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  • Whitney Wofford wanted to reach out and touch someone

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Wofford wasn’t the most recognizable athlete at Sooners for N7, an event done recently by OU athletes to promote healthy, active lifestyles to Native American kids. Trevor Knight was there. So were Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins. Everyone knows who they are and what they do.

  • Another year in OSU orange would be good for Le'Bryan Nash

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    He was widely expected to be a one-and-done player. He’d spend a year in orange, star for the Cowboys, then bolt for the NBA.

  • Oklahoma football: Saturday wasn't Trevor Knight's best day, but he and the Sooners will be fine

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    For starters, Trevor Knight was playing with a ton of unproven playmakers Saturday. Receiver extraordinaire Sterling Shepard was sidelined by injury. Ditto for Durron Neal, the only other returning pass catcher who had more than a hundred yards last season.

  • Oklahoma football: Why Zack Sanchez is a symbol of the Sooners' defense

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Frankly, as the Sooners conclude spring football on Saturday and point toward the fall, no one better embodies the big-play potential of this defense.

  • Father Time might find it tough catching Adrian Peterson

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Peterson has suffered a litany of injuries as a college and NFL running back. But an incredible work ethic keeps the former Sooner churning out yards for the Vikings.

  • Minnesota Vikings RB and former Oklahoma football star Adrian Peterson says college players deserve to be paid

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Former Oklahoma superstar and current Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson did a media conference call Wednesday afternoon that touched on lots of subjects. One of them was the debate raging over whether college football players should be paid.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Columnist Jenni Carlson will be on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., answering your questions on everything from the NCAA basketball tournament to the Thunder playoff picture. Get you questions in here.

  • Cowboy fans who snubbed Orange Blitz missed a good show

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    The Cowboys offered plenty of action with the new format — but only 2,500 was there to see it.

  • Oklahoma football: A look inside Cody Thomas' two-sport spring

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    While Cody Thomas is competing for OU’s backup quarterback job, he’s also trying to fight his way into the outfield rotation for Pete Hughes’ OU baseball team.

  • UCO’s Tyler Crabtree can take a pitch

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    EDMOND — Tyler Crabtree likes getting hits. What baseball player doesn’t? But he also doesn’t mind getting hit. A lot. Last season, he got hit by a pitch 41 times, tying an NCAA Division II single-season record. This season, the Central Oklahoma leadoff man isn’t on pace to break...


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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