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 Today at 9:17 PM Thunder has the talent to win 12 or 15 straight, to make the playoffs, etc. But where's the drive, energy, focus to do that?
Jenni Carlson Today at 9:12 PM So, what are we going to do with our free time when the Thunder doesn't make the playoffs?
Jenni Carlson Today at 5:29 PM RT @anthonyVslater: Kevin Durant did some pregame work. He's getting treatment right now. Scott Brooks said his status tonight is still up …
Jenni Carlson Today at 5:15 PM @kbohls Consistent, too.
Jenni Carlson Today at 1:57 PM RT @anthonyVslater: Tonight will be the 36th Thunder-Grizzlies game the past five seasons. Scott Brooks: "Feels like 100"
Jenni Carlson Today at 12:57 PM @theBrookeHaney Scam!!! ;)
Jenni Carlson Today at 12:43 PM RT @anthonyVslater: Kevin Durant's limp was basically gone on the way out of shootaround today. My guess is he'll play tonight. But we'll s…
Jenni Carlson Today at 12:43 PM @fcatrophywife My honor and pleasure! Work that red carpet tonight. ;)
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jan. 29 2015 07:33:12 PM CST RT @JonMHamm: Today's Thunder Buddies podcast is basically a must-listen.
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jan. 29 2015 02:32:28 PM CST RT @cowboyvoice: This my HOME! Home sweet home MDA docs huddle 2 create winning game plan tonight. Bring it on Prayer Posse & thank u http…
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jan. 29 2015 09:44:35 AM CST RT @YourManDevine: Hollinger’s odds now have OKC down as less than a one-in-three shot to make the No. 8 seed: LINK
Jenni Carlson Thu, Jan. 29 2015 09:34:38 AM CST @DonWayne7 Blerg. I keep wondering when they're going to kick into gear. Beginning to think it might not happen.
Jenni Carlson Wed, Jan. 28 2015 02:56:22 PM CST +1 RT @Bonnie_D_Ford: I love interviewing more than writing. I love trying to build trust, or at least mild mutual respect.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jan. 27 2015 09:34:13 PM CST @Just_JD38 You, sir, are too kind.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jan. 27 2015 09:32:09 PM CST @Just_JD38 That picture includes three pretty good guys. You run with a stout crowd, JD.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jan. 27 2015 02:39:03 PM CST @ralphDrussoAP Ah, the glamorous life of a sports writer. :)
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jan. 27 2015 02:13:43 PM CST @ralphDrussoAP You snowed in, Ralph? Sounds like it wasn't as bad as feared in NYC ...
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jan. 27 2015 02:09:24 PM CST @bmarcello Good! Always an adventure here, too. Crazy how manic the past 6 or 8 months have been.
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jan. 27 2015 02:06:35 PM CST @bmarcello @ralphDrussoAP +1
Jenni Carlson Tue, Jan. 27 2015 02:06:09 PM CST @bmarcello How you doin' by the way? Never a dull moment in your neck of the woods ...