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  • How Steven Adams' 'The Cable Guy' act saved the Thunder

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Do yourself a favor — go back and watch the Thunder big man from the start of the sequence until the end.

  • Frantic finish to Thunder-Spurs Game 2 ends with a couple on opposite sides of the outcome

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    Renee is a Thunder fan, Robert is a Spurs fan, and what the Oklahoma City couple witnessed in the final moments of Monday night's game left her cheering and him lamenting. But both were wondering what in the heck they'd just seen.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    From Staff Reports | Yesterday

    Join columnist Jenni Carlson to talk OU, OSU, the Thunder and more from the NBA playoffs in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • OU Football: Baker Mayfield busts a move ... again

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Baker Mayfield's moves are well documented. He's done the whip in front of his teammates. He's led the Dougie in the locker room at Tennessee. He's even danced (and lip-synced) to Katy Perry at a fundraiser in Norman.  So, of course, the Oklahoma quarterback had to take it to...

  • NFL Draft: Why Tyreek Hill has a chance to play pro football

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    We have become a show-don't-tell society. It isn't enough to describe something you saw; people want visual evidence.  Cute puppy? Horrible car accident? Some dude painted purple streaking through the streets of downtown? Video or it didn't happen, right? That's sure the case...

  • What they're saying about Thunder-Spurs Game 2

    By Jenni Carlson and Erik Horne Staff Writers | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Lang Whitaker, NBA.com (via Twitter): “Should have known Westbrook would have a big night when he couldn't attend the #MetGala and had to play.” TNT's Chris Webber on broadcast early in second quarter: “Only two assists on 10 shots for OKC. That's what gets them in trouble. It's almost like...

  • OKC Thunder: The Thunder's 98-97 win over the Spurs by the numbers

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    0: Points in the first quarter for Kawhi Leonard, who had 10 points in the first quarter of Game 1 when the Spurs built a lead that the Thunder could never overcome.  1: Time the Spurs have trailed at halftime in these playoffs. It happened in their sixth playoff game when the...

  • OU Football: So, who is this Otis Sullivant on Eric Striker's award?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Eric Striker was formally presented the Otis Sullivant Award on Monday afternoon. We found out recently that the former Oklahoma football standout had been named the winner of the university award. He made history in the process as the first athlete to receive the honor,...

  • What they're saying about Thunder-Spurs Game 1

    By Erik Horne and Jenni Carlson Staff Writers | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    ESPN NBA analyst P.J. Carlesimo: “A lot of times when we get ready to do a series we write down the rosters and say ‘OK, we're gonna talk about this guy.' When you get ready to do this series, you've gotta write 15 names and you've gotta write something on every one because there's a chance a...

  • 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.



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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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