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
By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Oct 9, 2015
As of Thursday, bear hunters in southeastern Oklahoma had checked in 44 black bears since the opening of the archery season on Oct. 1. As usual, most of the bears were taken during the first few days of the season. Thirty-five bears were checked in the first three days. “It's been kind of one bear a day deal since the big barrage,” said Joe Hemphill, southeast region wildlife supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The biggest bear checked in this season weighed 490 pounds from Pushmataha County. Most of the bears were taken in Le Flore County, where the largest population of black bears exists in Oklahoma because of the large tracts of timber land.
By Ed Godfrey Outdoors Editor firstname.lastname@example.org | Published: Sun, Oct 11, 2015
Fancy footwork leads to life lessons as told in 'The 7 Secrets of the Silver Shoes' by former University of Oklahoma and NFL football standout Joe Washington.
By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015
Oklahoma has a new black bear state record and it is shared by two hunters. Michael Musgrove of Wilburton and Ken Baker of Hulbert both had bears with scores of 20 1/16. Black bear skulls must score 19 or greater to be eligible for a Cy Curtis award with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Both bears were taken in Latimer County during archery seasons: Musgrove's in 2013 and Baker's in 2014. The Wildlife Department just last year made black bear, elk and antelope eligible for its Cy Curtis Awards program, which has been recognizing trophy deer taken in Oklahoma since 1972.
Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015
Remember the scene in Jaws where the shark is being harpooned with barrels attached and the great white keeps taking the barrels underwater before they pop to surface? Well, that's kind of the way Gordon Campbell of Seiling describes trying to boat a 65-pound blue catfish out of Canton Lake on a jug line Monday. "It just kept pulling the jug under and taking off, pulling it under and taking off," Campbell said. "It was just like the movie Jaws." After about 10 to 15 minutes, the big blue finally was tired enough that Campbell and his son, Toby, were able to get the fish to the surface. It turned out to be the new Canton Lake record. "I got to admit that when we got him in the net it was a hell of a rush," Campbell
By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer email@example.com | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015
Last summer, Sarah Ondak was one of 15 rowers nationally and one of two OKC RIVERSPORT athletes to be selected for the United States Junior Team, a squad of 18-year-old rowers and younger.
By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015
Things keep changing on the Oklahoma River. The 11th annual Oklahoma Regatta Festival begins Thursday night, a precursor to Oklahoma City University's Head of the Oklahoma competition on Saturday and Sunday. The Head of the Oklahoma and Regatta Festival has become a premier fall rowing event in the country, but all eyes are still on the future, not on the past or present. Since last year's event, the University of Central Oklahoma has added a boathouse on the Oklahoma River. By the time of the 2016 regatta, the SandRidge Youth Pavilion and new whitewater rafting and kayaking center will be open.
By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer email@example.com | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015
A longtime volunteer for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Big Joe McCrary teaches children how to fish on his own time and in many cases on his own dime.
By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015
East Central University anglers Wyatt Smith of Depew and Trevor Yates of Little Axe capture the FLW's College Fishing Southern Conference bass tournament last weekend on the Red River in Louisiana. The victory earned East Central's bass fishing club a $2,000 scholarship and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Championship Oct. 17-18 on Oklahoma's Grand Lake. Smith, a junior, and Yates, a freshman caught 16 pounds to finish 1 pound, 3 ounces ahead of the runner-up team from Dallas Baptist University. College fishing teams from Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas were competing. STATE BIRD SOON TO HEAD SOUTH Oklahoma's state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher, have started
By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015
Oklahoma's hunting season kicks into full swing Thursday with the opening of the big game archery seasons. Bowhunters on Thursday can begin to pursue deer and elk statewide, black bear in southeastern Oklahoma and antelope in the Panhandle. Archery is growing in popularity in the state. Last season, bowhunters in Oklahoma set records for both participation and the number of deer taken with bows. According to the game harvest survey, 96,901 bowhunters in Oklahoma hunted during the 2014-15 archery season and they checked in 25,741 deer. Both are all-time highs. Hunter education is required for all hunters younger than 30 and there are still many classes available statewide. Hunters also may complete an online hunter
By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015
Sage Kimzey, of Strong City, the defending Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bull riding champion, and his traveling partner, cowboy Brennon Eldred, of Sulphur, are the “580 Boys”.
By Ed Godfrey Outdoors Editor email@example.com | Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015
“The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes” is a story that is steamy, violent and not the kind of reading your Sunday school teacher would recommend.
