Toluse Olorunnipa

Washington, D.C.

Political investigations and enterprise reporter

Education: Stanford University, BA in Sociology; Stanford University, MA in Sociology

Toluse "Tolu" Olorunnipa is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2019 and previously covered the White House. Before that, he spent five years at Bloomberg News, where he reported on politics and policy from Washington and Florida. Olorunnipa reported 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.
Latest from Toluse Olorunnipa

Telling George Floyd’s story gave us a deeper understanding of racism

Two reporters reflect on the pain and hope they encountered as Black men while reporting their new book.

May 20, 2022

‘His Name Is George Floyd’

After the murder of George Floyd, reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa spent months learning everything they could about Floyd’s life. The story they reveal in a new book shows how systemic racism shaped and shortened it.

May 20, 2022

How George Floyd Spent His Final Hours

An exclusive excerpt from “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice” re-creates the day leading up to the murder.

May 9, 2022

Fatal police shooting of Black teenager in Columbus sparks new outcry

The death of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, who was shot by Officer Nicholas Reardon on Tuesday during an altercation, comes as the nation is undergoing a broad reckoning over police brutality and racism.

April 21, 2021

‘Today, we are able to breathe again’: Floyd’s family members celebrate verdict, vow to fight on for racial justice

The guilty verdict came as a validation of the Black Lives Matter movement, one in which Floyd’s relatives have emerged as central players.

April 20, 2021

Latest massacres test gun-control advocates’ resolve as White House faces growing pressure to act

With Democrats in control of Washington for the first time in a decade, the recent string of mass shootings has encouraged activists to make a concerted push for fresh legislation restricting access to guns.

April 17, 2021

Chauvin defense team attempts to put George Floyd’s drug addiction on the stand

Defense attorney Eric Nelson faces the complex and delicate task of cross-examining a deceased man’s drug abuse.

April 13, 2021

In George Floyd’s old neighborhood, Biden’s war on poverty faces a crucial test

Whether the largest anti-poverty effort in a generation produces lasting change or becomes a cautionary tale about the limits of governmental largesse will play out in communities such as Cuney Homes.

April 10, 2021

Biden’s push for equity faces critical test amid shifting strategies to open schools

The demise of a school grant program promised during the campaign demonstrates the complexities of President Biden’s pledges to expand the federal government’s role in promoting equity.

March 14, 2021

George Floyd’s family to receive record $27 million in settlement approved by Minneapolis City Council

The settlement would be the highest ever paid by the city of Minneapolis, eclipsing the $20 million paid in 2019 to the family of Justine Damond, who was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer in 2017.

March 12, 2021