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  • Readers share their letter jacket stories

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Numerous stories about letters and letter jackets came to The Oklahoman after a story last month about a lost letter jacket that had been found. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • How Val Gokey lost his Pawnee High letter jacket and found a path in life

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Val Gokey still remembers many details about the January afternoon that his letter jacket was swiped. A senior at Pawnee High School, he was working part-time for the school’s custodian. It had been snowing in the small town half an hour northeast of Stillwater, and Gokey helped shovel and sand...

  • OKC Memorial Marathon: It's snowing! Plan accordingly

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    It’s snowing, which apparently is becoming a thing in Oklahoma. I’m fine with this — except when it messes with my half-marathon training. I’ve said before that I don’t mind running in the cold. In fact, I prefer it. But snow and ice? I prefer to avoid that. But this weekend, avoiding it...

  • HS Basketball: Frontier rallying around its own once again

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

      Sometimes, we go looking for follow-ups on stories that we’ve done. Other times, the follow-up comes to us. I was lucky enough to get an email earlier this week from Velda Rocha. The subject of her email was “Update”, and I have to admit, before I opened the email, I wasn’t quite sure what...

  • Taylor Roberts is a shooting star for Classen Comets

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A sophomore at Classen School of Advanced Studies, Roberts is a scoring machine. She is averaging a state-best 36.1 points per game as the prep playoffs kick into high gear. Small schools will decide state qualifiers this week while the big schools begin regionals.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Time to put aside the handwringing and appreciate Russell Westbrook

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Since the start of the playoffs last spring, Westbrook has notched six triple-doubles. What this guy is doing is not only special but also historic.

  • Thunder notebook: Frank Vogel calls his former point guard D.J. Augustin 'great pick-up' for OKC

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    One person that knows D.J. Augustin well is Indiana coach Frank Vogel. Augustin played for him two seasons ago, serving as the backup point guard for a Pacers team that came within a game of the NBA Finals.

  • Thunder: Another face of Russell Westbrook

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    For more than a year, I’ve been getting notifications about Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook and his Why Not? Foundation doing various events around Oklahoma City. Holiday meals. Reading rooms. Unfortunately, the timing for me hasn’t worked for any of those previous events, and I’ve not...

  • Russell Westbrook is creating a lot of buzz inside and outside the classrooms

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Even as Westbrook hoped to inspire off the court, that reaction from the kids when he arrived was a reminder of what he’s doing on the court. The way he’s been playing is worthy of oohs and aahs.

  • OKC Memorial Marathon: Inspiration part of running gear

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    I always tell people that I hate to run but that I love to eat. Hate might be a strong word, but the truth is, I mostly run so that I can have a cookie or three and not be guilty about it. Staying at a healthy weight is important for me; I want to be […]


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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