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Don Lemon is perhaps best known as an anchor of CNN Tonight. He is probably one of the highly paid anchors at CNN, whose anchoring career has already spanned over decades. Thanks to his anchoring job at CNN.
Don Lemon draws a million dollar paycheck from CNN
Millionaire news anchor, Don Lemon has been at CNN since 2006 carving his name in the journalism industry through the popular show like CNN Tonight and Emmy Winning coverage of real estate market in Chicago.
Now, he is one of the richest anchors with an annual salary of $1 million which results in a massive net worth of $3 million. After polishing his anchoring skills for several years, he got a big break when he was employed at CNN in the year 2006. His years-long struggle has paid off.
Lemon has his own show, CNN Tonight With Don Lemon which he calls his major achievement. As a CNN anchor, he has fearlessly voiced his opinions on the black community and even stirred controversies because of it. He has also worked as a correspondent for NBC Nightly News and Today.
Don Lemon’s career before CNN
Lemon started off as a weekend anchor for WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama and later joined WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also served shortly as an investigative journalist for KTVI and then switched to NBC News, where he worked as correspondent for Today & NBC Nightly News. While still being a journalist and a local news anchor at NBC News, he also joined O & O Station WMAQ-TV.
Lemon’s work has been awarded a number of times. He received an Emmy Award for his report on Chicago’s real estate market and his coverage of the D.C. area sniper hunt was awarded an Edward R. Murrow Award.
Lemon has been featured in numerous magazines and was enlisted on Ebony magazine’s most influential African-American list in 2009. On the other hand, he was featured as one of the worst journalists in 2014 by the Columbia Journalism Review.
Since entering the industry, his candid, outspoken take on the relative issues and anchoring has made him a popular anchor and TV news journalist. Also, frankly coming out as gay satisfied his fans even more. He has chronicled his life experiences from his young age struggles as a Black American to physical abuse, mental trauma and sexual orientation in his autobiography Transparent.