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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Outdoors notebook: There's still time to catch some paddlefish

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    There is still time to get on the paddlefish action in northeastern Oklahoma before the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation closes its Paddlefish Research Center on Grand Lake on Thursday.

  • Local duo still practices the cowboy way

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

    Roy’s Creek Dan and Missouri Mae are the fastest guns in the West. Or, at least the fastest west of Hiwassee Road and north of Arcadia, the location of the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

  • Minor League Baseball: Q&A with former Red Oak standout Lane Adams

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Omaha Storm Chasers outfielder Lane Adams played on two state champion baseball teams at Red Oak and an Eagles basketball squad that won a state championship.

  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Biggest Loser participant no longer runs, but still staying fit

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Neill Harmer has turned to Crossfit workouts, a combination of weight lifting and cardio work.

  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Blindness, heart surgery has never stopped Benny Meier from running

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    He has completed nine full marathons and three half-marathons in the event. He started running just the half-marathon following his heart surgery four years ago.




Ed Godfrey Thu, Jul. 30 2015 10:20:28 PM CST RT @AP: Baseball card from the 1860's fetches $179,000 at auction (with photo): http://t.co/nN5RIWvJ2D
Ed Godfrey Thu, Jul. 30 2015 10:11:09 PM CST RT @Cardinals: #THATSAWINNER! #STLCards 9, #Rockies 8. W-Villanueva (4-3) L-Axford (3-5) HR-Carpenter 2 (12). Garcia walk-off BB http:/
Ed Godfrey Thu, Jul. 30 2015 05:52:02 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Report: Thunder studio analyst @NancyLieberman expected to become Kings assistant: http://t.co/jhDSIhhlyE http://t.co/GJ7…
Ed Godfrey Thu, Jul. 30 2015 05:45:31 PM CST RT @SInow: Nancy Lieberman plans to accept an offer to become a @sacramentokings assistant coach http://t.co/ECFvVNBRLR http://t.co/Ii3W4g3…
Ed Godfrey Thu, Jul. 30 2015 05:44:36 PM CST RT @Buster_ESPN: LAD on same path taken by NYY for last 20 yrs: Outspending rivals with unequaled financial power. Time will tell if they w…
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jul. 29 2015 09:53:27 PM CST RT @si_mlb: MLB trade rumors: Rangers nearing a deal for Phillies starter Cole Hamels http://t.co/5IY957ocCD http://t.co/Ox0Oz8COOL
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

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