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  • Micha Hancock looks completely at home for NCAA Volleyball Championships

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    The former Edmond Memorial star hopes to lead Penn State to a second consecutive national championship.

  • HS football: A little something to restore your faith in humanity

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of writing about Team Roberts. It was the story of Crossings Christian linebacker Christian Osterhout and how he became part of coach Chris Roberts’ family after both of his parents died within a couple years of each other. Their story was so inspiring that the...

  • For many Capitol Hill alumni, the nickname Redskins is a point of pride, not derision.

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    For the better part of nine decades, youngsters on the south side of the city couldn’t wait to go to Capitol Hill. The school was among the area’s best both athletically and academically, and everything about it was a source of pride. That includes the mascot and the nickname that the Oklahoma...

  • Why Oklahoma City Public Schools chose now to do away with the Redskins nickname

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    School board member Justin Ellis, who made the motion to scrap the mascot at last week’s meeting, explains that the issue was brought up early this year. That prompted board members to start researching the nickname’s history and talking to constituents about their feelings.

  • How other schools have handled changing their nicknames

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    NSU and Southeastern Oklahoma State both changed their nicknames in 2006 after the NCAA informed the schools they would not be allowed to host future playoff events if their “hostile and abusive” reference to American Indian culture was not changed. SEOSU went from “Savages” to “Savage Storm.”

  • OSU football: Tyreek Hill has no place in the OSU football program

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    COMMENTARY — In less than a week, Oklahoma State speedster Tyreek Hill has gone from a Bedlam hero to no longer being on the football and track teams. Hill was arrested Thursday and charged Friday with a felony count of domestic assault and battery by strangulation. He allegedly punched his...

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    The high school playoffs carry on. The Thunder winning streak does as well. Bowl season is near. What's next for Tyreek Hill? Send in your questions to Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • OSSAA has a huge mess on its hands

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    If Ed Sheakley and Mike Whaley were listening, they will return to OSSAA headquarters with an edict — no more making up things as they go.

  • It's time for the OSSAA to consider some changes to help officials

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    No system will alleviate all issues with officials, but there are some things they could do to improve things.

  • The #Healthy65 Holiday Challenge, Day 29/65, Week 5/10: Catching up with Jenni's Sugarfree Mondays

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    My sweet tooth isn’t as demanding as I thought. A few weeks ago, we launched a newsroom initiative to get healthy during the holidays. Sparked by news writer Juliana Keeping and called Healthy 65, we are attempting to do one healthy thing every day. Could be something small. Could be something...


Jenni Carlson


Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football games. Her mom kept the scorebook during baseball games and yelled her head off no matter the sport. They passed along that passion to Carlson and her two younger brothers.

Carlson played golf in high school and planned to play in college, but when she started at the University of Kansas, she decided to focus her attention on journalism. It’s a decision that she’s never regretted.

Her first big story was a profile on Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams for the yearbook, and Carlson has enjoyed interviewing sports figures and sharing their stories every since.
Carlson is a 1997 graduate of Kansas. She and her husband, Ryan, were married in 2009 and live in Oklahoma City. They welcomed their first child, Millie, in June 2012. Carlson was the president of the Association for Women in Sports Media from 2008-10 and chair of the board from 2010-12.

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