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


  • Outdoors notebook

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Trout stockings to cease on Lower Illinois River The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has stopped putting trout in the Lower Illinois River temporarily as the water temperature has become too warm for the cold-water fish. The combination of high temperatures and flood waters being released through the Tenkiller Dam has caused water quality problems in the river, said Jim Burroughs, regional fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The hatchery-trout might survive in the river at present, but they would not be actively feeding in the current conditions, he said.

  • Former big leaguer to speak at Beast Feast

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    For Buddy Groom, drawing back his bow on a big buck is the closest thing to the adrenaline rush he got on the pitching mound facing a major league hitter in a critical situation. “A lot of my baseball comes back out in me when I am in that situation,” Groom said. “My concentration and focus gets so strong. My nervousness doesn’t get to me until after the shot.” Groom pitched for 14 seasons and six teams in the major leagues, mostly as a reliever. Now, he is partner with Jeff Danker of Wellston in Buckventures Outdoors, which produces the television show, Buckventures, The Woodsman. Groom, 50, hunts for whitetails and mule deer all across the Midwest on the show, including the Oklahoma Panhandle.

  • Can anglers really use "smart lures" with Bluetooth technology to help them catch fish?

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    More and more, technology plays an increasing role in our lives, but how much technology do we really need, or want, when fishing? I go fishing to get away from that kind of stuff. Livingston Lures, the Texas-based bait company that is the Pied Piper of the fishing lure industry, first introduced its Electronic Baitfish Sounds (EBS) technology in 2004. Livingston's EBS lures are advertised to mimic the sounds of baitfish that bass prey on. The company got a big boost when Randy Howell won the 2014 Bassmaster Classic in Alabama by fishing with such a lure. Last year, Livingston introduced its new EBS MultiTouch technology, which allowed anglers to program a few sounds in their Livingston baits. At last week’s

  • Collected Wisdom of former major league baseball pitcher Buddy Groom

    Interviewed by Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Groom pitched for six different teams in his major league career: the Tigers, Marlins, A’s, Orioles, Yankees and Diamondbacks. He had a career record of 31-32 with 27 saves and an ERA of 4.64.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: July 22. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 85 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina rigs and square bills along submerged humps and road beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 11-14 ft. around marked brush piles and rocky points near the overlook. Channel and blue catfish fair on crawdads, shad and […]

  • Ponds in Oklahoma are full of water again. Now what most of them need are fish swimming in them.

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    An extremely wet spring has refilled central and western Oklahoma's once dry farm ponds with water. As a result, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has been flooded with requests from Oklahoma landowners for fish so those ponds can become fishing holes again. “We had two years of drought then we had all the rain this year and everybody’s pond filled up,” said Barry Bolton, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Department. “We have had a record number of applications this year (for fish). We have never seen anything like it.” The Wildlife Department operates four hatcheries across the state where they raise fish to put in Oklahoma’s lakes and rivers for state anglers to pursue.

  • Hatcheries provide millions of fish each year

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's four fish hatcheries in Medicine Park, Byron, Durant and Holdenville produce between 14 million and 16 million fish each year for Oklahoma’s lakes, rivers and ponds. Among the species regularly raised in the hatcheries are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish, saugeye, sauger, striped bass, striped bass hybrid and walleye. The Wildlife Department also trades for fish with hatcheries in other states, such as the recent trade with Wyoming for tiger muskies which were put in Lake Carl Etling in the Panhandle. One of the few species popular with Oklahoma anglers that is not raised in the hatchery system is crappie.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Round Rock dumps Dodgers

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Dodgers dropped the opening game Thursday night of a four-game homestand with Round Rock, losing 9-3 to the Express.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Dodgers have been one of professional baseball's best teams in 2015

    BY ED GODFREY Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Before Thursday night’s game at home against Round Rock to kick off the second part of the season, OKC had the best record in the Pacific Coast League at 56-32.

