Ed Godfrey
Sports Sports Producer/ Designer/ 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


  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    CENTRAL Arcadia: May 23. Elevation slightly above normal, water 71 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on jigs and chartreuse spinnerbaits at 4-8 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. around marked brush piles. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, punch bait and crawfish in the river channel at Memorial Road. White […]

  • Outdoor notebook: Governor vetoes hog hunting bill

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a controversial hog hunting bill and issued an executive order directing the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to streamline the issuance of permits for exterminating feral hogs on private land. Fallin said her order will allow for safe and responsible feral hog eradication in Oklahoma. Fallin vetoed Senate Bill 1142 which would have authorized hog hunting at night with spotlights and without permission from state game wardens. Hog hunting at night with spotlights is currently allowed now at the discretion of state game wardens, who can issue permits to landowners with feral pig problems.

  • Oklahoma collector set to open fishing museum in Branson

    Oklahoma collector set to open fishing museum...

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    For Karl White of Luther, he hopes the third time really will be the charm. On Thursday, White's “History of Fishing Museum” will open in Branson, Mo., after two abandoned attempts at a similar museum in Oklahoma. “It's my legacy,” White said of the new museum. White, 76, earned a fortune as a scientist. He founded Crystal Laboratory, which developed allergy medications, in 1966. He sold the lab in 2004 and retired. But White's real passion was for fishing, and he got hooked on fishing collectibles. His collection of antique fishing tackle, boats and other memorabilia is valued between $4 million and $5 million.

  • Off-roading enthusiasts find adventure in out-of-the-way places

    Off-roading enthusiasts find adventure in...

    By Josh Jewell For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Getting outdoors, for me, is all about getting on my motorcycle and riding. I prefer to ride off the beaten path. Finding a road that left asphalt and concrete behind. A road that has some real spirit. A road that is going to lead me to a place I've never been and won't know what is around the next turn. It will no doubt throw some challenges and leave lots of room for things to go wrong. That's when a true adventure begins. Adventures and motorcycles go hand in hand. As soon as people could get a two-wheeled machine, they were off to see the world. My grandpa Jerry loves to tell me stories of his old bike. It was a 1948 Harley Davidson, and his twin brother, John, had a Harley, too. The two young sailors would

  • Governor vetoes controversial hog hunting bill

    Governor vetoes controversial hog hunting bill

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a controversial hog hunting bill and issued an executive order directing the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to streamline the issuance of permits for exterminating feral hogs on private land. Fallin said her order will allow for safe and responsible feral hog eradication in Oklahoma. Fallin vetoed Senate Bill […]

  • Gov. Mary Fallin vetoes controversial hog hunting bill

    Gov. Mary Fallin vetoes controversial hog...

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a controversial hog hunting bill

  • State tennis notebook: Edmond Memorial ends championship drought

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    The Bulldogs captured the Class 6A crown by five points over Jenks after finishing second to the Trojans last year. Edmond North finished third, the Huskies’ highest finish in a tournament this season.

  • Outdoors notebook: Summer fishing classes for families begin May 26 at Lake Arcadia

    Outdoors notebook: Summer fishing classes for...

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 15, 2016

    The free fishing classes, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each Thursday night through June and twice in July, are introductory courses designed for the entire family.

  • Outdoors: Enjoying Lake Overholser

    Outdoors: Enjoying Lake Overholser

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 15, 2016

    Built in 1919 to provide water to a treatment plant then operating at NW 6 and Pennsylvania Avenue, the lake is named for Ed Overholser, the 16th mayor of Oklahoma City

  • Outdoors: Wildlife Commissioner blasts hog hunting bill

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 15, 2016

    Oklahoma Senate Bill 1142 would allow hunters to shoot hogs at night with permission from the landowner without any license or permit. It also would allow use of night-vision equipment to hunt and kill wild hogs.

  • High school tennis: Brill transformed himself from soccer player to tennis ace

    High school tennis: Brill transformed himself...

