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.







Jenni Carlson Sun, Sep. 14 2014 10:27:53 PM CST Don't the Bears have some guys being held together by twine and duct tape? This is a heck of a rally ...
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 09:01:06 PM CST Long play-action. Run up middle. Run around right edge. Pass over the middle. Run up middle. That's how you mix it up.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:59:39 PM CST What's this? A run around the edge? And it worked. I'm shocked. #sarcasm
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:57:33 PM CST OK, Mike Yurcich. Up the gut or a 50-yard bomb? Whatcha got?
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:38:48 PM CST Kip Smith's really good day goes sideways. Literally. Shank. 16-yard punt.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:38:12 PM CST Again with the playcalling. Three consecutive Roland runs up the gut. Huh?
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:35:29 PM CST @quickjwhit True. Though the drive with the drops still ended with a TD, so he eventually got the yards.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:29:23 PM CST Just looking at the stats, and realized Garman is only 9 of 22 but he has 210 yards. Hasn't hit that many, but when he does? Big yards.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:27:14 PM CST UTSA with a QB draw, and 24 yards later, a TD. OSU's lead now 27-10.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:21:07 PM CST #OKState's offensive mix has been weird tonight. Sometimes, it's pretty good. But much of the time, it's all run or all pass. Weird.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:12:36 PM CST Was hopin' someone got a shot of that sunset. Awesome. RT @Doafhat: Sunset in Orange Country. #okstate LINK
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 08:10:28 PM CST A 24-yard field goal by Grogan pushes #OKState's lead to 27-3 with 10:48 left in the third.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:41:46 PM CST And that's the end of the first half. #OKState up 24-3.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:40:18 PM CST 47-yard attempt by Ben Grogan ... and it's good. Hit the upright and fell through. Of course!
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:39:15 PM CST Chris Lacy doing work to make up for that previous drop. Catch over the middle and hit immediately in the ribs. #ouch
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:35:26 PM CST @kristyblosch So, I'm not alone?
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:32:23 PM CST #OKState using a lot of "Turned Down For What" when the D is on the field. Starting to wear on me ... #getoffmylawnwhileyoureatit
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:29:41 PM CST @osu_shepherd How much you like my tweets is directly related to how well your team is playing. It's up to them! #justsayin'
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:28:27 PM CST Big-time throw, big-time catch. Cowboys up 21-3.
Jenni Carlson Sat, Sep. 13 2014 07:27:50 PM CST #OKState WRs redeeming themselves w a couple TOUGH catches. Seales first, now Sheperd with the 18-yard TD. PAT comin'.