CNN’s Don Lemon Net Worth, Salary, Age, Children, Bio & Gay

Who is Don Lemon?

Don Lemon (born Donald Carlton Lemon) is an American award-winning television journalist and author, who works as a reporter/anchor at CNN Tonight, and airs weeknights at 10 p.m. He also serves as a correspondent across CNN/U.S. programming.


2023 Don Lemon Biography and Wiki

Don Lemon Age and Birthday

Don Lemon is 57 years old. Lemon was born on March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America.

Don Lemon Height and Weight

Lemon is perfect with stunning great looks and attractive appearance. The ideal mix of good looks, grand appearance, and is a fortifying person. Great to watch both onscreen and off, he guarantees to draw the consideration of crowd with his super-rich looks, magnificent mien, and trademark class.

Lemon also has an ideal facial element with an ever-brilliant skin composition, expressive brown-colored eyes, and a boggling grin that makes him unmistakable of all. He is a man of very tall stature, he stands at a height of 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 meters) and weighs 174 lbs (79 Kg).

Don Lemon Education

He attended Baker High School which is a public high school in the town of Baker in East Baton Rouge Parish. After clearing his high school, he went to Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York, and studied journalism where he majored in broadcast journalism. He also serves on the Board of Trustees there.

He later joined Louisiana State University. While he was pursuing his course in college, he worked as a news assistant at WNYW in  New York City.

Don Lemon Parents (Mother and Father)

Lemon was born to his single working mother, Katherine Lemon Clark. His father, Mr. Richardson, played a positive role in Lemon’s young life. His great-grandfather was of French descent, in addition to Nigerian, Cameroonian, and Congolese ancestry.

Don Lemon Siblings

He was raised together with his sisters, Yma and Leisa, grew up in West Baton Rouge and Port Allen, where they lived with their mother and grandmother until 1976 when their mother married Lemon’s step-father.

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On January 31, 2018, his sister, L’Tanya “Leisa” Lemon Grimes passed away at the age of 58, after drowning in a pond while fishing and the police concluded that Tanya’s death was accidental.

He became absent from work for a few weeks, and after he showed up, he began his show on Feb. 6th, by thanking everyone who wished him “prayers and words of encouragement”—including the talk show host and political commentator, Sean Patrick Hannity, who was amongst the first people to call him during those difficult times.

Don Lemon Spouse, Tim Malone

Don Lemon Spouse, Tim Malone

As we speak, Lemon is in a relationship with his husband, Tim Malone, a real estate agent. The duo met in 2017, after which they began dating. During the 2018 new Year eve, Lemon went on to disclose his private relationship with his boyfriend, Tim Malone which seemed to have materialized so fast just after a year. In April 2019, they announced that they were engaged.

In September 2010, during an on-air interview with members of Bishop Eddie Long‘s congregation, Lemon opened up to discuss him being sexually molested when he was five/six by a neighbor teenage boy, and he decided to keep it a secret until he was thirty when he told his mother about it. According to him, he has known his sexuality since that time.

It is for this that he wrote his memoir, Transparent in 2011, and publicly came out as gay—having being out in his personal life and with close colleagues—becoming “one of the few openly gay black men in broadcasting.”

Married Stephanie Ortiz

For many years, Don had kept his sexuality a secret, and was rumored to be secretly married to actress Stephanie Ortiz. The rumors were eventually shot down as there is no proof available about their relationship or a marriage occurring.

Don Lemon CNN Salary 2023

Being among the top-paid CNN anchors, Don Lemon reportedly earns a salary of $4 million per year which is approximately $333,334 at the end of every month.

Don Lemon Net Worth 2023

Don Lemon is estimated to have a net worth of about $12 Million. Lemon has enjoyed a long career in the journalism industry. Through proceeds from his work as an anchor and author, he has been able to accumulate a huge fortune.

Some Facts about Don Lemon

Here are some interesting facts you should know about Don Lemon.

Don Lemon Bio and Wiki

  • Full Names: Donald Carlton Lemon
  • Popular As: Lemon
  • Gender: Male
  • Occupation / Profession: Journalist
  • Nationality: American
  • Race / Ethnicity: Mixed
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Sexual Orientation: Gay

Don Lemon Birthday

  • Age / How Old?: 57 years
  • Zodiac Sign: Pisces
  • Date of Birth: March 1, 1966
  • Place of Birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Birthday: Mar. 1st

Don Lemon Body Measurements

  • Body Measurements: 40-32-35
  • Height / How Tall?: 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 meters)
  • Weight: 174 lbs (79 Kg)
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Shoe Size: 10
  • Biceps Size: 15.5 inches
  • Chest Size: 40 Inches
  • Waist Size: 32 Inches
  • Hip Size: 35 Inches
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Don Lemon Children, Family and Relationship

  • Children: Son(s) – None, Daughter(s) -None
  • Father (Dad): Mr. Richardson
  • Mother: Katherine Lemon Clark
  • Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): Yma, Leisa
  • Marital Status: Unmarried
  • Dating / Boyfriend: Tim Malone

Don Lemon House and Cars

  • Place of living: Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York
  • Cars: Car Brand to be Updated

Don Lemon Career

Prior to joining Cnn, Lemon served as a co-anchor for the 5 p.m. newscast for NBC5 News in Chicago, where he joined in August 2003 as an anchor/reporter, after working in New York as the network’s correspondent, The Today Show and NBC Nightly News.

