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

  • How Dallas Keuchel makes a bunch of old Oklahoma prep baseball players feel better about themselves

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com   | Published: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Keuchel won the 2015 American League Cy Young Award. He will be receiving the Warren Spahn Award Thursday night at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum for being the best left-handed pitcher in baseball.

  • Outdoors notebook: Tackle show opens Thursday at State Fair Park

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    The four-day Oklahoma Tackle, Hunting and Boat Show opens Thursday in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park. Show hours Thursday are 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Friday, the show opens at 2 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. On Saturday, the show opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. On Sunday, it opens 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. The show features hunting and fishing seminars, boats, tackle, ATVs, hunting gear and apparel, a kids' fishing pond, a dog jumping exhibition and more. General admission is $10. Admission for ages 6 to 12 is $5. Ages 5 and younger receive free admission. Tickets are $8 for seniors and military. For more information, visit montgomeryproductions.com.

  • Getting a duck with a band is rare trophy

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    Mike Goar lives in Arkansas, but the real estate agent from Lakeview prefers duck hunting in eastern Oklahoma over the heavily pressured flooded timber lands around Stuttgart in his home state. "It's a zoo," he said of the public hunting areas around Stuttgart. Last weekend, Goar was hunting in an area he frequents in eastern Oklahoma, a slough off the Arkansas River near the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, limiting out one day and falling just two ducks shy the next. Among the ducks was a drake mallard with bands around his legs. The mallard had a reward band attached, and Goar earned $100 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for reporting it to the agency. When he called the toll-free telephone

  • Oklahoma rancher keeps PBR stocked with top bucking bulls

    By Ed Godfrey Outdoors Editor | Updated: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    A cattle ranch in Carter County helps produce some of the best bucking bulls in the world.

  • PBR: Q&A with Hulbert bull rider Ryan Dirteater

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    The 26-year-old Dirteater is the lone Oklahoman riding at the tour’s highest level, the Built Ford Tough Series, which is in Oklahoma City this weekend for its third stop of the 2016 season.

  • Outdoors notebook: Former Bassmaster Classic champ to appear at Winter Boat Show

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    Michael Iaconelli, the 2003 Bassmaster Classic champion, will make an appearance at the OKC Winter Boat Show.

  • Oklahoma City group promotes safety through boating education

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    James Michael Ellis of the Oklahoma City Sail and Power Squadron is constantly amazed at the number of people who buy a boat and then will take it on the lake without learning anything about the vessel or the rules of the water. “You really need to understand what 2 tons of boat can do in the water with no brakes,” Ellis said. “You get a permit to learn how to drive a car, but there is no formal education for boat ownership. "If you own a boat and you are uneducated on the water, you become a liability.” Ellis is part of a group that tries to keep people safe on the water through boating education. The Oklahoma City Sail and Power Squadron is affiliated with the U.S.

  • Crappie lured Missouri angler to Lake Eufaula

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    Barry Morrow has vivid memories of the first time he went crappie fishing on Lake Eufaula. “I had never seen anything like it,” Morrow said of that day and hauling in Oklahoma's daily limit of 37 crappie. “Loved it. You cannot help but love it when you are fishing standing timber and catching that many fish.” Morrow became a crappie guide on Lake Eufaula, moving there from Missouri one summer when fellow Lake Eufaula guide, Todd Huckabee, asked him for help. Huckabee had so many requests for fishing trips on Lake Eufaula that he needed another crappie guide. Morrow drove down and stayed for eight years.

  • International Finals Rodeo opens at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City

    By Ed Godfrey Staff Writer egodfrey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    The International Finals Rodeo opens Friday night in Oklahoma City with four performances scheduled over three days at State Fair Arena.