  • Idabel's Wells has burst on the recruiting scene

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Wells has burst on the recruiting scene after becoming the Idabel signal-caller last season as a junior and leading the Warriors to a 9-3 record. He is No. 10 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top high school senior recruits.

  • Flood waters have receded on the Lower Mountain Fork River, and the trout fishing is grand

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The fishing reports from the Lower Mountain Fork River in McCurtain County continue to be good. Oklahoma’s premier mountain stream has changed its appearance since the recent flooding. Spillway Creek, below the Broken Bow dam, is now a wide brawling, stream but the fishing since the flood waters have receded has been excellent. Now may be an excellent time to take a summer fishing trip to the Lower Mountain Fork River. Fly fisherman Donny Carter of Stratford spent a few days on the river last week and reported the trout fishing was just grand. “Despite the fears of some fishermen, the trout did not get washed away during the massive releases.” Carter said. “It’s (fishing) even better than before the

  • Outdoors notebook: Summer Expo opens Thursday at H&H

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Summer Expo opens Thursday at H&H Shooting Sports H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City will hold its annual Summer Expo Thursday through Saturday. Almost 100 firearms and archery representatives from the nation’s leading manufacturers will be on site at the Summer Expo to answer questions. Guests can take a “test drive” on the gun and archery range with the latest products. There will be kids’ archery classes each day at the Expo from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The classes cost $5 per student and are open to ages 6 to 18. The proceeds from the archery classes are donated to the H&H Helping Hands Fund, which supports charities that help grow the shooting sports. Register for the classes at

  • Collected Wisdom of champion steer wrestler Dale Yerigan

    Interviewed by Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Dale Yerigan was the International Professional Rodeo Association champion steer wrestler 11 times. Since 2007, the native Minnesotan has been general manager of the IPRA, which is headquartered in Oklahoma City and is the second largest professional rodeo organization in the country.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    CENTRAL  Arcadia: July 7. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 83 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina rigs at 6-10 ft. on submerged humps and road beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around marked brush piles and fishing docks. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad, punch bait and […]

  • Super 30: Jace Webb has college recruiters flocking to Hollis

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    HOLLIS -- Jace Webb is the biggest football recruit to come out of Hollis since Darrell Royal. Figuratively and literally. At 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, college football coaches are salivating over Webb’s size and athletic ability for a big lineman. “Big, athletic, physical,” Hollis coach Reade Box said of Webb. “He’s a starter on the basketball team. Made state in the shot and discus. He is a big, agile kid and has got some skills on him. He is an all-around good athlete, not just a big lineman.” Webb is No. 20 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the top high school football recruits in the state. He already has scholarship offers from Army, Wyoming, North Texas, Louisville, Arkansas, Ohio and Tulsa.

  • Super 30: Drew Dan can do it all for Checotah

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Last season at Checotah, Dan had 1,100 receiving yards, averaging 23 yards per catch, and scored 13 touchdowns. And he played parts of four games at quarterback for the Wildcats, becoming an emergency starter after two other quarterbacks were injured.

  • Outdoor Oklahoma host inspires others with disabilities

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    As a boy, Todd Craighead was shy, insecure and very self-conscious about his appearance. He was born with arthrogryposis, a birth defect that resulted in severe deformities to his limbs. Doctors didn’t expect him to live overnight, much less to become a fully independent adult. Doctors told Todd’s parents that if their newborn son did live, he would likely have to be taken care of all his life and perhaps institutionalized. Now age 46, Todd Craighead is one of the most recognized outdoorsmen in the state. For the past dozen years, he has been the host for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s television show, "Outdoor Oklahoma.

