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


  • Five Oklahoma lakes make Bassmaster Magazine's top 100

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Bassmaster Magazine’s annual list of the top 100 bass lakes in the country is not definitive proof which lake really has the best fishing, but one is certain: Oklahoma bass anglers have lots of choices. Five Oklahoma lakes made the magazine’s list this year – the most ever in the four years Bassmaster Magazine has ranked lakes – and there are nine Texas lakes, all within a day’s drive or less from Oklahoma, also on the list. “You’ll are in bass central it seems like,” said James Hall, editor of Bassmaster Magazine. “You’ll have some incredible bass fisheries. There is something about the earth in that Texas-Oklahoma area that just makes bass grow big and quickly.

  • Outdoors Notebook: Youth clays shoot scheduled Saturday at OKC Gun Club

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    The Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever is holding a youth instructional shogun shoot Saturday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

  • Oklahoma author fields questions about Bennie Owen

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Gary King, 70, was raised and still lives in Norman. A retired psychology professor, his first book was “An Autumn Remembered: Bud Wilkinson’s Legendary ’56 Sooners.” He has now written a second book on Oklahoma football, this one about the Sooners’ first great coach, Bennie Owen.

  • Book review: 'Oklahoma’s Bennie Owen: Man for All Seasons' by Gary King

    By Ed Godrey Staff writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    University of Oklahoma's first football coach is subject of new book.

  • ‘Super Bowl of noodling tournaments’ brings together Oklahoma families

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Noodling is a family tradition for the Bivinses from Temple. Heather’s father, Skipper, is a past Okie Noodling Tournament champion and star of the “Hillbilly Handfishin’” show that aired for two years.

  • Camping areas, boat ramps remain closed at Arbuckle Lake

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur has extended the closure of the Buckhorn Area through July 9 due to continuing high water levels at Lake of the Arbuckles. Th closure was extended based on the predicted slow decrease in the lake level and the large amount of clean up and repair that is necessary. […]

  • Five Oklahoma lakes ranked among the country's top 100 bass waters

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Oklahoma has five lakes included in Bassmaster Magazine’s annual list of the 100 best fishing lakes in the country, the most ever from the Sooner state. Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, as always, is the highest rated Oklahoma lake on the list, which was released Wednesday. Grand Lake is ranked as the 13th best bass […]

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: June 16. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and square bill baits at 6-8 ft. around rocky points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around marked brush piles. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad, punch bait and chicken liver around […]

  • Edmond man has invented "One Cool Backpack"

    Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Bill Ridley, former adjunct college professor of economics at the University of Central Oklahoma calls it “One Cool Backpack.” He has a patent pending on the backpack and is putting them on the backs of some Boy Scout troops in Oklahoma City to test them in the field.

  • Outdoors Notebook: It's Okie Noodling time

    Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    The 16th annual Okie Noodling Tournament will be Saturday at Wacker Park in Pauls Valley.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: June 8. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits at 5-8 ft. in the flooded brush, timber and submerged points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. in the flooded buck brush. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, punch bait and crawdads around […]

  • Altus, Chisholm top trap shooting teams in the state

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Altus High School and Chisholm Junior High captured the team titles Wednesday at the Scholastic Shooting Sports Program state trap championships in El Reno. The top overall shooters both came from the junior division. Hunter Morehead of Locust Grove was the top male shooter and Danielle Dick of Chisholm had the best score among all […]

  • Outdoors: Oklahoman Edwin Evers wins BASSfest, qualifies for 2016 Bassmaster Classic

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    The Talala angler caught an 8-pounder on Thursday to take the lead in BASSfest on the lake near Paris, Tenn., then landed another big fish Sunday that weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces to seal the victory. He won $100,000.

  • Boats should be allowed back on American Horse Lake soon

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    American Horse Lake is still closed to boating but should reopen soon, said Chas Patterson, northwest regional fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Conservation.

  • Outdoors: Oklahoman Edwin Evers leads at BASSfest

    From Bassmaster.com | Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    Edwin Evers put together a five-bass limit that weighed 27 pounds, 2 ounces and pushed him into the lead with a two-day total of 51-2.

