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.



Top Stories


  • The Goads are among many local Dodger fans will head to The Brick next summer

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    We don’t know who will manage. We don’t know who will play. But this much we know: Dodger fans living in the Oklahoma City area are feeling taller than the HOLLYWOOD sign right now. Their team’s farm club is coming to town.

  • Oklahomans who bleed Dodger blue

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Dodgertown East With the Dodgers formally announcing they were moving their Triple-A affiliate to Oklahoma City, we put out the all-call for Dodgers fans in Oklahoma City. We asked for their stories of Dodger fandom, and they came out in force. Dozens of calls and emails came pouring in from Oklahomans who bleed Dodger blue. Here are a few of our favorites: Richard Wylie, Norman “I was raised on a small farm in Southeast Kansas. I have been a Dodger fan since 1955. I was 7 years old. I don’t know why, but after Johnny Podres and Duke Snider and the Dodgers beat the Yankees in the World Series for the first time, I was hooked. “In 1959, my aunt and uncle who were Cardinal fans took me to St. Louis to

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson at H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Jenni Carlson is chatting live from H&H Shooting Sports, answering your questions on the Sooners, Cowboys and the Dodgers taking over the RedHawks. Get your questions in for 11 a.m.

  • NFL takes a licking, but it just keeps on ticking

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    After a week that left more questions than answers, this we know with certainty — the NFL brand is scandal proof.

  • Oklahoma State football: On a weird night for Cowboy quarterbacks, OSU cruises past UTSA

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Mike Gundy says his offense was flat. But for his first start, Daxx Garman seemed effective enough, limited as much by playcalling as anything else.

  • OSU football: Cowboys' defense shuts down UTSA on third down

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    OSU 43, UTSA 13 — Cowboys quarterback Daxx Garman’s completion percentage may not be all that great, but he’s protecting the football and picking up big yards on the throws he does complete.

  • OSU football report card: Mixed grades on a mixed night for the Cowboys

    jenni carlson | Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    OSU 43, UTSA 13 — The Cowboys defense played quite well vs. UT-San Antonio, but there was a little left to be desired with OSU’s offense. The playcalling and offensive line were a little suspect.

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. UT-San Antonio

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Daxx Garman gets the start and Oklahoma State looks for consecutive wins as it welcomes UTSA to Stillwater. Follow our live coverage from pregame to postgame with The Oklahoman sports team.

  • OSU football: Cowboys need to be on guard vs. upstart Texas-San Antonio

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    UTSA could be angling to become the next Boise State, the upstart that no big-boy program wants any part of but then becomes a big-boy program itself. Still, if you want to be the next Boise State, you have to beat teams from the major conferences, and that’s something UTSA hasn’t done.

  • College football's quarterbacks are on the run

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Using a running quarterback in your offense is a risky proposition. But despite the injury risk, signal-callers are on the run more and more in today’s wide-open offenses.

  • Oklahoma football: Why the university got it right in its handling of Frank Shannon and Joe Mixon

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    As the NFL draws even more scrutiny for its handling of the Ray Rice incident, it is clear that OU comes out looking like it did the right thing in the Frank Shannon and Joe Mixon cases.

  • Live Coverage: Mike Gundy's Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy addresses the media in his weekly press conference at 1 p.m. Watch the conference and follow the live coverage with John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson, Jenni Carlson and more from Stillwater.

  • Oklahoma State football: Daxx Garman should be the Cowboy starter

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    COMMENTARY — It will be hard to replace a guy who is Oklahoma State’s team leader. But from what we saw Saturday against Missouri State, Daxx Garman should take over for J.W. Walsh as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback.

  • OSU football report card: Daxx Garman, Cowboys' receivers get high marks

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    OSU 40, Missouri State 23 — There was a little bit of a letdown coming off the valliant Week 1 effort vs. Florida State, but Oklahoma State made enough plays on Saturday to dispatch Missouri State as it should have.

  • OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys become 2nd team in NCAA history to block punt, FG and PAT

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State’s 40-23 win over Missouri State by the numbers: 1: Punt by Oklahoma State in its 40-23 victory against Missouri State. It didn’t come until the Cowboys’ final possession with less than two minutes remaining in the game. 2: OSU became only the second team in NCAA history to block a field goal, an extra point and a punt in a game. Oregon State is the other, achieving the special special-teams mark against Southern Cal in 1996. 5: Years since quarterback Daxx Garman played in a football game, dating back to his high school days at Jones. 6: Field goal attempts by Ben Grogan, tying the school record for most in a game. He only made four of them, though, missing from 51 and 46

  • Collected Wisdom: Marcus Nash, former NFL and Tennessee receiver

    INTERVIEWED BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Former Edmond Memorial and Tulsa Washington receiver Marcus Nash caught passes from Peyton Manning at Tennessee, helped the Vols become known as Wide Receiver U., then was a first-round draft pick in the NFL.

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Oklahoma State seeks its first win of the season as it welcomes Missouri State to Stillwater. Follow our live coverage with John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson, Jenni Carlson and more from The Oklahoman sports team.

  • OSU football: Jordan Sterns, other Cowboys youngsters finally getting their chance inside Boone Pickens Stadium

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Many an orange blood sees this game against Missouri State as a nothingburger home opener, and after last week’s thriller against Florida State, it’s easy to understand the comedown. But there are a bunch of guys like Jordan Sterns on the OSU roster who feel differently.

  • What do we think of Wes Welker now?

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The former Heritage Hall standout will miss the Broncos’ first four games this season because of a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. But the cloud of his violation doesn’t overshadow all the good that he has done and will continue to do in Oklahoma City.

  • Glenn Spencer says Oklahoma State 'D' hasn't accomplished anything yet

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    But whether Spencer likes it or loathes it, that 37-31 loss to Florida State was a win for the OSU defense. A win for Spencer, too.




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Jenni Carlson Sun, Sep. 14 2014 10:27:53 PM CST Don't the Bears have some guys being held together by twine and duct tape? This is a heck of a rally ...
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 09:01:06 PM CST Long play-action. Run up middle. Run around right edge. Pass over the middle. Run up middle. That's how you mix it up.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:59:39 PM CST What's this? A run around the edge? And it worked. I'm shocked. #sarcasm
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:57:33 PM CST OK, Mike Yurcich. Up the gut or a 50-yard bomb? Whatcha got?
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:38:48 PM CST Kip Smith's really good day goes sideways. Literally. Shank. 16-yard punt.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:38:12 PM CST Again with the playcalling. Three consecutive Roland runs up the gut. Huh?
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:35:29 PM CST @quickjwhit True. Though the drive with the drops still ended with a TD, so he eventually got the yards.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:29:23 PM CST Just looking at the stats, and realized Garman is only 9 of 22 but he has 210 yards. Hasn't hit that many, but when he does? Big yards.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:27:14 PM CST UTSA with a QB draw, and 24 yards later, a TD. OSU's lead now 27-10.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:21:07 PM CST #OKState's offensive mix has been weird tonight. Sometimes, it's pretty good. But much of the time, it's all run or all pass. Weird.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:12:36 PM CST Was hopin' someone got a shot of that sunset. Awesome. RT @Doafhat: Sunset in Orange Country. #okstate LINK
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:10:28 PM CST A 24-yard field goal by Grogan pushes #OKState's lead to 27-3 with 10:48 left in the third.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:41:46 PM CST And that's the end of the first half. #OKState up 24-3.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:40:18 PM CST 47-yard attempt by Ben Grogan ... and it's good. Hit the upright and fell through. Of course!
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:39:15 PM CST Chris Lacy doing work to make up for that previous drop. Catch over the middle and hit immediately in the ribs. #ouch
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:35:26 PM CST @kristyblosch So, I'm not alone?
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:32:23 PM CST #OKState using a lot of "Turned Down For What" when the D is on the field. Starting to wear on me ... #getoffmylawnwhileyoureatit
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:29:41 PM CST @osu_shepherd How much you like my tweets is directly related to how well your team is playing. It's up to them! #justsayin'
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:28:27 PM CST Big-time throw, big-time catch. Cowboys up 21-3.