Ed Godfrey
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

  • High school football: District 2A-7 preview: Adair seeks fourth consecutive championship

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Adair is the pick to win its fourth consecutive District 2A-7 football title, and with good reason. Warriors head coach Mark Lippe is excited about his team’s depth at wide receiver and running back. “We run a four-wide-receiver set and we are two deep at every one of those receiving positions,” Lippe said. “We have two or three running backs that can do the job.” And most of most of Adair’s talent is sophomores and juniors. Tight end James Eastin, who caught five touchdown passes last year, is one of five seniors on the team. “We are going to run a lot of kids in there and play a lot of kids,” Lippe said. “The depth at our skill positions really is a strength for us.” Quarterback B.J.

  • Outdoors notebook: DU Sporting Clay Shoot Saturday at Silverleaf

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Ducks Unlimited is sponsoring a sporting clays shoot Saturday at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with shooting starting at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $85 for individuals or $400 for a team of five. Prizes will be awarded to top shooters in each class. Lunch is included, and there will be a silent and live auction and raffle tickets for prizes. For more information, call Paul Fincher at 850-0275 or Jack Mitchell at 285-4232, or email okducks@aol.com. DEER SEMINAR SCHEDULED ON CHEROKEE SPUR RANCH The Cherokee Spur Ranch near Grand Lake is holding a two-day deer seminar on Sept. 6-7.

  • A club of their own

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    A Girl & A Gun is a shooting club for women only. It meets every other Tuesday night at the H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City.

  • District 2A-4 football preview: Defending state champion Davis returns strong nucleus

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    A good nucleus returns for Davis led by senior quarterback Blake Summers, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season and 30 touchdowns. He also had 10 interceptions playing free safety.

  • Horse racing: Cliff Berry needs one win to reach 2,000

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Berry, who already has more wins aboard a thoroughbred than any other jockey in Remington Park history, will get win No. 2,000 at the Oklahoma City racetrack with his next victory.

  • High school football: District 3A-8 preview

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Veteran coach will try to resurrect alma mater. Idabel has not had a winning season since 2006.

  • Outdoors Notebook: Ducks Unlimited banquet set for Aug. 22

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    The Eastern Oklahoma County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding a fundraising banquet Aug. 22 at the Midwest City Community Center, 200 N. Midwest Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. Single tickets are $35. Couples tickets are $50. There will be raffles and auctions for guns and hunting gear. Tickets can be bought at the door or at www.ducks.org/oklahoma/events. On Tuesday night, McAlister’s Deli in Midwest City, 2600 S. Air Depot, is holding a Ducks Unlimited night for the chapter. Ten percent of all purchases made between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. will be donated to the Eastern Oklahoma County chapter. Tickets for the Aug. 22 banquet also will be on sale Tuesday night at McAlister’s for the one-night only discounted

  • District 3A-4 football preview: Lone Grove gets favorite's role

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    With 19 starters returning from last year’s 8-3 squad, Lone Grove gets the nod over defending district champion Plainview to win the crown in District 3A-4 this season.

  • Collected Wisdom: Courtney Paris, Tulsa Shock center and former OU basketball star

    Interviewed by Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Courtney Paris is enjoying her best season in the Women’s National Basketball Association. The starting center for the Tulsa Shock, Paris is nearly averaging a double-double on the season, and her professional career seems rejuvenated.

  • Perry's CCC Lake will open for winter trout fishing

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    The Perry Lake replaces Lake Pawhuska as one of the Wildlife Department’s six wintertime trout fishing areas.

  • Outdoors notebook: Deadline for youth hunter applications in Aug. 15

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    The deadline is Aug. 15 for youth hunters to apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s bonus antlerless deer gun hunts. The hunts are held on private land in Osage, Ellis, Love and Carter counties in October and November. The Wildlife Department will select 53 youth hunters in a random drawing for the bonus deer hunts. To be eligible, hunters must be ages 12 to 17 at the time of the hunt and completed their hunter education requirements before applying. For more information, call Doug Schoeling at (405) 590-2584 or visit www.wildlifedepartment.com. QUAIL SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED FOR AUG. 23 IN OKC The Oklahoma Quail Symposium will be Aug. 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Oklahoma City.

  • Live Coverage: OSU Media Day

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    We're live in Stillwater for Fan Appreciation Day and Oklahoma State Media Day. Follow our coverage with The Oklahoman sports team and watch live interviews with Mike Gundy and OSU players starting at 4:30 p.m.

  • Eight-time world champion roper Roy Cooper has had immeasurable influence on sport

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES — Tuf Cooper always remembers his dad being a big deal. He could see it in the awe-stricken faces of the young cowboys who would show up at Tuf’s house to learn from the great Roy Cooper, who will be inducted in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame with five others on Aug. 4.

  • Outdoors notebook: Waterfowl Stamp contest now open

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    The pintail duck has been selected as the subject for this year’s Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp design competition. Artists have until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 to submit artwork for the contest that has been conducted since 1980 by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The winning artwork will serve as the design for the 2015-16 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp. Waterfowl stamps are bought by waterfowl hunters in the state and collectors nationwide. The winning artist will receive a $1,200 purchase award courtesy of NatureWorks, a Tulsa-based conservation organization. The 2014-15 Oklahoma Waterfowl License is now on sale at the Department’s website, wildlifedepartment.com.

