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  • OKC Memorial Marathon: What I learned

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: 1 hr ago

    You learn a lot when you’re running a half marathon for the first time. I sure did Sunday morning. The half at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was my first, and even more, it was the farthest I’d ever run at one time. Ever. The longest training run that I did was a little over 10...

  • On Sunday, Liv Adams will be mindful of another significant event — Operation Babylift

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Forty years ago this month, the United States evacuated orphans from war-torn Vietnam. They were babies, toddlers and children in overcrowded, impoverished orphanages. Liv Adams was one of them.

  • OKC Memorial Marathon: Let's talk about the finish line

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Let’s talk about the finish line. That was the subject line on an email that I got from my running muse, Amy Downs, the other day. And my first thought was probably your first thought — “The finish line? We haven’t even started!” But who are we kidding? We’ve all thought about finishing a race […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Join columnist Jenni Carlson for the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m, where she'll be talking Thunder coaching change, Buddy Hield, OSU football, Memorial Marathon and more. Get your questions in here.

  • The day Oklahoma weather almost caused Memorial Marathon's cancellation

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    As soon as Kari Watkins walked into the offices of the Oklahoma City National Memorial on marathon Sunday last year, she beelined for Colin Perry. He was the weatherman she hired only a year earlier to do pinpoint predictions for the race course. He had his laptop open, and the radar on the...

  • OKC Memorial Marathon: A big dose of inspiration

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    For runners in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, these days before the race are spent in psych-up mode. Yes, the challenge will be big, no matter what distance you are running. Sure, there will be struggles and pains and moments of “Why the heck did I pay good money to do this?” Why?...

  • Scott Brooks' tenure as Thunder coach had way more positives than negatives

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    From the very beginning, he connected with players. Young. Old. Stars. Reserves. Didn’t matter. Brooks had good relationships and great rapport with all of them. And that remained the same until the end.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks' five biggest strengths and weaknesses as a coach

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Scott Brooks went 338-207, made three appearances in the Western Conference Finals in the past four years and even took the team to the 2012 NBA Finals — but he could never get the Thunder over the hump to a title.

  • OKC Thunder: The Book on Brooks: Five strengths and weaknesses of Scott Brooks

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The Thunder fired Scott Brooks on Wednesday after nearly seven seasons as head coach. He went 338-207, made three appearances in the Western Conference Finals in the past four years and even took the team to the 2012 NBA Finals — but he could never get the Thunder over the hump to a title. Here’s...

  • Thunder: Here's a vote for Mark Jackson ... and a guy who you might not know much about

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    So, the Thunder has fired Scott Brooks. I’m not sure if it’s the right move or not. Frankly, how the next coach pans out will probably tell us if this was right move — and we won’t know the answer to that until this time next year. But there are a couple guys who I believe have […]



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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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