Ed Godfrey
Sports 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


  • Check out Oklahoma's Bat Festival Friday and Saturday

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom will host a bat festival Friday and Saturday to showcase Oklahoma’s only flying mammals. Mike Caywood, manager of Alabaster Caverns State Park, said the two-day event offers activities for all ages.  “We’ll be making bat masks, playing bat-related games and even mist-netting bats as they emerge from the cavern […]

  • Oklahoma's spring turkey season opens Monday with mandatory check-in

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Oklahoma’s month-long spring turkey season opens Monday with one major change. This year there will be mandatory check-in statewide. Turkey hunters west of I-35 also are required to check in their gobblers online this season.

  • Oklahoma's crappie season set to explode

    BY ED GODREY | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Generally, early to mid-April is when the crappie spawn on most Oklahoma lakes, the time of year when the fish move into shallow water and become easier targets for anglers.

  • Outdoors notebook: Bat Festival scheduled Friday and Saturday at Alabaster Caverns State Park

    Compiled by Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom will host a bat festival Friday and Saturday to showcase Oklahoma's only flying mammals.

  • Spring turkey season forecast

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports Oklahoma’s 2015 spring turkey hunting seasons will kick off Saturday and Sunday with the special youth weekend for ages 17 and younger in all areas except the Southeast Region. The general spring turkey hunting season will open Monday and run through May 6 in all areas except the […]

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: March 30. Largemouth bass fair on chatter baits and swim baits at 4-6 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at the dam and in the enclosed dock. Blue and channel catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad along the dam. White bass good trolling rooster tails along the dam. Report submitted by […]

  • Washita National Wildlife Refuge to hold event on Saturday

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The annual Washita National Wildlife Refuge Anniversary Celebration will be held in conjunction with the Foss State Park Easter EGGStravaganza on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Foss State Park. The event is free and include fun family activities and an Easter egg hunt at the Cedar Point Campground at Foss State Park. […]

  • Outdoors notebook: Wayland Bonds, Ringling and Chickasha win state archery titles

    COMPILED BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The Archery in the Schools state meet was held Friday in Tulsa with Wayland Bonds Elementary in Oklahoma City, Ringling Middle School and Chickasha High School capturing state team titles. Chickasha and Houchin Elementary in Moore finished second and third in the elementary school division. Chandler finished state runner-up in both the middle school and high school divisions. Individual state archery champions were Allison Crutchfield of Chickasha and Landon Moore of Durant for high school girls and boys; Riane Tuthill of Chickasha and Mitchell Ritter of Ringling for middle school girls and boys; Isabel Sutteer of Chickasha and Ruben Lopez of Houchin Elementary for elementary girls and boys.

  • First Baptist Church of Guthrie pastor feeds the multitude — with his Sooner Lake record striped bass

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    One of the great biblical stories is the miracle of Jesus feeding the multitude with just five loaves of bread and two small fish. While the Rev. Hersey Hammons hasn’t done anything quite that miraculous, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Guthrie did catch a 36-pound striped bass on Sooner Lake and turned it into many meals for his congregation.

  • Paddlefish action picking up above Fort Gibson Lake

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The spoonbill action in northeastern Oklahoma really picked up above Fort Gibson Lake last week and is about to explode around Grand Lake.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: March 23. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs in the enclosed dock; starting to move onto riprap to spawn. Bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and chatter baits at 3-5 ft. moving up to spawn. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and near the […]

  • Outdoors notebook: High school team basss tournaments set in Oklahoma

    COMPILED BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Each team must have two high school anglers from the same Oklahoma school. The trail will consist of four one-day tournaments beginning Saturday. Saturday’s tournament will be on Keystone Lake followed by another event the next day on the same lake.

  • Trout fishing at Perry CCC Lake still going strong

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    The fishing at Oklahoma’s winter trout areas usually winds down in the month of March, but the trout fishing at the Perry CCC Lake still should be good into April, said Bill Wentroth of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: March 17. Elevation above normal, water 47 and clear. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, Lake Arcadia. Draper: March 17. Elevation above normal, water 44 and stained. Crappie slow on minnows around brush structure. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County. Hefner: March 17. Elevation below normal, water 41-45. Crappie […]

  • Oklahoma Selfbow Jamboree starts Thursday

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The 11th annual Oklahoma Selfbow Jamboree (OJAM) and Selfbow Championship will be held Thursday through Sunday in Stillwater. OJAM teaches participants the art of building selfbows as well as other primitive skills including leatherwork and flint-knapping. OJAM is open to the public, but membership in the Oklahoma Selfbow Society (OSS) is required for anyone wishing […]

  • Class 2A Girls: Hobbs' heroics leads Alva past Preston and to second straight state title

