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, Apr 27, 2016

     CENTRAL Arcadia: April 18. 26. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 62 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap. Bass fair to good on swim baits and Alabama rigs at 3-5 ft. along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky […]

  • Climb every mountain: Double amputee conquers another goal by running half-marathon

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    Driving to high school basketball practice in his hometown of Schell City, Mo., Alexander lost control on a curve, flipping his pickup truck. The 16-year-old wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected.

  • Outdoor notebook: OKC youth fishing classes begin May 7

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department's free summer fishing classes for youth will begin May 7. Classes are scheduled in May, June and July at different locations in Oklahoma City. The classes are open to boys and girls, ages 5 through 15. Staff from the city's H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will be the instructors.   Fishing poles, tackle and bait are provided during each class. The classes are by reservation only and children must be accompanied by an adult. Classes will be held at Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N Bryant, on May 7, June 11 and July 9. Classes will be held at Metro Tech Springlake, 1900 Springlake Drive, on May 14, June 18 and July 16.

  • The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a must visit

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial in 2016. In Oklahoma, there are three parks that are part of the National Park Service. Two are managed by the National Park Service and the other, the Oklahoma City National Memorial, is an affiliated site, where the agency provides guides. The Washita National Battlefield Historic Site in western Oklahoma is managed by the National Park Service along with the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, the oldest site in the state that is part of the National Park Service. The scenic Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur is one of my favorite places in Oklahoma. Many people obviously feel the same way. It attracts 1.5 million visitors each year.

  • Outdoor notebook: Free hatchery tours available Friday

    Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    The H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery in Oklahoma City will hold an open house Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Guests can tour the hatchery where more than 500,000 walleye, striped bass hybrids and channel catfish are raised and stocked in Oklahoma City lakes and ponds. The hatchery, 10940 N Meridian, is operated by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department. The open house is part of the city's Earth Month activities. For more information, call 297-1426 or visit www.okc.gov/parks. SPORTING CLAY CONTEST TO BENEFIT CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK The fifth annual “Aiming for Miracles” Sporting Clay shoot will be Friday at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie beginning at noon. The event is a fundraiser

  • State high school and junior high trap shooting champions crowned

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    State high school and junior high trap shooting champions were crowned Wednesday in El Reno at the Oklahoma Skeet and Trap Shooting Association Shooting Park. Winning the senior division (ninth through 12th grade) team title was Altus. Blair was the runner-up. Winning the junior division (seventh and eighth grades) team crown was Chisholm, and Locust Grove finished second. Individual winners were Tanner Grubbs, Claremore-Sequoyah, first in senior boys. Robert Ernsting of Okarche placed second. Senior girls: Shelby Skaggs of Pond Creek-Hunter was the winner. Terin Fletcher of Stilwell was second. Junior girls: Ally Angelly, Blair, was the champion, and Kassie Pendergrass of Colbert was runner-up.

  • Meeker teen chosen by B.A.S.S. as high school All-American candidate

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    When Jacob Keenom of Meeker was just 2 years old, his grandfather would take a rope and tie it to his grandson's belt loop and the back seat of his fishing boat. His grandfather would allow for just enough rope so Jacob could reach the edge of the boat and bass fish without falling overboard. By age 4, Jacob was fishing in bass tournaments with his grandfather, Leonard Brightwell of Prague, a longtime bass tournament angler in Oklahoma. “It was his grandfather who got him excited about (fishing),” said Jacob's father, Bobby Keenom. By the fourth grade, Jacob had already decided he wanted to be a pro angler someday. By the sixth grade, he quit playing all other sports so he could concentrate solely on fishing,

  • Memorial Marathon: OKC runners to get CPR training

    By Ed Godrey, Staff Writer, egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    At the National Running Congress in Los Angeles in February, there was a clear message Kari Watkins and other race directors received from the organizers of the country's biggest marathons. Every person who runs in a marathon should receive CPR training. So Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, returned from California with a mandate for the staff and volunteers of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Everyone will be trained in CPR, including as many runners as possible. "It's an opportunity for runners to save runners," she said.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    CENTRAL Arcadia: April 12. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass fair to good on soft plastic baits and square bill bits at 3-5 ft. along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Proposed game warden bill gutted in state House

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 10, 2016

    A Senate bill that would have required state game wardens to get permission before entering private land to investigate a gunshot has been thwarted in the state House of Representatives. The language in Senate Bill 1142 that would have barred game wardens from entering private land based solely on the sound of a gunshot was replaced in the House. The bill now contains proposed legislation about feral hog hunting. The Oklahoma State Game Wardens opposed the bill in its original form. Another piece of legislation opposed by game wardens which would allow the use of gun suppressors on public hunting land is still alive. TRAIL RIDING EVENT SCHEDULED NEAR WATONGA The 30th annual Roman Nose Hills Trail Ride will be

