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

  • Outdoors notebook: Hunter sight-in days set Sept. 19-20 at OKC Gun Club

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Gun Club will hold its annual sight in days for hunters on Sept. 19 and 20. The club's Benchrest range will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. so hunters can sight in their rifles for the upcoming hunting seasons. The price will be $5 per gun. Eye and ear protection must be worn. Members of the OKC Gun Club will be on hand to assist shooters. The OKC Gun Club is located north of Arcadia near the intersection of Sorghum Mill and Anderson roads. Signs will be posted directing people to the Benchrest range. WATERFOWLERS CAN APPLY FOR WASHITA HUNTS The Washita National Wildlife Refuge near Butler is now accepting applications for its goose and sandhill crane

  • Dove season opens Tuesday and the shooting will be hot and heavy

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    On Tuesday morning, somebody will call their local police department, sheriff's office or game warden and want to know what all the commotion is about. Robert Fleenor, head of law enforcement for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said it happens somewhere in Oklahoma every year on the opening day of dove season. “You will get calls from people about all the shooting,” he said. “They think a war is going on somewhere. We patiently explain to them that it's the opening day of dove season and folks are trying to shoot them a dove.” Dove season opens Tuesday statewide, a day eagerly awaited by hunters since the last hunting season ended months ago. Dove season marks the beginning of the hunting

  • District A-8 Preview: Talihina loses talent but still the top pick

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Talihina coach Kelly Gravitt said the school probably graduated its best senior class in history last spring. That senior class helped the Golden Tigers compile a 36-4 record over the past three seasons. But opposing coaches in the district do not believe Talihina's cupboard has gone bare. The Golden Tigers, which finished 12-1 last season after losing to Cashion in the state semifinals, are still the favorite to win the District A-8 title. Talihina returns four starters on both sides of the ball. Keaton Jackson moves from starting wide receiver to quarterback and is making a smooth transition, Gravitt said. “I am very pleased with his spring and summer,” Gravitt said. “He is very athletic and has gotten

  • District A-1 preview: Thomas remains the class of district

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The Terriers were 15-0 last season, winning the 10th state title in school history and first since 2002. Thomas is expected to be one of the top teams in Class A again this season.

  • Wildlife Department will use federal grant money to lease private land for public use

    By Ed Godfrey   | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will receive $2.26 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the state agency plans to use to lease private land for public hunting. Oklahoma is one of 15 states that will receive grant money from the USDA, a total of $20 million, to encourage private landowners to open their ranches, farms or other property to hunting, fishing or other wildlife recreation. Micah Holmes, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said the agency would use its share of the grant funds to lease private land to provide walk-in access for Oklahoma sportsmen, primarily hunters. “One of the things we hear from hunters is that it is harder than it used to be to

  • Outdoors notebook: OSU group studies the economics of fishing

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on outdoor recreation in 2014, Oklahomans spend more total days fishing than wildlife watching and hunting combined. Anglers spend more than $800 million annually on fishing-related purchases, generating $77 million in state and local tax revenue and supporting more than 11,000 jobs.  “One of the most popular forms of outdoor recreation in Oklahoma is sportfishing,” said Tracy Boyer, associate professor in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics. “To evaluate the economic benefits of recreational fishing at Oklahoma lakes, we recently conducted an economic demand analysis of sportfishing trips taken by state residents.

  • It's almost time for the elk to begin bugling in the Wichita Mountains

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Earlier this year, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge was voted as the best national wildlife refuge in the country in a poll conducted by USA Today. Twenty national wildlife refuges were selected for consideration by a panel of wildlife experts, and readers voted for their favorite. Such polls are highly subjective, but anyone who has visited the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge can’t argue with the result. It’s probably the top outdoors destination in a state that has several great choices. The refuge is home to free-range bison, longhorn cattle, elk, deer and many other critters. A great time to visit the refuge is in September and October when the elk are bugling.

