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


  • Cherokee citizens now able to hunt, fish for free in Oklahoma

    BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    HUNTING COMPACT — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed an agreement with the Cherokee Nation on Friday that will allow its tribal members to hunt and fish for free.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to sign compact allowing Cherokees to hunt, fish for free

    BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin will sign Friday a precedent-setting compact with the Cherokee Nation that will allow its tribal citizens to hunt and fish in Oklahoma for free. Cherokee Nation citizens will not have to buy a state hunting and fishing license and each tribal member will receive one free deer tag and one turkey tag under the terms of the negotiated agreement with the governor’s office, said Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. For years, the Cherokee Nation has asserted that its citizens had the right to hunt and fish in the 14-county jurisdiction of the Cherokee Nation without a state hunting or fishing license. Baker said state game wardens had not been ticketing Cherokee citizens on Cherokee land but

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: May 26. Elevation 11 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits at 2-6 ft. in 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 and crawdads in the river channel at Memorial […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Duncan Fishing and Tackle Show scheduled for June 5-6

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The 10th annual Duncan Fishing and Tackle Show will be held June 5-6 at the Stephens County Fairgrounds. Show hours are noon until 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5; and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6.

  • Bats returning to Oklahoma this summer

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Every summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to Oklahoma and use the Selman Bat Cave and three other gypsum caves in western Oklahoma as a maternity roost. Twenty-four bat species are found in Oklahoma, but the Mexican free-tailed bats are only summer visitors to the state, using the caves in the spring and summer to raise their pups.

  • Walleye Rodeo draws impressive crowd

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Canton Lake’s annual Walleye Rodeo last weekend drew 459 anglers with 133 of them weighing in fish. This was the 47th year for the Walleye Rodeo, the oldest fishing tournament in the state.

  • Ardmore man making wingbone turkey calls

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Spring turkey season has ended for most hunters, but for Scott Andrews of Ardmore, the end of the season is the time when he begins to make and decorate wingbone turkey calls.

  • Class 4A state baseball championship: Blanchard wins title, defeats defending champ Tuttle

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Blanchard wins first baseball championship in 35 years.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: May 18. Elevation 7 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits at 2-6 ft. in flooded grass and timber. Crappie slow. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and punch bait in the river channel at Memorial Road. White bass slow. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Upcoming hunter education challenges in Enid and Arcadia

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    A Youth Hunter Education Challenge event is scheduled May 30 at the Grand National Gun Club, located eight miles north of Enid on U.S. Highway 81.

  • Midwest City man captures state buck record

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    A pronghorn antelope taken five years ago by a Midwest City hunter is the newest state record in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Cy Curtis Awards Program.

  • There are some things to know before you go backpacking

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    National Trails Day is June 6, but before you hit the trails, here are recommendations of some essentials you must have, courtesy of Tom Adams, general manager of the Backwoods Store in Oklahoma City.

  • Class 4A-5A-6A state tennis notebook: Heritage Hall defends its 5A title

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    The Chargers got victories from their No. 1 doubles team – seniors Nick Funches and J. T. Zerby – and from sophomore Tony Lai at No. 2 singles to give Heritage Hall its fourth state championship in the last five years.

  • Class 6A state tennis tournament: Ponca City's Daniel Langston caps 32-0 season with 6A championship

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Langston defeated Bennett Hughes of Jenks 6-3, 6-0 in the state title match to finish the season 32-0. He hasn’t lost in high school play the past two years, winning the No. 2 singles titles last year with a 36-0 record.

  • Boys state tennis tournament: Edmond North streak coming to an end?

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

    With Edmond North fielding a young squad, the door is open for possibly Jenks or Edmond Memorial.

  • 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.




Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 28 2015 12:26:33 AM CST RT @TheOklahoman: In The Oklahoman, read about Ralph Terry who overcame injury and disappointment to become one of Oklahoma's best. http://
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 27 2015 10:12:14 PM CST RT @Cardinals: #THATSAWINNER! Final: #STLCards 4, #Reds 1. W-Lynn (8-5) L-Iglesias (1-3) SV-Rosenthal (31) HR-Wong (11) http://t.co/BIm…
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 27 2015 08:38:58 PM CST RT @Cardinals: GRAND SLAM! Kolten Wong sends the 3-2 pitch deep into the St. Louis night! #STLCards lead 4-1 in the 4th! http://t.co/t7p…
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 27 2015 02:28:06 PM CST RT @myriadgardens: Have u heard? Stand Up Paddleboarding is happening Wed. 11:30am on our lake thanks to @OKCBHD friends! FREE, 1st come ht
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 27 2015 02:23:17 PM CST RT @BBTN: Our latest power rankings. 1. @Cardinals 2. @Royals 3. @Pirates 4. @Dodgers 5. @SFGiants 6-30: http://t.co/KbZ7HYdc1t http://t.co
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 26 2015 02:12:57 PM CST Former big leaguer to speak at Beast Feast http://t.co/FMBkC80r1R
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 26 2015 02:12:30 PM CST Can anglers really use http://t.co/g9M71qplIq
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 26 2015 02:11:56 PM CST Collected Wisdom of former major league baseball pitcher Buddy Groom http://t.co/TauNQSb6HT
Ed Godfrey Fri, Jul. 24 2015 10:18:14 PM CST RT @Cardinals: #THATSAWINNER! Final: #STLCards 4, #Braves 2. W-Cooney (1-0) L-Banuelos (1-2) SV-Siegrist (5) HR-Grichuk (11) http://t.co
Ed Godfrey Fri, Jul. 24 2015 09:50:36 PM CST RT @NYTNational: Op-Ed Columnist: The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud http://t.co/Xgox7mY7XO
Ed Godfrey Thu, Jul. 23 2015 09:38:37 PM CST RT @BBTN: Matt Carpenter and Randal Grichuk each hit their 10th HR of the season to lead @Cardinals to a 4-3 win over Royals. http://t.co/4…
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jul. 22 2015 11:27:19 PM CST Weekly Fishing Report http://t.co/LqUqTXZtBR
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 21 2015 10:18:28 PM CST RT @Cardinals: #THATSAWINNER! http://t.co/Z9Z0cPsIp3
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 21 2015 08:21:04 PM CST RT @Cardinals: GRAND SLAM HOLLIDAY! http://t.co/bCRN6oMzIz
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 21 2015 07:52:54 PM CST RT @James_Stafford: “@BiertempfelTrib:Tom Gage is going into baseball's Hall of Fame. The problem? He's unemployed http://t.co/jcTwTPGkQr v
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 21 2015 03:46:45 PM CST Alluring attractions: Here are the top 10 most popular fishing lures ever made in Oklahoma http://t.co/KmBIV9a3zg
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 20 2015 07:48:29 PM CST These photos are how we'll remember Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert as a country power couple http://t.co/FDcMvGihnK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 20 2015 07:16:30 PM CST Check out Joe Phillips’ ‘Silver Screen Heroes’ Imagines an Old Hollywood Take on Superhero Movies http://t.co/bdr0NgrLo9 @comicsalliance
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 20 2015 02:16:51 PM CST Northwest Oklahoma reservoir Canton Lake begins to rebound http://t.co/B2PIx00pyu
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 20 2015 01:02:22 PM CST RT @kosar1969: My new monthly column -- Purely Subjective: Farewell to my redneck kin http://t.co/NFw3NdNdr5 @TheOklahoman @NewsOK

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