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 Today at 12:11 PM READ THIS: Blake Griffin is doing his best Russell Westbrook impersonation in the playoffs, via @BerryTramel. LINK
Jenni Carlson Today at 12:03 PM RT @NewsOKSports: 1,475 reasons why @ocustars Phil McSpadden is one of the best collegiate softball coaches ever: LINK vi…
Jenni Carlson Today at 11:03 AM RT @NewsOKSports: LIVE: We're talking #sooners with @ryaber on the Power Lunch chat. Join the conversation: LINK
Jenni Carlson Today at 10:27 AM RT @ryaber: Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Ryan Aber LINK
Jenni Carlson Today at 10:08 AM READ THIS: Want to know how a coach becomes the best in his biz? By always being unconventional. LINK
Jenni Carlson Today at 10:05 AM LISTEN TO THIS: All questions about the Billy Donovan hire answered by the Thunder Buddies. LINK
Jenni Carlson Mon, May. 04 2015 10:57:04 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Want to talk #okcthunder? Ask @anthonyVslater your Thunder questions right here ->> LINK
Jenni Carlson Sun, May. 03 2015 12:57:38 PM CST @geoff_calkins Jealous of you getting that series. Should be tons of fun. Grizz-Thunder again next year?
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 09:01:10 PM CST RT @BerryTramel: Is hiring Billy Donovan a risk? Aside from Gregg Popovich, Mike Krzyzewski, who isn't? LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 07:20:39 PM CST So, the Thunder gets a new coach, OU has the new softball HR leader and a tiger gets loose at the zoo. Just another Thursday in OKC.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 07:19:52 PM CST RT @OU_Softball: COLLEGE SOFTBALL HAS A NEW HOME RUN CHAMPION AND IT'S @LChamberlain44!!!!!
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 06:21:13 PM CST Want to know what @KDTrey5 thinks about Billy Donovan? @DarnellMayberry has you covered.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 06:18:41 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: Kevin Durant says he's "excited for the next step" in this Q&A with @DarnellMayberry: LINK LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 03:46:16 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Jordan Phillips has his own 'Blind Side' story LINK via @JenniCarlson_OK LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 02:26:51 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: Talking Billy Donovan LIVE with @DarnellMayberry @anthonyVslater @JenniCarlson_OK @BerryTramel @MikeSherman: LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 01:45:43 PM CST RT @ErikHorneOK: Bill Hader?
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 01:39:23 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: On the Thunder's hiring of Billy Donovan, a former assistant under Donovan says: "You're very fortunate, I can tell yo…
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 12:27:33 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: I'm already envisioning Serge Ibaka at Media Day: "Billy Donovan?...(looks around)...Billy Donovan?"…
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 12:24:20 PM CST RT @NewsOK: .@JenniCarlson_OK: Hiring Billy Donovan is a risk LINK #okcthunder LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Apr. 30 2015 12:17:19 PM CST RT @McMurphyESPN: UF will have new FB/hoop coaches same year for 1st time since Steve Spurrier, Lon Kruger (1990-91)