Ed Godfrey
Sports Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter

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


  • Dallas' Barbara Pope catches record-sized Lake Texoma striper

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Barbara Pope of Dallas caught the 27.29-pound, 38 3/4” striper on Dec. 5. The fish has been certified by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation as a Lake Texoma striped bass record.

  • Christmas Bird Count: John Shackford of Edmond in his fifth decade of participating in Oklahoma City event

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    On Saturday, Dec. 20, he and dozens of other members of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society — armed with binoculars, spotting scopes, field guides and checklists — will hike, drive and even kayak across a 15-mile wide diameter circle in Oklahoma City to identify and count birds. Others will spend the day watching bird feeders.

  • Dates for Christmas Bird Counts around Oklahoma

    Compiled by Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Oklahoma City Dec. 20: To participate contact John Shackford at johnsshack@aol.com. Norman Dec. 28: Contact Mark Howery at mkhowery@juno.com Washita National Wildlife Refuge Dec. 20: For information call (580) 664-2205 or email washita@fws.gov. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Dec. 29: Contact Mike Husak at michaelh@cameron.edu Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge Dec. 20: For information call (580) 626-4794 Sooner Lake Dec. 15: Contact John Couch at jrcouch60@yahoo.com Stephens County Jan. 3: Contact Kurt Meisenzahl of Lawton at meisenzk@sbcglobal.net Arnett Jan. 5: Contact Eddie Stegal at (316) 264-2237.

  • Outdoors notebook: ODWC wants to stop the removal of live hogs from the Oklahoma's wildlife management areas

    Compiled by Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Taking live feral hogs from the state’s wildlife management areas would be prohibited under a new regulation proposed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

  • Dallas angler sets Texoma striper record

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    A north Texas woman reeled in a new record-sized Lake Texoma striped bass on Dec. 5, hauling the massive fish out of Lake Texoma near the northern shore. The 27.29-pound 38 3/4” striper has been certified as a Oklahoma-Lake Texoma striped bass record, and, weighs in at 6 pounds more than the previous lake record […]

  • State Waterfowl Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Waterfowl Report for December 10, 2014     Duck season is currently open for Panhandle counties.  Zone 1 and Zone 2 opens December 13.  For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com.   NORTHWEST Canton-Zone 1: Date  Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Lake Elevation  1601.9 (13.5 ft. below normal) Habitat Conditions Status  […]

  • This week's fishing report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Compiled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation CENTRAL  Arcadia: December 10. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. White bass fair on lipless baits and chrome gay blades. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait along Arrowhead Point and riprap. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around riprap. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton. […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Boone and Crockett publishes first cookbook just in time for Christmas

    COMPILED BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Since 1887, Theodore Roosevelt's beloved Boone and Crockett Club has been best known for its volumes on big-game trophy records, hunting, history and conservation philosophy. Now, after 127 years and nearly as many published books, the Boone and Crockett Club has released its first cookbook.

  • Oklahoma state game wardens' Facebook page becomes tool for catching criminals

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Oklahoma’s state game wardens launched their own Facebook page in late October, and it quickly evolved into an investigatory tool, even though that wasn’t the original intention.

  • Warriors For Freedom Foundation helps former soldiers get back to enjoying outdoors activities

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Organizations like the Warriors for Freedom Foundation try to make military servicemen and women’s return to civilian life as normal as possible, including getting them involved in activities they once enjoyed like hunting and fishing.

  • Outdoors notebook: Wildlife Department confirms mountain lion sightings in Oklahoma

    COMPILED BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Photos of the mountain lions were caught on two trail cameras, one in Pawnee County and one in Mayes County, both in late October.

  • Oklahoma quail hunting has been excellent, but don't expect same from pheasants

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    While the early season quail hunting has been excellent, hunters can expect the pheasant hunting to be about the same as last year, which is not very good.

  • Winter trout season opens Monday at Dolese Youth Park Pond

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Approximately 2,400 pounds of rainbow trout will be stocked in the Oklahoma City pond during the 13-week season.

  • Not everyone is a fan of E-check for deer

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Deer gun season opened Saturday, and all hunters must check in their deer within 24 hours using the Wildlife Department’s E-check system at www.wildlifedepartment.com.

