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.

  • OU football: Were Keith Ford and other recent departures addition by subtraction or a troubling trend?

    From The Oklahoman Staff | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    PRESS ROW -- The Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson weigh in on recent OU player departures, the Thunder's NBA Draft position, Russell Westbrook's NBA Lottery outfit, favorite rainy day activities and the Big 12 baseball tournament's move to Tulsa.

  • Power Lunch: Chat live with columnist Jenni Carlson

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Think the Oklahoma City Thunder can sneak into the top three spots in tonight's NBA Draft Lottery? Want to talk OU softball? Join columnist Jenni Carlson for today's Power Lunch live chat starting at 11 a.m.

  • Former Sooners ace Kelsey Stevens continues the battle back to her old self

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Stevens was Oklahoma’s ace a year ago, the arm that carried the Sooners on an unexpected trip to the Women’s College World Series. But this season has largely been a painful struggle. She couldn’t find the strike zone. She couldn’t get out of an inning.

  • Chat recap: Jenni Carlson on who the Thunder should draft and Keith Ford's next destination

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Jenni Carlson answered your questions Thursday on the live chat from The Oklahoman's Career Fair at State Fair Park. Here's the recap.

  • John Roddick's fire is what fuels the men's tennis team at Oklahoma

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    On the day that OU continues a quest for the program’s first national title, it’s impossible to overstate how far the program has come under Roddick.

  • The secret to Oklahoma's 'perfect' freshman pitcher Paige Parker

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Paige Parker owns a national record-tying four perfect games — as a freshman. Here’s the story of why she’s so good so soon, and how she became a Sooner about the same time she became a teenager.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    What is Sam Presti talking about? What is the Big 12 doing in football? Can the Cowboys win the Big 12 in baseball? Join Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. for some talk on the Thunder, OU, OSU and more.

  • OU strong in the NFL Draft, slipped in Big 12. Why?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    OU UPDATE - Columnist Jenni Carlson and OU writer Jason Kersey review the Sooners' biggest surprises and free-agent signees from the NFL Draft.

  • Jordan Phillips has his own 'Blind Side' story

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — Here’s the story of how former Oklahoma Sooner defensive tackle Jordan Phillips went from a troubled teen-ager to a first-round hopeful in the NFL Draft Thursday night in Chicago, thanks to a classmate’s parents in Wichita, Kan.

  • Chat Recap: Why the Thunder is eyeballing college coaches in a critical year

    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.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    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.

  • OU vs. OSU baseball: Who has the edge in Bedlam?

    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.

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

    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,

  • Recruiting just got a whole lot tougher for Oklahoma

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    We’re not just talking about recruiting the next five-star running back or the next Big 12 Player of the Year. We’re talking about recruiting the next National Merit Scholar or the next University of Oklahoma Student Association president.

  • OU athletics: Impossible to fault Eric Striker's outrage

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    Eric Striker has always been forthcoming with his feelings and emotions — so the Oklahoma linebacker’s emotional, profanity-laced video responding to the video that surfaced Sunday of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members singing a racist song is understandable. And just as I always am, I am thankful for Striker’s honesty. Sure, the profanity is an assault […]

  • Reat and Popeye: How OU honored a family after tragedy

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Mindy Corporon always hoped her son would end up at Oklahoma, and maybe if she was lucky, she might get to see him sing the national anthem before a game at her alma mater, too. Saturday, both dreams came true — but it was nothing like she had envisioned.

  • OU and Iowa State provided some must-see TV basketball

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Frankly, if these two teams want to sign on for about 10 more games this season, college basketball would be the better for it. The Sooners and the Cyclones have made a habit of playing grand ball games, and this one was as fun as any contest in college basketball this season.

  • Live Coverage: OU vs. Iowa State

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Can the Sooners make it five wins in a row in Big 12 play? Follow our live coverage with Ryan Aber and more from around the web as OU takes on Iowa State at the Lloyd Noble Center.

  • No one means more to Josh Wariboko-Alali than the man always by his side

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    On the day he made his college intentions known, pulling a baby blue hat from out of his backpack and picking UCLA over Oklahoma and Ohio State — who the offensive lineman would pick was the biggest National Signing Day suspense in our state — no one was more important to Wariboko-Alali than the man by his side. That’s where his father was Wednesday. That’s where Benson Wariboko-Alali has always been.

