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.







Jenni Carlson Today at 3:57 PM @johnm_welch Warm? No. Blazing hot? Yes.
Jenni Carlson Today at 3:04 PM @krathkey Wow. Kinda cuts me, since I've been out here sweating for the past five days! ;)
Jenni Carlson Today at 3:01 PM Two more players have withdrawn from the U.S. Senior Open. Larry Laoretti and Dave Podas. At 75, Laoretti was the oldest man in the field.
Jenni Carlson Today at 2:53 PM So, our projected cut line is now at 9-over. Which means Scott Verplank might just get in. He gave his driver to a fan on 18 today. #nowwhat
Jenni Carlson Today at 2:50 PM @gimmethewooby I have no doubt ... :)
Jenni Carlson Today at 2:34 PM @dtchamberlain :)
Jenni Carlson Today at 2:32 PM From the where-were-you-when-you-heard files: I was on No. 5 at Oak Tree watching Scott Verplank.
Jenni Carlson Today at 2:31 PM So, I guess the U.S. Senior Open isn't the biggest sports story today, huh?
Jenni Carlson Today at 9:50 AM Locals update: Tway, Verplank and Wood all even so far on rounds today. Morgan plus-2.
Jenni Carlson Today at 9:49 AM Not much movement on the leaderboard so far today. Singh got it to 4-under, now back to 3. Doesn't look like many birdies out there.
Jenni Carlson Today at 9:48 AM Day 2 of the U.S. Senior Open. Looks like it's gonna be a hot one. Things right now are good, but the PM groups? Look out.
Jenni Carlson Today at 9:47 AM Day made. RT @Ryan_M_Sharp: Spectator using a cut-out copy of @TheOklahoman to follow tee times at the #USSeniorOpen. LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:58:16 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Join us for the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. @JenniCarlson_OK is talking #nba free agency, Thunder, #ussenioropen: http://…
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:34:51 AM CST RT @JonMHamm: “Pleiss will go to the NBA, in Oklahoma or in another team”: LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:07:32 AM CST @roywilliams31 Where ya at? I'll come say hey.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:04:39 AM CST Because of the rain delay, AM tee times are delayed an hour, 17 minutes, PM tee times will be pushed back one hour. LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:03:20 AM CST In other news, I'll be live chatting today at 11 a.m. Power Lunch. Be there. LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:02:22 AM CST A guy I'll be pulling for: Gene Sauers. Here's why: LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:01:53 AM CST Seven guys tied atop the leaderboard at 1-under right now, including Peter Jacobsen and Colin Montgomerie.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:01:21 AM CST Greetings from the first round of the U.S. Senior Open. Rain delayed things an hour, 17 minutes, but now, the sun is out and the wind is up.