Don Lemon

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Journalist • Broadcaster • Anchor

Birth Date: March 1, 1966

Age: 58 years old

Birth Place: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Don Lemon is an American broadcast news journalist who in 2014 started hosting the nightly news program "CNN Tonight" (2014- ). Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lemon's interest in journalism began when he was in college. In addition to attending Louisiana State University, he also majored in broadcast journalism at Brooklyn College, where he would eventually earn his Bachelor's degree. While attending college in New York, Lemon worked as an assistant for the city's prominent news network WNYW. The experience of working on a daily newscast would serve him well in his later years as he embarked on a career as a professional broadcast news journalist.

After college Lemon began his career as a weekend news anchor at a local affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama. He later worked at stations in Pennsylvania and Missouri, holding a wide variety of positions, including investigative journalist and nightly news anchor.

His first big break came in the early 2000s when he began working for NBC News in New York. Having jumped to the big leagues of network news, Lemon was an almost nightly presence on NBC's "Today" (1952- ), as well as the "Nightly News" (1970- ). Then in 2006 Lemon left NBC to join the 24-hour cable news network CNN. Although he initially worked solely as a correspondent for the network, Lemon started anchoring "CNN Tonight" in 2014, thus becoming one of the network's most visible personalities. In addition to his serious work as a newsman, Lemon has also appeared in a few movie and TV roles, most notably playing himself in "Zoolander 2" (2016) and in a cameo role on the ABC sitcom "Black-ish" (ABC, 2014- ).

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Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom

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CNN Heroes: Sharing the Spotlight

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CNN This Morning

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Queen Elizabeth II: The Public Pays Tribute

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The Fourth in America

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CNN Heroes Salutes

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Juneteenth on CNN

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CNN New Year's Eve Live With Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota

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CNN Tonight

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The California Recall: Special Election Coverage

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Joe Biden: CNN Presidential Town Hall

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The Fourth in America

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Graduation 2021: A CNN Special Event

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Don Lemon Tonight

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The Inauguration of Joe Biden

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New Year's Eve Live with Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin

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The Presidential Election: Congress Counts the Vote

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Election Day in America: Georgia Senate Runoffs

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The Color of COVID: The Vaccines: A CNN Town Hall

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Countdown to Election Day

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Americast

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Zerlina

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GMA3: What You Need to Know

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Remembering George Floyd

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I Can't Breathe: Black Men Living and Dying in America

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The Color of COVID

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D.L. Hughley: Uncut

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The Color of COVID

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America's Choice 2020: Super Tuesday

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Coronavirus: Special Report

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America's Choice 2020: Super Tuesday

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Elizabeth Warren: CNN Town Hall

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Pete Buttigieg: CNN Town Hall

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America's Choice 2020: New Hampshire Primary

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Amy Klobuchar: CNN Town Hall

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Andrew Yang: CNN Town Hall

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CNN Town Hall

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America's Choice 2020: Iowa Caucus

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New Year's Eve Live with Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin

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Beto O'Rourke: Equality Town Hall

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Amy Klobuchar: Equality Town Hall

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The Impeachment Inquiry: White House in Crisis

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Tamron Hall

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Beto O'Rourke: Climate Town Hall

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Cory Booker: Climate Town Hall

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CNN Democratic Presidential Debate: Night 2

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CNN Democratic Presidential Debate

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CNN Democratic Debate

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The White House Correspondents' Dinner

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Kamala Harris: A CNN Town Hall Event

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Julian Castro: CNN Presidential Town Hall

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Cory Booker: A CNN Presidential Town Hall

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Amy Klobuchar: CNN Town Hall

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Election Night in America

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Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

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Inaugural Ball

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New Year's Eve Live With Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin

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Debate Night in America

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CNN Town Hall: Black, White and Blue: America 2016

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Hollywood's Biggest Night

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And the Winner Is...

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The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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The Jim Gaffigan ShowStream

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Hollywood's Biggest Night

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EmpireStream

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Roots: Our Journeys Home

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The Meredith Vieira Show

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Hollywood Today Live

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The Don Lemon Show

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Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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The 11th hour

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Making the Case

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Real Husbands of Hollywood: Extras

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The Real

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The N Word

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Anderson Cooper Special Report: Michael Jackson-The Final Days

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Whitney Houston: Her Life, Her Music

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Colorado Theater Shooting

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Finding Your RootsStream

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Trayvon Martin Killing

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Whitney Houston: Life Death and Music

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Iraq: End of the War

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Erin Burnett OutFront

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Japan: When Disaster Struck

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The Gayle King Show

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George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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CNN Tonight

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The Joy Behar Show

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The Wendy Williams Show

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CNN Newsroom

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CNN Newsroom

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The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer

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Real Time With Bill MaherStream

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Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour attend The Hollywood Reporter Emmy Party on September 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Celebrity Weddings of 2024: All the Couples Who Got Married This Year

Don Lemon at the Grammys

Don Lemon Reportedly Gets $24.5 Million Payoff from CNN Following Firing

Don Lemon in his first interview post-CNN firing. Aired on ABC News in Memphis on June 26.

Don Lemon Breaks Silence About CNN in First Interview Since Firing (VIDEO)

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Who Should Host ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Next? (POLL)

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Sunny Hostin Says Don Lemon and Tiffany Cross’ Firings Sent Media ‘Backwards’

Don Lemon attends Time 100 Gala

Don Lemon Reveals Plans in First Public Appearance Since CNN Firing (VIDEO)

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Poppy Harlow & Kaitlan Collins Address Don Lemon Exit on ‘CNN This Morning’ (VIDEO)

Don Lemon attends the 2023 Center Dinner

CNN Calls Don Lemon’s Version of His Firing ‘Inaccurate’

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Don Lemon Fired at CNN — Host ‘Stunned’ by Ousting After 17 Years

Don Lemon Seems to Shade Jon Stewart on Hot Mic, Then Backpedals

Don Lemon Accused of Making ‘Derogatory’ Comments About Nancy Grace, Soledad O’Brien & More

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Michelle Yeoh Shades Don Lemon During Oscars Acceptance Speech

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‘CNN This Morning’ Sees Big Ratings Boost with Don Lemon’s Return

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Don Lemon Apologizes Again in Return to CNN as Megyn Kelly Blasts Him

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Don Lemon to Return to CNN, Will Also Undergo ‘Formal Training’

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Don Lemon Absent From ‘CNN This Morning’ After ‘Unacceptable’ Comments

Poppy Harlow, Don Lemon & Kaitlan Collins on 'CNN This Morning'

Poppy Harlow Leaves CNN Set Following Don Lemon’s Comments About Women ‘in Their Prime’

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Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow & Kaitlan Collins to Lead New CNN Morning Show

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‘CNN’ Anchor Don Lemon Gets Emotional Talking About His Sister’s Death (VIDEO)