Jenni Carlson
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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Jenni Carlson Today at 10:23 AM Gee, there's actually a slight chill in the air. At 10:23 a.m. That is a huge deal in Oklahoma in August.
Jenni Carlson Today at 9:39 AM Sitting outside to work this morning. Thank goodness for some cooler temps.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:43:35 PM CST The 2-year-old sees my laptop open and says, "No work. I want it shut. Shut it!" OK, OK ...
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:43:06 PM CST Kevin Sumlin may cartwheel into the locker room. A good quarterback with no antics.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:41:57 PM CST Is A&M over 400 yards in the first half? The Ags are close.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:40:37 PM CST Boy, these SEC defenses are super fantastic. #sarcasm
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:10:20 PM CST @theBrookeHaney Does @TravHaneyESPN really get paid for his stuff? Clearly it's coming from you! :)
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:09:50 PM CST @KaseyBlev Indeed. More first-world problems: the HD keeps freezing so I'm HAVING to watch the regular def. Pfft.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 06:09:00 PM CST There's that A&M defense that we know and love.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 05:13:58 PM CST Gotta go get the kiddo. Don't let anything happen while I'm gone.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 05:12:51 PM CST RT @Andy_Staples: And Texas A&M's hasn't even taken the field yet. RT @_Sports_Dude_: lol at SEC defenses
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 05:12:08 PM CST Now, can A&M's defense get some stops? To me, the D's the big Q.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 05:11:42 PM CST @HeismanPundit Not that it matters!
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 05:11:13 PM CST @HeismanPundit I thought so, too. I didn't see his knee down at all.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 05:10:38 PM CST Touchdown? Who said it was a touchdown? Not me ... ;)
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 05:10:10 PM CST @alanreininger Yes.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 05:09:17 PM CST Touch. Down.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 05:08:26 PM CST RT @davidubben: Clowney was a total nonfactor on that drive. Don't think I heard his name once. Overrated?
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 05:08:13 PM CST @YahooForde You JUST beat me to it! Ha.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 28 2014 05:07:54 PM CST Who needs Johnny Manziel?