In his 2011 memoir, "Transparent," Don Lemon came out as gay. As of 2015, he is unmarried. Born on March 1, 1966, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he has a degree in broadcast journalism from Brooklyn College, where he has served on the Board of Trustees. He also attended Louisiana State University.
Lemon joined CNN in 2006 and covered several high profile stories for the network including Whitney Houston's death, the Boston Marathon bombing and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He also anchored CNN's coverage of breaking news, such as the Japanese tsunami and the death of Osama Bin Ladin.
Prior to joining CNN, Lemon was an anchor at NBC5 "Nightly News" in Chicago, "Weekend Today" and MSNBC. He served as a correspondent for the "Today" show, NBC News and NBC "Nightly News." He spent the early years of his career at news stations in Birmingham, Alabama; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and St. Louis, Missouri.
In 2009, Ebony magazine included Lemon on its list of the 150 most influential black people in the United States. He won several commendations for his work, including multiple Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow award. During a live interview on CNN in 2010, Lemon discussed being sexually abused as a child.