  • Wally Marshall was a plumber who became crappie king

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    No angler is more synonymous with crappie fishing than Wally Marshall. After all, he is Mr. Crappie. The Anna, Texas, resident even once waged a long legal battle with a Lake Fort Gibson bait shop owner to keep that trademark. Mr. Crappie products (bait, rod and reels, fishing line, bobbers, etc.) have been sold in sporting goods stores across the country for nearly two decades. He puts more than 80,000 miles on his odometer each year traveling to promote his products, make appearances for sponsors and teach fishing seminars. On Feb. 3, Marshall will bring his expertise to Rose State College in Midwest City to kick off Crappie University, the first of four continuing education classes on crappie fishing that

  • Outdoor notebook: Excellent quail hunting continues in western Oklahoma

    Staff reports | Published: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    Quail hunting continues to be phenomenal in western Oklahoma as the bobwhites survived the recent ice storms. Wade Free, assistant director of operations for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said hunters on public land are consistently reporting moving 15 coveys per day and bagging an average of four or five birds per day. “There are going to be a lot of people wanting bird dogs next summer,” he said. Quail season runs through Feb. 15. APP AVAILABLE WITH HUNTING, FISHING REGULATIONS Oklahoma sportsmen and women can now check and see if they are in compliance with game laws through their Iphones and android devices. A free app became available last week that contains the state's

  • Wildlife Department is looking for birders

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's annual winter bird survey begins Thursday. State wildlife officials are seeking help from people who are willing to count and identify birds at their bird feeders. “The more people who participate, it gives us a lot stronger data,” said Jena Donnell, wildlife diversity information specialist for the Wildlife Department. “This is open to everybody, whether you are a beginning birder or have been birding for years.” The survey period will be Thursday through Sunday. Participants are asked to watch their feeders for two consecutive days of those four days then report the number and species of birds seen at the feeders. The Wildlife Department has a survey

  • The Passing of a Legend

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Ken Cook of Meers, the 1991 Bassmaster Classic champion and one of Oklahoma’s greatest anglers, died Friday in Oklahoma City of an apparent heart attack. He was 68. Cook was born in Wilburton and lived in Oklahoma his entire life. He earned a zoology degree from Oklahoma State University and was hired by the Oklahoma […]

  • Former Bassmaster Classic Champion Ken Cook dies at age 68

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Ken Cook of Meers, the 1991 Bassmaster Classic champion and one of Oklahoma’s greatest anglers, died Friday morning in Oklahoma City of an apparent heart attack.

  • Oklahoma Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    CENTRAL  Hefner: January 4. Elevation above normal, water 46-49. Crappie good slip corking with minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. along riprap and docks. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on jigs and lipless baits along riprap. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait along riprap. Walleye fair on jerk baits and grubs along […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Fly Tying Extravaganza To Be Held In Sapulpa

    Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jan 3, 2016

    The sixth annual Oklahoma FlyFishers Fly Tying Extravaganza will be Saturday at the Creek County Fairgrounds.

  • Wildlife Department wants to cease turkey hunting around roosting trees on WMAs

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 27, 2015

    The proposal to cease turkey hunting at 7 p.m. instead of at sundown on the public lands in far western Oklahoma is the only change in the 2016 hunting regulations that might create some controversy.

  • Outdoors: Cherokee citizens will receive free hunting, fishing licenses

    Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Dec 27, 2015

    Those licenses will give tribal members the same privileges as an Oklahoma hunting and fishing license.

  • Bald Eagles spend winter in Oklahoma

    Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Dec 20, 2015

    Eagle watches being in earnest across Oklahoma at state parks, lakes and wildlife refuges in late December and January. Oklahoma is one of the top 10 states in the nation for winter eagle viewing. Each winter, as northern lakes freeze over, thousands of bald eagles migrate to warmer, southern waters. Oklahoma is especially attractive to the birds. As many 2,000 eagles are estimated to gather in Oklahoma during the winter months. Eagles begin arriving in Oklahoma in November and early December. Their numbers peak in January and February, and most birds have left for their northern breeding grounds by the end of March. Bald eagles are sociable in winter, roosting communally in trees near a food source. The same

  • Wild pigs are putting down roots in Oklahoma County

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Dec 20, 2015

    Feral hogs continue to be a menace for farmers and ranchers across, including Oklahoma County. In northeast Oklahoma County, pigs have been plaguing landowners in the Arcadia area for the past few years. “They have been here for a while,” said Leon Mixer, the maintenance supervisor for Arcadia Lake. “We have some property north of Arcadia and over the last six or seven years I have shot about one or two pigs a year.” Last spring, the United States Department of Agriculture eradicated more than a dozen pigs near Lake Arcadia, Mixer said. The flooding last spring uprooted night crawlers and created a smorgasbord for the wild pigs, he said. “Them pigs went along the shore lines and just devoured them,”

