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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | 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