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.




  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy makes the right call

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    OSU coach chooses to watch his son play baseball rather than go through the ESPN ‘car wash.’ And that’s where he should be.

  • Charlie Strong has made some tough love statements to his Texas football team

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Arguably the nicest thing the Texas coach said about his football team during Big 12 media days: “We’re not as bad as we used to be.” And by the look on his chiseled face, he wasn’t trying to be funny.

  • Big 12 football: Question of the Day

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Unlimited meals and snacks: what’s on your wish list?

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy's waffling on Devon Thomas is making a bad situation worse

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    The Devon Thomas case has to give heartburn to plenty of Cowboy faithful both inside and outside the program. So, why not distance yourself from it?

  • Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers make their Big 12 picks

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    There’s no disagreement at the top of the conference as every one of The Oklahoman’s college football writers pick Oklahoma to win the league and Baylor to finish second. Here’s the reasoning and the picks for the rest of the league in 2014.

  • Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers' preseason Big 12 player of the year selections

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Our college football writers make their selections for the Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

  • Big 12 football: Oklahoman writers offer up three bold predictions for the season

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Three bold predictions for the 2014 season: Ryan Aber OU Beat Writer 1. Oklahoma State knocks off Oklahoma, Baylor or Texas during what should be a rebuilding year for the Cowboys. 2. Outside of Dimitri Flowers, who was with the Sooners for spring practice, Michiah Quick becomes OU’s most impactful newcomer. 3. Two league coaches are fired after the season. Jason Kersey OU Beat Writer 1. Iowa State ends the regular season on a three-game winning streak, saving Paul Rhoads’ job for another year. 2. Sophomore Keith Ford becomes Oklahoma’s first 1,000-yard rusher since DeMarco Murray in 2010. 3. Texas drops two of its first three games, losing at home to BYU and to UCLA in

  • U.S. Senior Open: Scott Verplank's fairy-tale setup doesn't work out as planned

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    The Oak Tree National member was playing his first Champions Tour event, a major championship on his home course. But things didn’t turned out the way Scott Verplank wanted.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Jenni Carlson is on the course at Oak Tree National for the U.S. Senior Open, but she's also talking Thunder free agency, LeBron James and more on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • Oklahoma State's Shadrack Kipchirchir runs after his American dream

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Cowboy standout finished second in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Championships. But his road to Stillwater was even longer.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    What do you think of the Sooners' new uniforms? Who should the Thunder be targeting in free agency? Ask Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Why Markel Brown could be a hidden gem in the NBA Draft

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Leaving behind the NBA Finals and heading into the NBA Draft, lots of teams are trying to find the next Danny Green. Maybe that guy is Markel Brown.

  • Andrew Heaney's big league debut is a photographic memory for family

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Thursday night, when the scoreboard at Marlins Park in Miami rolled the starting pitchers and her son’s name appeared, Chris Kenney was quick to grab her cell phone and snap a photo. The image is a bit blurry, and you can’t really make out ANDREW HEANEY, but she considers it a keepsake. Your son doesn’t make his Major League debut every day.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Join columnist Jenni Carlson at 11 a.m. to discuss the NBA offseason, Thunder changes, the World Cup, Big 12 football and more on the Power Lunch chat. Get your questions in now.

  • Jenni Carlson chat: Talking Derek Fisher, Thunder offseason and more

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Jenni Carlson was on the Power Lunch chat on Tuesday, talking Derek Fisher to the Knicks, potential Thunder offseason additions and the NBA Finals. Here's the full transcript.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Columnist Jenni Carlson is live from San Antonio, answering your questions on Thunder-Spurs and more on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. Join the conversation.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Join Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., where she'll be taking your questions on the Thunder vs. Grizzlies and more.

  • Another year in OSU orange would be good for Le'Bryan Nash

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    He was widely expected to be a one-and-done player. He’d spend a year in orange, star for the Cowboys, then bolt for the NBA.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Columnist Jenni Carlson will be on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., answering your questions on everything from the NCAA basketball tournament to the Thunder playoff picture. Get you questions in here.

  • Cowboy fans who snubbed Orange Blitz missed a good show

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    The Cowboys offered plenty of action with the new format — but only 2,500 was there to see it.




Jenni Carlson Today at 10:20 AM RT @NewsOKSports: Talk OU with @jasonkersey at 11 a.m. on the live chat: LINK
Jenni Carlson Mon, Jul. 28 2014 09:45:17 AM CST @johnm_welch You got that right! :)
Jenni Carlson Mon, Jul. 28 2014 09:23:51 AM CST @johnm_welch Staycay! Gonna do some projects around the house, golf, get a massage, pedicure ... good times! :)
Jenni Carlson Mon, Jul. 28 2014 08:55:24 AM CST Vacation off to an AWESOME start. It's "Free Coffee Monday" at @DistrictHouse. Who knew? Well, probably everyone but me ... ;)
Jenni Carlson Fri, Jul. 25 2014 03:32:33 PM CST @hochman Run! ;)
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jul. 24 2014 11:22:38 AM CST RT @EkpeUdoh: OKC!!!! Next Saturday LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jul. 24 2014 11:18:59 AM CST RT @kylefredrickson: The complete rundown of Justin Blackmon's arrest on a possession of marijuana complaint yesterday: LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jul. 24 2014 11:05:15 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Get your questions in to @berrytramel LIVE on the Power Lunch chat from H&H: LINK LINK
Jenni Carlson Wed, Jul. 23 2014 09:37:13 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Charlie Strong: “We’re not as bad as we used to be.” He wasn’t trying to be funny, says @jennicarlson_ok: LINK
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 06:11:23 PM CST @CHaxton1020 @kylefredrickson Conflict of interest? What conflict of interest? I didn't go to OU or OSU if that's what you mean ...
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 06:10:50 PM CST @StuffMikeDoes @kylefredrickson It wouldn't be difficult if Gundy hadn't said later that Thomas hadn't been dismissed. What does that mean?
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 06:09:56 PM CST @SamShoulders @kylefredrickson I wrote about Green-Beckham the day OU added him and Berry is writing about him again tomorrow.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 01:21:36 PM CST RT @McMurphyESPN: TCU DE Devonte Fields has been "separated from University pending results of an investigation into allegations against hi…
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:19:52 PM CST @KFlaherty247 He said he needed a playmaker. Aimed or not, that's what he said.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:19:31 PM CST Strong asked about his relationship with Stoops. "You have a lot of respect." Then lists of a bunch of other coaches he respects in league.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:18:36 PM CST @jonfmorse @KFlaherty247 My point exactly.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:18:17 PM CST @KFlaherty247 Um, yes, but Strong said UT needs a playmaker at WR. That's why I tweeted it. The COACH said he needed a playmaker.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:17:48 PM CST Strong: "Just from their attitude right now, I think we're going to find a different football team."
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:17:18 PM CST Strong says the toughness he's looking for isn't just physical. It's also about guys doing the right thing, not being derailed.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:15:59 PM CST About Strong's WR comment. Still hard for me to wrap my head around TEXAS not having playmakers at EVERY skill position. It's TEXAS!