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  • One great tale of Warren Spahn spawns even more

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    For many years, I’ve known the basic outline of why Warren Spahn made his home in Oklahoma — essentially, his wife was from here. That topic pops up every January with the arrival of the Spahn Award Gala, which was Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. Our man Mike Baldwin was...

  • Look at the numbers — Thunder defense is better when Kendrick Perkins is on the floor

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    The Thunder plays better defense when Perk is on the floor — that’s just not hyperbole; that’s factual — and not surprisingly, the Thunder also wins more games with him on the floor. This is going to blow the minds of some of the Perk detractors out there, but the numbers don’t lie.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: What's a realistic move we could see OKC make before the trade deadline?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    The Thunder is at a bit of a crossroads, sitting at 18-19, on the outside of the playoffs looking in and needing to play far better in the second half. So this seems as good a time as any to check in with one of our occasional roundtables.

  • How Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn came to make his home in Oklahoma

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    The story goes that Warren Spahn settled near Hartshorne because his wife was from Oklahoma — and that’s true. But that’s not the whole story. The rest of the tale includes a random reunion with a childhood chum, a couple of gal pals from Tulsa and a bit of sage advice from one of those women. To...

  • Oregon vs. Ohio State: The Oklahoman's national championship game picks

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s writers make their score and headline predictions for Monday’s national championship game between Ohio State and Oregon.

  • How the Southmoore basketball program's Rett syndrome awareness fundraiser got started

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    How did the Southmoore basketball team end up starting to Go Purple Games to raise awareness for Rett syndrome, which occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to severe impairments in everything from walking, talking, eating and even breathing? The answer lies in Bartlesville, a freshman...

  • Thunder plays dogged defense late in win over Jazz

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    On a night everyone will be buzzing about Kevin Durant’s fourth quarter and Dion Waiters’ late three, this game actually turned when the Thunder decided to quit messing around and lock down on defense.

  • Oklahoma State athletics: Voice of the Cowboys, Larry Reece, has throat cancer

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    He met Wednesday with Michael Confer, a Stillwater native and doctor at ProCure Proton Therapy in Oklahoma City. There, Reece will undergo seven weeks of radiation on the tumor and the lymph nodes in his neck while also receiving chemotherapy once a week.

  • Christian Osterhout is going to the Super Bowl

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    The senior linebacker from Crossings Christian School has won the NFL’s “Together We Make Football” contest. After nearly two months of online voting, he emerged at the top and won a trip to the Super Bowl next month in Arizona.

  • A college football power in Dallas-Fort Worth? Fear the Frogs

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    This bowl season has been many things in the Big 12, but as much as anything, it’s been a wake-up call. TCU is for real.


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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