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  • OSU Report Card: Jenni Carlson's grades from the Cowboys' win against Kansas State

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    A dramatic 36-34 victory against Kansas State had its rocky moments, but you don't knock off a Bill Snyder-coached team without having some good performances. The grades reflect that. Mason Rudolph: A What a stellar bounce back for the Cowboy quarterback. A week after hand numbness and his...

  • OSU Football: Ben Grogan delivers a second straight winning kick to down Kansas State

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    STILLWATER – Mike Gundy doesn't get Ben Grogan. Truth be told, the Oklahoma State coach has never really been able to figure out kickers in his three decades coaching college football. What makes them tick? How they do what they do? He can't get a handle on any of it. Why would Grogan be any...

  • OSU football: A look at the Cowboys' 36-34 win over Kansas State by the numbers

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State's 36-34 win over Kansas State by the numbers: 3: Consecutive Big 12 games that have been won by the Cowboys on a Ben Grogan field goal. 4: 5-0 starts for Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy. In the 103 seasons of football before Gundy became coach in 2005, the...

  • Live Coverage: OSU vs. Kansas State

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Will the Cowboys offense regain its rhythm against the wounded Wildcats?

  • OSU fans will still hold their breath every time Ben Grogan puts leather to pigskin

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    If there's one thing we've learned about Grogan in his two-plus years as the Cowboy kicker, it's this — the yips are always lurking.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Got questions, comments or concerns about OU, OSU, the Thunder or high schools? Submit them to Jenni Carlson during her 11 a.m. chat.

  • Sunny Golloway: The train wreck you can't look away from

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    In a state where sports provides an array of interesting characters, none has been any more fascinating over the past couple decades than this guy.

  • Will OSU's quarterback shuffle at Texas mess with Mason Rudolph's head?

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    STILLWATER — Mason Rudolph shook his head as his offense went on the field but he stayed on the sideline. There could've been any number of reasons why the Oklahoma State quarterback was doing that, a moment caught by TV cameras in the fourth quarter Saturday at...

  • Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden treasures time spent with his friends

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Even though the golf course was nearly pitch black, the sunset already long since passed, Brandon Weeden wasn't about to let that end the day. The iPhones came out. On a golf trip with some of his closest friends, Weeden wanted to finish the last hole of the last round. The guys...

  • OSU football: Our picks, headline predictions for Saturday's matchup vs. Texas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Here is a look at our headlines and predictions for Saturday's game between Oklahoma State and Texas: JENNI CARLSON, Columnist OSU 37, OSU 20 LISTEN UP! Heard slowed by OSU D as Cowboys make big statement in Austin KYLE FREDRICKSON, OSU writer OSU 31, Texas 28 BIG BEN...


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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