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  • Now is Kevin Durant's chance to remind us just how good he is

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Starting Saturday night against Dallas, he can make us appreciate his greatness. Continuing as long as the Thunder remains in the playoffs, he can show us that he is better than ever.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: NBA Playoff preview

    Anthony Slater,Jenni Carlson,Erik Horne,Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your...

  • Which Thunder team will we see in the playoffs?

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    On a night the Thunder beat down the Lakers 112-79, we said goodbye to the regular season. Yes, one game remains, a trip to San Antonio that is sure to be a jayvee affair. But next we see these guys play in this building the games will really count. The Jazz or the Grizzlies or the Mavericks or...

  • OU basketball: What they're saying about the Sooners' Final Four loss to Villanova

    By Jenni Carlson, Columnist, | Published: Sat, Apr 2, 2016

    HOUSTON — Here is a look at what players and coaches were saying after Villanova's 95-51 blowout of Oklahoma in the Final Four:  * Oklahoma guard Christian James: "We did not play together. We were static. We did not move the ball. We did not play defense together. They just wanted it...

  • OU basketball: Sooners coach Lon Kruger says 'they popped us...then they popped us again'

    By Jenni Carlson, Columnist, | Published: Sat, Apr 2, 2016

    HOUSTON — Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger led the Sooners back to the Final Four for the first time since 2002. But the journey came to a crashing end Saturday with a 95-51 loss to Villanova. Q: Your team has been so hot during the NCAA Tournament. What changed tonight? A: I...

  • Final Four: Hield's horrible night leaves a sweet career with a sour ending

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Updated: Sat, Apr 2, 2016

    HOUSTON — Buddy Hield got one final serenade from fans. After being whistled for a push-off offensive foul late in Saturday's smackdown, another frustration on a night of more frustrations than you could count, the Oklahoma superstar trudged toward the Villanova end of the court. He...

  • Will OU have problems shooting on an elevated floor at massive football stadium?

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    We'll know for sure Saturday night when OU faces Villanova in the national semifinal. But if insider reports from Thursday's closed practice and visual evidence from Friday's open practice is to believed, the Sooners sure seem comfortable on this stage.

  • Final Four: Stadium shooting by the numbers

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

      Playing the Final Four in a football stadium isn't a new phenomenon. The NCAA first put its premier basketball event in a football venue in 1971; it was held in the Astrodome, the building just across the sidewalk from NRG Stadium in Houston. And in the 80s, the Final Four in a...

  • OU at the Final Four: Sooners' freshman Christian James right at home in Houston

    By Jenni Carlson, Columnist, | Published: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Oklahoma freshman guard Christian James is home this week. The Houston native is playing in the Final Four only a few miles from his house and his high school. Q: What's it like not only being in the Final Four but also playing in it in Houston? A: I'm very excited. It's indescribable, an...

  • OU basketball: You know Lon Kruger, but do you know 'Slick'?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Late in Lon Kruger's press conference Friday, he was joined on the dais by his five starters. He probably wishes he hadn't been -- they got some dirt on their coach. A few minutes after the players arrived, the Oklahoma coach was asked about his college nickname -- "Slick." When the...


Jenni Carlson

Reporter and Columnist

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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