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


  • High school football: District A-8 preview

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Talihina Golden Tigers have sights on gold ball. That’s what happens when a team returns eight starters on offense and nine on defense from a team that finished 13-1 last season and reached the state semifinals.

  • High school notebook: El Reno deep at tailback

    By Ed Godfrey, Scott Wright, Trent Shadid and Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    New El Reno football coach Wes Brower knows he has plenty of options at the tailback position. He plans to use four, led by senior Cal Baker, who injured his knee in the second game last year and was lost for the season.

  • High school notebook: Clinton's Marquiz Simpkins to attend OU opener

    BY ED GODFREY, TRENT SHADID, JACOB UNRUH, AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Clinton running back Marquiz Simpkins’ recruiting appears to be picking up. He tweeted Tuesday that he will accept an invitation to attend Oklahoma’s season opener on Saturday against Louisiana Tech. Simpkins also indicated in the tweet that the trip will serve as one of his official visits. Last season, he rushed for 1,399 yards and 14 touchdowns while battling various injuries. As a sophomore, he broke out with more than 2,000 yards and 29 TDs while leading Clinton to the Class 4A title. Simpkins currently has scholarship offers from South Dakota and Tulsa. WESTMOORE TO USE RUNNING BACK BY COMMITTEE After featuring mostly a one-running back offense last season, Westmoore will transition to using a

  • Class B and C preseason All-State football team

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Find out who made The Oklahoman’s eight-man football preseason All-State team.

  • Class C preseason Oklahoma high school football rankings

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    1. Cherokee (12-0): The defending state champs return four starters on offense and five on defense from unbeaten team. 2. Tipton (11-1): The Tigers are seeking a fourth consecutive appearance in the state championship game. 3. Shattuck (10-2): The Indians get top-ranked and defending champ Cherokee at home on Oct. 3. 4. Fox (10-2): Looking for fourth straight season of 10 or more wins. 5. Coyle (8-2): Seeking fourth straight playoff appearance, the Bluejackets have no seniors and are competing in Class C again after two years in Class B. 6. Balko (8-3): Junior Owen Creason (6-3, 225 pounds) anchors the defense. 7. Thackerville (10-1): Junior QB/DB Justice Buckaloo is the Wildcats’ top

  • Class B preseason Oklahoma football rankings

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    1. Laverne (14-0): The two-time defending state champions are riding a 28-game winning streak. 2. Pond Creek-Hunter (12-2): The team’s strength is its offensive and defensive lines, which are led by senior T.J. Krittenbrink 3. Davenport (9-3): The Bulldogs return seven starters on defense, five on offense and are led by junior QB Hunter Reed, who ran and passed for more than 2,500 yards last season. 4. Alex (12-1): The Longhorns have four starters back on each side of the ball. 5. Dewar (7-4): The Dragons’ season finale against preseason No. 8 Keota should be for district title 6. Seiling (5-5): QB Ehric Young tallied 25 touchdowns and more than 2,700 yards last season rushing and passing. 7.

  • High school notebook: Red Dirt concert Saturday to benefit Bridge Creek football

    By Scott Wright, Trent Shadid and Ed Godfrey | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Kevin Foster and the Travelers, led by former Bridge Creek football player Kevin Foster, will headline an outdoor concert called Red Dirt for Big Blue to benefit the Bridge Creek football team as it works to overcome the vandalism inflicted on its football fieldhouse earlier this month.

  • Eight-man football: Players in towns like Laverne, Tipton and Shattuck think like champions

    BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    MAKING OF A CHAMPION: ATTITUDE — Some teams just believe they are supposed to win. And it is a quality that seems most prevalent in eight-man football, where programs like Shattuck, Laverne, Cherokee and Tipton keep rolling along from year to year.

  • Oklahoma dove season opens Sept. 1

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Hunting season is just eight days away, or at least what most people consider to be the beginning of the real hunting season, the opening of dove season on Sept. 1. Next to the opening day of deer gun season, the dove season opener is the most anticipated hunting day in the state. It’s the traditional kickoff to the fall hunting seasons, even though most people don’t shoot doves after opening day or opening weekend, as the doves can get pretty scarce afterward. Last year in Oklahoma, more than 23,000 hunters in Oklahoma shot an estimated 421,000 doves, and probably 80 percent of those birds were taken either on opening day or the opening weekend of the hunting season, said Josh Richardson, migratory bird biologist for the

  • District A-3 football preview: Ringling the pick again, despite losing 18 seniors

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Ringling graduated 18 seniors last spring. It was a group that went 25-3 the past two seasons, won a state championship two years ago and didn’t lose a district game in three years.

