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  • NBA Playoffs picks: The Oklahoman's Thunder coverage team makes its predictions for every round

    Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    NBA PLAYOFFS — The San Antonio Spurs are the overwhelming consensus pick for the NBA championship by The Oklahoman’s Thunder coverage.

  • Why Oklahoma still feels like home to Duke star Jahlil Okafor

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    On Tuesday night, Jahlil Okafor returned to the state he called home until he was 9 to receive the Tisdale Award as the nation’s top freshman. Okafor’s basketball journey started in Moffett, Okla., where he lived until the death of his mother, a former Roland High School basketball standout who...

  • Rooting for the silver and black? Some in the Thunder camp will be.

    By Jenni Carlson | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    The Thunder needs to beat Minnesota on Wednesday night — and it needs the Spurs to take down the Pelicans for Oklahoma City to qualify for the playoffs.

  • OKC Marathon: Cool my heels? Do I have to?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    So, training for the half marathon is going great. Or was going great. Frankly, I’m not really sure if I should use present or past tense on this. Let me explain. As many of you know, I’m training for the half marathon at this year’s Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The race is on April 26, […]

  • Don White was anything but obscure to the Southwest Covenant community

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    You may never have heard of White, who’s best known as Dan Bailey’s coach, but you will want to know about him. That’s because he’s like many unheralded coaches, men and women who stand on the fence, reach down to kids, then work like crazy to pull them up and put them down on the other side. On...

  • Of this I'm sure: Caleb Spady was there to welcome Lauren Hill

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    The sports world is mourning the death of Lauren Hill today. And rightfully so. Hill is the basketball player who was diagnosed a year ago with an inoperable brain tumor that she knew would eventually kill her. But more than anything, she wanted to live during the time she had left. So, she and...

  • Saving his life was Chris Watson's biggest challenge, not winning a national wrestling championship

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Less than two weeks after winning a national championship, Watson was being prepped for surgery. He had a condition so serious that he wouldn’t have wrestled nationals had doctors found it beforehand. He had an issue so rare that his surgeons had never done the procedure that they decided to...

  • Thunder: Helping a Spurs fan celebrate a cancer triumph, realize a dream

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Conner Davey got the best news in the world last week — he is cancer free for the first time in two years. The second-best news came Monday night. He’s going to the Spurs game. You might remember Conner. I wrote about him last summer after the Spurs bounced the Thunder from the Western...

  • OU vs. OSU baseball: Who has the edge in Bedlam?

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    BEDLAM BASEBALL -- It's the first edition of OU vs. OSU baseball this season. Who has the edge on Tuesday night? Jenni Carlson and John Helsley break down Bedlam and the Big 12 baseball outlook.

  • Duke vs. Wisconsin: The Oklahoman writers make their NCAA Championship picks

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    NCAA TOURNAMENT -- Who wins the men's NCAA basketball championship Monday night? Jenni Carlson, Berry Tramel, Ryan Aber and John Helsley give their title game picks and review the weekend's semifinals.



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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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