  • Outdoors notebook: Outdoor Oklahoma to celebrate 40th year on OETA

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    The “Outdoor Oklahoma” television show will celebrate its 40th anniversary on July 5. The special July 5 show, which airs on OETA, brings back past “Outdoor Oklahoma” hosts to join current host Todd Craighead for a roundtable discussion of hunting and fishing memories. Produced by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the weekly show debuts each Sunday at 8 a.m. and is re-broadcast several times throughout the week. BOATS MAY RETURN TO AMERICAN HORSE LAKE ON SEPT. 1 Boats will be allowed to return to American Horse Lake on Sept. 1. A previously announced date of July 1 that boats could return to the lake was incorrect, said Don Brown of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    CENTRAL  Arcadia: June 23. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 81 and murky. Largemouth bass good on salt craws and creature baits at 5-8 ft. on rocky points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. on marked brush piles and the fishing dock. Channel and blue catfish good on cut […]

  • Five Oklahoma lakes make Bassmaster Magazine's top 100

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Bassmaster Magazine’s annual list of the top 100 bass lakes in the country is not definitive proof which lake really has the best fishing, but one is certain: Oklahoma bass anglers have lots of choices. Five Oklahoma lakes made the magazine’s list this year – the most ever in the four years Bassmaster Magazine has ranked lakes – and there are nine Texas lakes, all within a day’s drive or less from Oklahoma, also on the list. “You’ll are in bass central it seems like,” said James Hall, editor of Bassmaster Magazine. “You’ll have some incredible bass fisheries. There is something about the earth in that Texas-Oklahoma area that just makes bass grow big and quickly.




Ed Godfrey Today at 12:26 AM RT @TheOklahoman: In The Oklahoman, read about Ralph Terry who overcame injury and disappointment to become one of Oklahoma's best. http://
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 27 2015 10:12:14 PM CST RT @Cardinals: #THATSAWINNER! Final: #STLCards 4, #Reds 1. W-Lynn (8-5) L-Iglesias (1-3) SV-Rosenthal (31) HR-Wong (11) http://t.co/BIm…
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 27 2015 08:38:58 PM CST RT @Cardinals: GRAND SLAM! Kolten Wong sends the 3-2 pitch deep into the St. Louis night! #STLCards lead 4-1 in the 4th! http://t.co/t7p…
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Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 26 2015 02:12:57 PM CST Former big leaguer to speak at Beast Feast http://t.co/FMBkC80r1R
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 26 2015 02:12:30 PM CST Can anglers really use http://t.co/g9M71qplIq
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 26 2015 02:11:56 PM CST Collected Wisdom of former major league baseball pitcher Buddy Groom http://t.co/TauNQSb6HT
Ed Godfrey Fri, Jul. 24 2015 10:18:14 PM CST RT @Cardinals: #THATSAWINNER! Final: #STLCards 4, #Braves 2. W-Cooney (1-0) L-Banuelos (1-2) SV-Siegrist (5) HR-Grichuk (11) http://t.co
Ed Godfrey Fri, Jul. 24 2015 09:50:36 PM CST RT @NYTNational: Op-Ed Columnist: The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud http://t.co/Xgox7mY7XO
Ed Godfrey Thu, Jul. 23 2015 09:38:37 PM CST RT @BBTN: Matt Carpenter and Randal Grichuk each hit their 10th HR of the season to lead @Cardinals to a 4-3 win over Royals. http://t.co/4…
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jul. 22 2015 11:27:19 PM CST Weekly Fishing Report http://t.co/LqUqTXZtBR
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 21 2015 10:18:28 PM CST RT @Cardinals: #THATSAWINNER! http://t.co/Z9Z0cPsIp3
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 21 2015 08:21:04 PM CST RT @Cardinals: GRAND SLAM HOLLIDAY! http://t.co/bCRN6oMzIz
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Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 21 2015 03:46:45 PM CST Alluring attractions: Here are the top 10 most popular fishing lures ever made in Oklahoma http://t.co/KmBIV9a3zg
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 20 2015 07:48:29 PM CST These photos are how we'll remember Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert as a country power couple http://t.co/FDcMvGihnK
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Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 20 2015 01:02:22 PM CST RT @kosar1969: My new monthly column -- Purely Subjective: Farewell to my redneck kin http://t.co/NFw3NdNdr5 @TheOklahoman @NewsOK

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