Lola Ogunnaike is an American features and entertainment journalist of Nigerian origin. Lola has been covering entertainment news since 1999, appearing as an entertainment correspondent on various networks such as NBC, MTV and VH1. In May 2007, she was named one of Ebony magazine's "150 Most Influential Blacks in America." Ogunnaike received her master's in fine arts degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining CNN, where she worked from 2007 until early 2009, Ogunnaike was a reporter for The New York Times and spearheaded its entertainment coverage, writing profiles of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Ozwald Boateng, Oprah Winfrey and Sting for the paper's "Arts and Leisure" section.
Before that, she was a features reporter at the New York Daily News, where she covered breaking news on celebrities and entertainment for “Now,” the papers entertainment section, and for the Rush and Molly column. Previously, Ogunnaike was contributing writer for Vibe magazine, where she was responsible for monthly music features and cover stories. She has also has her work published in Rolling Stone, New York, Glamour, Details, Nylon, the New York Observer and V Magazine.