Ed Godfrey
Sports Sports Producer/ Designer/ 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


  • Kingston angler's catch goes viral

    Kingston angler\'s catch goes viral

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    Catching a 2-pound crappie is uncommon. Catching a 3-pound crappie is rare. Catching a 4-pound crappie is unheard of. At least it was until March 29, when Michael Lawson of Kingston caught a 4.22-pound crappie on Durant City Lake. Lawson, who frequents the lake, not only caught a crappie that was just ounces shy of the state record, he also boated another crappie that exceeded 3 pounds. “It wasn't just a home run,” said Matt Mauck, south-central region fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “It was a grand slam day for Mr. Lawson.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    CENTRAL Arcadia: April 4. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. along riprap. Bass fair to good on swim baits and Alabama rigs at 4-6 ft. around points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and the draw down on the dam. White […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Controlled hunt applications begin Monday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 3, 2016

    Hunters can apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's 2016-17 controlled hunts beginning Monday. For a total cost of $5, sportsmen can put their names in the running for Oklahoma hunts for deer, elk, antelope and turkey. Some of the available hunts are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Others include hunts on Wildlife Department or other government-owned or managed lands where unrestricted hunting would pose safety concerns or overharvest might occur. Popular hunts include the elk and deer hunts on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and the archery deer hunts at the McAlester Army Ammunition Depot. Applicants must apply online at www.wildlifedepartment.com. Hunters' names are drawn at random

  • Turkey season opens Wednesday and the hunting sometimes can be comical

    Turkey season opens Wednesday and the hunting...

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 3, 2016

    For seasoned hunters, the reward from turkey hunting is less about the beards and the spurs and more about the memories and stories. Some funny things can happen in the turkey woods. Turkeys can be goofy. So can turkey hunters.  With that in mind, I asked a couple of two longtime veteran turkey hunters and guides — taxidermist and outfitter Melvin Hart of Yukon and Jerick Hanley, hunting manager for the Chain Ranches in Kansas and Oklahoma — to share their most comical turkey hunting moments. The Great Decoy Hunt Several years ago, Hart was hunting in western Oklahoma near Leedey with a couple of friends.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    CENTRALArcadia: March 29. 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 at 5-8 ft. around points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and […]

  • Turkey season forecast

    Turkey season forecast

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Oklahoma’s 2016 spring turkey hunting seasons kicks off Saturday and Sunday for youths 17 and younger in all areas except the Southeast Region. The general spring turkey hunting season will run April 6 to May 6 in all areas except the Southeast Region.     Based on field reports submitted in the past few days by […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Teams, individuals qualify for state shoot

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    The Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program held its regional shooting contests last week. The top teams and individuals from the regionals qualified for the 2016 State Shoot on April 13 at the Oklahoma Trap and Skeetshooter's Association in El Reno. The high school team with the top qualifying score was Altus, and the top junior high team was Chisholm. Sixteen high school teams and eight junior high teams from the regionals advanced to the state shoot along with numerous individual shooters. About 1,200 students from 92 schools in the state competed in the regionals. MEMORIAL SERVICE SET FOR BIG JOE MCCRARY A memorial service for "Big" Joe McCrary is scheduled April 9 at Crystal Lake, 6625 SW

  • The Oklahoma Marlin: Oklahoma City trio get introduced to spoonbill fishing

    The Oklahoma Marlin: Oklahoma City trio get...

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    Brad Homer of Mustang has replaced his spring bass fishing trips to Lake Fork, Texas, with snagging for spoonbills on Fort Gibson Lake. “When you first hit ‘em, it's like latching on to a Mack truck,” Homer said of snagging Oklahoma's most unique fish. Homer, who sits on the planning commission for the City of Mustang, got hooked on fishing for what biologists call paddlefish and Oklahoma anglers commonly call spoonbills seven years ago. Now, he takes at least a half-dozen trips each spring to northeastern Oklahoma when the spoonbills begin their spawning runs up the rivers. “I used to go to Lake Fork every year,” Homer said. “Then I got turned on to this spoonbill fishing, and I haven't been to Lake

  • OKC angler lands new lake record hybrid at Hefner

    OKC angler lands new lake record hybrid at Hefner

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    Clidell Woody caught such a big fish that he stopped traffic around Lake Hefner last week. “Everybody who drove by that seen me holding it stopped to look at it,” Woody said. “I decided I better take this over to Lucky Lure and have him (owner David Hughes) weigh it. “When I walked through the door, the first thing he said was, ‘Woody, you got the lake record.'” Lucky Lure Tackle on Britton Road is the official record keeper for Lake Hefner, and Hughes knew on first sight that Woody's fish was bigger than any striped bass hybrid pulled from there before. Woody's fish weighed 16.1 pounds, beating the old record of 14.8 pounds set by Glen Burling of Oklahoma City in August 2010.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    CENTRAL Arcadia: March 21. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at the enclosed dock; they are starting to move onto riprap to spawn. Bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and chatter baits at 3-5 ft. moving up to spawn. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut bait near rocky points and […]

