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


  • Eight-time world champion roper Roy Cooper has had immeasurable influence on sport

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES — Tuf Cooper always remembers his dad being a big deal. He could see it in the awe-stricken faces of the young cowboys who would show up at Tuf’s house to learn from the great Roy Cooper, who will be inducted in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame with five others on Aug. 4.

  • Outdoors notebook: Waterfowl Stamp contest now open

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    The pintail duck has been selected as the subject for this year’s Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp design competition. Artists have until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 to submit artwork for the contest that has been conducted since 1980 by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The winning artwork will serve as the design for the 2015-16 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp. Waterfowl stamps are bought by waterfowl hunters in the state and collectors nationwide. The winning artist will receive a $1,200 purchase award courtesy of NatureWorks, a Tulsa-based conservation organization. The 2014-15 Oklahoma Waterfowl License is now on sale at the Department’s website, wildlifedepartment.com.

  • Jimmy Houston to appear in Oklahoma City on Tuesday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Oklahoma’s most famous fisherman has no plans to slow down even after turning 70 on Monday

  • Shooters compete in International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association world championships at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Shooters from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia and Paraguay finished a week-long competition Saturday in the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association world championships held at the Oklahoma City Gun Club. Shooters had to knock down heavy metallic silhouette targets of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams from various distances up to 200 meters. Distances ranged from 10 to 18 yards for air pistols and 25 to 100 yards in the small-bore division (pistols chambered for .22 long rifle cartridge only). In the big-bore division for powerful centerfire handguns only, the distances ranged from 50 meters to 200 meters. Shooters had a 30-second load command and two minutes to fire upon a group of five

  • Navarre Beach Fishing Pier a hidden gem

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The longest fishing pier extending into the Gulf of Mexico is a popular spot for fishing, as well as watching dolphins and other creatures of the sea.

  • Lower Illinois River a prime fishing spot

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    You can try your luck catching both trout and striped bass near Gore.

  • Oklahoma City Gun Club to host the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) World Championship

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Gun Club will host the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) World Championship Saturday through July 25 at the club’s range north of Arcadia. This is the second time in three years that the Oklahoma City Gun Club has been the site for the world championship. “Our silhouette range is the finest facility in the country, if not the world,” said Jim Fields, match director at the Oklahoma City Gun Club and past world champion in the IHMSA. “I really love the competition in this sport. It’s thicker than syrup. Some of the best marksmen in the world are right here at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

  • IFYR: Bull rider Wyatt Rogers dedicates this year to his father

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    SHAWNEE — When Wyatt Rogers steps into the bucking chute Thursday night at the International Finals Youth Rodeo, he will pause for a few seconds to say a prayer and ask his father to watch over him. It’s something the Locust Grove High School senior does each time since his father’s sudden death in May. Wyatt now rides for his dad, Dusty. “This year is all for my dad,” Wyatt said. “The IFYR (International Youth Finals Rodeo) and nationals is all for him.” Warren “Dusty” Rogers of Rose was a steer wrestler and team roper who began teaching his son to be a cowboy almost as soon as Wyatt left the crib. “My dad said I had a rope in my hand ever since I could walk,” Wyatt said.

  • Porum's Justin McDaniel to be inducted into IFYR Hall of Fame

    By Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    SHAWNEE — Before Justin McDaniel became a world champion in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the Porum bronc rider was a two-time champ at the International Finals Youth Rodeo. “That was the biggest stage for me at the time,” said McDaniel, 27, who participated in the rodeo as a 16- and 17-year-old. “I looked forward to going to Shawnee since I was in grade school. One of my biggest goals was to win that thing. “I treated it like the NFR (National Finals Rodeo). That was like winning the world title to me. It meant everything in the world to me.” Competing against the best high school cowboys from across the country, McDaniel was the IFYR bareback champion in both 2003 and 2004. He also was the

  • International Finals Youth Rodeo: Trevor Reese doesn't fit the usual mold for a rodeo cowboy

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Trevor Reese didn’t grow up living the rodeo life. The 17-year-old bareback bronc rider from Pueblo, Colo., was raised on a farm, and his father works as a diesel mechanic.

  • Quail Forever chapters sprouting up around state

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Oraganization’s president, Laura McIver, has helped start four new chapters: in the Panhandle, northeast Oklahoma, Tulsa and western Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma State to hold Wildlife Food Plot Day in Slaughterville

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Bagging a mature buck on your land starts long before the hunt begins. It begins with managing the deer herd on your land. One management tool a landowner can use is to plant food plots. On Saturday, Oklahoma State University will hold its second annual Wildlife Food Plot Day in Slaughterville, just south of Noble. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service with several state and national seed companies, the free event will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Participants will get a tour of several acres of a variety of food plots and learn from experts about the best management practices and products. In essence, the discussion will be about what to plant, when to plant and how to plant.

  • Outdoors notebook: Archery, bowhunting classes offered at Summer Expo

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    H&H Shooting Sports will offer archery, kids archery, bowhunting and concealed carry options classes as part of the store’s annual Summer Expo on July 17-19. Called Expo University, space is limited for the classes, and registration is required. For more information, visit www.HHShootingSports.com. WHISTLERFEST FOR KIDS SCHEDULED JULY 19 AT ARCADIA LAKE The Central Oklahoma 89ers chapter of Quail Forever will hold its “WhistlerFest” July 19 for ages 5 and older. The youth event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arcadia Conservation Education Center at Arcadia Lake. Fishing, hiking, nature photography and archery are just some of the activities that kids may participate in. Registration is

  • International Finals Youth Rodeo returns to Shawnee on Sunday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Annual rodeo has become a big part of summer, and the town’s biggest event.

