White House reporter Education: Stanford University, BA in Sociology; Stanford University, MA in Sociology Toluse "Tolu" Olorunnipa is a White House reporter for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2019, after five years at Bloomberg News, where he reported on politics and policy from Washington and Florida. Olorunnipa has covered the White House since 2015, reporting from five continents and more than 20 countries as part of the presidential press corps. He started his career at the Miami Herald, where he covered real estate, natural disasters and crime -- sometimes all at once. Olorunnipa is also an on-air contributor to CNN.
In the final stretch of the race, a trio of long-standing challenges have converged to create a daunting barrier to the president’s reelection: The inability to define his opponent, the lack of a clearly articulated second-term agenda, and a pandemic that continues to upend American life.
After being confined to the White House and hospital since Oct. 1, the president is scheduled to begin a frenetic stretch of rallies up through Election Day. It remains unclear how he will do so safely as the coronavirus rages nationwide.
George Floyd’s 46 years in America shows that it was shaped by the very forces people are protesting after his death — entrenched poverty, systemic racism, a broken criminal justice system and police violence.