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  • Canoe Marathon World Championships notebook: Hungarians capture most medals

    By Ed Godfrey and Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    The Hungarian squad captured 20 medals including 10 gold, seven silver and three bronze. Renata Csay, 37, of Hungary was the top female athlete, winning her 14th and 15th world championships in senior women’s singles and doubles kayak.

  • Outdoors notebook: OWMA sponsoring statewide Big Buck Contest

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    The Oklahoma Wildlife Management Association is holding a Big Buck Contest for the 2014-15 deer hunting seasons. To be eligible, white-tailed deer must be legally harvested in Oklahoma with a gun or bow from a low-fenced or unfenced area by a hunter registered in the Oklahoma Big Buck Contest....

  • Looking ahead to big-game archery seasons

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Oklahoma’s big-game archery seasons open Wednesday, including the new statewide elk season. The following is a quick outlook on each. DEER Oklahoma hunters should see heavier and healthier deer than in the past two seasons. “The groceries are better,” said Alan Peoples, chief of the...

  • Canoe Marathon World Championships: Copenhagen, Rome and now Oklahoma City

    By Mike Baldwin and Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Steve Jourdan, a 65-year-old member of South Africa’s senior team, said one of the perks of being on a national canoeing team is to travel to places around the globe to compete in world championships like the one being held this weekend on the Oklahoma River. “I've been to some amazing...

  • Canoe Marathon World Championships: Hank McGregor wins fourth world championship

    By Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Hank McGregor’s father, Lee, was once South Africa’s top swimmer but couldn’t compete internationally because of apartheid. Lee turned marathon canoeing instead, and now he coaches his world-champion son.

  • A horse named Ibaka: Why one Norman family will be wearing OKC Thunder gear to cheer on their Oklahoma Derby

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Doug Wall owns a thoroughbred named Ibaka, a 3-year gelding who on Sunday afternoon will try to become only the second Oklahoma horse to win the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. Wall, a Thunder season ticket holder, named the horse after Serge Ibaka because the power forward is his favorite player.

  • A canoeing legend who once wrestled a bear — and won

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Mike Herbert of Rogers, Ark., is competing on the Oklahoma River this weekend in the Canoe Marathon World Championships. But the tales of his exploits are known around the world.

  • Portage a key component of marathon canoe racing

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    The most interesting part of marathon canoe racing for spectators is the portage. After each lap following the first one in a race, the competitors are required to get out of the water and carry the boat for 131 yards and launch again. The athletes sprint from one point to the other and also...

  • Wildlife Expo returns to Lazy E this weekend

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Oklahoma’s largest outdoor recreation event, the Wildlife Expo, returns to the Lazy E Arena and Ranch in Guthrie on Saturday and Sunday. Friday is reserved as a day for school field trips at the Expo. More than 10,000 school kids from across the state are scheduled to attend. The Oklahoma...



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Ed Godfrey


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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years.
During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more than a decade and has covered some of the biggest trials in the state's history.
He began his career at The Oklahoman as a sports writer and rejoined the sports desk in 2002 to become the outdoor writer. He now writes on a wide range of subjects from wrestling to hockey to rodeo.
He earned a journalism degree in 1982 from the University of Oklahoma and holds a master's degree in journalism education from the University of Central Oklahoma.


Journalist for The Oklahoman 25 years
Current position - sports writer
Previous position - Courthouse reporter for more than a decade


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