Ed Godfrey
Sports Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports 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


  • State tennis tournament: Blake Crawford is all about winning a title for Mount St. Mary

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Crawford didn’t care if didn’t get a chance to defend his state title in No. 1 singles. “I have already done that and I care about the school and I wanted to bring a team title back more than anything this year,” he said.

  • Class 6A tennis: Southmoore's Jordan Henry wraps up undefeated season at state tournament

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Henry knocked off Edmond North’s Jaci Smith — a two-time 6A state champion at No. 2 singles — 6-1 and 7-6 in her semifinal match Thursday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. She then downed Erin Epperson of Bartlesville, 6-1, 6-0 in the state championship match. Henry didn’t lose a set during her four contests during the state tournament.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

      CENTRAL Arcadia: May 11. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. above normal, water muddy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-7 ft. along riprap and fishing docks. Bass good on swim baits and wacky rigged worms at 3-8 ft. along points, coves and submerged humps. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad […]

  • Girls state tennis tournament notebook: Title or bust for Southmoore's Jordan Henry

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    The Class 6A favorite and top seed in No. 1 singles, Jordan Henry of Southmoore, breezed through her first two matches Tuesday without losing a game. For Henry, who was the Class 6A runner-up last year, it’s title or bust this season. “Pretty much,” Henry said. “We put in a lot of hard work over the winter, over the summer and the spring. This is kind of the last hurrah and it would be great to go out with a bang. It would be great to finally take it.” Henry has signed with Abilene Christian to play tennis. The No. 2 in Class 6A, Jeryn Jack of Tulsa Kelley, had to withdraw from the state tournament because of a back injury.

  • Class 5A girls state tennis tournament: Duncan's Alex Bowers trying to win coveted No. 1 singles title

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    The Demons girls have five team state tennis titles along with many individual state champions in both doubles and No. 2 singles. But Duncan has never had a girl win the most coveted state title at No. 1 singles.

  • Walleye Rodeo starts Thursday in Canton

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Oklahoma’s oldest fishing tournament, the 47th annual Canton Walleye Rodeo, is set for Thursday through Sunday at Canton Lake. Prizes will be awarded for the five largest walleye, total pounds for all four days of the tournament and the largest fish caught in 10 different species: striped bass, drum, buffalo, carp, sunfish, flathead catfish, white bass, […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Deadline is Friday to apply for ODWC controlled hunts

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Sun, May 10, 2015

    Hunters have until Friday to apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's 2015-16 season controlled hunts.

  • Little Axe senior Trevor Yates is a Bassmaster High School All-American

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 10, 2015

    Trevor Yates, 18, who is a five-time state high school bass fishing champion, was one of just 12 high school anglers chosen from around the country for the first high school All-American fishing team named by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.)

  • Catching stripers is loads of fun

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 10, 2015

    For my money, catching a boatload of stripers on top-water lures is one of the most fun days of fishing an Oklahoma angler can have. Anyone who has cast a plug into a school of stripers boiling on the surface knows I speak the truth.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

     CENTRAL Arcadia: May 5. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass good on Texas-rigged baits along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish good on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and along the dam. White bass good on rattletraps near boat […]

  • OKC Parks and Recreation's annual free kids fishing clinics begin Saturday

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department’s “Hooked on Fishing” summer fishing program is beginning earlier this year to avoid the hot summer days in August. The first class for kids is Saturday, May 9, at Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N. Bryant. The summer youth classes are by reservation only, and children ages 5 to 15 must be accompanied by […]

  • Class 4A girls golf: Friends locked in another battle, this time for a golf championship

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Hilldale’s Katie Kirkhart and Fort Gibson’s Emilee Rigsby are good friends, or at least as good of friends as two girls can be when they go to rival Muskogee County schools. Both players shot an 18-hole round of 75 on the par-70 Lake Hefner South Course on Wednesday to tie for the lead after the first day of competition.

  • Cherokee Nation seeking hunting and fishing compact from Gov. Mary Fallin

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma governor’s office and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma soon will be in compact negotiations concerning the state’s hunting and fishing regulations, a spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday. “Negotiations will soon be underway with the Cherokee Nation on a possible tribal compact about hunting and fishing regulations,” said Michael McNutt, spokesman […]

  • Chat Recap: Outdoors editor Ed Godfrey from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

  • Outdoors notebook: State high school bass fishing championship Saturday on Lake Eufaula

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    The Oklahoma Bass Nation is sponsoring the 2105 OBN state high school championship Saturday at Lake Eufaula.

