Wiki Biography / Profile Background
- Commonly referred to as “Tolu,” Toluse Olorunnipa is a journalist, writer, and entrepreneur, covering the national politics at The Washington Post.
- He also is an on-air political analyst for CNN. He is the first person of Nigerian descent to cover the events at the White House, the seat of power in the country.
Personal Life : Parents, Family and Education
- Toluse Olorunnipa traces his roots back to Nigeria but is an American by nationality. He is a native of Tallahassee, Florida.
- As a child, Tolu was the only one amongst his siblings who was unsure of which career path to take. However, he was attracted to journalism as he started following news articles and documentaries that his parents loved so much.
- The inner thirst to unravel the composition of the societal layers drove Olorunnipa to pursue his undergraduate education in Sociology at the renowned Stanford University. He later completed his MA in Sociology, also from Stanford.
- He is a big fan of Nigeria’s robust and independent media outlets, which are vital to the survival of any democracy. He appreciates the job done by the many Nigerian journalists are doing in Nigeria, who strive hard to bring information to the masses on a regular basis.
Work, Career, Salary and Net worth :
- After completing his studies, Toluse worked in a multimedia company for a short period of time.
- Later, he worked as a media producer, developing social media strategies for a group of non-governmental organizations.
- In 2009, Toluse decided to venture into news reporting. This was a field that demanded exceptional communication skills and an ability to weave a story through the narration of important as well as regular events.
- Initially, Toluse covered real estate, natural disasters, and crime, sometimes handling multiple issues concurrently, for the Miami Herald. He also covered post-recession coverage of the economy, real estate, and financial news in south Florida and Latin America. Another area of coverage included state politics, the legislature, and the Governor’s office.
- Post his stint with the Miami Herald, he started working for the New York media giant Bloomberg. Beginning in 2015, at Bloomberg, he covered the events at the White House, reported from five continents and more than 20 countries.
- Toluse’s unique analytical skills, coupled with exceptional writing abilities, have helped to chronicle President Donald Trump’s Presidency, most famous of which is Trump’s penchant for promising big announcements in “few weeks” and his practice of citing anonymous officials who support his policies.
- Toluse’s coverage also includes an in-depth analysis of the administration’s economic policies, including taxes, wages, and related forms of discrimination or inequality. These elements helped to shape his career as a known reporter in the US-based news media arena.
- In 2019, Toluse joined The Washington Post. He started with reporting on his area of expertise – The White House. Following this, his role transitioned later in the year to a full-time campaign-reporter focused on the Democratic primary.
- As a White House Correspondent, he has been featured on Bloomberg TV, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CBS News, C-SPAN, and other popular media outlets.
- He mentions that the fast-moving pace of the Washington news cycle is a big challenge. As soon as one story begins settling down, another one is waiting in the wings to be reported.
Writing Work :
- Toluse is a man of potent writing capabilities, which has helped him grow and diversify into various other fields beyond news reporting. He has edited several books and authored The $15,000 Year, a personal finance guide for millennials navigating the Great Recession.
- His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Business Week Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Tampa Bay Times and other well-known publications.
Fun Facts and Trivia :
- Toluse’s parents instilled a love of reading books in him. They would often leave him in the library while they completed their tasks. He still continues reading hard to this date, devouring thousands of news articles & books each month.
- Half of a Yellow Sun, a novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of his favorite books.
- Besides work and reading, he loves to travel.
Personal / Home Details
- Marital Status / Married? : No
- Children / No of Kids : –
- Ethnicity / Origin / Heritage / Race : Black
- Nationality : American
- How tall is Toluse Olorunnipa Height : 5′11″
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