  • Spring fishing heats up in the month of March

    Spring fishing heats up in the month of March

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Mon, Mar 21, 2016

    If you want to catch a really big bass in Oklahoma, history shows this is the week to go fishing. Of the top 20 largemouth bass caught in the state, a dozen were caught in the last two to three weeks in March, and seven of those were caught after March 20. The two biggest largemouth bass ever caught in the state (at least what has been reported) came from tiny Cedar Lake in Le Flore County. Dale Miller of Panama caught the current state record in 2013 on March 13. It weighed 14 pounds and 13.7-ounces, breaking the record set a year earlier by Benny Williams Jr. of Poteau, who landed a 14-pound, 12.3-ounce largemouth from Cedar Lake on March 23.

  • Oklahoma Game Wardens fighting two pieces of legislation

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Mon, Mar 21, 2016

    The Oklahoma State Game Warden Association is opposing two bills that are pending in the state Legislature. Senate Bill 1142 would prohibit game wardens from entering private lands based solely on the sound of a gunshot. House Bill 2637 would allow hunters to use gun suppressors on public lands. Currently, suppressors are only allowed by hunters on private land. Tony Clark, president of the Oklahoma State Game Warden Association, said both pieces of legislation would hinder law enforcement and aid poachers.  Not allowing game wardens to enter private land to investigate a gunshot would allow poachers to run rampant and be devastating for wildlife , he said. “The bill says a gunshot is not enough but it

  • Outdoor notebook: OHP offering free boating and water safety courses

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Mon, Mar 21, 2016

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will be conducting free boating and water safety courses in April. The class is open to anyone age 12 or older and will be taught by a state trooper from the Marine Enforcement Section of the OHP. There will be a class on April 6 and 7 at the H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Another class will be held at EOCTECH in Choctaw from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The class will cover state boating laws, boating safety, navigation rules and more. The course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Mar 16, 2016

    CENTRAL Arcadia: March 11. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at the enclosed dock. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad around rocky points. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits at 8-12 ft. along steep banks. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County. Draper: March 13. Elevation below normal, […]

  • Class 3A Boys: Verdigris gets revenge by downing Heritage Hall, 75-62

    Class 3A Boys: Verdigris gets revenge by...

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Mon, Mar 14, 2016

    [brightcove]4800435811001[/brightcove] Verdigris found itself in a familiar position Saturday night at State Fair Arena by entering the fourth quarter of the Class 3A boys' state title game with a seven-point lead on Heritage Hall. Last year, the Cardinals were up six on the Chargers going into the final period of the state championship game, only to eventually lose by 11. This time Verdigris didn't blink. The Cardinals won the fourth period and gained some revenge by defeating Heritage Hall, 75-62, in State Fair Arena Saturday night and capture the second state championship in the school's history. "Pretty much the same scenario as last year," Verdigris coach Randy Upshaw said. "We couldn't put them away last

  • Class 2A Boys: Wewoka defends title by defeating Preston again

    Class 2A Boys: Wewoka defends title by...

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Mon, Mar 14, 2016

    In a rematch of last year's Class 2A boys state title game, the result was the same. Third-ranked Wewoka pulled away in the final three minutes and claimed its second consecutive state championship Saturday night at State Fair Arena by defeating top-ranked Preston, 71-63. Last season, the Tigers scored a bucket with 13 seconds left to down the Pirates, 59-57, in the 2A championship game. "It feels so good," Wewoka coach Vernell Kemp said of winning back-to-back crowns. "The greatest feeling in the world and I will tell you more about it when I actually wake up and pinch myself." It was Wewoka's fifth state basketball championship and the second time the Tigers have defended a title. The Tigers also won two

  • Class 2A Boys: Wewoka tops Preston to win consecutive state titles

    Class 2A Boys: Wewoka tops Preston to win...

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Mar 13, 2016

    In a rematch of last year's Class 2A boys state title game, the result was the same. Wewoka pulled away in the final three minutes and claimed its second consecutive state championship Saturday night at State Fair Arena, defeating Preston 71-63. Last season, the Tigers scored a bucket with 13 seconds left to down the Pirates, 59-57, in the 2A championship game. Wewoka led for the entire second half but Preston had cut the lead to 52-51 with 3:25 left. Tre Roberts then scored back-to-back buckets and Wewoka seized control, outscoring Preston 19-12 down the stretch. Wewoka had five players in double figures, led by Darius Roberts' 16 points. Tre Roberts added 15 points and Darian Roberts had 14. Preston's Koby

  • Outdoors notebook: Aerial surveys to determine prairie chicken populations

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 13, 2016

    Aerial surveys for lesser prairie-chickens will begin Thursday and run through mid-May in five states containing habitat the bird needs to thrive. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to ascertain population trends and how the bird is responding to management strategies identified in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan. The range-wide plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and the state wildlife agencies of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. It was developed to ensure conservation of the lesser prairie-chicken with voluntary cooperation of landowners and industry.

