Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.

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

Top Stories

  • Kayaks aid in early duck hunt

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Oklahoma’s September teal season (Sept. 13-28) gives duck hunters the first opportunity at wing shooting before the serious waterfowling begins this winter. An opening day hunt at Lake Thunderbird required an early wakeup call for duck hunters Alex Allen and Easton Ramsey of Edmond, who were being guided by Garret Kent of Luther, owner of First Flight Outfitters (405-550-6754). Allen is a kayak angler and American canoe instructor, and on this adventure, their kayaks would also serve as duck blinds. “Instead of walking in with all of our gear over a half a mile, we decided to paddle in with all of our decoys and gear, which consisted of two dozen teal decoys, some goose decoys and a couple of mojos,” Allen

  • Outdoors notebook: Wildlife Expo returns to Lazy E next weekend

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    After a one-year hiatus, the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo returns to the Lazy E Arena and Ranch in Guthrie Friday through Sunday. Friday is reserved for school field trips. Admission and parking is free. The Expo will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There will be many activities for families such as fishing, archery and kayaking, along with numerous seminars on topics ranging from crappie fishing to mule packing. For more information, visit www.wildlifedepartmentexpo.com. DRAWING FOR OKC DUCK BLINDS ON SATURDAY The annual drawing for waterfowl blinds at Lake Stanley Draper and the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge will be Saturday at Lake Draper Marina, 8301 SE 104 (near West

  • Outdoors notebook: QDMA names ODWC its 'Agency of the Year'

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    QDMA names ODWC its ‘Agency of the Year’ The Quality Deer Management Association on Monday presented its 2014 Agency of the Year Award to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Wildlife Department Director Richard Hatcher accepted the award from J.B. Wynn, southwest region director for the QDMA, at Monday’s meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission. “The agencies that have usually received this award in the past have always had a record of innovative and positive deer management techniques through positive changes through regulations and hunter education,” Wynn said. “The Oklahoma Department of (Wildlife) Conservation has not only done one of those, but they’ve done both of those.

  • Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program working to get kids to enjoy the outdoors

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    In the past seven years, volunteers of the Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program (formerly known as the Youth Hunting and Shooting Program) have taken as many as 300 kids ages 12 to 17 on their first hunts.

  • Gentle giants compete in 6-horse hitch finals

    Staff Writer |
    Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Horse shows have been part of the Oklahoma State Fair since there has been a state fair. Equine competitions once again will be a big part of the fair. New this year at the fair will be the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Finals, which will be held in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Fair Draft Horse Show. The Oklahoma State Fair has been selected as the host site for the championship event for the next three years. The top 12 hitches from across North America will qualify for the championship show.

  • Outdoors notebook: Teal, resident Canada goose seasons opens Saturday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Oklahoma’s two early waterfowl seasons, the teal season and the resident Canada goose season, open Saturday statewide. “We for sure don’t have a shortage of resident Canada geese, and we are hoping for teal,” said Alan Peoples, chief of the wildlife division for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “With the reports of fronts coming through, teal season should be good.” Teal season runs through Sept. 28, while the resident Canada goose season runs through Sept. 22. Because blue-winged teal and green-winged teal usually migrate through Oklahoma much earlier than many other ducks, hunters are offered the chance to harvest the birds before the regular duck seasons. The daily limit for teal is

  • A refuge for geese

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    A fun outdoors spectacle to behold in western Oklahoma is the geese on the Washita National Wildlife Refuge near Butler. When the migration begins this winter, the refuge will have as many as 100,000 geese visiting daily.

