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  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why LeBron James' decision shows that OKC fans should embrace Kevin Durant's loyalty

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Kevin Durant throws up the Hook ’Em Horns hand signal, and Oklahomans groan. He gets away with it because, hey, he’s Kevin Durant, but most Thunder fans would just as soon he knock it off. Plenty of them cheer for the Sooners or the Cowboys, too, and those Longhorns are no-good so-and-sos....

  • U.S. Senior Open: Scene and heard at Oak Tree National

    BY JENNI CARLSON AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Mary Dominick and Marne Smith got lots of double-takes Thursday. That’s because they had people seeing double on the 18th hole at Oak Tree National. They are twins, and except for Marne’s glasses being thicker than Mary’s, they are nearly impossible to tell apart.

  • U.S. Senior Open: On 25-hour notice, Bill Breen plays in his first U.S. Open

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Nashville resident Bill Breen played in one of the senior open’s sectional qualifiers but didn’t earn one of the two spots in this week’s tournament. He finished as the first alternate, and he never imagined just how last minute the call to play would come.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Jenni Carlson is on the course at Oak Tree National for the U.S. Senior Open, but she's also talking Thunder free agency, LeBron James and more on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • U.S. Senior Open: Gene Sauers lucky to be playing

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    COMMENTARY — A rare disease that was killing his skin cells sidelined the golfer for a while, but now he’s back on the course and ready to play Oak Tree National this week.

  • U.S. Senior Open: Scene and Heard around Oak Tree National

    BY MIKE BALDWIN AND JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writers | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Wednesday’s rain shouldn’t affect play at the tournament, which begins Thursday.

  • U.S. Senior Open: A special day for Mark Gardiner

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Military Appreciation Day at Oak Tree National had special significance for Gardiner, who qualified for this week’s tournament after retiring from the Air Force.

  • U.S. Senior Open: Scott Verplank turns 50 at just the right time

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Edmond resident’s first golf tournament on the senior tour will be this week’s U.S. Senior Open on his home course, Oak Tree National.

  • U.S. Senior Open: Looking for someone to root for? Esteban Toledo is your guy

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    No player has come further or overcome more. No player appreciates — genuinely appreciates — where he is any more than Toledo.

  • Why Foster Riley thanks the Boys & Girls Club for changing his path in life

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Foster Riley wrestled and played basketball the past four years for Northwest Classen. Earlier this spring, he graduated high school. Later this summer, he will report for basic training in the Army. And none of that would’ve happened without the Boys & Girls Club. When Riley heard that a...


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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