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, May 13, 2016

    He quickly developed as a tennis player, earning a college scholarship to Washburn University and a top 20 ranking in the United States Tennis Association's Missouri Valley for boys in his age group.

  • High schools: State tennis tournament notebook

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, May 13, 2016

    Heritage Hall junior Sam Kakish has Type 1 diabetes. Sometimes during a tennis match, he would have to stop play and prick his finger to test his blood sugar.

  • Cabela's host seminars for women

    Cabela\'s host seminars for women

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    Cabela’s, 1200 West Memorial Road, will begin its four-day Ladies Day Out event on Thursday with a basics archery class for women at 5 p.m. On Friday, Sisters on The Fly will be hosting a fly fishing seminar at 5 p.m. Both Saturday and Sunday offers several afternoon seminars at the store designed for women […]

  • River sports: Devin McEwan clinches his spot Sunday on U.S. Olympic Team

    River sports: Devin McEwan clinches his spot...

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Sun, May 8, 2016

    His late father, Jamie, was a two-time Olympian and 1972 bronze medalist.

  • Book review: John Hart's much-anticipated thriller, 'Redemption Road'

    Book review: John Hart\'s much-anticipated...

    BY ED GODFREY Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 8, 2016

    Mystery leads detective on a road of secrets in this new page-turner.

  • All (wall)eyes are on Canton Lake this week

    All (wall)eyes are on Canton Lake this week

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, May 8, 2016

    Canton Lake is full again and boaters and anglers are returning, which is good news for this week's 48th annual Walleye Rodeo. The four-day fishing tournament is set for Thursday through Sunday. Prizes will be awarded for the five largest walleye, total pounds for all four days of the tournament, and the largest fish caught in 10 different species: striped bass, drum, buffalo, carp, sunfish, flathead catfish, white bass, channel catfish, black bass and striped bass hybrid. There also will be at least 300 tagged fish for cash prizes. The festivities surrounding the Walleye Rodeo in Canton, located about 90 minutes northwest of Oklahoma City, includes activities such as an art show, fun run, car show, street dance, a

  • Outdoor notebook: Wildlife Commission approves increase in elk harvest

    Outdoor notebook: Wildlife Commission approves...

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, May 8, 2016

    More hunters will be able to harvest elk this coming season on private lands in the state's Southwest Zone because of changes approved by the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission on Monday.  The harvest quota for elk in that zone will increase from 5 to 30. Once the zone quota is reached by hunters, elk hunting will close for the remainder of the season in that zone. Each of the state's seven elk hunting zones has a quota for harvested animals except for the Special Southwest Zone, where no elk harvest quota exists.  The resolution also eliminates the division of the Special Southwest Zone based on SH 115 during the additional antlerless season. This season will now apply to all private lands in Caddo, Comanche

  • Class A, 2A state track: Panhandle schools dominate

    Class A, 2A state track: Panhandle schools...

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 7, 2016

    Texhoma’s girls won its third consecutive crown in Class A while Turpin’s boys won its first state championship since 2009 by four points over second-place Oklahoma Christian Academy.

  • Class A, Class 2A state track: A record-setting day for Logan Dailey of Okemah

    Class A, Class 2A state track: A record-setting...

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Wright egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 7, 2016

    MIDWEST CITY — Defenses who lined up against Okemah's football team this past season knew of Logan Dailey's speed. On Saturday, the speed of the offensive player of the year in District 2A-5 was on display at the Class 2A-A state track meet at Carl Albert High School. Dailey set two Class 2A state track meet records in winning both the 100- and 200-meter dash. His time of 10.66 seconds in the 100 broke the record that he set Friday in the preliminaries and bested the previous record of 10.71 set in 2011 by Michael Ervin of Millwood. Dailey defeated his teammate, Josh Whisnant, who recorded a time of 10.81 in the 100. Both were members of Okemah's winning 400 relay on Saturday, with Dailey running the anchor

  • A STROKE OF GENIUS: Polish native has become the best whitewater kayaker in the U.S.