Ed Godfrey Today at 2:43 PM Sierra Holden of Fletcher shoots even par 71 at Aqua Canyon and has early lead in Class 2A girls state golf tourney. #okpreps
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 03 2016 01:58:30 PM CST RT @sportstoons: Ever trapped a cornered animal? @RealStevenAdams has... #Thunder #GoSpursGo @SpursCoyote #TastesLikeChicken https://t.co/p…
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 03 2016 01:56:06 PM CST RT @sportstoons: Good summation of the end-game nuttiness (add one - watch Leonard yank Westbrook's jersey on the inbounds). https://t.co/4…
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 03 2016 01:17:42 AM CST RT @Cardinals: Goodnight from Busch. #STLCards https://t.co/kEhbBl4Z0g
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 03 2016 01:08:08 AM CST RT @ErikHorneOK: NBA official says Dion Waiters should have been called for offensive foul ... but then there's Manu Ginobili's foot: https
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 03 2016 01:06:02 AM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Front page of @TheOklahoman's sports section tomorrow: Elbow Room https://t.co/TmMgU5NZsZ
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 03 2016 01:05:16 AM CST RT @royceyoung: Reminder: The Spurs lost once at home this season. To the Warriors. That's a darn impressive win by the Thunder.
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 03 2016 01:04:15 AM CST RT @okczoo: Hey @SanAntonioZoo Ready to welcome you to the dance party at the #Peake! Props to W.B.B. for this artsomeness. https://t.co/e7…
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 03 2016 12:58:36 AM CST RT @royceyoung: So: Spurs would've had the ball, side out. They ended up with it anyway, with a 3-on-1... https://t.co/DvS4v32H2R
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 03 2016 12:55:37 AM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: Lost in that last sequence -- why was Waiters inbounding the ball?!? Before the madness even started, I saw that and w…
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 03 2016 12:55:28 AM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Dion Waiters sitting at his locker, scrolling through his phone postgame: "He stepped on the line anyway"
Ed Godfrey Tue, May. 03 2016 12:53:28 AM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Steven Adams: "We came out and actually tried. That's pretty much it. We actually tried this time."
Ed Godfrey Mon, May. 02 2016 11:13:00 PM CST How many fouls were not called in the last 13 seconds? #ThunderUp
Ed Godfrey Mon, May. 02 2016 03:44:10 PM CST @jjhelsley @SarahCurlyHaira I've gone to Whataburger after midnight many times. Take what you will from that.
Ed Godfrey Mon, May. 02 2016 03:01:04 PM CST RT @mirandalambert: In honor of the 25th anniversary of "Thelma and Louise"... Meet Thelma and Louise! (And I don't… https://t.co/h6m3BHLETp
Ed Godfrey Mon, May. 02 2016 01:33:20 PM CST RT @_davemorris: Caught up w Mike Knopp this morning for a #roadtorio preview @RiversportOKC https://t.co/0gLQGQmtWS https://t.co/hThlAkqAu2
Ed Godfrey Mon, May. 02 2016 01:25:36 PM CST RT @RemingtonPark: Wishing Donnie K Von Hemel and SuddenBreakingNews good luck this weekend at #KentuckyDerby! https://t.co/cjvBImNHNQ
Ed Godfrey Mon, May. 02 2016 02:26:24 AM CST RT @ClassicMovieHub: Old Yeller (1957)... Today (5/1) at the TCM Film Festival... #TCMFF #TCMFFSP #MovingPictures #LetsMovie https://t.co/q…
Ed Godfrey Sun, May. 01 2016 02:13:48 PM CST NWTF official calling it quits after 1.3 million miles on the road https://t.co/9JPF5MAjnO
Ed Godfrey Sun, May. 01 2016 02:12:58 PM CST The most unlikely Bassmaster Classic champion https://t.co/HwXJ23NgCV