Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.

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

Top Stories


  • Outdoors notebook: The Land Run begins Thursday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Gun Club will resemble the Old West this week as the club hosts its 21st annual “Land Run” cowboy action shooting event. The Land Run is one of the largest cowboy action shooting competitions in the country. The event begins Thursday at the club’s cowboy action range north of Arcadia and lasts through Sunday. During cowboy action shoots, competitors shoot replicas of guns from the Old West in contests for accuracy and time. The shooters even dress in attire from the time period. For more information, visit www.okcgunclub.org. Sporting Clay shoot to benefit Miracle Network The Edmond Kiwanis Club will sponsor its third annual “Aiming for Miracles” Sporting Clay shoot Friday at

  • Trying to grow a bigger bass

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Bass fishing on Lake Eufaula gets a genetic boost, but crappie is still the king on the Gentle Giant

  • Canton Lake is low, but the walleye are still there

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Canton Lake is more than 12 feet below normal, but state wildlife officials still caught a good number of walleye during their annual netting along the dam last month

  • Outdoor Writer Mike Lambeth dies at 55

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    You may not have known Mike Lambeth, but chances are you know his work.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    CENTRAL Arcadia: April 15. Elevation normal. All fishing fair.

  • Outdoors Notebook: OKC Fish Hatchery to hold open house

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery will hold an open house Friday. Visitors can learn how fish populations are maintained in Oklahoma City’s lakes and ponds for anglers. The open house will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is free to the public. The hatchery, 10940 N. Meridian, raises more than 5 million fish each year, including walleye, striped bass hybrids, channel catfish and hybrid sunfish. The fish are put in Oklahoma City’s three lakes and its “Close to Home” fishing waters. For more information, call the hatchery at (405) 297-2211 or visit www.okc.gov/parks. DU chapter started at OSU The new Ducks Unlimited chapter at Oklahoma State University will hold its first fund raising banquet

  • Q&A: Steve Levering manager of the archery department at H&H Shooting Sports

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Steve Levering is the manager of the archery department at the H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City. He recently answered questions from The Oklahoman and its readers in an online chat on NewsOK.com. Here is a partial transcript of that chat. Q: Interest in archery seems to be on the rise. Why? A: I attribute it to, one, the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program. There is a JOAD program in Oklahoma City that shoots at H&H in the winter and at Trosper Archery Club from basically Easter to Halloween. They meet every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The other one, believe it or not, is Hollywood with the movies “The Hunger Games” and “Brave,” and TV shows like “Arrow” and, believe it or

  • Ponca City's Jerome Schneeberger loses a close one at National Circuit Finals Rodeo

    BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The pair finished tied for first, but Colorado’s Josh Peek was awarded the title and the $20,000 automobile voucher from RAM because he had a faster time in the semifinal round.

  • Collected Wisdom: John Gwatney, National Circuit Finals Rodeo chute boss

    Interviewed by Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    John Gwatney was a chute boss at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, which concluded Saturday, and he’s been the chute boss at some of the biggest events in the sport.

  • National Circuit Finals Rodeo: Dover's Nick Sartain hoping to add more gold buckles to his collection

    By Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    In 2009, Sartain was the world champion header in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, something he dreamed about since first picking up a rope when he was kid. Being a world champion and a national circuit champion would certainly look good on the resume.

  • Rodeo: Tie-down roper Jerome Schneeberger is ready to get on with life

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    The Ponca City resident no longer chases the dream of becoming a world champion in the PRCA

  • Yukon boy bags big gobbler

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Usually, it’s fathers who pass on the hunting tradition to their sons.

  • Rodeo: Fatherhood and rodeo will keep Stockton Graves busy

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The seven-time qualifier to the National Finals Rodeo is more focused on coaching the Northwestern Oklahoma State University team and becoming a father.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    CENTRAL Arcadia: April 8. Elevation normal, water 55 and murky to muddy.

  • Turkey Time

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Spring turkey season opened Sunday and Blake Merritt of Oklahoma City and Anthony Pate of Durant had immediate success.

  • Oklahoma City conservationist hired to regional position

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever has hired Oklahoma quail conservationist Laura McIver as the organization’s regional representative in Oklahoma.