    A STROKE OF GENIUS: Polish native has become...

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, May 6, 2016

    He will be competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Canoe/Kayak slalom Saturday and Sunday on the new Riversports Rapid course in the Oklahoma City Boathouse District.




Ed Godfrey Fri, May. 27 2016 07:56:18 PM CST RT @Snoopy: Memorial Day Weekend! https://t.co/WmafnAs0nv
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 11:37:36 PM CST RT @Rosenbloom: @ESPNNBA unless the @nba sees this vine https://t.co/Gy4VJSkUCh
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 11:04:36 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Billy Donovan: "The difference in the game is they got to the free throw line 34 times"
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 10:57:49 PM CST RT @stevelackmeyer: Just realizing how busy downtown will be on Saturday...Big 12 at the Brick, Bullets Over Broadway at Civic Center, Thun…
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 10:56:34 PM CST RT @Big12Conference: #Big12SB: @OU_Softball takes game one of @NCAAsoftball Super Regional over Louisiana-Lafayette, 8-2, for 26th straight
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 10:32:19 PM CST RT @BillSimmons: Awesome game. OKC didn't get calls and didn't play well and kept fighting and fighting - bodes well for them for Game 6.
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 09:10:22 PM CST RT @si_nba: Halftime read: @SI_LeeJenkins on Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City and the growth of a franchise https://t.co/3PXesTtcDM https://t.co
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 07:05:15 PM CST RT @tornadopayne: 7:03pm- Tornado Watch EXPANDED to include more of SW Oklahoma. OKC still not included. Stay with @NEWS9. #okwx https://t.
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 07:04:13 PM CST RT @ClassicMovieHub: just for fun... Lucy & Ethel stealing John Wayne's footprints from Grauman's :) #ILoveLucy https://t.co/CaS4P64y9d
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 07:02:10 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Steve Kerr asked about Steph's knee again: "Ask Oklahoma City about the injuries they've dealt with in playoff runs ove…
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 07:01:14 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Blake Shelton agreed to buy Miranda Lambert's property on day divorce finalized https://t.co/W78OgXAKSO
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 03:42:27 PM CST RT @ClassicMovieHub: John Wayne recommended James Arness for the role of Matt Dillon on TV's Gunsmoke, Both Wayne & Arness were born today,…
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 03:40:36 PM CST RT @VisitOKC: Celebrate art this weekend at @PaseoOKC's Arts Festival. Get the deets here -> https://t.co/fKw6poItWv #SeeOKC https://t.co/…
Ed Godfrey Thu, May. 26 2016 01:44:35 PM CST RT @edkelley16: For the Memorial Day weekend, a sobering but good read: The American dead in foreign fields https://t.co/SxxkqCixHk @WSJ
Ed Godfrey Wed, May. 25 2016 09:40:05 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Billy Donovan uncorked a small-ball unit that was bad together all year. Against a historic team, it's worked. Why? htt
Ed Godfrey Wed, May. 25 2016 07:44:56 PM CST RT @WSJ: Everyone adores the Warriors. But the Oklahoma City Thunder might be worth your love, too. https://t.co/yqGVWE7lJu
Ed Godfrey Wed, May. 25 2016 06:23:17 PM CST RT @Mecoy: NEW: Miranda Lambert's Tishomingo boutique closes doors, by @BriOKC https://t.co/HsCaYePcVO
Ed Godfrey Wed, May. 25 2016 12:50:00 AM CST RT @BerryTramel: Thunder exacts the ultimate revenge on Draymond Green https://t.co/yvz6MXQqgf
Ed Godfrey Wed, May. 25 2016 12:49:43 AM CST RT @RealStevenAdams: https://t.co/unQAKJEVr6 Absolutely amazing
Ed Godfrey Wed, May. 25 2016 12:46:17 AM CST RT @ESPNStatsInfo: Russell Westbrook became the 1st with a 35 pt triple-double vs the defending champions since Jerry West in 1969. https:/

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