  • Dove season opener a success

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Monday’s dove season opener was one of the best in recent years, judging from reports around the state. Alan Peoples, chief of the wildlife division, said the state’s public hunting areas in western and central Oklahoma were crowded with hunters and birds. “Lots of good reports,” Peoples said. “Some of the best dove shoots from I-35 west that we’ve had in a long time.” Peoples said the Wildlife Department works hard on its wildlife management areas to prepare fields that hopefully will entice birds for the opening day of dove season. “This year didn’t disappoint us,” he said. Sunday, Sept. 7, is a free hunting day in the state. No hunting license or Harvest Information Permit is needed

  • High School football: District C-3 preview: Coyle is the favorite but will field a young squad

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Coyle is looking to make the playoffs for its fourth straight year, but the 2014 Bluejackets will be young. Of Coyle’s 18-man roster, only two are seniors. The Bluejackets return just three starters, and one is changing positions. But that doesn’t mean Coyle is inexperienced. Many of the projected starters got playing time last year, even if it was in the second half of blowouts. “We got a lot of experience last year with these younger guys,” Coyle head coach Shane Weathers said. The coach’s son, junior Jared Weathers, will move from tight end to quarterback to replace his older brother, Ryan, who graduated. “Jared probably played quarterback as much as Ryan did last year,” Shane Weathers said.

  • District C-2 football preview: Tipton's Bryant Flores ready to be No. 1 running back

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND ED GODFREY | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Tipton’s Bryant Flores has never been the No. 1 running back. That rings true despite rushing for 1,324 yards and leading the Tigers with 30 touchdowns last season. But that will change this season as he’s the go-to guy in the offense for quarterback Gerald White.

  • District C-1 football preview: Cherokee defense still stout

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    It took nine games for someone to finally figure out how to score against the Cherokee defense, and even then, no one managed more than 14 points against the Chiefs, who finished as the undefeated Class C champions with a 38-14 win over Tipton.

  • Outdoors notebook: Free hunting days next weekend in Oklahoma

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Oklahoma’s annual free hunting days will be Sept. 6 and 7. No hunting licenses or Harvest Information Program permits will be required to hunt in the state on those dates. Dove and squirrel will be in season. Dove season opens Monday statewide. The daily bag limit is 15, and, except on the free hunting days, a state hunting license (or proof of exemption) and a HIP permit are required. Both are available online at www.wildlifedepartment.com. Dove season runs through Oct. 31, with another nine-day dove season Dec. 20-28 statewide. QUAIL FOREVER FORMS CHAPTER IN LAWTON The conservation organization Quail Forever has established another new chapter in the state, this one in southwest Oklahoma.

  • Time to check out the bugling elk

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    One of the coolest things in Oklahoma is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwest Oklahoma between Lawton and Altus. And one of the coolest things you can see and hear on the refuge in September and October are bugling elk.

  • Edmond's Kurt Miller wins senior division at international shooting competition

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Edmond marksman Kurt Miller has added another international shooting crown to his resume. Miller, 55, won the senior division (ages 50 and older) of the International Practical Shooting Confederation’s Nordic Rifle Championship last weekend in Heinola, Finland. He also was the top overall international shooter (contestants not from a Nordic country) in the competition. It is the second time Miller has won the Nordic Rifle Championship, which attracts the top shooters in the world. Miller also owns two world shotgun championships and two American titles in three-gunning (a pistol, rifle and shotgun competition).

  • District B-4 football preview: Keota wants to take the next step

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    The Lions are seeking their first district championship in nearly 20 years and a deeper playoff run.

  • District B-3 football preview: Davenport returns seven of eight offensive starters

    By Ed Godfrey and Trent Shadid | Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Davenport, ranked No. 3 in the preseason, returns offensive experience. Junior quarterback Hunter Reed, coach John Greenfield’s stepson, is back after rushing for 870 yards and passing for 1,655 yards last season.

  • High school football: District B-1 preview

    By Chris Brannick and Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Position battles taking palce at Pond Creek-Hunter. Panthers hope to knock off defending state champion Laverne.

  • High school football: District A-8 preview

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Talihina Golden Tigers have sights on gold ball. That’s what happens when a team returns eight starters on offense and nine on defense from a team that finished 13-1 last season and reached the state semifinals.

