news junkies. They split their time living between Sag Harbor and Harlem with their dogs, Boomer and Barkley.
Don reportedly earns $125,000 a year and has a net worth of $10 million. Tim is also successful in his own right.
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Sharlee on October 27, 2020:
Very interesting article. great subject, I learned a lot about Don...
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 26, 2020:
Thanks I learned a lot about him.