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Don  Lemon

Don Lemon

CNN Anchor


Don Lemon anchors CNN Newsroom during weekend primetime and serves as a correspondent across CNN/US programming. Based in the network's world headquarters in Atlanta, Lemon joined CNN in September 2006. In 2009, he was named by Ebony as one of the Ebony Power 150: the most influential blacks in America. Read More >

A news veteran of Chicago, Lemon reported from Chicago in the days leading up to the 2008 presidential election, including an interview with then-Rep. Rahm Emanuel on the day he accepted the position of Chief of Staff for President-elect Barack Obama. He also interviewed Anne Cooper, the 106-year-old voter President-elect Obama highlighted in his election night acceptance speech after he had seen Lemon’s interview with Cooper on CNN.

Lemon has reported and anchored on the scene for CNN from many breaking news stories, including the Inauguration of the 44th President in Washington, DC; Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana (2008); and the Minneapolis bridge collapse (2007).

Lemon joined CNN after serving as a co-anchor for the five p.m. newscast for NBC5 News in Chicago. He joined the station in August 2003 as an anchor and reporter after working in New York as a correspondent for NBC News, The Today Show, and NBC Nightly News. In addition to his reporting in New York, Lemon worked as an anchor on Weekend Today and on MSNBC. While at NBC, Lemon covered the explosion of Space Shuttle Columbia, SARS in Canada, and numerous other stories of national and global importance. In addition to NBC5 and NBC News, Lemon has served as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for WCAU-TV, an NBC affiliate in Philadelphia; an anchor and investigative reporter for KTVI-TV in St. Louis; and an anchor for WBRC-TV in Birmingham. He began his career at WNYW in New York City as a news assistant while still in college.

Lemon serves as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, teaching and participating in curriculum designed around new media. He has won an Edward R. Murrow award for his coverage of the capture of the Washington, DC, snipers. He won an Emmy for a special report on real estate in Chicagoland and various other awards for his reporting on the AIDS epidemic in Africa and Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, he won three more local Emmys for his reporting in Africa and a business feature about the online community Craigslist.

Lemon recently authored a memoir, Transparent, in which he publicly discloses that he is gay. The book also discusses “colorism” in the black community, racism, and homophobia.

Lemon earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Brooklyn College; he has also attended Louisiana State University. Read Less ^

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Election 2016

With his extensive media background, Don Lemon has watched history unfold and reported on it in real time. He has been a major voice to the American public and an iconic news figure. Lemon understands the anatomy on an election year well, but he knows this election is different. There are topics in the 2016 election that are more crucial than ever before, and Lemon will provide a unique outlook based on where this country is headed.

Transparent: A Conversation with Don Lemon

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