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  • Expect OSU's defense to give Texas fits

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    While some aspects of the offense seem extremely promising — Mason Rudolph and a bunch of his wide receivers look pretty salty — the certainties right now are on the defense.

  • The hockey executive who helped bring the NBA to OKC

    BY JENNI CARLSON Columnist | Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    10th Anniversary of the NBA in OKC: The story behind the forces that brought the Hornets to OKC

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. UTSA

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    Oklahoma State looks to sweep its nonconference slate with a win against UTSA. Follow The Oklahoman's live coverage from pregame to postgame.

  • OSU football: How a massive storm sent Vincent Taylor on a journey that ultimately led to OSU

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    STILLWATER — The tattoo covers the inside of Vincent Taylor's massive right forearm. Its design is plain. An outline of the state of Louisiana. A date on the bottom — 8-29-05. But the tattoo is as significant as it is simple. Louisiana was where the...

  • How Baker Mayfield can play himself into the Heisman Trophy race

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    PRESS ROW -- Baker Mayfield was outstanding against Tennessee last week, but is there even more success in store for the OU quarterback? Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson discuss in The Oklahoman studio.

  • Texas missed the boat in its AD search

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    BIG 12 UPDATE -- Turmoil at Texas. Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel discuss who the Horns should hire as next athletic director after the firing of Steve Patterson, and who they should have hired in the first place .

  • How a trip to Africa changed the Mustang cross country coach's life

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    BETHANY — Mike McGarry wonders occasionally about what the little boy would have been like. If he would've been tall or short. If he would've liked to play outside or stay indoors. If he would've been shy or outgoing. If only McGarry could've saved him. Five years have...

  • Power Lunch: Chat college football with columnist Jenni Carlson

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    Steve Patterson is out as Texas AD. OSU is back in the Top 25. OU's riding high after a win over Tennessee. Talk about college football's top stories with Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • How Mack Brown could ride to Texas' rescue

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Sounds like Texas may soon be in the market for a new athletic director. According to a report that came out of Austin on Monday morning, the school's president is strongly considering parting ways with Steve Patterson. Hasn't made a final decision, apparently, but is thinking seriously...

  • OU football notebook: Tavaris Jeffries' infant daughter gets heart transplant

    By Ryan Aber, Jenni Carlson and Jason Kersey | Published: Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    Former Oklahoma offensive lineman Tavaris Jeffries will always remember Saturday. Not because his alma mater won a double-overtime thriller at Tennessee, though. Saturday night, Jeffries' infant daughter received a long-awaited heart transplant. Only a few weeks after Taylor's birth in May,...


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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