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So What Do You Do, Lola Ogunnaike?

Today on, we ask Lola Ogunnaike, a contributor for the “Today” show and MSNBC, “So What Do You Do?” Ogunnaike talks about her experience as a freelance journalist and former CNN correspondent, as well as how she got into television in the first place:

How would you describe your time on American Morning at CNN?
The hours were absolutely brutal. You hear about people like the Matt Lauers and Katie Courics of the world making astronomical amounts of money — they completely deserve it because waking up at the crack of dawn is no joke. The show would begin at 6 a.m. and end at 9 a.m., which means we often had to be in the building by 4-4:30 a.m. And if you were turning a story for the next day, you essentially work anywhere between 12-15 hours. With that said, it was a thrilling experience and I met some of the funniest and most entertaining people that I’ve ever had the chance to work with. CNN was definitely a blast.

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Lola Ogunnaike Leaving CNN

Lola_5.29.jpgTVNewser has learned CNN entertainment correspondent Lola Ogunnaike is leaving the network. Oguannaike joined CNN in May 2007 and had reported primarily for CNN’s American Morning. Today was her last day. Her contract was not renewed.

A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser, “Lola is a terrific reporter who brought American Morning viewers their daily dose of all things pop culture and we wish her all the best in her new endeavors.”

“The Most Popular Person in the White House” — Besides The Obamas

lola_2-9b.jpgCNN’s Lola Ogunnaike had an exclusive interview that has aired multiple times today with Desiree Rogers, the first African-American White House social secretary. When she first got to the White House “I got lost a lot,” she said, but now she has settled in.

She says there is a different atmosphere among the staff. “This is going to be more casual — maybe we don’t need as much glassware or silverware,” she said.

Ogunnaike got a tour of the Super Bowl room as well. “It’s America, so we really did celebrate America. We had popcorn, we had lots of cookies,” said Rogers of the event.

Click continued to see the interview (including a “Magic Wall” reference)…

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John Roberts: Untied

roberts_11-21.JPGJohn Roberts decision to go tie-less during yesterday’s American Morning has generated a lot of viewer emails, much of which was read on the air today. CNN correspondent Lola Ogunnaike weighed in with a report on whether the look is a fashion statement of fashion faux pas (we’re looking for video).

So what was behind the decision? Roberts tells TVNewser:

I first did it 4 years ago for one segment during the summer on the CBS Evening News. It actually made the front page of the Wall Street Journal. I also did it once last year on American Morning. It just felt right to do it the last couple of days. I felt like ‘going rogue’ a little bit and mixing things up. Will I do it every day? Probably not — it will most likely depend on the flow of news and how I feel.

I’m amazed at the reaction that it has provoked. The majority of people who have e-mailed love it — many men find it liberating and are following my lead. Some people don’t like it at all, but as it’s a morning show, I think there’s a lot of latitude to change things up a bit.

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What do you think?
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Has The Media Been Unfair to Sarah Palin?

Days before Gov. Sarah Palin sits down for her first big interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson, we put the issue of press fairness to a poll. But first, some notes.

• According to a Rasmussen poll out last week, 51% of voters think, “reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage.” The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz was “critical of the media’s performance,” including many who took, “cheap shots,” at the GOP VP nominee. Of course, some think the media’s coverage has been completely fair.

• Then there’s the issue of internet rumors. Newsweek published a fact check, taking on Soledad O’Brien‘s assertion that Gov. Palin cut 62% of the funding for special needs education. The story proved to be a false. But O’Brien was not the only one to report it as fact — it was brought up last night during the Lou Dobbs Independent Convention, which TVNewser attended (more on that later). Also on CNN, during Sunday’s Reliable Sources, correspondent Lola Ogunnaike was making a point about a bikini-wearing, gun-toting Palin — an image that was photoshopped.

• Then there’s this video sent by an emailer yesterday, of Donny Deutsch putting on his advertising exec hat while dissecting the Palin choice. Duetsch was making the point that some Palin supporters are concluding, “‘I want her laying in bed next to me.’”

Check it out:

So, what do you think?

Regarding Sarah Palin…
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Burnett This Year’s Biz News Hot List-er

burnett_7-21.JPGAnother year, another business news anchor making The Hot List.

CNBC anchor Erin Burnett continues to make media headlines, as TV Week names her to its Hot List for 2008.

Burnett was the only TV news personality on the list.

“Part of it is she’s really genuine in liking what she does. That’s thing No. 1,” said SVP Jonathan Wald. “Thing No. 2 is she thinks like a producer, and I think that’s helpful for talent.”

Last year, FBN’s Alexis Glick was the only TV news anchor to make the list.

CNN American Morning pop culture correspondent Lola Ogunnaike is a runner-up (“On the Horizon”) this year.

“Black in America” Packs Time Warner Center

obrien_7-16b.JPGThe 10th floor theater at the Time Warner Center was packed with hundreds of guests last night for a preview of CNN’s new Black in America series — so much so, two overflow rooms were needed.

Before the crowds watched a 30-minute preview of three upcoming specials, Time Warner chairman Dick Parsons addressed the audience. “I think they had an ulterior motive asking me here, but I can’t figure out what it is, other than that I’m black in America,” he joked.

“It’s time to start looking at things in a new prism,” he said about the documentaries.

Angela Burt-Murray, Essence editor-in-chief called the project the most “comprehensive” in media history and O’Brien called the 18-months of work, a “labor of love.”

“We needed to get our facts right but we needed to get our stories right too,” she said. “Two very different things.”

At a reception following the screening, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein told TVNewser Black in America is getting high marks at its screenings and through an email campaign. “You can’t force people to do it. It was organic,” he said. “Viewers are responding to it. It’s been surprising and encouraging.”

A glance at the storylines, who was there, and more, after the jump…

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