  • A true calling: Call-maker specializes in making turkey wingbone calls

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 10, 2016

    At his home on Dirty Creek, five miles north of Warner, Ron Jordan makes some of the finest wingbone turkey calls in the country. Wingbone calls are the oldest known turkey calls. Yelpers from the bones of turkey wings have been unearthed in ancient Indian artifacts. Today, the wingbone mouthpiece has been replaced with modern calls by most turkey hunters. Jordan thinks that is a shame. “Really very few people use them,” Jordan said. “It's surprising how many turkey hunters don't even know what they are. They may have heard about them but they don't know how good they can be. “Having a wingbone call just puts another tool within your reach when nothing else works. I think they are really good for public

  • Kingston angler's catch goes viral

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    Catching a 2-pound crappie is uncommon. Catching a 3-pound crappie is rare. Catching a 4-pound crappie is unheard of. At least it was until March 29, when Michael Lawson of Kingston caught a 4.22-pound crappie on Durant City Lake. Lawson, who frequents the lake, not only caught a crappie that was just ounces shy of the state record, he also boated another crappie that exceeded 3 pounds. “It wasn't just a home run,” said Matt Mauck, south-central region fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “It was a grand slam day for Mr. Lawson.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    CENTRAL Arcadia: April 4. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. along riprap. Bass fair to good on swim baits and Alabama rigs at 4-6 ft. around points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and the draw down on the dam. White […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Controlled hunt applications begin Monday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 3, 2016

    Hunters can apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's 2016-17 controlled hunts beginning Monday. For a total cost of $5, sportsmen can put their names in the running for Oklahoma hunts for deer, elk, antelope and turkey. Some of the available hunts are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Others include hunts on Wildlife Department or other government-owned or managed lands where unrestricted hunting would pose safety concerns or overharvest might occur. Popular hunts include the elk and deer hunts on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and the archery deer hunts at the McAlester Army Ammunition Depot. Applicants must apply online at www.wildlifedepartment.com. Hunters' names are drawn at random

  • Turkey season opens Wednesday and the hunting sometimes can be comical

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 3, 2016

    For seasoned hunters, the reward from turkey hunting is less about the beards and the spurs and more about the memories and stories. Some funny things can happen in the turkey woods. Turkeys can be goofy. So can turkey hunters.  With that in mind, I asked a couple of two longtime veteran turkey hunters and guides — taxidermist and outfitter Melvin Hart of Yukon and Jerick Hanley, hunting manager for the Chain Ranches in Kansas and Oklahoma — to share their most comical turkey hunting moments. The Great Decoy Hunt Several years ago, Hart was hunting in western Oklahoma near Leedey with a couple of friends.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    CENTRALArcadia: March 29. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass fair to good on swim baits and square bill baits at 5-8 ft. around points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and […]

  • Turkey season forecast

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Oklahoma’s 2016 spring turkey hunting seasons kicks off Saturday and Sunday for youths 17 and younger in all areas except the Southeast Region. The general spring turkey hunting season will run April 6 to May 6 in all areas except the Southeast Region.     Based on field reports submitted in the past few days by […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Teams, individuals qualify for state shoot

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    The Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program held its regional shooting contests last week. The top teams and individuals from the regionals qualified for the 2016 State Shoot on April 13 at the Oklahoma Trap and Skeetshooter's Association in El Reno. The high school team with the top qualifying score was Altus, and the top junior high team was Chisholm. Sixteen high school teams and eight junior high teams from the regionals advanced to the state shoot along with numerous individual shooters. About 1,200 students from 92 schools in the state competed in the regionals. MEMORIAL SERVICE SET FOR BIG JOE MCCRARY A memorial service for "Big" Joe McCrary is scheduled April 9 at Crystal Lake, 6625 SW

  • The Oklahoma Marlin: Oklahoma City trio get introduced to spoonbill fishing

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    Brad Homer of Mustang has replaced his spring bass fishing trips to Lake Fork, Texas, with snagging for spoonbills on Fort Gibson Lake. “When you first hit ‘em, it's like latching on to a Mack truck,” Homer said of snagging Oklahoma's most unique fish. Homer, who sits on the planning commission for the City of Mustang, got hooked on fishing for what biologists call paddlefish and Oklahoma anglers commonly call spoonbills seven years ago. Now, he takes at least a half-dozen trips each spring to northeastern Oklahoma when the spoonbills begin their spawning runs up the rivers. “I used to go to Lake Fork every year,” Homer said. “Then I got turned on to this spoonbill fishing, and I haven't been to Lake

  • OKC angler lands new lake record hybrid at Hefner

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    Clidell Woody caught such a big fish that he stopped traffic around Lake Hefner last week. “Everybody who drove by that seen me holding it stopped to look at it,” Woody said. “I decided I better take this over to Lucky Lure and have him (owner David Hughes) weigh it. “When I walked through the door, the first thing he said was, ‘Woody, you got the lake record.'” Lucky Lure Tackle on Britton Road is the official record keeper for Lake Hefner, and Hughes knew on first sight that Woody's fish was bigger than any striped bass hybrid pulled from there before. Woody's fish weighed 16.1 pounds, beating the old record of 14.8 pounds set by Glen Burling of Oklahoma City in August 2010.