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    When the game was in doubt, Alva’s Jaden Hobbs made sure the ball was in her hands. In a battle between two defending state champions Saturday at State Fair Arena, it was Hobbs who made the difference. The Alva junior scored 13 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth period as the Goldbugs completed […]

  • Class 4A boys basketball: Tulsa Central defeats rival Tulsa McLain to win state title

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    The players for Tulsa Central and Tulsa McLain have waged many battles against each other over the years, in the gymnasiums and on the playground concrete outdoor courts. Never have they played for bigger stakes than Saturday in the Class 4A Boys state championship game at State Fair Arena. “We had to come out and […]

  • Oklahoma's Grand Lake has been busy since last Bassmaster Classic

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Bassmaster Classic is returning to Oklahoma and Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees in 2016. B.A.S.S. officials made the announcement Monday in Tulsa, which once again will be the host city for the tournament. The BOK Center in Tulsa will be the site for the weigh-ins each day.

  • It's time for spring sand bass runs in Oklahoma

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    The old adage is when the dogwoods and the red buds begin to bloom, then it’s time for the sand bass to start running up the creeks and rivers for the spring spawn. This pilgrimage occurs on Oklahoma’s lakes throughout the state, spreading from south to north as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer.

  • Class 3A Girls: Sequoyah-Tahlequah knocks off Adair

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Sequoyah-Tahlequah and head coach Larry Callison are back in the state championship game for the first time in seven years. “There is nothing like it,” said Callison, whose club won three consecutive state titles from 2005-07 and finished as state runner-up in 2008. “I don’t care how long it’s been. It’s just that feeling of […]




Ed Godfrey Tue, Jun. 30 2015 11:05:20 PM CST RT @audubonsociety: 48 Hours of Birding in Oklahoma City: Scissor-tailed Flycatchers along Route 66. LINK LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 29 2015 08:41:25 PM CST RT @HSVarsity: Checotah's @drewdan11 rises from small guy to do-it-all D-I prospect: LINK via @EDGODFREY #okpreps http://…
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 29 2015 03:59:18 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: The Thunder has added Mo Cheeks to its coaching staff, The Oklahoman has learned. Billy Donovan now has two former NBA…
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 28 2015 07:39:55 PM CST RT @USFWSRefuges: For every $1 you spend on # Duck Stamp, 98 cents goes directly to purchase vital habitat. LINK LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 28 2015 07:34:26 PM CST Outdoor Oklahoma host inspires others with disabilities LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 28 2015 11:43:45 AM CST RT @MLB: .@Cardinals are the fastest team to 50 wins in a decade: LINK #FireEmoji LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 28 2015 01:26:55 AM CST RT @LangoschMLB: The #STLCards have lost one home game in June. It is about to be June 28. Take a moment to let that sink in.
Ed Godfrey Sat, Jun. 27 2015 02:43:23 AM CST RT @James_Stafford: “@Cardinals: #THATSAWINNER! Final: #STLCards 3, #Cubs 2 (10 innings). W-Maness 2-0)... #WALKOFFWIN LINK
Ed Godfrey Fri, Jun. 26 2015 05:58:42 PM CST Tough summer for campers in Oklahoma. Very few campgrounds open on Corps lakes because of flooding LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jun. 24 2015 09:18:47 PM CST List of campground and boat ramp closures on Corp lakes LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Jun. 24 2015 08:51:50 PM CST RT @BBTN: Jason Heyward homers in his 3rd straight game as @Cardinals beat Marlins, 6-1. St. Louis improves to MLB-best 47-24. LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jun. 23 2015 01:06:16 PM CST RT @AndrewKnittle: Aerial photo of collapsed lane of SH 78 as it crosses the Red River, by Dan Pennington, Durant Democrat LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jun. 23 2015 12:47:59 PM CST Flooding continues to hamper parts of Oklahoma LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Jun. 23 2015 12:43:57 PM CST Facebook video captures Highway 78 collapsing on Oklahoma side of the Red River LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 22 2015 11:46:16 PM CST RT @EarthPicturz: Highway to the moon Photo by Aaron J. Groen LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 22 2015 11:45:27 PM CST RT @James_Stafford: Power Rankings: Cardinals first, but surprises in top, bottom 10 LINK > Can't argue with this.
Ed Godfrey Mon, Jun. 22 2015 01:15:41 PM CST RT @NewsOK: PHOTOS: Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley LINK LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 21 2015 01:13:42 PM CST <strong>Oklahoma author fields questions about Bennie Owen</strong> LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 21 2015 01:11:32 PM CST ‘Super Bowl of noodling tournaments’ brings together Oklahoma families LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Jun. 21 2015 01:01:37 PM CST Book review: 'Oklahoma’s Bennie Owen: Man for All Seasons' by Gary King LINK

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