  • Talala's Edwin Evers picks up elusive Bassmaster Classic title

    Talala\'s Edwin Evers picks up elusive...

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 13, 2016

    Edwin Evers of Talala felt like he disappointed his family, friends and fans in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees by his 25th place finish. “I felt like I let a lot of people down by not performing the last time it was in Oklahoma,” Evers said. No such feeling this time. Evers won the 2016 Bassmaster Classic when it returned to Grand Lake last weekend and his life will never be the same. “If anybody deserves it, Edwin deserves it," said Alabama pro Aaron Martens, a four-time Bassmaster Classic runner-up. "He's paid his dues." Even though Evers already had established himself as one of the best pros on the Bassmaster tour with 10 career wins, the Bassmaster Classic title had eluded

  • Class 4A boys: Ada pounds Tulsa Central, 63-43

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Thu, Mar 10, 2016

    Ben Pruitt poured in 37 points to lead No. 5 Ada to a surprisingly easy 63-43 victory over No. 2 Tulsa Central Thursday night in a Class 4A boys’ state tournament opener at Deer Creek High School. Pruitt, a 6-5, junior, was 10 of 19 from the field, including hitting 5 of 7 from behind […]




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Ed Godfrey Today at 7:04 PM RT @ClassicMovieHub: just for fun... Lucy & Ethel stealing John Wayne's footprints from Grauman's :) #ILoveLucy https://t.co/CaS4P64y9d
Ed Godfrey Today at 7:02 PM RT @anthonyVslater: Steve Kerr asked about Steph's knee again: "Ask Oklahoma City about the injuries they've dealt with in playoff runs ove…
Ed Godfrey Today at 7:01 PM RT @NewsOK: Blake Shelton agreed to buy Miranda Lambert's property on day divorce finalized https://t.co/W78OgXAKSO
Ed Godfrey Today at 3:42 PM RT @ClassicMovieHub: John Wayne recommended James Arness for the role of Matt Dillon on TV's Gunsmoke, Both Wayne & Arness were born today,…
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Ed Godfrey Today at 1:44 PM RT @edkelley16: For the Memorial Day weekend, a sobering but good read: The American dead in foreign fields https://t.co/SxxkqCixHk @WSJ
Ed Godfrey Wed, May. 25 2016 09:40:05 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Billy Donovan uncorked a small-ball unit that was bad together all year. Against a historic team, it's worked. Why? htt
Ed Godfrey Wed, May. 25 2016 07:44:56 PM CST RT @WSJ: Everyone adores the Warriors. But the Oklahoma City Thunder might be worth your love, too. https://t.co/yqGVWE7lJu
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Ed Godfrey Wed, May. 25 2016 12:50:00 AM CST RT @BerryTramel: Thunder exacts the ultimate revenge on Draymond Green https://t.co/yvz6MXQqgf
Ed Godfrey Wed, May. 25 2016 12:49:43 AM CST RT @RealStevenAdams: https://t.co/unQAKJEVr6 Absolutely amazing
Ed Godfrey Wed, May. 25 2016 12:46:17 AM CST RT @ESPNStatsInfo: Russell Westbrook became the 1st with a 35 pt triple-double vs the defending champions since Jerry West in 1969. https:/
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 24 2016 10:51:46 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: Underline, underscore, emphasize: This is the first time the Warriors have lost consecutive games ALL SEASON.
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 24 2016 10:51:16 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Steve Kerr: "This team is outplaying us right now and we gotta come up with some answers. It's as simple as that."
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 24 2016 10:47:52 PM CST RT @espn: It's Westbrook's world right now. First 35-point playoff triple-double vs defending champ since Jerry West in 1969. https://t.co
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 24 2016 10:39:19 PM CST RT @OKCYanni: #ThunderUp https://t.co/rdoqZJAfNK
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 24 2016 10:34:13 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Game 4 final: Thunder blast the Warriors 118-94. Russell Westbrook finishes with a 36-11-11 triple-double. Roberson sco…
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 24 2016 10:20:45 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Stephen Curry: 17 points 5-19 Andre Roberson: 15 points, 6-11. Related: Thunder 107, Warriors 89

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