  • High school notebook: El Reno deep at tailback

    By Ed Godfrey, Scott Wright, Trent Shadid and Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    New El Reno football coach Wes Brower knows he has plenty of options at the tailback position. He plans to use four, led by senior Cal Baker, who injured his knee in the second game last year and was lost for the season.

  • High school notebook: Clinton's Marquiz Simpkins to attend OU opener


    Clinton running back Marquiz Simpkins’ recruiting appears to be picking up. He tweeted Tuesday that he will accept an invitation to attend Oklahoma’s season opener on Saturday against Louisiana Tech. Simpkins also indicated in the tweet that the trip will serve as one of his official visits. Last season, he rushed for 1,399 yards and 14 touchdowns while battling various injuries. As a sophomore, he broke out with more than 2,000 yards and 29 TDs while leading Clinton to the Class 4A title. Simpkins currently has scholarship offers from South Dakota and Tulsa. WESTMOORE TO USE RUNNING BACK BY COMMITTEE After featuring mostly a one-running back offense last season, Westmoore will transition to using a

Ed Godfrey Tue, Sep. 16 2014 03:55:25 PM CST Outdoors notebook: QDMA names ODWC its 'Agency of the Year' LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Sep. 15 2014 05:10:59 PM CST Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program working to get kids to enjoy the outdoors LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Sep. 15 2014 05:01:40 PM CST RT @Bricktown411: Great article on why you should visit OKC. Thanks for the love @BostonGlobe! A shout-out to @mickeys_steaks as well! http…
Ed Godfrey Tue, Sep. 09 2014 03:26:33 PM CST Outdoors notebook: Teal, resident Canada goose seasons opens Saturday LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Sep. 09 2014 03:25:36 PM CST A refuge for geese LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Sep. 08 2014 01:26:14 AM CST RT @stl_baseball: [ESPN] Time to start fearing the Cardinals LINK #stlcards #cardinals
Ed Godfrey Sat, Sep. 06 2014 02:20:41 PM CST Sooners have half a hundred. Have reached the Switzer Standard. #sooners
Ed Godfrey Fri, Sep. 05 2014 01:52:15 AM CST @LongmirePosse @scotthorton Some network smarter than A&E will pick up Longmire
Ed Godfrey Thu, Aug. 28 2014 03:09:26 PM CST The real season opener is Monday. Dove season. #Hunting
Ed Godfrey Tue, Aug. 26 2014 01:14:24 AM CST @BeaversBend Glad someone got some use out of it
Ed Godfrey Tue, Aug. 26 2014 01:11:58 AM CST RT @BeaversBend: No wrapping paper, so I packaged wife's birthday present with @EDGODFREY outdoor column from Sunday Oklahoman newspaper. #…
Ed Godfrey Sun, Aug. 24 2014 04:23:58 PM CST Oklahoma dove season opens Sept. 1 LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Aug. 17 2014 01:02:07 PM CST A club of their own LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Aug. 17 2014 12:50:56 PM CST A club of their own LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Aug. 13 2014 11:00:12 PM CST High school football: District 3A-8 preview LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Aug. 09 2014 05:27:05 PM CST Collected Wisdom: Courtney Paris, Tulsa Shock center and former OU basketball star LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Aug. 06 2014 09:44:21 PM CST RT @James_Stafford: Nice play by Holliday. Very Nelson Cruz-like. @Cardinals @CardsInsider
Ed Godfrey Wed, Aug. 06 2014 04:15:22 PM CST Two old dogs going down the road LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Aug. 03 2014 02:29:16 PM CST Perry's CCC Lake will open for winter trout fishing LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Aug. 03 2014 02:09:01 PM CST @jasonkersey @OU_Football 1976 game film of Stigler-Eufaula. I'm sure he remembers a safety who torpedoed him. He fell down 10 yards later.