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


  • Catching stripers is loads of fun

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 10, 2015

    For my money, catching a boatload of stripers on top-water lures is one of the most fun days of fishing an Oklahoma angler can have. Anyone who has cast a plug into a school of stripers boiling on the surface knows I speak the truth.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

     CENTRAL Arcadia: May 5. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass good on Texas-rigged baits along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish good on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and along the dam. White bass good on rattletraps near boat […]

  • OKC Parks and Recreation's annual free kids fishing clinics begin Saturday

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department’s “Hooked on Fishing” summer fishing program is beginning earlier this year to avoid the hot summer days in August. The first class for kids is Saturday, May 9, at Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N. Bryant. The summer youth classes are by reservation only, and children ages 5 to 15 must be accompanied by […]

  • Class 4A girls golf: Friends locked in another battle, this time for a golf championship

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Hilldale’s Katie Kirkhart and Fort Gibson’s Emilee Rigsby are good friends, or at least as good of friends as two girls can be when they go to rival Muskogee County schools. Both players shot an 18-hole round of 75 on the par-70 Lake Hefner South Course on Wednesday to tie for the lead after the first day of competition.

  • Cherokee Nation seeking hunting and fishing compact from Gov. Mary Fallin

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma governor’s office and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma soon will be in compact negotiations concerning the state’s hunting and fishing regulations, a spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday. “Negotiations will soon be underway with the Cherokee Nation on a possible tribal compact about hunting and fishing regulations,” said Michael McNutt, spokesman […]

  • Chat Recap: Outdoors editor Ed Godfrey from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

  • Outdoors notebook: State high school bass fishing championship Saturday on Lake Eufaula

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    The Oklahoma Bass Nation is sponsoring the 2105 OBN state high school championship Saturday at Lake Eufaula.

  • Shannon Beck of Canute went on one final turkey hunt with her husband

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Per Brian Beck’s wishes, Shannon’s brother-in-law loaded some of her husband’s cremated ashes into two shotgun shells. Shannon then headed to the turkey woods to kill a gobbler with them.

  • Mead man sets record for largest fish ever caught in Oklahoma

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Paul Easley of Mead landed the biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma when he snagged an 8-foot alligator gar from Lake Texoma on April 23 that weighed 254 pounds.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    CENTRAL  Arcadia: April 29. Elevation above normal, water 64 and murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap and the north end of the dam. Bass fair to good on swim baits and square bill baits along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and […]

  • Biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma

    Ed Godfrey | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Paul Easley of Mead landed the biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma last Thursday when he snagged an 8-foot alligator gar from Lake Texoma that weighed 254 pounds. The beast easily beat the old state record of 192 pounds. State wildlife officials estimate the fish, which Easley released alive back into the lake,  is between […]

  • Dodgers rally past Omaha in ninth inning

    BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Dodgers opened a four-game homestand Saturday night against Omaha with a dramatic come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Storm Chasers. The Dodgers rallied with four runs in the ninth inning, capped off by the game-winning RBI single by first baseman Kyle Jensen with two outs. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the ninth on a single and two walks before designated hitter Darnell Sweeney delivered a two-RBI double to right-center on the first pitch he saw from Storm Chasers reliever Joe Paterson. After an RBI groundout by Dodgers’ third baseman Buck Britton tied the game 4-4, Jensen lifted a single to right for the game winner. Omaha relievers walked three Dodgers in the ninth and two of them came

  • Outdoors notebook: There's still time to catch some paddlefish

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    There is still time to get on the paddlefish action in northeastern Oklahoma before the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation closes its Paddlefish Research Center on Grand Lake on Thursday.

  • Local duo still practices the cowboy way

    BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Roy’s Creek Dan and Missouri Mae are the fastest guns in the West. Or, at least the fastest west of Hiwassee Road and north of Arcadia, the location of the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

  • Minor League Baseball: Q&A with former Red Oak standout Lane Adams

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Omaha Storm Chasers outfielder Lane Adams played on two state champion baseball teams at Red Oak and an Eagles basketball squad that won a state championship.

  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Biggest Loser participant no longer runs, but still staying fit

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Neill Harmer has turned to Crossfit workouts, a combination of weight lifting and cardio work.

  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Blindness, heart surgery has never stopped Benny Meier from running

    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    He has completed nine full marathons and three half-marathons in the event. He started running just the half-marathon following his heart surgery four years ago.

