Celebrating Black History Month – Don Lemon

Amanda Haye, Staff Reporter

For his admirable job in journalism, Don Lemon deserves to be celebrated during Black History Month and during every other month.

Donald Carlton Lemon is an American television journalist, who was born on March 1, 1966 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Brooklyn College and Louisiana State University to pursue his interest in podcast journalism. He currently works on the Board of Trustees for Brooklyn College as a way to give back to his alma mater. 

During his early days as a journalist, he anchored weekend news programs on local television outlets in Alabama and Pennsylvania.

Lemon worked for WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama and for WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a weekend news anchor early in his career.

He started working at the NBC owned and operated station WMAQ-TV (5 in Chicago) in 2003 and was a reporter and co-anchor of local news.

While at WMAQ, he received three Emmys for local reporting. In 2006, he also received Emmys for his work in the aids epidemic and his work in Africa. 

Don Lemon has interviewed a number of prominent individuals, such as Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Morgan Freeman, Talib Kweli, and many more. 

Lemon later consulted for NBC on its programming as a news correspondent, such as Today and NBC Nightly News, during which he joined CNN in 2006. And also as a correspondent. A correspondent is an individual who writes letters, especially on a daily basis. Leading to Don Lemon being one of those individuals. 

Lemon has reported many breaking news stories on CNN, including the George Zimmerman trial, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and even the death of Michael Jackson. 

After the death of George Floyd, Lemon served as the network’s leading voice, guiding viewers and speaking in support of nationwide protests and riots during the summer.

In 2011, Don Lemon came out as gay in his biography Transparent. He has always been vocal about homophobia and said that he was initially afraid to reveal his sexuality because he was afraid to lose followers. 

Back in October CNN anchor Don Lemon held a lengthy interview with Republican Donald Trump, during which Lemon asked Trump if he was prejudiced against any minority groups. 

“You think you appeal to African-Americans, some people may perceive you as a racist. Answer that,” Lemon said. 

Trump replied back by touting his speech at an African-American Chamber of Commerce event in South Carolina. But he said the vacant seats in the back room had been wrongly displayed by the media, including CNN. 

Interested viewers can watch Don Lemon on CNN on weekdays, at 10pm- 12am ET.