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

  • 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.

  • Boathouse district to host Canoe Marathon National Championships

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Men and women will be racing in single and two-person canoes and kayaks for distances of 11.6 miles, 13.9 miles and 16.2 miles in four divisions: masters (age 30 and older), senior (elite level ages 23 and older), under 23 and junior (younger than 19) divisions.

  • Outdoors notebook: Okie Noodling Tournament is Saturday in Pauls Valley

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    The first noodling tournament that began the craze, the 15th annual Okie Noodling Tournament, will be Saturday in Pauls Valley at Wacker Park. Tournament founder Bradley Beasley, who started the contest when he was filming his Okie Noodling documentary, sold the rights and trademark to the event for $50,000 this spring to the City of Pauls Valley. However, Erin Creach, tourism director for Pauls Valley, said there will be no major changes to this year’s Okie Noodling Tournament. “We are just going to keep on doing what was being done,” she said. Noodling tournaments are now common across Oklahoma, with several towns holding events.

  • Endeavor Games: Chance meeting changes wheelchair racer's life

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    An ordinary visit to the Edmond Farmer’s Market almost seven years ago changed the life of Alexa Halko

  • Outdoors notebook: Family Outdoor Expo rescheduled

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    The Family Outdoor Expo at Crystal Lake has been rescheduled for June 21-22. City Care, a non-profit which has a contract with the City of Oklahoma City to manage the 87-acre lake on SW 15 near McArthur, had scheduled the expo for this weekend. But organizers decided to postpone the event because of the high probablity of rain this weekend. What was to be the first Family Outdoor Expo at Crystal Lake last year had to be canceled because of rain. The Expo in two weeks will feature fishing for kids, archery, fly fishing, camping, Dutch oven cooking and more. To read the transcript from an online chat with Larry Bross, executive director of City Care, about the Expo and the improvements made at Crystal Lake, visit

  • Oklahoma team wins BASS Nation Central Divisional tourney on Lake Eufaula

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Oklahoma’s BASS Nation president Mike Myers wanted the Central Divisional fishing tournament on Lake Eufaula so the state anglers would have a home field advantage. It worked as Oklahoma captured the team title, while Arkansas angler Josh Wray won the individual crown in the three-day tournament that concluded Friday. Wray totaled 41 pounds, 5 ounces and edged Preston Frazell by less than two pounds. Frazell lives in Cleveland, Okla., but was fishing with the Kansas BASS Nation. Three anglers from Oklahoma finished in the top 12: John Soukup of Agra (9th), Billy Lemon of Sand Springs (10th) and Robert DeGraffenreid of Oklahoma City (12th). The 12-member Oklahoma squad weighed in 257 pounds of bass during the

  • Outdoors chat: Ed Godfrey talks with Larry Bross, executive director of City Care, from H&H Shooting Sports Complex

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Outdoors editor Ed Godfrey was joined on Friday's live chat by Larry Bross, executive director of City Care, from H&H Shooting Sports Complex. Here's the full transcript.

  • Endeavor Games: Cameron Clapp lives life to the fullest, and that includes giving back

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    On Friday and Saturday, the 28-year-old Santa Maria, Calif., resident will be competing in his 13th Endeavor Games. He will be swimming Friday evening at YMCA pool at Mitch Park and racing Saturday on the Edmond North High School track. He has become one of the most popular athletes at the games and a mentor to new amputees.

  • Endeavor Games: Endeavor Games continues to grow, enters 15th year

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    The Endeavor Games will be Thursday and through Sunday at six sites in Edmond, Oklahoma City and near Arcadia.

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.
Ed Godfrey Sun, Aug. 03 2014 01:58:36 PM CST @OU_Football @jasonkersey I can't believe J.C. Watts made the Oklahoma Sports HOF. Heck, I tackled him once.
Ed Godfrey Sun, Aug. 03 2014 01:55:46 PM CST RT @OU_Football: J.C. Watts will be inducted into Oklahoma Sports HOF on Mon. HT @JasonKersey STORY: LINK
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