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.
staff reports | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015
Jenni Carlson, columnist for The Oklahoman, answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat. Thunder heavy and even some Bedlam baseball thrown in. Here's the recap.
staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015
Join columnist Jenni Carlson for the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m, where she'll be talking Thunder coaching change, Buddy Hield, OSU football, Memorial Marathon and more. Get your questions in here.
By John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson, Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel | Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015
Athlete Tyrell Alexander (Lancaster High School, Texas) and cornerback Rodarius Williams (Calvary Academy, La.) both tweeted out their intentions to play for OSU next season
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015
J.W. Walsh has gone from backup to situational player to starter during his Oklahoma State career. But after being injured and sidelined for a good chunk of last season, the quarterback was bypassed by Mason Rudolph and will enter the fall as the Cowboys’ backup.
staff reports | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015
BEDLAM BASEBALL -- It's the first edition of OU vs. OSU baseball this season. Who has the edge on Tuesday night? Jenni Carlson and John Helsley break down Bedlam and the Big 12 baseball outlook.
By Jenni Carlson | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015
ANDRE OWENS — Twenty years ago this month, Andre Owens was a point guard leading the Oklahoma State Cowboys to the Final Four in Seattle. Now he’s back home in Indiana, teaching, coaching and still making things special.
Jenni Carlson | Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015
A group of Oklahoma State fans may want Travis Ford gone so badly that it’s willing to shell out millions of its own dollars. And it’d be paying him not to coach. I don’t understand that kind of thinking, and maybe that’s because I don’t have millions of dollars to throw around for any reason, […]
staff reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015
It's Wednesday on the Power Lunch chat! Get your men's and women's NCAA Tournament, Thunder, and spring football questions in to Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., live from H&H Shooting Sports,
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015
Oklahoma State finished with an 18-14 record after losing its NCAA Tournament opener to Oregon. It was a disappointing ending to an overachieving season.
BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015
Travis Ford said that his Oklahoma State team didn’t play badly. That’s true. But the Cowboys also didn’t play well enough to beat Oregon. The grades reflect the Cowboys’ 79-73 loss.
By Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015
He scored, defended and rebounded. He made hustle plays and big plays. The only thing he didn’t do was win the game for the Cowboys.
staff reports | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015
It was one-and-done for Oklahoma State in the NCAA Tournament, as the Cowboys fell to eighth-seed Oregon on Friday.
Jenni Carlson | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015
What a great day of basketball — and we didn’t even have any games Thursday here in Omaha. It was practice and press conference day for teams at this NCAA Tournament site. Teams involved with Friday’s early games went first, followed by the teams involved in the late games, which included Oklahoma State, starting around 4 p.m. But of […]
By Jenni Carlson and John Helsley | Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015
The Cowboys were one-and-done the past two years and haven’t won an NCAA game since Ford’s first season in 2008-09.
By Jenni Carlson | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015
Over his career, Nash has been asked to fill just about every role. Leader. Sidekick. Shooter. Post. Scorer. Defender. Lots of players would’ve revolted over being yanked around that much. Not Nash.
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015
The hurdler who lost a leg hasn’t stopped jumping over obstacles.
BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015
On a day that OSU honored the 1995 Final Four team, a squad that won on teamwork and toughness, it was fitting that the Cowboys beat the Jayhawks with a similar formula. A bunch of guys played a part and played with heart. None more than Phil Forte. He played 29 minutes despite having a nasty case of the flu.
staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015
How would a Brook Lopez trade change the Thunder? What kind of work is Travis Ford doing in Stillwater? Is Lincoln Riley the Sooners' answer at offensive coordinator? Ask columnist Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015
As the Cowboys get ready for Bedlam again, Ford is in the midst of his best coaching job since arriving in Payne County. He lost two NBA players, not to mention three other guys who could’ve contributed this season, but OSU has become a player in the Big 12 race.
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015
He met Wednesday with Michael Confer, a Stillwater native and doctor at ProCure Proton Therapy in Oklahoma City. There, Reece will undergo seven weeks of radiation on the tumor and the lymph nodes in his neck while also receiving chemotherapy once a week.