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20 Facts about sacked CNN Reporter Don Lemon



Don Lemon is a prominent American journalist, author, and television news anchor who worked for CNN until he was unceremoniously laid off Monday, April 2023.

Here are 20 facts about his life and career:

  1. Don Lemon was born on March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
  2. His full name is Don Carlton Lemon.
  3. Lemon graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in broadcast journalism.
  4. Lemon began his career as a weekend anchor for WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama.
  5. He later worked as a reporter and anchor for WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and WNBC in New York City.
  6. Lemon joined CNN in 2006 as a correspondent.
  7. He became the anchor of CNN Tonight in 2014.
  8. Lemon has covered a range of major news stories during his career, including Hurricane Katrina, the Charleston church shooting, and the 2020 presidential election.
  9. In 2018, Lemon was named as one of Time’s 100 most influential people.
  10. He has written several books, including “Transparent,” which discusses his life as a gay black man in America.
  11. Lemon has been outspoken about social and political issues, including racism, police brutality, and LGBTQ+ rights.
  12. In 2019, he received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.
  13. Lemon has been criticized for some of his comments on air, including calling white men the biggest terror threat in the United States and comparing Trump supporters to drug addicts.
  14. He has also been praised for his honesty and candor, particularly in discussing his own experiences with racism and homophobia.
  15. Lemon has been in a relationship with Tim Malone, a real estate agent, since 2016. They announced their engagement in 2019.
  16. In December 2021, CNN announced that Lemon’s contract had not been renewed and he had been terminated from the network.
  17. The decision to terminate Lemon’s contract was reportedly related to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, which is a requirement for all CNN employees.
  18. Lemon has not publicly commented on his termination, but he has expressed skepticism about the COVID-19 vaccine in the past.
  19. Since leaving CNN, Lemon has not announced any new job opportunities, but he has been active on social media and has made several appearances on other news programs.
  20. Lemon has a large following on social media, with over 1.5 million followers on Twitter and over 900,000 followers on Instagram.
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