  • Outdoors notebook: Volunteers needed for annual Camp Cavett fishing trips

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Camp Cavett is looking for volunteers with boats to take more than 150 kids from OU Children’s Hospital on two morning fishing trips next month. Camp Cavett is an annual summer camp on Lake Texoma for seriously ill children. The camp depends on volunteers so it will have enough boats to take all of the kids fishing on the lake. On July 10, the camp will offer a striper fishing trip for the kids. On July 12, the kids will get to go fishing for “anything that bites” in the camp’s annual fishing derby. After the fishing derby during a shore lunch, prizes will be given to the kids catching the largest fish in five categories. Boats will launch out of Catfish Bay Marina each morning at 6 a.m. Tackle and bait

  • Lake Hefner often overlooked for fishing

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    “For a city fishery, it’s probably one of the best in the country,” said David Hughes, owner of Lucky Lure Tackle in Oklahoma City

  • Canoe Marathon National Championships: Weekend races on Oklahoma River served as a trial run for world championships

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    “It’s a huge deal,” said Oklahoma City paddler Kaitlyn McElroy, who on Sunday qualified with partner Maggie Hogan of Oklahoma City for their third consecutive world championships in marathon racing.

  • Outdoors notebook: Oklahoma quail's population might rebound this year

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    State wildlife biologists are optimistic about this year’s quail hatch because of timely rainfall and milder temperatures this spring. “We’re seeing better conditions now than we’ve seen the past 21/2 years,” said Scott Cox, upland game biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “There are a lot of birds being heard that haven’t been heard in the past two or three years. We’re optimistic that we’re looking at a good nesting season.” Oklahoma’s quail population had hit historic lows in recent years, but Cox said landowners were hearing more quail this spring, an indication more birds were on the ground and ready to nest.

  • 15 years of hand fishing for flatheads

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    For the first time, a Missouri noodler won the Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley. Ramey Webb of Ludlow, Mo, weighed in a 69-pound, 9-ounce flathead that bested the field of 137 noodlers.

  • USA Canoe/Kayak Canoe Marathon National Championships: Kaitlyn McElroy, Maggie Hogan will try to qualify for another World Championships on Sunday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    McElroy and Hogan focus mostly on sprint racing, but the last two years they have also represented the United States in marathon racing at world championships in Copenhagen, Denmark and Rome, Italy.




Ed Godfrey Wed, Jul. 30 2014 12:01:44 PM CST Eight-time world champion roper Roy Cooper has had immeasurable influence on sport LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 29 2014 10:00:54 PM CST @TwisTEDRodeo Eight-time world champion roper Roy Cooper has had immeasurable influence on sport LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 29 2014 02:46:54 PM CST The Oklahoman begins its Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame series tomorrow with my story on 2014 inductee Roy Cooper. #Rodeo
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 28 2014 05:48:18 PM CST RT @okladucks: Calling all artists! The Oklahoma waterfowl duck stamp design competition is going on right now! Deadline is... LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 28 2014 01:02:02 PM CST Happy Birthday to Jimmy Houston, who turns 70 today #jimmyhouston #fishing
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 27 2014 02:48:34 PM CST Jimmy Houston to appear in Oklahoma City on Tuesday LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jul. 23 2014 08:39:55 PM CST RT @James_Stafford: 'Candletsticks always make a nice gift.' @okcredhawks LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jul. 23 2014 08:39:16 PM CST RT @James_Stafford: My friend @EDGODFREY has great idea. @okcredhawks should post tweets from fans during game in a scroll across scoreboar…
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 20 2014 02:04:54 PM CST Navarre Beach Fishing Pier a hidden gem LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 14 2014 10:17:19 AM CST Oklahoma City Gun Club to host the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) World Championship LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 14 2014 10:16:04 AM CST Lower Illinois River a prime fishing spot LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Jul. 12 2014 09:39:57 AM CST RT @Snoopy: BEACH. ☀️ LINK
Ed Godfrey Thu, Jul. 10 2014 01:27:23 AM CST IFYR: Bull rider Wyatt Rogers dedicates this year to his father LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 08 2014 11:26:11 PM CST Porum's Justin McDaniel to be inducted into IFYR Hall of Fame LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 08 2014 02:23:37 PM CST International Finals Youth Rodeo: Trevor Reese doesn't fit the usual mold for a rodeo cowboy LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 06 2014 06:39:33 PM CST RT @Snoopy: Happiness is root beer. LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 06 2014 01:44:02 PM CST Quail Forever chapters sprouting up around state LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Jul. 05 2014 09:34:21 PM CST International Finals Youth Rodeo returns to Shawnee on Sunday LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jul. 02 2014 11:34:38 AM CST @OKNewsResearch Thank you. Thank you very much for this tweet.
Ed Godfrey Fri, Jun. 27 2014 05:28:24 PM CST Catfish have really been biting at Lake Hefner. Even crankbaits. Check out this fish story in Sunday's newspaper. #TheOklahoman