  • Weekly Fishing Report

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    CENTRAL Arcadia: April 20. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap. Bass fair to good on swim baits and Alabama rigs at 3-5 ft. along points and coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and near the draw down on the dam. […]

  • It's Cowboy Action time, Pilgrim

    Ed Godfrey | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The annual cowboy action shoot, “Land Run” starts Thursday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club near Arcadia. The three-day event is the largest cowboy action shoot of the year at the club with shooters from across the country coming to Oklahoma City to play cowboy and cowgirl. The participants in cowboy action shooting contests even dress […]

  • Different ways to cook a turkey

    BY ED GODFREY | Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Once you kill that gobbler this turkey season, how are you going to cook it?




Ed Godfrey Tue, Aug. 25 2015 03:58:23 PM CST District A-1 preview: Thomas remains the class of district http://t.co/deSM45p8IA
Ed Godfrey Tue, Aug. 25 2015 12:49:11 PM CST RT @Snoopy: Peanuts News: On October 1st, The @USPS is releasing a set of 10 stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of, A Charlie Brown …
Ed Godfrey Mon, Aug. 24 2015 11:54:42 PM CST District A-1 preview: Thomas remains the class of district http://t.co/wZg0mZ5PWT
Ed Godfrey Mon, Aug. 24 2015 09:09:16 PM CST District 2A-6 preview: Hartshorne, Vian should battle for title again http://t.co/ZpsJuK1DCU
Ed Godfrey Mon, Aug. 24 2015 12:45:09 PM CST Somebody told us Wall Street fell but we were so poor we couldn't tell #Alabama
Ed Godfrey Mon, Aug. 24 2015 12:33:26 PM CST RT @TheOklahoman: OU football: Baker Mayfield to be named Sooners starting quarterback http://t.co/h8oZdJ0zvM http://t.co/IexOa91IvZ
Ed Godfrey Mon, Aug. 24 2015 12:27:18 PM CST Gloom, despair and agony on me. #WallStreet
Ed Godfrey Mon, Aug. 24 2015 03:26:40 AM CST RT @USFWSMtnPrairie: Many of us are familiar with the red coloring of the male cardinal. Check out this gorgeous lady. (Jim Liestman / CC)
Ed Godfrey Sun, Aug. 23 2015 01:49:49 PM CST Outdoors notebook: OSU group studies the economics of fishing http://t.co/wEusZTYqFw
Ed Godfrey Sun, Aug. 23 2015 01:48:51 PM CST It's almost time for the elk to begin bugling in the Wichita Mountains http://t.co/bw2UsaBtMQ
Ed Godfrey Sun, Aug. 23 2015 01:47:45 PM CST Wildlife Department will use federal grant money to lease private land for public use http://t.co/nuLsUC3O5V
Ed Godfrey Sat, Aug. 22 2015 04:01:47 PM CST RT @cnnbrk: Obama calls 3 Americans who helped thwart attack on European train heroes. http://t.co/GgyMPm8voY http://t.co/yFb5JgRsda
Ed Godfrey Sat, Aug. 22 2015 03:54:17 PM CST RT @BradPaisley: OK then. http://t.co/jxbsDD6zBv
Ed Godfrey Sat, Aug. 22 2015 03:51:15 PM CST RT @collegebracket1: Best Student Section -Round of 64- RT for Oklahoma, FAV for Navy http://t.co/HjRugF5D9m
Ed Godfrey Sat, Aug. 22 2015 03:50:20 PM CST RT @AP: A 13.5-foot alligator pulled from a southeast Alabama lake weighs an estimated 920 pounds, officials say: http://t.co/9AlSSC8xW5
Ed Godfrey Sat, Aug. 22 2015 02:10:52 AM CST RT @BillShaikin: In 12 days, #Angels' lead over #Rangers (for last AL playoff spot) has fallen from 4 games to 1/2 game.
Ed Godfrey Sat, Aug. 22 2015 02:08:54 AM CST RT @SmithsonianMag: Biologists have spotted the first wolf pack in California in 100 years http://t.co/gvxRBN5Agq http://t.co/YVzSswMtvN
Ed Godfrey Fri, Aug. 21 2015 03:52:52 PM CST RT @Mecoy: Dow falls more than 500 points http://t.co/HyrOaLd7Wi
Ed Godfrey Thu, Aug. 20 2015 11:54:11 AM CST RT @Mecoy: Coverage in @TheOklahoman of Aug 20, 1986, Edmond Post Office massacre: http://t.co/oohLT797hH http://t.co/5gNVehYSJJ
Ed Godfrey Wed, Aug. 19 2015 11:13:28 PM CST RT @alphabetsuccess: The Grand Canyon illuminated by lightning. via @WOWPicsOfLife http://t.co/kLZJfNaaCO"

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