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.







Jenni Carlson Sun, Dec. 28 2014 12:51:01 PM CST RT @Shadid13: DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant just set #Cowboys single-season records on consecutive plays. Awesome.
Jenni Carlson Sun, Dec. 28 2014 10:55:43 AM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Kevin Durant will not play tonight, Scott Brooks says.
Jenni Carlson Sun, Dec. 28 2014 10:39:59 AM CST @jacobunruh We topped off yesterday in Kansas. 6 gallons, 12something bucks. Awesome!
Jenni Carlson Sat, Dec. 27 2014 08:40:36 AM CST RT @NWSNorman: 7:48am - Updated Snowfall Map. Watch out for slicks spots on roads. LINK
Jenni Carlson Fri, Dec. 26 2014 06:05:02 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Kevin Durant signing autographs for kids, agreeing to take a few fan selfies and walking without a limp pregame. Almost…
Jenni Carlson Fri, Dec. 26 2014 06:02:05 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Brooks says Lamb's current role is not permanent but adds he is looking for consistency out of Lamb.
Jenni Carlson Fri, Dec. 26 2014 06:00:23 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Kevin Durant participated in parts of shootaround this morning, per Scott Brooks. Not tonight, but sounds like he's get…
Jenni Carlson Fri, Dec. 26 2014 10:58:43 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: We're chatting #sooners vs. #Clemson and the @RussellAthBowl with @ryaber. Get your question in here: LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Dec. 25 2014 09:59:26 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: From earlier: Five observations from the Thunder's impressive win in San Antonio - LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Dec. 25 2014 09:42:53 PM CST RT @kylefredrickson: #OKstate Christmas night reading: Zac Veatch's switch to tight end bolsters the Cowboy offensive line --> LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Dec. 25 2014 09:21:08 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Russell Westbrook is going to do things his way, whether you like it or not - LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Dec. 25 2014 04:35:21 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: FINAL: Thunder 114, Spurs 106. Russell Westbrook leads the way with 34 points: LINK LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Dec. 25 2014 04:34:07 PM CST @EdgemereElem I have one that we could loan. Won't be able to hand it off till Saturday or Sunday. Email jcarlson@opubco.com
Jenni Carlson Thu, Dec. 25 2014 02:47:20 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Kevin Durant addresses his ankle injury and concerns it might be more than a mild sprain LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Dec. 25 2014 07:52:35 AM CST Merry Christmas! Hope Santa brought you everything you want, but remember, that baby Jesus gives you everything you need.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Dec. 23 2014 02:08:01 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: It's easy to root for underdog Andre Roberson LINK
Jenni Carlson Tue, Dec. 23 2014 12:19:30 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Kevin Durant remains OUT tonight against the Blazers with that right ankle sprain.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Dec. 23 2014 12:19:22 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Kevin Durant will not play tonight against Portland due to a right ankle sprain.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Dec. 23 2014 10:05:00 AM CST Oklahoma native. MT @Dave_Matter: Sources confirm Missouri expected to announce Barry Odom as new defensive coordinator today.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Dec. 23 2014 08:12:53 AM CST RT @MikeSherman: #OKCThunder's current stretch of games a tough test for Serge Ibaka LINK via @JenniCarlson_OK