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 football: Trevor Knight's health is key to Sooners' title hopes

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    COMMENTARY — OU’s QB knows how to slide from his baseball days. He’ll need that skill to avoid injury if the Sooners are to have a successful season.

  • Oklahoma football: Punishment is coming for Joe Mixon, and it needs to be significant

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    COMMENTARY — OU has a history of punishing players who run afoul of the law. And Mixon’s case is no different.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon case won't be resolved quickly

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    For anyone who loves Oklahoma football, it likely seems this is taking forever. How long do the police need to figure out what happened in the early morning hours of July 25? How much time will the district attorney need to determine if charges can be filed over the incident at a popular Campus Corner hangout?

  • Jenni Carlson Chat: Talking OSU's chances at 10 wins, Joe Mixon, Frank Shannon and Steven Adams

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Jenni Carlson answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat on topics ranging from OSU's exclusion from basketball Big Monday to the difference between Frank Shannon and Dorial Green-Beckham. Here's the full transcript.

  • Oklahoma football: The Frank Shannon soap opera continues

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    COMMENTARY — By suspending the linebacker for one year, a decision that has been appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, OU is trying to avoid the kind of federal inquiry that Florida State faces in the Jameis Winston case.

  • 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:




Jenni Carlson Fri, Aug. 22 2014 05:38:40 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: The Oklahoma City RedHawks will become the Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate next season: LINK
Jenni Carlson Wed, Aug. 20 2014 01:26:47 PM CST @HeismanPundit You realize this is the Browns, right? ;)
Jenni Carlson Wed, Aug. 20 2014 01:20:45 PM CST RT @kylefredrickson: Former #OKstate QB Wes Lunt has been named the starter at Illinois (via @Champaign_Room)
Jenni Carlson Tue, Aug. 19 2014 09:34:18 PM CST @_davemorris Thanks. Lots of great causes to support in this world.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Aug. 19 2014 09:13:10 PM CST @douthitt4 Ha ha ... @BerryTramel came prepared in the swim trunks! I wasn't going to wear the bathing suit on camera! No, no, no, no ...
Jenni Carlson Tue, Aug. 19 2014 09:10:42 PM CST Press Row = new level. RT @_davemorris: Had to happen: ice bucket challenge w @BerryTramel @JenniCarlson_OK LINK
Jenni Carlson Tue, Aug. 19 2014 09:10:27 PM CST I challenge @MikeSherman, @amymoritz and @dawnmarks. LINK
Jenni Carlson Tue, Aug. 19 2014 09:09:14 PM CST @jasonkersey My brain was froze!
Jenni Carlson Tue, Aug. 19 2014 04:34:29 PM CST @JerredEngland Sweet! I'm on vacation this week, but I'll alert the HS sports folks. Maybe they can get something in the paper!
Jenni Carlson Mon, Aug. 18 2014 03:03:22 PM CST There's live sports on TV -- Premier League, no less -- and I'm watching HGTV? What is WRONG with me?!?
Jenni Carlson Sat, Aug. 16 2014 04:34:59 PM CST @kylefredrickson I'll ask you what I asked on video last Monday: will we see three QBs in opener? More and more, I'm leaning to yes.
Jenni Carlson Fri, Aug. 15 2014 05:39:02 AM CST Gonna need some serious caffeine to knock out this preseason football section copy. And go!
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 14 2014 02:14:18 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: LIVE: Thunder Thursday with @DarnellMayberry @MikeSherman @anthonyVslater @jennicarlson_ok: LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Aug. 14 2014 07:21:40 AM CST RT @kylefredrickson: I give my assessment of #OKstate's QB situation in a video chat with @JenniCarlson_OK right here: LINK
Jenni Carlson Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:52:19 PM CST @s4stockton No worries. Just wanted to make sure if I'd written something that was confusing, I cleared it up.
Jenni Carlson Wed, Aug. 13 2014 04:08:33 PM CST @s4stockton Kind of explaining? What was unclear? I'm happy to clear anything up you might want to know ... @CareyWWLS
Jenni Carlson Wed, Aug. 13 2014 10:47:17 AM CST Where ya at, sports fans? It's an all skate! LINK
Jenni Carlson Wed, Aug. 13 2014 10:45:55 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: What's up with the Frank Shannon situation? Ask @JenniCarlson_OK on the Power Lunch chat: LINK #sooners…
Jenni Carlson Wed, Aug. 13 2014 10:25:00 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Get your questions in to @JenniCarlson_OK on the Power Lunch chat. We're talking #sooners #okstate and #okcthunder: http:…
Jenni Carlson Wed, Aug. 13 2014 09:57:31 AM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: The Thunder's first three games are at Portland on Oct. 29, at the Clippers on Oct. 30 (via @BA_Turner) and home again…