  • Jimmy Houston to appear in Oklahoma City on Tuesday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Oklahoma’s most famous fisherman has no plans to slow down even after turning 70 on Monday

  • Shooters compete in International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association world championships at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Shooters from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia and Paraguay finished a week-long competition Saturday in the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association world championships held at the Oklahoma City Gun Club. Shooters had to knock down heavy metallic silhouette targets of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams from various distances up to 200 meters. Distances ranged from 10 to 18 yards for air pistols and 25 to 100 yards in the small-bore division (pistols chambered for .22 long rifle cartridge only). In the big-bore division for powerful centerfire handguns only, the distances ranged from 50 meters to 200 meters. Shooters had a 30-second load command and two minutes to fire upon a group of five

  • Navarre Beach Fishing Pier a hidden gem

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The longest fishing pier extending into the Gulf of Mexico is a popular spot for fishing, as well as watching dolphins and other creatures of the sea.

  • Lower Illinois River a prime fishing spot

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

    You can try your luck catching both trout and striped bass near Gore.

  • Oklahoma City Gun Club to host the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) World Championship

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

    The Oklahoma City Gun Club will host the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) World Championship Saturday through July 25 at the club’s range north of Arcadia. This is the second time in three years that the Oklahoma City Gun Club has been the site for the world championship. “Our silhouette range is the finest facility in the country, if not the world,” said Jim Fields, match director at the Oklahoma City Gun Club and past world champion in the IHMSA. “I really love the competition in this sport. It’s thicker than syrup. Some of the best marksmen in the world are right here at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

  • IFYR: Bull rider Wyatt Rogers dedicates this year to his father

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    SHAWNEE — When Wyatt Rogers steps into the bucking chute Thursday night at the International Finals Youth Rodeo, he will pause for a few seconds to say a prayer and ask his father to watch over him. It’s something the Locust Grove High School senior does each time since his father’s sudden death in May. Wyatt now rides for his dad, Dusty. “This year is all for my dad,” Wyatt said. “The IFYR (International Youth Finals Rodeo) and nationals is all for him.” Warren “Dusty” Rogers of Rose was a steer wrestler and team roper who began teaching his son to be a cowboy almost as soon as Wyatt left the crib. “My dad said I had a rope in my hand ever since I could walk,” Wyatt said.

Ed Godfrey Wed, Oct. 29 2014 09:03:54 PM CST If Mike Matheny were managing the Giants, he would bring in Tim Lincecum in this situation.
Ed Godfrey Wed, Oct. 29 2014 01:42:55 PM CST @LauraMcOutdoors Call me when you can to discuss quail
Ed Godfrey Tue, Oct. 28 2014 10:49:38 PM CST RT @KOCOAbigail: Bats swinging in heaven right now. ❤️ LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Oct. 26 2014 10:13:16 PM CST RT @STLWizard: Sad night in Cardinal Nation. We lost a real talent in Oscar Taveras, Part of Cardinal future. God bless him and his family.…
Ed Godfrey Sun, Oct. 26 2014 06:57:35 PM CST Jimmy Houston remains an outdoors legend LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Oct. 25 2014 10:58:19 PM CST Henryetta's Daisy VanMeter, Colton Green defend state cross country titles LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Oct. 25 2014 10:58:02 PM CST State cross country notebook: Hooker celebrates while one teammate at the hospital LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Oct. 25 2014 12:37:37 PM CST Cordell freshman Berkley Price wins 2A cross country crown, leading Blue Devils to team title as well #okpreps
Ed Godfrey Sat, Oct. 25 2014 11:48:34 AM CST Chisholm boys and Marietta girls win 3A cross country crowns #okpreps
Ed Godfrey Sat, Oct. 25 2014 11:47:32 AM CST Henryetta's Colton Green and Daisy VanMeter repeat as 3A cross country champions #okpreps
Ed Godfrey Mon, Oct. 20 2014 09:12:57 PM CST @LauraMcOutdoors Who has one?
Ed Godfrey Mon, Oct. 20 2014 05:52:06 PM CST @jasonkersey that fence must be pretty high
Ed Godfrey Mon, Oct. 20 2014 05:18:24 PM CST RT @jacobunruh: Turpin has entered The Oklahoman's Class B football rankings. #OKPreps LINK
Ed Godfrey Fri, Oct. 17 2014 12:31:12 AM CST @James_Stafford You would be grumpy too if Matheny managed the Rangers
Ed Godfrey Thu, Oct. 16 2014 11:06:49 PM CST Madison Bumgarner MVP? How did Matheny not win that? #STLCards
Ed Godfrey Thu, Oct. 16 2014 10:51:36 PM CST Hitting the Scotch. Thank you Mike Matheny.
Ed Godfrey Thu, Oct. 16 2014 10:42:44 PM CST @bobbyross Not when your team suffers gut wrenching losses, as you well know.
Ed Godfrey Thu, Oct. 16 2014 10:40:11 PM CST @bobbyross Yep. When is the last time the best team actually won the World Series?
Ed Godfrey Thu, Oct. 16 2014 10:33:12 PM CST World Series between teams with the fourth and fifth best records in their leagues. Lets keep watering down the playoffs.
Ed Godfrey Thu, Oct. 16 2014 10:30:20 PM CST RT @johnrabe: Michael Wacha is far more valuable an asset than ANY manager. And what Mike Matheny just did to him there should be fireable.…