  • Shannon Beck of Canute went on one final turkey hunt with her husband

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Per Brian Beck’s wishes, Shannon’s brother-in-law loaded some of her husband’s cremated ashes into two shotgun shells. Shannon then headed to the turkey woods to kill a gobbler with them.

  • Mead man sets record for largest fish ever caught in Oklahoma

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Paul Easley of Mead landed the biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma when he snagged an 8-foot alligator gar from Lake Texoma on April 23 that weighed 254 pounds.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    CENTRAL  Arcadia: April 29. Elevation above normal, water 64 and murky. 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 along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and […]

  • Biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Paul Easley of Mead landed the biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma last Thursday when he snagged an 8-foot alligator gar from Lake Texoma that weighed 254 pounds. The beast easily beat the old state record of 192 pounds. State wildlife officials estimate the fish, which Easley released alive back into the lake,  is between […]

  • Dodgers rally past Omaha in ninth inning

    BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Dodgers opened a four-game homestand Saturday night against Omaha with a dramatic come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Storm Chasers. The Dodgers rallied with four runs in the ninth inning, capped off by the game-winning RBI single by first baseman Kyle Jensen with two outs. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the ninth on a single and two walks before designated hitter Darnell Sweeney delivered a two-RBI double to right-center on the first pitch he saw from Storm Chasers reliever Joe Paterson. After an RBI groundout by Dodgers’ third baseman Buck Britton tied the game 4-4, Jensen lifted a single to right for the game winner. Omaha relievers walked three Dodgers in the ninth and two of them came




Ed Godfrey Tue, Jun. 30 2015 11:05:20 PM CST RT @audubonsociety: 48 Hours of Birding in Oklahoma City: Scissor-tailed Flycatchers along Route 66. LINK LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 29 2015 08:41:25 PM CST RT @HSVarsity: Checotah's @drewdan11 rises from small guy to do-it-all D-I prospect: LINK via @EDGODFREY #okpreps http://…
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 29 2015 03:59:18 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: The Thunder has added Mo Cheeks to its coaching staff, The Oklahoman has learned. Billy Donovan now has two former NBA…
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 28 2015 07:39:55 PM CST RT @USFWSRefuges: For every $1 you spend on # Duck Stamp, 98 cents goes directly to purchase vital habitat. LINK LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 28 2015 07:34:26 PM CST Outdoor Oklahoma host inspires others with disabilities LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 28 2015 11:43:45 AM CST RT @MLB: .@Cardinals are the fastest team to 50 wins in a decade: LINK #FireEmoji LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 28 2015 01:26:55 AM CST RT @LangoschMLB: The #STLCards have lost one home game in June. It is about to be June 28. Take a moment to let that sink in.
Ed Godfrey Sat, Jun. 27 2015 02:43:23 AM CST RT @James_Stafford: “@Cardinals: #THATSAWINNER! Final: #STLCards 3, #Cubs 2 (10 innings). W-Maness 2-0)... #WALKOFFWIN LINK
Ed Godfrey Fri, Jun. 26 2015 05:58:42 PM CST Tough summer for campers in Oklahoma. Very few campgrounds open on Corps lakes because of flooding LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jun. 24 2015 09:18:47 PM CST List of campground and boat ramp closures on Corp lakes LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jun. 24 2015 08:51:50 PM CST RT @BBTN: Jason Heyward homers in his 3rd straight game as @Cardinals beat Marlins, 6-1. St. Louis improves to MLB-best 47-24. LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jun. 23 2015 01:06:16 PM CST RT @AndrewKnittle: Aerial photo of collapsed lane of SH 78 as it crosses the Red River, by Dan Pennington, Durant Democrat LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jun. 23 2015 12:47:59 PM CST Flooding continues to hamper parts of Oklahoma LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jun. 23 2015 12:43:57 PM CST Facebook video captures Highway 78 collapsing on Oklahoma side of the Red River LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 22 2015 11:46:16 PM CST RT @EarthPicturz: Highway to the moon Photo by Aaron J. Groen LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 22 2015 11:45:27 PM CST RT @James_Stafford: Power Rankings: Cardinals first, but surprises in top, bottom 10 LINK > Can't argue with this.
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 22 2015 01:15:41 PM CST RT @NewsOK: PHOTOS: Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley LINK LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 21 2015 01:13:42 PM CST <strong>Oklahoma author fields questions about Bennie Owen</strong> LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 21 2015 01:11:32 PM CST ‘Super Bowl of noodling tournaments’ brings together Oklahoma families LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 21 2015 01:01:37 PM CST Book review: 'Oklahoma’s Bennie Owen: Man for All Seasons' by Gary King LINK

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