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  • Collected Wisdom: Millwood tennis coach Jeremiah Ollison

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    Mention Ollison on the city's northeast side, and you'll quickly find people who have been impacted by him, primarily through tennis.

  • How David West improved as an NBA player and a person

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Most of us would jump at a seven-figure annual salary, but leaving nearly eight figures on the table? Who does that in pro sports? David West.

  • OU tennis: Spencer Papa's return to Oklahoma is another stepping stone on the path to his ultimate goal

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Papa is back in Oklahoma, where he first learned the game and where he now plays for OU. Not only is he one of the best players for one of the best college programs in the country, a team that starts its postseason run Friday at the Big 12 Championships in Stillwater, but he is also one of the...

  • Thunder: Where does Billy Donovan rank among rookie NBA coaches?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Every NBA coach starts out as a rookie NBA coach. The legends. The good ones. The also-rans. Each and every one of them had a first season in the league. So, who had the best ones?  I wrote about Thunder coach Billy Donovan's first season for Thursday's...

  • Thunder: How does Billy Donovan compare to other college-to-NBA head coaches?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Billy Donovan has been praised and criticized and everything in between this season. The NBA is tough like that. I wrote about the Thunder rookie coach's first season in the Thursday Oklahoman. You can read that column here: http://newsok.com/article/5494558. But by most accounts, Donovan...

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Get inside the mind of columnist Jenni Carlson about everything OU, OSU and the Thunder in the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Billy Donovan receives high praise, but the spotlight on the rookie coach is about to get brighter

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Yes, Donovan matched up against one of the most underrated coaches in the league in the first round, but Rick Carlisle — and pretty much every other NBA coach — pales in comparison to Gregg Popovich.

  • THUNDER BY THE NUMBERS

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    0: Leads for Dallas in Oklahoma City's four wins in this series. .526: Shooting percentage for Mavs in the first quarter — and they still trailed the Thunder by 11 points 6: Assists that Russell Westbrook fell short of becoming the first player in NBA history to have three consecutive...

  • Thunder-Spurs: Now comes the challenge

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Russell Westbrook got an early jump on the second round. Ditto for Serge Ibaka. With a few ticks still on the clock Monday night, they exited the floor. Headed toward the tunnel. Walked toward the locker room. Wanted no part of postgame handshakes after the way this series turned...

  • Taking life in stride, and the kids marathon one step at a time

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    At the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, examples of guts and grit are everywhere. But on Sunday, none was greater than the 8-year-old Luke Stafford with cerebral palsy doing the kids’ marathon.



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Jenni Carlson


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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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