Don Lemon is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and television personality who currently anchors CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. He is also a New York Times bestselling author. Here’s what you need to know about his education.
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Early Life and Education
American journalist, Don Lemon was born on March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is the son of Katherine Clark and John Lemon. His mother was a city clerk and his father was a truck driver. Lemon has two siblings. He attended Baker High School, where he played football and ran track. After high school, he attended Brooklyn College for two years before transferring to Louisiana State University.
Lemon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana
Don Lemon was born on March 1, 1966 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the son of Katherine and John Lemon. His father was a World War II veteran who later worked as a real estate broker while his mother was a classically trained piano player who gave up her career to be a stay-at-home mom. Lemon has two siblings, Yutaka and Leisa. As a child, he was diagnosed with dyslexia but he overcame this learning disability and went on to graduate from Brooklyn’s Salem High School in 1984. He then attended Louisiana State University on an academic scholarship, earning a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in 1988.
He attended Baker High School
Don Lemon was born on March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Baker High School, a public magnet school in the city, and went on to study broadcast journalism at Brooklyn College in New York City. After graduation, Lemon began his career as a news assistant at WNYW, a Fox affiliate in New York.
He then studied broadcast journalism at Brooklyn College
Don Lemon was born on March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is the son of Katherine Clark and Jim Lemon. His mother was a city clerk and his father a telephone company manager. Lemon has three siblings. When Lemon was 7 years old, his parents divorced. He and his siblings were raised by their mother.
Lemon attended Baker High School in Baton Rouge. He then studied broadcast journalism at Brooklyn College.
After high school, Lemon attended Brooklyn College for two years before transferring to the University of Buffalo. He majored in broadcast journalism and worked as a news assistant at NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miami during his undergraduate studies. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1997.
Lemon began his career as a news assistant
Lemon began his career as a news assistant at WNYW in New York City. He worked as a weekend sports anchor and reporter for WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama, from 1997 to 1999. In 2002, he joined CNN’s Atlanta headquarters as a general assignment correspondent during the network’s coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. From 2003-2006, Lemon reported primarily from CNN’s Newsource bureau in Atlanta and occasionally contributed stories for some of CNN’s domestic and international programming including The Situation Room.
In 2007, he was assigned to CNN’s New York City bureau where he reported on major national and local stories including the Jena Six case, sexual abuse cases within the Catholic Church, presidential primaries, and Superstorm Sandy. Prior to hosting CNN Tonight in 2014, Lemon regularly contributed to Anderson Cooper 360° and various other primetime shows as a correspondent and fill-in anchor.
Lemon has earned several awards throughout his career including an Emmy Award for his live reporting of the 2005 hurricane Katrina from New Orleans and an Edward R. Murrow Award for his work on a documentary about HIV/AIDS in Africa.
He then became a weekend news anchor
After working various odd jobs upon his graduation, Lemon finally landed a big break when he was hired as a news assistant at WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama. He then moved up the ranks, becoming a weekend news anchor and eventually a weekday reporter. In 1995, he made the switch to Atlanta’s WGCL-TV, where he became known for his hard-hitting reporting on the city’s mayor, Bill Campbell.
He is currently the host of CNN Tonight
Lemon joined the network in September 2006. He is currently the host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. The show airs weeknights at 10 p.m. ET and is a two-hour program that covers a variety of topics, including politics, pop culture, current events, and more.
Lemon is also a correspondent for CNN’s New Day and has served as a substitute anchor on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°. He has hosted numerous specials for the network, including primetime news specials covering the Michael Jackson memorial service, the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, and many others.
Lemon has won several awards during his career, including an Emmy Award for his live coverage of the shooting of MLK in Memphis in 2019 and a Peabody Award for his coverage of the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012.