  • District 2A-6 preview: Hartshorne, Vian should battle for title again

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Miners are loaded with speed Scott Pratt is inheriting a good team at Hartshorne. After 15 years at Broken Bow (the last three as head coach), Pratt takes over at Hartshorne where the Miners are defending district champions and return six starters on both sides of the ball. Pratt has been impressed with his new team’s athleticism. “We can run,” he said. “We got some kids who are football fast.” The fastest is senior wide receiver and safety Troy Ray, who was clocked electronically at a combine in Dallas with 4.4 speed in the 40. “He is one of the fastest kids I’ve coached in my 20 years,” Pratt said. “He is one of those kids that has flew under the radar. I think he is a Division I

  • District 3A-8 high school football preview: Idabel looks to keep the momentum rolling

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    After winning just three games the previous two seasons, Idabel finished 9-3 last year and has one of the state’s top recruits in quarterback/athlete K.J. Wells back.

Ed Godfrey Today at 4:40 AM RT @nytimestravel: Off the Texas Gulf Coast, fishing for the perfect balance between challenge and reward. https://t.co/YceuvqnJ24 https://
Ed Godfrey Wed, Feb. 10 2016 10:43:59 PM CST RT @AntDavis23: Completely devastated. Ingrid Williams was like a 2nd mother to me when I got to NOLA. My thoughts & prayers are with Mont…
Ed Godfrey Wed, Feb. 10 2016 08:07:24 PM CST Weekly Fishing Report https://t.co/TYDGQiZTMx
Ed Godfrey Wed, Feb. 10 2016 07:36:22 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Statement from the Thunder on the passing of Ingrid Williams: https://t.co/BnoApXsMyy
Ed Godfrey Wed, Feb. 10 2016 02:46:25 PM CST RT @Shadid13: Stevie Clark is climbing the long, hard road back from the bottom (via @ScottWrightOK) https://t.co/JCbL5qF13b
Ed Godfrey Mon, Feb. 08 2016 10:05:01 PM CST Thank you Buddy Hield #Sooners
Ed Godfrey Mon, Feb. 08 2016 08:58:11 PM CST Sooners' basketball team get pep talk from football team on how to show up against Texas? #Sooners
Ed Godfrey Sun, Feb. 07 2016 08:57:51 PM CST Is there an Andy Griffith marathon on? #SuperBowl
Ed Godfrey Sun, Feb. 07 2016 07:41:53 PM CST Is the Super Bowl halftime over yet? #SuperBowl
Ed Godfrey Sun, Feb. 07 2016 04:32:54 PM CST RT @FLWFishing: Congrats to @bradley_hallman, winner of the @walmart FLW Tour on #LakeOkeechobee! Results: https://t.co/ARMbxCwKdc https:
Ed Godfrey Sun, Feb. 07 2016 04:30:11 PM CST Congrats to Norman's Bradley Hallman for winning the FLW Tour season opener on Lake Okeechobee with 71 pounds, 2 ounces. #fishing
Ed Godfrey Sun, Feb. 07 2016 03:25:07 PM CST Outdoors: Archery in the Schools to hold state championships https://t.co/x0NrQgwQVC
Ed Godfrey Sun, Feb. 07 2016 03:24:55 PM CST Outdoors: Oklahoma hunters finally draw a great quail season https://t.co/b0xrwxQP96
Ed Godfrey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:57:06 PM CST Norman pro Bradley Hallman has caught 50 pounds, 7 ounces in the FLW Tour opener on Lake Okeechobee and holds an 8 1/2-pound lead. #fishing
Ed Godfrey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:08:03 PM CST FLW Fishing: Bass Tournament Fishing News, Results, Videos, Tips, and Photos https://t.co/hHHYz7pI12
Ed Godfrey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:24:37 PM CST At age 35, Cord McCoy is returning to saddle bronc riding in the PRCA. Makes his debut next weekend at the new McAlester rodeo. #rodeo
Ed Godfrey Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:22:51 PM CST Over/Under betting line from Vegas on Thunder-Warriors tomorrow night is 231 points. I am taking the over. #thunderup
Ed Godfrey Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:57:42 PM CST @LauraMcOutdoors I see there is a pheasant fest and quail classic in K.C. Feb. 19-21. Many Okies go to that?
Ed Godfrey Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:44:38 PM CST @LauraMcOutdoors send me more info on the events in lawton and Adair so I can include them in my Outdoors Notebook.
Ed Godfrey Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:35:32 PM CST @LauraMcOutdoors Any Quail Forever banquets coming up soon?