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


  • Outdoor Notebook: Ducks Unlimited State Convention set for Saturday in Guthrie

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Ducks Unlimited will hold its state convention Friday and Saturday in Guthrie at the American Legion. On Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., vendors will be showcasing hunting merchandise at the Logan County Fairgrounds. Admission is free. The banquet, honoring retired Ducks Unlimited regional director Larry Kramer, will be Saturday night. For ticket information, call Paul Fincher at (405) 850-0275 or Tim Miller at (405) 593-2657. Wildlife photographer to appear in OKC Nationally award winning wildlife a photographer Tom Ulrich will be showing some of his latest works at the Will Rogers Senior Center, 3501 Pat Murphy Drive, on Friday and Saturday. On Friday at 7 p.m.

  • Book review: John Wayne biography examines actor's work, patriotism

    BY ED GODFREY, Outdoors Editor | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Book Review: “John Wayne: The Life and Legend” by Scott Eyman is due out this week.

  • Turkey populations remain healthy in Oklahoma

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Spring turkey season opens April 6, and hunters should see more longbeards this season

  • Land of the Giants

    By Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Arbuckle Lake produces another record setting stringer in a bass tournament

  • Youth hunters get first shot at gobblers

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Oklahoma’s spring youth turkey season is Saturday and Sunday across the state except in southeastern Oklahoma, where the spring season will be the weekend before the April 21 opener in the region.

  • Chickasha, Chandler, Moore schools win archery titles

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Here are the results of Wednesday’s Archery in the Schools state championships held at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    CENTRAL Arcadia: March 25. Elevation normal, water 47 and murky.

  • NCAA Wrestling Championships: Oklahoma City experience goes over well with wrestling fans

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    Penn State wrestling fan Kirk Bussell has attended the last five NCAA Wrestling Championships and said Oklahoma City was his favorite venue of the group.

  • Grand Lake holding bass extravaganza

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    Beginning April 1, there will be a largemouth bass swimming in Grand Lake that could be worth $250,000 to a lucky fisherman. The Grand Lake Association is sponsoring the Grand Lake Extravaganza from April 1 to May 18, when 500 largemouth bass will be tagged for cash and merchandise prizes ranging from $50 to $250,000. Anglers must pay $20 in advance to be eligible to win. Anglers can register at grandlakeextravaganza.com or local bait and tackle shops in the Grand Lake area. The event is limited to 30,000 participants. “It’s just another way to promote Grand Lake as a bass fishing destination, and anyone can enter,” said Tad Jones, executive director of the Grand Lake Association.

  • Outdoors notebook: Hunters can view 2014-15 controlled hunts

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    Hunters can apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s 2014-15 controlled hunts beginning April 1. For a total cost of $5, hunters can submit their names for a chance to win any of the hunts offered by the agency. Normally the most sought-after hunts are the deer and elk hunts on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and the deer archery hunts on the grounds of the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. Other hunts offered include antelope hunts in the Panhandle, youth deer hunts, hunts for handicapped individuals and spring turkey hunts. To view a list of all hunts available, visit www.wildlifedepartment.com.

  • Archery in the Schools state championships set for Wednesday

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    Approximately 1,400 students from 84 schools in the state will be competing Wednesday in Oklahoma City in the state championships for Archery in the Schools. There are now 401 schools in Oklahoma that are teaching archery to elementary, middle and high school students through the national program administered by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. It’s a number that has climbed each year since the agency started the program in 10 pilot schools a decade ago. “I have got probably 40 or 50 people on our waiting list now for our workshops, people interested in being instructors wanting to bring it to their school,” said Jay Rouck, coordinator of Archery in the Schools and Explore Bowhunting for the

  • NCAA Wrestling notebook: Added floor seats have fans close to action

    By Mike Baldwin and Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Officials lowered the stage from four feet to two feet for the NCAA wrestling national finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena, doubling the number of fans on the floor from 400 to 800.

  • NCAA Wrestling Championships: Bonnie Brands raised two Iowa wrestling legends, and now she's watching them coach

    By Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Bonnie Brand’s first trip to the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City was more than two decades ago to watch her sons wrestle. She returned this weekend to watch her boys, Tom and Terry Brand, coach the Hawkeyes.

  • Outdoors notebook: Fly-tying workshop set in Norman

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    A fly-tying workshop for adults will be held April 5 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Deadline to register for the event is March 28. There will be workshops for beginners, intermediates and advanced fly-tyers. Cost of the workshop is $30 for museum members and $40 for non-members. Space is limited. For more information, call 325-1088. FLY FISHING MEETING IN OKC The Prairie Fly Fishers will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Camp DaKaNi, 3309 E. Hefner Road. Tom Adams, general manager of Backwoods in Oklahoma City, will lead a group discussion on warm water fly fishing for bass and bluegill. The meeting is open to the public.

  • Finding treasure in a tackle box

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    A collection of old lures may turn up a gem or two on the collectibles market.

  • Fishing is still good on Lake Texoma

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    Lake Texoma remains significantly low, but the fishing is still good. “There are some boat ramps unusable, because of the water level, but there are still numerous ones where people can get boats on and off the water,” said Matt Mauck, south-central fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Texoma arguably is the major fishing and water recreation area in the state. The low water level has many lake goers concerned and asking questions, but the situation is primarily due to a lack of rain, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake, posted answers to the public’s most frequently asked questions about the Texoma situation on its

  • Class 3A Girls: Jaden Hobbs scores 32 to lead Alva to state title

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Jaden Hobbs doesn’t have any scholarship offers yet.

  • Prep Hoops Live: Class 2A-6A State Tournament

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    It's Championship Saturday in prep basketball. Follow our live coverage with the NewsOK Sports team and more from around Twitter.

  • Class 3A Girls: Hobbs sets scoring record as Alva nips Washington in controversial ending

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

      BETHANY – Alva sophomore Jaden Hobbs set a state tournament record Friday night, but all everyone was talking about after the Goldbugs dramatic 63-62 win over Washington was how the game ended at Southern Nazarene University.

  • Class 3A Girls: Adair nips Heritage Hall at the buzzer

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    BETHANY –  Freshman Keni Jo Lippe’s two free throws with less than a second left put No.




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
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 22 2014 12:30:34 AM CST Check out this NewsOK gallery: Okie Noodling 2014 LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Jun. 21 2014 05:40:11 PM CST Colby Morrow of Eucha, last year's noodling queen at Okie Noodling Tournament #TheOklahoman LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Jun. 21 2014 05:35:31 PM CST Okie Noodling in Pauls Valley #theoklahoman LINK
Ed Godfrey Sat, Jun. 21 2014 02:31:59 PM CST RT @James_Stafford: Nice! RT “@MLBFanCave: Beautiful. #LoveBaseball LINK” @EDGODFREY