He has as well anchored on Weekend Today and programs on MSNBC and NBC’s owned and operated station, WMAQ-TV, were he earned three Emy-awards for his local reporting. While at NBC, he covered the explosion of Space Shuttle Columbia, SARS in Canada, and many other stories of national and global importance.

In addition to his career, Lemon has also worked as a weekend news anchor for WBRC, Birmingham, Alabama, and WCAU— an NBC affiliate located in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, where he was a general assignment reporter. He was also an Investigative reporter for KTVI-TV, St. Louis as well as an anchor for WBRC-TV.

Don Lemon CNN

Lemon joined CNN in September 2006. He has been outspoken in his work at CNN criticizing the state of cable news and questioning the network publicly. He has also voiced strong opinions on ways that the African-American community can improve their lives.

Lemon anchored CNN’s breaking news coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Arab Spring, the death of Osama Bin Laden as well as Joplin tornado.

Lemon also reported from Chicago in the days leading up to the 2008 presidential election, including an interview with the-then Rep. Rahm Emanuel on the day that he accepted the position of Chief of staff for President-elect Barack Obama.

He as well interviewed the 106-year old voter, Anne Cooper President-elect Obama highlighted in his election night acceptance speech after he had seen Lemon’s interview with Cooper on CNN.

His famous breaking news stories include the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse, Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana, of 2008, the death of the famous American musicians, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston in the Inaugral of the 44th President in Washington D.C.

The Colorado theatre shooting and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, both of 2012. In 2013, he reported on the George Zimmerman trial, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Philadephia building collapse.

He also brought breaking news of other years, including the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody (2014), the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, of the same year, Charleston church shooting (2015), the Orlando shooting at the Pulse Nightclub (2016), Las Vegas shooting (2017) and the 2018 Hurricane Florence.

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Lemon reported for the network’s documentary Race and Rage: The Beating of Rodney King, which aired 20 years to the day of the beating. He also has his segment, “No Talking Points”, where he holds politicians and public officials accountable.

However, in 2017, he received death threats laced with racial slurs; he filed a police report detailing the incident. In a much-reported broadcast in January the following year, 2018, Lemon introduced his broadcast with, “This is CNN Tonight, I’m Don Lemon, The President of the United States is racist.”

His outspoken criticism of the Trump administration and accusations of racism against President Trump has made Lemon a target of Trump and white supremacists.

In November that same year, Lemon received attention stating that homegrown white supremacists were a bigger threat to the country than immigrants.

Don Lemon Awards and Achievements

Lemon is the recipient of the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the capture of the D.C area sniper, and other awards for reports on Hurricane Katrina.

He also earned three Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards in 2006, one was for a business feature about Craiglist real estate listings, “Life on Craiglist,” and two for his report for HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, Journey to Africa, while reporting for WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

Also in 2009, Ebony magazine voted for Lemon as one of the 150 most influential African-Americans, and in 2014 Advocate listed him as one of the publication’s 50 Most Influential LGBTQ People in Media, and of Course being named in the list of the worst journalists of the year for several reporting gaffes throughout the year, by David Uberti of the Columbia Journalism Review.

Lemon was also honored in the year 2016, with a Native Son Award—named after James Balwin‘s Notes of a Native Son (1955), recognizing and to “encouraging the increased visibility and impact of black gay men in society”

In 2017, Out named him on its Power 50 list of “the most influential LGBTQ people in the USA.” In June 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York, an event widely considered a watershed moment in the modern LGBTQ rights movement, Queerty named him one of the Pride50 “trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance, and dignity for all queer people”.

Don Lemon Rating

Don Lemon’s shows have gained a lot of viewership in the last three months of 2020. Here are Don Lemon ratings:

Date Demo A25-54 Demo P2+ P2+ Gain
Rank Audience Change Rank Audience Change
Nov 2020 13 516,000 +4.67% 31 1,705,000 +0.35% +230%
Oct 202012 493,000 +45.86% 26 1,699,000 +44.23% +245%
Sep 2020 13 338,000 +3.68% 35 1,178,000 +5.37% +249%

Frequently Asked Questions About Don Lemon

Who is Don Lemon?

Don Lemon is an American award-winning television journalist and author, who works as a reporter/anchor at CNN Tonight, and airs weeknights at 10 p.m. He also serves as a correspondent across CNN/U.S. programming.

How old is Don Lemon?

Don Lemon is 57 years old, born on March 1, 1966, in  Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America.

How tall is Don Lemon?

Lemon stands at a height of 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 meters)

Is Don Lemon married?

At age 30, Don came out open disclosing about his relationship status. He also spoke out about his sexual abuse during his childhood age and it affected him till then. he had not told anyone about his past including his own mother. He clearly stated that he was gay and is currently dating Tim Malone.

Is Don Lemon Gay

Yes, Don Lemon clearly stated that he was gay and is currently dating Tim Malone.

How much does Don Lemon make?

Don Lemon earns a salary of $4 million per year which is approximately $333,333 every month.

Where does Don Lemon live?

He is a resident of Sag Harbor on Long Island, New York.

Don Lemon Social Media Contacts

Twitter: @donlemon (


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