American features and entertainment journalist, Lola Ogunnaike, was born on September 13, 1975 in New York City to Nigerian parents. She graduated from J.E.B. Stuart High School in Fairfax, Virginia and earned a masters degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Virginia. She is married to Dean Solebo and they have a son.
Lola commenced her career in journalism in 1999 covering entertainment news and pop culture. She was once a reporter for The New York Times and lead its entertainment coverage, focusing on celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Ozwald Boateng, Oprah Winfrey and writing Sting for the paper’s “Arts and Leisure” section. She was a writer for Vibe magazine, contributing to the monthly music features and cover stories. Her work has also been published in Rolling Stone, New York, Glamour, Details (magazine), Nylon, the New York Observer and V Magazine.
Lola also accompanied and interviewed Michelle Obama on a tour to South Africa. She was also a features reporter at the New York Daily News where she covered breaking news on celebrities and entertainment for “NOW,” the paper’s entertainment section, and for the Rush and Molloy column She was a former correspondent on CNN’s “American Morning” where she also worked from 2007 till 2009.
She has appeared on several television programs such as NBC’s Today Show, MTV and VH1. She was listed in May 2007 as Ebony’s ‘150 Most Influential Blacks in America”. She is currently a host of Arise Entertainment 360.