Jenni Carlson
Sports 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.

Jenni Carlson Sat, Aug. 29 2015 04:28:17 PM CST Former #OKState starter
Jenni Carlson Sat, Aug. 29 2015 02:08:39 PM CST @malcolm_moran What a reminder that we aren't the story. The games and their participants are.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Aug. 29 2015 02:07:14 PM CST RT @MrMichaelLee: On 10th anniversary of #Katrina, my 2005 story on #hornets holding first training camp in OKC after storm:…
Jenni Carlson Fri, Aug. 28 2015 04:01:18 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: .@JenniCarlson_OK @BerryTramel on which position is in the crosshairs for the #sooners: http://t.c
Jenni Carlson Fri, Aug. 28 2015 03:15:34 PM CST RT @jjhelsley: If you missed this earlier, don't miss it now
Jenni Carlson Wed, Aug. 26 2015 04:12:38 PM CST Former #OKState standout @Tiffany_Bias right behind the President.
Jenni Carlson Wed, Aug. 26 2015 08:53:38 AM CST READ THIS: Local coach jumps in to try to help save Oklahoma Labor Commissioner.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Aug. 25 2015 10:04:30 AM CST Just a little something we've been working on. #forceawakens #airraid #comingsunday
Jenni Carlson Mon, Aug. 24 2015 11:58:21 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: BREAKING: Baker Mayfield wins OU starting quarterback battle: (via @ryaber) #sooners…
Jenni Carlson Mon, Aug. 24 2015 11:54:25 AM CST Our guy @ryaber with the scoop of the preseason in our state. Great work! Baker Mayfield is the guy at OU.
Jenni Carlson Mon, Aug. 24 2015 11:52:32 AM CST RT @ryaber: BREAKING: Source: Baker Mayfield to be named #Sooners starting QB #NewsOKSports
Jenni Carlson Mon, Aug. 24 2015 11:32:13 AM CST RT @ErikHorneOK: #newsoksports
Jenni Carlson Mon, Aug. 24 2015 10:38:20 AM CST RT @anthonyVslater: ICYMI- How Billy Donovan built Florida hoops into a national power:
Jenni Carlson Mon, Aug. 24 2015 10:09:30 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: From @berrytramel: Art Briles will likely survive Baylor ordeal, but next coach won't:
Jenni Carlson Sun, Aug. 23 2015 09:42:11 AM CST You never know what people around you are enduring. Meet an athlete enjoying great success while war rages at home.
Jenni Carlson Fri, Aug. 21 2015 06:38:01 AM CST Looks like football might be in the Stoops genes. Whodathunk it? #Sooners
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 20 2015 09:11:53 AM CST Did former #Sooners star Adrian Peterson learn anything this past year? Sure doesn't sound like it:
Jenni Carlson Wed, Aug. 19 2015 11:14:11 AM CST RT @jacobunruh: OKC-area coaches: Don't forget today is our annual fall sports media day at McGuinness' gym. 3:30-7:30 #OKPreps
Jenni Carlson Mon, Aug. 17 2015 07:42:02 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: ICYMI: New Thunder podcast with Billy Donovan -
Jenni Carlson Mon, Aug. 17 2015 11:17:05 AM CST ICYMI: A college football assistant and his teenage daughter find a way to bond -- doing a triathlon together.