  • Outdoors: OKC Gun Club hosts Cowboy Lever Action competitions

    Published: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Cowboy Lever Action matches are held on the third Saturday each month from March through October. Jeanne Ring said you don’t have to be a member of the gun club to participate in a match, and a shooter’s first match is free.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: June 2. Elevation 11 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and swim baits around submerged points and at 3-8 ft. in the flooded grass and timber. Crappie fair on jigs at 8-10 ft. in the flooded buck brush. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, punch bait […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Free fishing days in Oklahoma on June 6-7

    Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Oklahoma’s annual free fishing days will be June 6-7. Anglers will not need to possess a state fishing license on either day as part of the state’s annual free fishing days.

  • Book review: “World Gone By” by Dennis Lehane

    By Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Dennis Lehane continues his Joe Coughlin series with “World Gone By,” a gritty tale of mobsters and personal mayhem.

  • Flooding has its ups and downs

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    For Oklahoma sportsmen, the consequences resulting from the wettest May in Oklahoma history are both good and bad.




Ed Godfrey Today at 2:12 AM @RussFlorence Trade looking like a smart move. Now only if Matheny was smart enough to walk a hot hitter with a base open.
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 12:58:27 PM CST RT @James_Stafford: OKC's sports story of the day > Dodgers' 19-inning marathon prompts pitcher's drive from Tulsa to OKC to aid sweep http
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 04:14:48 AM CST @Shadid13 @deckmcguire Now that is an unusual call to the pen
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 04:14:08 AM CST RT @Shadid13: OKC #Dodgers: Pitcher (@deckmcguire) drives from Tulsa to OKC during game, gets win to finish double-header sweep http://t.co
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 04:14:04 AM CST Oklahoma City Dodgers: Pitcher drives from Tulsa to OKC during game, gets win to finish double-header sweep http://t.co/aBfvYhajcg
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 02:19:38 AM CST RT @okc_dodgers: The OKC Dodgers swept a doubleheader with Iowa Tuesday as the teams played a combined 25 1/2 innings! Recap: http://t.co/…
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 02:19:35 AM CST RT @Buster_ESPN: If the Cardinals went 14-16 in their final 30 games, they'd finish with 100 victories. http://t.co/o6aJ0vjYG4
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 02:18:49 AM CST RT @Shadid13: Just talked to Deck McGuire, the #Dodgers pitcher who was promoted & drove from Tulsa to OKC in the middle of a double header…
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 01:22:28 AM CST RT @Shadid13: Pitcher Deck McGuire drove from Tulsa to OKC tonight between games of a double header and got the win over the Iowa Cubs. #OK…
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 12:52:59 AM CST McGuire nails it down. Dodgers sweep DH thanks to a call to the pen in Tulsa. OKC wins second game 3-1. #okcdodgers
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 12:48:04 AM CST McGuire got to ball park after 10 p.m. Iowa has bases loaded and one in 7th and final frame, trailing OKC 3-1. #okcdodgers
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 12:45:44 AM CST Deck McGuire, who was in Tulsa and got called to come to OKC for 2nd game of dh after 19 inning game one, stands to get win #okcdodgers
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 12:34:47 AM CST Still playing at the Brick. http://t.co/XAQGiTbXEM
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 12:14:27 AM CST @RussFlorence @okc_dodgers @James_Stafford It was a long call from the pen.
Ed Godfrey Wed, Sep. 02 2015 12:04:09 AM CST @RussFlorence @okc_dodgers @James_Stafford OKC called a pitcher to drive down from Tulsa for second game. No joke.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Sep. 01 2015 09:51:21 PM CST @MickCornett Just what you want in game one of a double header.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Sep. 01 2015 03:55:30 PM CST Today officially marks the completion of my 29th year with The Oklahoman. Going for 30!
Ed Godfrey Tue, Sep. 01 2015 02:20:37 PM CST RT @WhiteHouse: Big news: Every 4th grader in America can now visit our public lands for free → http://t.co/u7dFW3oVoM #FindYourPark http:/
Ed Godfrey Tue, Sep. 01 2015 12:47:26 PM CST RT @James_Stafford: At the new OKC Cabela's with @EDGODFREY on media day. Impressive store. http://t.co/w3jeZ4sMFV
Ed Godfrey Mon, Aug. 31 2015 12:51:24 PM CST RT @MLB: Redbirds are red hot – all season long. #StoleTheShow http://t.co/geJhOOUzj7

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