Don Lemon
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United States


Journalist / TV Host

Lemon has become one of the leading faces of CNN, thanks in no small part to a 10 p.m. program that delves deep into some of the social and cultural ramifications of daily events. He opens his show on many nights with his own take on the most recent developments of the news cycle, giving personal insights and perspectives from guests within marginalized communities. This year, CNN appeared to acknowledge the anchor’s prominence by re-titling his program “Don Lemon Tonight” instead of “CNN Tonight With Don Lemon.” In May 2021, Lemon launched a podcast, “The Handoff,” with fellow network star Chris Cuomo, capitalizing off of the duo’s on-screen banter. Lemon joined CNN in 2006 after working for local stations such as Chicago’s WMAQ, as well as NBC News.




  • Brooklyn College (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Pride
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CNN Gets Ready for 'Don Lemon Tonight'

CNN Gets Ready for 'Don Lemon Tonight'

Don Lemon is getting his name above the title on his late-night program on CNN.The WarnerMedia cable-news outlet will rename the two late-evening hours he has hosted for the past several years "Don Lemon Tonight," replacing "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon." CNN spokespersons did not respond immediately to queries seeking comment, but the new show moniker reflects something that has been evident for months -- the anchor's personality and emotional reactions to news events have become a bigger draw.Lemon caused...


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