Transparent Cover


By Don Lemon

Health Communications, Hardcover, 9780982702789, 220pp.

Publication Date: June 16, 2011

In this unique memoir, Primetime CNN anchor Don Lemon takes readers behind the scenes of journalism, detailing his own struggle to become one of the most prominent African American men in television news and inside some of the biggest stories of our times.

Never one to stop at the surface of the story, Lemon digs deep, exposing his own history with wealth and lack, with family secrets and painful revelations--and explains how those painful early experiences shaped his ambitions and gave him the tools of empathy and fearlessness that he brings to his work. Then Lemon turns the same searing honesty on the news industry itself, taking the reader behind the scenes of September 11, 2001, the DC Snipers, the epidemic of AIDS in Africa, Hurricane Katrina, the election of Barack Obama, and the death of Michael Jackson among other events.

With his clear and compelling storytelling and the rich detail of an Emmy-winning journalist, Lemon reveals his own painful journey from a little boy who dreamed of broadcasting in segregated Baton Rouge in the early 70s, to his current perch at CNN in a fascinating and compelling look at the world of television news and his own experiences reporting in it.

Monday, Jul 11, 2011

In his new memoir Transparent, Don Lemon writes about growing up in racially divided Louisiana, being molested as a child, and discovering the true identity of his father. In this Behind Closed Doors segment, host Michel Martin speaks with Don Lemon about his memoir, and how writing it led to his coming out as a gay man. More at

NPR Audio Player Requires Flash Upgrade: Please upgrade your plug-in to view this content.