  • Hunters can donate venison to help fight hunger

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Hunters can help Oklahoma families in need by donating their venison to the Hunters Against Hunger program. A list of participating meat processors are listed in the Oklahoma Hunting Guide, which also can be found online at wildlifedepartment.com. Hunters are asked to make a tax-deductible donation of $10 to assist with the program. The ground venison is donated to charitable networks and then distributed to Oklahomans in need. Last year, Oklahoma deer hunters donated 32,952 pounds of venison, which provided more than 25,000 meals to hungry Oklahomans. “The venison donation is extremely important,” said Angie Gaines, director of marketing at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “We don’t get as much protein

  • Twisters Enola Rey crowned 2014 Farnam Superhorse at AQHA World Show

    By Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Twisters Enola Rey is by Dual Rey and out of Twisters Enola Gay, the horse that Tuf Cooper rode to win the 2012 tie-down roping world championship at the National Finals Rodeo.

  • Rut Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Rut Reports Raise Optimism for Good Deer Gun Season This Saturday is the day tens of thousands of Oklahoma hunters have been anticipating all year. Deer gun season will open a half-hour before official sunrise Nov. 22. And based on field reports from each region of the state, deer […]

  • Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Provided by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation CENTRAL  Hefner: November 17. Elevation below normal, water 45-48. Walleye, striped bass hybrids and white bass good on grubs and 2-3 inch grubs with chartreuse tails at 6-12 ft. along the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. along riprap and the dam. Blue and channel […]

  • Oklahoma's deer gun season: What you need to know

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Deer gun season runs from Nov. 22 through Dec. 7 in Oklahoma.

  • Deer cooperatives catching on in Oklahoma

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Oklahoma landowners and hunting lease holders are beginning to work together to manage for bigger bucks.




Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 16 2014 09:03:19 PM CST Dallas' Barbara Pope catches record-sized Lake Texoma striper LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 16 2014 07:14:44 PM CST @James_Stafford Hope she can stay healthy until June.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 16 2014 04:52:56 PM CST @SageKimzey Can you call me soon. (405) 496-2361. Would like to do a follow-up on your world title for The Oklahoman
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 16 2014 01:31:04 AM CST RT @SInow: NBA Power Rankings: Thunder rise, Knicks approach rock bottom (via @matt_dollinger) LINK LINK
Ed Godfrey Fri, Dec. 12 2014 07:46:30 PM CST @jacobunruh lawsuit pending
Ed Godfrey Mon, Dec. 08 2014 03:51:27 PM CST Warriors For Freedom Foundation helps former soldiers get back to enjoying outdoors activities LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Dec. 08 2014 03:50:37 PM CST Oklahoma state game wardens' Facebook page becomes tool for catching criminals LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Dec. 07 2014 12:28:46 PM CST I am so glad we have a college football playoff now so there is no controversy about who is the national champion #sarcasm
Ed Godfrey Sun, Dec. 07 2014 12:21:47 PM CST Selecting Ohio St. avoids having to decide between TCU and Baylor and justifying it. There are sucessful politicians on the committee.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 11:11:41 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: .@DodgersBeat is reporting Oklahoma City Dodgers will be the name of the Triple-A team in OKC.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 04:33:49 PM CST @ok_t1234 That's a good point. Probably would in good years because there are so few good quail hunting places left.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 03:06:54 PM CST Oklahoma quail hunting has been excellent, but don't expect same from pheasants LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 03:01:39 PM CST Outdoors notebook: Wildlife Department confirms mountain lion sightings in Oklahoma LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 01:45:04 PM CST @ok_t1234 I would add Sunday as a hunting day.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 01:43:47 PM CST @ok_t1234 I think that would be better option and one they would do if hunters supported it.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 01:42:21 PM CST @ok_t1234 Plus they claim those birds have a low survival rate so closing a season wouldn't help much.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 01:01:15 PM CST @ok_t1234 Very doubtful. Department is funded by hunting and fishing license sales. And quail have rebounded this year.
Ed Godfrey Sat, Nov. 29 2014 02:43:49 PM CST RT @OKVarsityScores: OSSAA issues apology to Douglass for officials' error. Result of game will stand #okpreps LINK
Ed Godfrey Fri, Nov. 28 2014 10:55:41 PM CST RT @sportstoons: Thanks @EDGODFREY - signed print for you. Great ideas all. LINK
Ed Godfrey Fri, Nov. 28 2014 10:49:22 PM CST @sportstoons Outstanding