Ed Godfrey Thu, Apr. 28 2016 05:07:06 PM CST RT @AndrewKnittle: Congrats to Nolan Clay and Randy Ellis, Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Famers https://t.co/G6gmllWhmT
Ed Godfrey Thu, Apr. 28 2016 05:05:45 PM CST RT @JoeHight: Great scene of Diane Clay taking photo of @nolan50ok as he delivers OK Journalism HOF speech. https://t.co/hKT2lWbNTi
Ed Godfrey Wed, Apr. 27 2016 10:42:46 PM CST @OKRelig The rest of the Rockets to The Beard: "Play some defense."
Ed Godfrey Wed, Apr. 27 2016 09:44:59 PM CST RT @jacobunruh: The OKC Dodgers' Food Truck Triple Play event Friday has been postponed due to weather forecast. https://t.co/WqvlQNj6sq
Ed Godfrey Wed, Apr. 27 2016 09:43:52 PM CST RT @CoveyRiseMag: Met Delmar? https://t.co/qNEE77HaaZ https://t.co/Ba28MaVCPT
Ed Godfrey Wed, Apr. 27 2016 06:46:52 PM CST RT @pagebulls: Thanks! https://t.co/IZ6ZX8OiaY
Ed Godfrey Tue, Apr. 26 2016 10:01:21 PM CST RT @julianakeeping: Calling it a night. Pretty mild for #okwx. Thx to green shift at @OKCFD Station No. 25 for the hospitality! Stay safe a…
Ed Godfrey Tue, Apr. 26 2016 07:13:02 PM CST @jasonkersey Hey, is Kendalls open tonight? I am still craving a chicken fried steak.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Apr. 26 2016 04:42:29 PM CST RT @pagebulls: SweetPro's Long John...What an amazing bull he is. This is a great tribute to how awesome he is! https://t.co/yQfadHJ1Mc
Ed Godfrey Tue, Apr. 26 2016 04:30:40 PM CST RT @okbizeditor: Saying goodbye to longtime newsman Paul English. RIP Paul. #oldtimers https://t.co/iJB0nKFUSV
Ed Godfrey Mon, Apr. 25 2016 09:31:08 PM CST Hero ball works when you have heroes #ThunderUp
Ed Godfrey Mon, Apr. 25 2016 03:34:31 PM CST RT @ClassicMovieHub: Happy World Penguin Day :) waugh waugh... #Batman #BurgessMeredith #WorldPenguinDay https://t.co/yOSZSavqUs
Ed Godfrey Mon, Apr. 25 2016 03:18:32 PM CST RT @MLBONFOX: The only thing hotter than @ARizzo44 right now? His cereal, RizzOs. https://t.co/m5ZL0unSCU
Ed Godfrey Mon, Apr. 25 2016 01:38:27 PM CST RT @PBS: Celebrate 100 years of National Parks! Watch #NationalParksPBS starting tonight, at 9/8c on @PBS. https://t.co/niRI8jQ8fp
Ed Godfrey Sun, Apr. 24 2016 11:09:12 PM CST Climb every mountain: Double amputee conquers another goal by running half-marathon https://t.co/co0mPAva3O
Ed Godfrey Sun, Apr. 24 2016 08:32:16 PM CST CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN: Double amputee conquers another goal by running half-marathon https://t.co/co0mPAva3O
Ed Godfrey Sun, Apr. 24 2016 06:44:53 PM CST RT @NewsOKPhoto: Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 24, 2016, in OKC, Okla. https://t.co/bWPQxgdCvO #memorialmarathon #newsok https:/
Ed Godfrey Sun, Apr. 24 2016 06:11:55 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Outdoor notebook: OKC youth fishing classes begin May 7 https://t.co/P7kEtbRsQK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Apr. 24 2016 06:09:52 PM CST The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a must visit https://t.co/PQuD41R9qG
Ed Godfrey Sun, Apr. 24 2016 06:09:26 PM CST RT @NewsOK: The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a must visit https://t.co/YAowWBMpFL

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