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  • OKC Thunder: What we'll learn at Golden State on 'Super Ball Saturday'

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    All eyes will be on the Bay Area come Super Bowl Sunday. But Super Ball Saturday will be a must-see event, too. It is time for Thunder-Warriors, and frankly, the Super Bowl couldn't have a better warm-up act on the banks of the bay. Two talented teams. Lots of superstars. Tons...

  • Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings

    Berry Tramel, Jenni Carlson, John Helsley | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Oklahomans who have won Super Bowl rings share their stories with The Oklahoman.

  • National Signing Day: Why Chandler's Mason Myers chose a college coach just like his father

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    CHANDLER — Family and friends, coaches and teammates surrounded Mason Myers as he sat inside the library at Chandler High School. A smile rarely left his face. And yet, there was also sadness on Wednesday morning. On the day he signed a national letter of intent to play...

  • Will Horns' haul translate into wins and Big 12 championships?

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Charlie Strong had been talking for nearly an hour during his National Signing Day press conference when the question he'd been expecting finally came. Do you have enough talent now to win the Big 12? "I knew that was coming," the Texas coach said. He chuckled. "We'll put it...

  • OU Football: The fallout from losing two defensive tackles to Texas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Texas won a couple Red River recruiting battles with Oklahoma on Wednesday, signing four-star defensive tackles Chris Daniels of Euless Trinity and Marcel Southall of Duncanville (Texas). Daniels has previously committed to Oklahoma. Southall had visited OU and Miami. In this video with The...

  • OU Football: Could the Sooners' signing day surprise contribute immediately?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    National Signing Day started off with a Sooner surprise when four-star receiver Mykel Jones of Patterson (La.) High School signed with Oklahoma. Jones (6-0, 180 pounds) visited Alabama and Tennessee before cancelling a trip to Ole Miss last weekend in favor of a Norman visit. "He's a major...

  • For the first time in years, Signing Day in Oklahoma carries Bedlam suspense

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    When signing day dawns Wednesday, there will be several big names with local ties who have yet to announce their choices.

  • How technology shifted the recruiting sands and left parents on an island

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Imagine if your kid was talking to a stranger on the phone or on social media — and you had no idea who the person even was. Stuff like that makes most everyone squeamish. But that's seen as normal nowadays in recruiting.

  • As much as Cody Thomas loves football, baseball has always had his heart

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    In his first extended interview since he announced his move from football to baseball and left the Sooners extremely thin at quarterback this spring, Thomas indicated that his decision was based on several factors. None had anything to do with being disgruntled about football.

  • If your kid plays sports, you need to read this

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Parents hate seeing their kids hurt. I know from experience. I nearly melt any time my 3-year-old starts wailing about something hurting. But what if your child is hurt and you don't realize it? That will be one of the topics discussed Saturday afternoon at Belle Isle...


Jenni Carlson

Reporter and Columnist

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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