By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015
The Oklahoma Wildlife Expo will celebrate its 10th anniversary next weekend at the Lazy E Arena and Ranch in Guthrie. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation didn't know the monster it was creating when the agency held the first one in 2005. “We only expected about 10,000 people to show up and we had 55,000," said Rhonda Hurst, a Wildlife Department employee who has been the coordinator for the Wildlife Expo each year. “We have averaged right around 50,000 the whole 10-year period.” The two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27, is free to the public. Friday is reserved for school field trips at the Wildlife Expo, and more than 100 Oklahoma schools are scheduled to show up with busloads of
By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015
The Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations in Oklahoma are now negotiating with Gov. Mary Fallin for a tribal-state compact concerning hunting and fishing rights. Alex Weintz, communications director for Fallin, confirmed negotiations are ongoing. “Our office is in discussions with those tribes about potential agreements regarding hunting and fishing licenses, but no agreement has been reached yet,” Weintz stated in an e-mail to The Oklahoman. In May, Fallin signed a compact with the Cherokee Nation which will allow its tribal members to hunt and fish for free in all 77 counties in Oklahoma.
By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015
Mark Thompson of Dale now owns the first state record for elk. Thompson's elk, taken in 2013 on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, scored 307 6/8. Last year, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation added elk, black bear and antelope to its Cy Curtis Awards program, which has been recognizing trophy deer taken in the state since 1972. Another elk, taken by Lance Carter of Dale, also received a Cy Curtis listing. Carter's elk scored 282 1/8 and also was killed by him on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge controlled hunts in 2013. They are the first two elk recognized by the Wildlife Department in the Cy Curtis Awards program. The minimum score to be recognized in the Cy Curtis Awards Program for
Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015
Perhaps Jimmie and Kayley Marshall should buy some lottery tickets this week. The way their luck is going, the Midwest City couple might be millionaires before the weekend. During the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's controlled hunts drawing this year, both were selected for the coveted once-in-a-lifetime antelope hunts in the Oklahoma Panhandle. The antelope gun hunts are one of the most sought-after hunts the Wildlife Department offers. With only 85 permits available and more than 7,600 applicants, the odds of any individual being selected is 1 in 90.
By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 13, 2015
The couple who hunts and fishes together, stays together. At least that's true for Jon and Stacy Sissney of Norman, the hosts of the "His and Hers Outdoors" television show. “A lot of people can't say that they can go to Canada on a moose hunt and bear hunt for 16 days and have their wife tag along. I get that luxury,” said Jon Sissney. “You hear people say all the time that the wife gets upset because they are gone all the time hunting. Mine gets upset if I don't take her hunting.” "His and Hers Outdoors" is entering its sixth season, a show that the Sissneys started with no previous experience in television. "We had a dream and we chased it," Jon said.
Published: Sun, Sep 6, 2015
New Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams likes to fish, and on Wednesday he caught the biggest bass of his life while fishing with Oklahoma's most celebrated angler, Jimmy Houston. The two men have known each other since Williams was a guest on his fishing show a few years ago. Williams was head basketball coach in New Orleans at the time, and Houston was filming a show about the fishing in Venice, La. The two men hooked up again Wednesday on one of Houston's lakes on his ranch in Murray County and it was quite a day. Williams landed a bass weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces along with two others that weighed over 7 and 8 pounds. “He caught three giants,” Houston said. “He caught the three largest
By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Sep 6, 2015
Draper, Stinchcomb duck blind drawings set Sept. 26 The annual drawing for use of duck blinds at Lake Stanley Draper and the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge will be held Sept. 26. The drawing will be held at the Lake Draper Marina, 8301 SE 104, at 1:30 p.m. All participants must be at least 18-years-old. An Oklahoma City hunting permit is not required to participate, but an annual permit must be purchased on site at the Lake Stanley Draper Marina if a participant's ticket number is selected. Annual city hunting permits cost $12.50. All permit purchases are final and no refunds will be issued. All state and federal laws and licenses for hunting migratory waterfowl also apply.
By Ed Godfrey Outdoors Editor email@example.com | Published: Sun, Sep 6, 2015
Ed Godfrey, The Oklahoman's Outdoors Editor, reviews "Billion Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football" by Gilbert M. Gaul.
BY ED GODFREY | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015
Fox, which went unbeaten in the district last season and finished 11-2 overall, returns starting quarterback Seth Argo, who rushed for 1,109 yards last season and passed for 732 more.