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.



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Jenni Carlson Tue, Apr. 15 2014 08:54:55 AM CST @boonepickens Wait, all we need to do is tweet something about the ranch and we get an invite? Geez, I'd have done that LONG ago!
Jenni Carlson Mon, Apr. 14 2014 10:35:51 PM CST Working the next couple days on some columns that have me totally stoked. Stay tuned, sports fans.
Jenni Carlson Mon, Apr. 14 2014 02:27:53 PM CST @JoeHight Congrats, Joe! Kudos to you and your staff!
Jenni Carlson Mon, Apr. 14 2014 11:25:48 AM CST @LisaHorne Just showed that photo to one of our editors, and he said it might be doctored. Apparently might've been out there before?
Jenni Carlson Mon, Apr. 14 2014 09:57:51 AM CST ICYMI MT @NewsOKSports: Trevor Knight wasn't his best Saturday, but #Sooners shouldn't worry, says @JenniCarlson_OK LINK
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 03:17:59 PM CST Eric Striker with the bow after his second "sack" of Knight. Well played, Mr. Striker. Well played.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 03:02:09 PM CST @BTNTomDienhart I think you're expecting a lot of history to remember ANY spring game. ;)
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:59:08 PM CST @ryaber Goooo, White! Or was it Red? ;)
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:55:07 PM CST Most impressive play of the day: Michael Hunnicutt's 47-yard field goal into a stiff Oklahoma wind.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:35:23 PM CST @ryaber Another instance why I never bet.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:33:43 PM CST @ryaber Darn. I had money on Red.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:33:32 PM CST I'm guessing a crowd of about 35,000. But I'm bad about guessing such things. Anyone want to give a #Sooners crowd estimate?
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:25:25 PM CST @OKCShitTalkers It hasn't been mentioned today. Of course, they'd have to stop talking about the Sugar Bowl to do that.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:21:52 PM CST @GuerinEmig @dennisdoddcbs I suspect both guys limited because they aren't able to run around like normal.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:20:08 PM CST @dennisdoddcbs Doubt he'll win or lose it based on the spring game. :)
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:17:18 PM CST Return of the tight end? First spring game TD goes to Taylor McNamara.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:05:18 PM CST If I hear any Sooners saying that they aren't going to talk about the Sugar Bowl because that was LAST YEAR, I'll bring up today. :)
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:04:13 PM CST And now the team has the Sugar Bowl trophy on the field. Hey, what bowl did these guys win again?
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 02:01:06 PM CST Jumbotron playing highlights of the Sugar Bowl. Wow. Never expected to see that. #sarcasmfont
Jenni Carlson Sat, Apr. 12 2014 01:59:36 PM CST I guess no one remembered to the #Sooners about the national anthem. Still running a play during the opening strains.