  • Recruiting: Casady's Josh Wariboko turns down Sooners, commits to UCLA

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, | Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Offensive line standout Josh Wariboko-Alali signed with UCLA on Wednesday morning. He chose the Bruins over Oklahoma and Ohio State. Wariboko-Alali is the top player on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 and is considered one of the best recruits in the nation at his position. His decision Wednesday ended several years of intense recruitment of the Casady standout. Wariboko-Alali committed to OU in June 2013 and stayed with that pledge for nearly a year. Then in April, he decommitted and re-opened his recruiting. That created a frenzy for the 6-foot-3, 310-pound lineman, who amassed more than 30 scholarship offers. Late in the season, he let it be known that he would announce his verbal commitment at the Under Armour

Jenni Carlson Fri, May. 22 2015 02:57:01 PM CST Red Wolves it is at Capitol Hill. I probably would have voted for Guardians, but either way, the school got a unique mascot.
Jenni Carlson Fri, May. 22 2015 02:55:46 PM CST Capitol Hill High School announces new mascot LINK
Jenni Carlson Fri, May. 22 2015 01:55:31 PM CST At Capitol Hill HS where a new mascot will be announced. Redskins is out. Will it be Guardians or RedWolves?
Jenni Carlson Fri, May. 22 2015 09:55:56 AM CST ICYMI: Today's the day Capitol Hill announces its new mascot. Either way, it's an investment in the future. LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, May. 21 2015 12:06:57 PM CST RT @jasonkersey: Just finished the latest draft of my upcoming profile of @OU_Track pole vaulter @jtannerwilliams. Really excited for you a…
Jenni Carlson Thu, May. 21 2015 12:04:52 PM CST RT @jasonkersey: ICYMI: My story in today's newspaper on @OU_Softball freshman third baseman @kelsarnold12 LINK #Sooners
Jenni Carlson Thu, May. 21 2015 11:50:29 AM CST RT @MikeSherman: Capitol Hill will spend/invest a quarter-million to change its mascot from Redskins. Which is it? via @JenniCarlson_OK @Th…
Jenni Carlson Wed, May. 20 2015 11:41:03 AM CST Former #OKState administrator and Rodgers State. Congrats, Wren!
Jenni Carlson Wed, May. 20 2015 11:10:01 AM CST RT @WojYahooNBA: Yahoo Sources: Scott Brooks passing on New Orleans and Denver coaching interviews, likely sitting out next season. http://…
Jenni Carlson Wed, May. 20 2015 11:08:04 AM CST RT @jjhelsley: We are LIVE at the #okstate live chat. C'mon, bring your questions. The queue is a bit empty. LINK
Jenni Carlson Wed, May. 20 2015 10:39:20 AM CST Power Lunch live chat with John Helsley. You know you want to ask a question! LINK
Jenni Carlson Wed, May. 20 2015 09:58:54 AM CST RT @jjhelsley: Hump Day version of the OSU Power Lunch live chat coming up at 11 a.m. Plan to join me. #OkState baseball, football, hoops o…
Jenni Carlson Tue, May. 19 2015 05:32:31 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Russell Westbrook wins season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award, The Oklahoman has learned LINK
Jenni Carlson Tue, May. 19 2015 05:28:37 PM CST ICYMI: If you coach kids in any sport at any level, you're going to want to read this. LINK
Jenni Carlson Tue, May. 19 2015 05:00:59 PM CST RT @OKDOT: OKC-WB-I40 near Penn Ave and Agnus narrowed to repair a hole in the road #trucking
Jenni Carlson Tue, May. 19 2015 04:58:27 PM CST RT @emilyrsutton: Whoa! Way to go, Good Samaritan!
Jenni Carlson Tue, May. 19 2015 11:38:38 AM CST RT @jacobunruh: ICYMI: My look at Lawton native Brian Burgamy's 13-year journey to Triple A with the OKC Dodgers #OKPreps LINK
Jenni Carlson Tue, May. 19 2015 10:11:15 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Join columnist @JenniCarlson_OK for a live chat at 11. She'll be talking #okcthunder, #sooners softball and more. http://…
Jenni Carlson Tue, May. 19 2015 09:37:24 AM CST Got plans for lunch? Join me for today's Power Lunch live chat. 11 a.m. Be there! LINK
Jenni Carlson Tue, May. 19 2015 09:32:49 AM CST If you coach kids in any sport at any level, you're going to want to read this. Then maybe go buy Joe Ehrmann's book. LINK