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  • The story behind Florida's sunflowers at the Women's College World Series

    By Jenni Carlson | Updated: 1 hr ago

    On a night that the Women’s College World Series held its annual Strike Out Cancer night — and Florida beat Michigan 3-2 in the first game of the best-of-3 championship series — pink was a popular color at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. It is the color of breast cancer awareness. But for the Gators,...

  • Live Coverage: Women's College World Series

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    It's Florida vs. Michigan for the Women's College World Series championship. Follow The Oklahoman's live coverage for scores and updates from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

  • College softball: Changes afoot at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Renovations spanning the better part of a decade, costing millions of dollars and aiming to keep the WCWS in Oklahoma City into the 2030s are in full swing.

  • Collected Wisdom: Mike Davenport, North Georgia softball coach

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Guthrie High alum spent a year as a student assistant with the Oklahoma State baseball team and then head coach Gary Ward

  • Best Oklahoma mascots

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Capitol Hill has joined the ranks of high schools in Oklahoma with nicknames that are unique. More than 70 high schools in the state have a mascot that is used by only them in the state. We don’t have a corner on uniqueness, of course. Poca, W. Va., is named the Dots, and Frankfort, Ind., is...

  • Redskins removal: Introducing the Capitol Hill Red Wolves

    By Jenni Carlson | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    COMMENTARY — An Oklahoma City high school opts for Red Wolves over the Guardians. Not entirely unique to Oklahoma, but unique enough.

  • OU Women's Basketball: Britney Brown goes from Sooner crimson to Husker red

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    A proud papa sent me an email Thursday morning. Richard Brown lives in Norman, but I regularly see him on football fields around the Big 12. So do you. He is a football referee who has worked college games as an umpire for two decades. Richard is also the father of Britney Brown, who was a […]

  • Changing the Capitol Hill mascot is more than a cost

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    On Friday, the district will announce the new mascot at Capitol Hill High School. Redskins is out. Either Guardians or Red Wolves will be in. And once the change is announced during a school assembly, the transition will be in full swing.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Perry Jones' season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, discussing Perry Jones’ season.

  • OU football: Were Keith Ford and other recent departures addition by subtraction or a troubling trend?

    From The Oklahoman Staff | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    PRESS ROW -- The Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson weigh in on recent OU player departures, the Thunder's NBA Draft position, Russell Westbrook's NBA Lottery outfit, favorite rainy day activities and the Big 12 baseball tournament's move to Tulsa.


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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