  • Outdoors notebook: It's gobbling time

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Spring turkey season opens Sunday except in the eight counties in southeastern Oklahoma, where turkey season opens April 21. Hunters may take up to three toms during the season, but some counties have a one or two tom limit. The hunting season runs through May 6. Free hunters education clinic for youth The Tri-City Gun Club is holding a free hunters education clinic Saturday at its gun range near Goldsby. The clinic will be from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for ages 10 and older. Pre-registration is required online at www.gotebolaw.com/youth.htm. Sporting Clay shoot for Miracle Network The Edmond Kiwanis Club will sponsor its third annual “Aiming for Miracles” Sporting Clay shoot April 25 at Silverleaf

  • Vintage guns featured at OKC shooting contest

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Gun Club will be the site of The Oklahoma Games this week, a national shooting match sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program

  • Gary Good ready to run the Redbud Classic

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Gary Good and his two whippets, Rico and Izzy, are well-known in the northwest Oklahoma City neighborhoods they run through. Good, 64, runs almost daily with his two dogs. And for the past 31 years, Good has ran in the Redbud Classic, which is Saturday and Sunday. “I grew up just north of Nichols Hills, so it’s in my stomping grounds,’’ Good said of the annual running event that raises money for a non-profit each year. This year’s beneficiary is Anna’s House Foundation, which supports children in foster care. Good missed the first Redbud Classic in 1983. That was the same year Good decided to change his lifestyle and start running. A wrestler in high school, Good quit exercising after starting a

  • Outdoors chat: Ed Godfrey talks with Steve Levering, archery department manager of H&H Shooting Sports Complex

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Outdoors editor Ed Godfrey was joined by Steve Levering, archery department manager for the H&H Shooting Sports Complex, on the outdoors chat Friday. Here's the full transcript:




Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 20 2014 02:04:54 PM CST Navarre Beach Fishing Pier a hidden gem LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 14 2014 10:17:19 AM CST Oklahoma City Gun Club to host the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) World Championship LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jul. 14 2014 10:16:04 AM CST Lower Illinois River a prime fishing spot LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Jul. 12 2014 09:39:57 AM CST RT @Snoopy: BEACH. ☀️ LINK
Ed Godfrey Thu, Jul. 10 2014 01:27:23 AM CST IFYR: Bull rider Wyatt Rogers dedicates this year to his father LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 08 2014 11:26:11 PM CST Porum's Justin McDaniel to be inducted into IFYR Hall of Fame LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jul. 08 2014 02:23:37 PM CST International Finals Youth Rodeo: Trevor Reese doesn't fit the usual mold for a rodeo cowboy LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 06 2014 06:39:33 PM CST RT @Snoopy: Happiness is root beer. LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jul. 06 2014 01:44:02 PM CST Quail Forever chapters sprouting up around state LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Jul. 05 2014 09:34:21 PM CST International Finals Youth Rodeo returns to Shawnee on Sunday LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jul. 02 2014 11:34:38 AM CST @OKNewsResearch Thank you. Thank you very much for this tweet.
Ed Godfrey Fri, Jun. 27 2014 05:28:24 PM CST Catfish have really been biting at Lake Hefner. Even crankbaits. Check out this fish story in Sunday's newspaper. #TheOklahoman
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jun. 25 2014 05:24:45 PM CST @LauraMcOutdoors @quail4ever yes
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jun. 25 2014 05:23:38 PM CST @LauraMcOutdoors @quail4ever Call me this week when you can to discuss
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 23 2014 10:27:00 PM CST @LauraMcOutdoors @quail4ever Sounds like a story
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 23 2014 10:07:41 PM CST @LauraMcOutdoors @quail4ever How many new Quail Forever chapters have started in Oklahoma this year?
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 22 2014 10:02:47 PM CST @James_Stafford Is it just a coincidence that you arrive in San Diego on the same day the Padres fire their GM? #rumors
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 22 2014 03:04:35 PM CST 15 years of hand fishing for flatheads LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 22 2014 02:38:32 PM CST Check out this NewsOK gallery: Okie Noodling 2014 LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 22 2014 12:38:07 AM CST 15 years of hand fishing for flatheads LINK