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.




  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Tulsa Shock: How a season with 'Coach C' helped spark former Oklahoma star Courtney Paris' breakout WNBA season

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    How did Courtney Paris go from bust to boom in the WNBA? It goes back to a city on the Mediterranean coast and a man who she calls Coach C — Ceyhun Yildizoglu, a coach in the Turkish Basketball League.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners taking a risk with Dorial Green-Beckham

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    What comes of Oklahoma’s decision to add Dorial Green-Beckham remains to be seen. Could be a stroke of genius. Could be a disaster. But here’s what we do know about the Sooners welcoming the troubled receiver — this is a risk.

  • 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.

  • Jenni Carlson chat: Talking NBA Draft, Thunder trades and Devon Thomas

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Jenni Carlson was on the Power Lunch chat today talking Thunder free agency targets, a theory on Devon Thomas' future and who Sam Presti would draft. Here's the full transcript:

  • 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 | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Columnist Jenni Carlson will be talking Thunder-Spurs, Big 12 baseball and more on the Power Lunch chat. Get your questions in and join the conversation at 11 a.m.

  • Jenni Carlson chat: Talking Thunder-Grizzlies Game 2

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    It's game night in Oklahoma City! Jenni Carlson was on the Power Lunch chat for some Thunder vs. Grizzlies talk on Monday. Here's the full transcript:

  • 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.

  • Whitney Wofford wanted to reach out and touch someone

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Wofford wasn’t the most recognizable athlete at Sooners for N7, an event done recently by OU athletes to promote healthy, active lifestyles to Native American kids. Trevor Knight was there. So were Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins. Everyone knows who they are and what they do.

  • Oklahoma football: Saturday wasn't Trevor Knight's best day, but he and the Sooners will be fine

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    For starters, Trevor Knight was playing with a ton of unproven playmakers Saturday. Receiver extraordinaire Sterling Shepard was sidelined by injury. Ditto for Durron Neal, the only other returning pass catcher who had more than a hundred yards last season.

  • Oklahoma football: Why Zack Sanchez is a symbol of the Sooners' defense

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Frankly, as the Sooners conclude spring football on Saturday and point toward the fall, no one better embodies the big-play potential of this defense.

  • Father Time might find it tough catching Adrian Peterson

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Peterson has suffered a litany of injuries as a college and NFL running back. But an incredible work ethic keeps the former Sooner churning out yards for the Vikings.




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!
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:14:55 PM CST Strong: "If you're ever going to be good in this game, you have to be good up front."
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:14:26 PM CST Strong: "Need a playmaker at wide receiver."
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:12:51 PM CST Strong says the "hook 'em" is back in the locker room at Texas.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:12:16 PM CST Asked if fear is a motivation, Strong jokes that no one fears him. "Just look at me."