Facts of Don Lemon Biography
|Occupation||Journalist, Television presenter|
|Place of birth||United States|
Introduction, Early Life, and Education
Don Lemon was born on March 1 1966 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a famous American television news anchor and journalist. His birth name is Donald Dilworth Lemon but is mostly known as Don Lemon. Lemon attended Brooklyn College located in Brooklyn, New York majoring in broadcast journalism.
He also studied at Louisiana State University. When he was in college he worked at WNYW situated in New York City as a news assistant. Lemon confessed that he was victim of sexual abuse as a child in September 2010 at on-air interview with member of Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation. He also said that he didn’t tell her mother about it until he was 30 years old.
He worked at WCAU located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he worked as a weekend anchor. He also worked for KTVI St. Louis as an investigate reporter and anchor. After that he worked for WBRC Birmingham, Alabama as an anchor. He worked as a reporter got NBC News’ New York City operations. He have also served for Today and NBC Nightly News as a correspondent. For Weekend Today and MSNBC he worked as an anchor. He then worked at NBC O&O station WMAQ-TV in 2003 as a local news co-anchor and a reporter.
In September 2006 he then joined CNN. He there worked questioning the network publicly. He while working there also criticized the state of cable news. His work at CNN is outspoken. While working at CNN he also have discussed his views on improving African American community which caused some controversy. He also interviewed a purported rape victim asking her why she didn’t bit the attacker penis for preventing herself from forcible oral sex. This interview caused him draw some controversies.
“If I have my opinion about something, you have your opinion about something, we don't have to fight over it. And we can have a conversation. We can also disagree without being disagreeable, and we can just disagree, which is fine. It doesn't mean that I don't like you, or you don't like me. We just disagree.”
Awards and Achievements
For his special report on the real estate market in Chicago he was awarded with Emmy Award. He also won Edward R. Murrow Award for capturing the D.C. area sniper. He also have reported on the natural calamities like Hurricane Katrina and the diseases like AIDS epidemic in Africa which led him win numbers of awards and honors. In 2009 Ebony magazine voted him as one of the 150 most influential African American. In 2014 Columbia Journalism Review name him as the Worst of the Worst.
Lemon in his memoir Transparent came out as a gay where he also discussed about homophobia, colorism in black community and also sexual abuse he suffered during his childhood days. Lemon is 1.68 m tall. His official twitter account name is @donlemon. He is also very active in Facebook as his Facebook name is Don Lemon CNN. He is also fond of sharing his moments to his fans using Instagram. His official Instagram account name is @donlemoncnn. His net worth is estimated to be $3 million. He currently resides at Atlanta, Georgia.