  • High school football: District 2A-7 preview: Adair seeks fourth consecutive championship

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Adair is the pick to win its fourth consecutive District 2A-7 football title, and with good reason. Warriors head coach Mark Lippe is excited about his team’s depth at wide receiver and running back. “We run a four-wide-receiver set and we are two deep at every one of those receiving positions,” Lippe said. “We have two or three running backs that can do the job.” And most of most of Adair’s talent is sophomores and juniors. Tight end James Eastin, who caught five touchdown passes last year, is one of five seniors on the team. “We are going to run a lot of kids in there and play a lot of kids,” Lippe said. “The depth at our skill positions really is a strength for us.” Quarterback B.J.

  • Outdoors notebook: DU Sporting Clay Shoot Saturday at Silverleaf

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Ducks Unlimited is sponsoring a sporting clays shoot Saturday at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with shooting starting at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $85 for individuals or $400 for a team of five. Prizes will be awarded to top shooters in each class. Lunch is included, and there will be a silent and live auction and raffle tickets for prizes. For more information, call Paul Fincher at 850-0275 or Jack Mitchell at 285-4232, or email okducks@aol.com. DEER SEMINAR SCHEDULED ON CHEROKEE SPUR RANCH The Cherokee Spur Ranch near Grand Lake is holding a two-day deer seminar on Sept. 6-7.

  • A club of their own

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    A Girl & A Gun is a shooting club for women only. It meets every other Tuesday night at the H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City.

  • District 2A-4 football preview: Defending state champion Davis returns strong nucleus

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    A good nucleus returns for Davis led by senior quarterback Blake Summers, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season and 30 touchdowns. He also had 10 interceptions playing free safety.

  • Horse racing: Cliff Berry needs one win to reach 2,000

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Berry, who already has more wins aboard a thoroughbred than any other jockey in Remington Park history, will get win No. 2,000 at the Oklahoma City racetrack with his next victory.

  • High school football: District 3A-8 preview

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Veteran coach will try to resurrect alma mater. Idabel has not had a winning season since 2006.

  • Outdoors Notebook: Ducks Unlimited banquet set for Aug. 22

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    The Eastern Oklahoma County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding a fundraising banquet Aug. 22 at the Midwest City Community Center, 200 N. Midwest Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. Single tickets are $35. Couples tickets are $50. There will be raffles and auctions for guns and hunting gear. Tickets can be bought at the door or at www.ducks.org/oklahoma/events. On Tuesday night, McAlister’s Deli in Midwest City, 2600 S. Air Depot, is holding a Ducks Unlimited night for the chapter. Ten percent of all purchases made between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. will be donated to the Eastern Oklahoma County chapter. Tickets for the Aug. 22 banquet also will be on sale Tuesday night at McAlister’s for the one-night only discounted

  • District 3A-4 football preview: Lone Grove gets favorite's role

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    With 19 starters returning from last year’s 8-3 squad, Lone Grove gets the nod over defending district champion Plainview to win the crown in District 3A-4 this season.

  • Collected Wisdom: Courtney Paris, Tulsa Shock center and former OU basketball star

    Interviewed by Ed Godfrey | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Courtney Paris is enjoying her best season in the Women’s National Basketball Association. The starting center for the Tulsa Shock, Paris is nearly averaging a double-double on the season, and her professional career seems rejuvenated.

  • Outdoors notebook: Deadline for youth hunter applications in Aug. 15

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    The deadline is Aug. 15 for youth hunters to apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s bonus antlerless deer gun hunts. The hunts are held on private land in Osage, Ellis, Love and Carter counties in October and November. The Wildlife Department will select 53 youth hunters in a random drawing for the bonus deer hunts. To be eligible, hunters must be ages 12 to 17 at the time of the hunt and completed their hunter education requirements before applying. For more information, call Doug Schoeling at (405) 590-2584 or visit www.wildlifedepartment.com. QUAIL SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED FOR AUG. 23 IN OKC The Oklahoma Quail Symposium will be Aug. 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Oklahoma City.




Ed Godfrey Thu, Dec. 25 2014 12:00:27 AM CST @OKRelig Did you get Ding Dong Ditched on Christmas Eve #cookiesfromsanta'selves
Ed Godfrey Wed, Dec. 24 2014 11:55:33 PM CST RT @tommycummings: Retweet if you've ever been "triple dog dared." #AChristmasStory #ChristmasStory #TBS LINK
Ed Godfrey Wed, Dec. 24 2014 02:34:06 PM CST @sportstoons Here's my address Santa. 1821 NW 176 Terrace, Edmond 73012
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 23 2014 11:48:41 AM CST RT @Snoopy: Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Dec. 21 2014 11:39:40 AM CST Center for Biological Diversity wants Texas horned lizard declared an endangered species in Oklahoma LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Dec. 21 2014 11:38:59 AM CST Karl White of Luther plans to open History of Fishing Museum in Branson, Mo. LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 16 2014 09:03:19 PM CST Dallas' Barbara Pope catches record-sized Lake Texoma striper LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 16 2014 07:14:44 PM CST @James_Stafford Hope she can stay healthy until June.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 16 2014 04:52:56 PM CST @SageKimzey Can you call me soon. (405) 496-2361. Would like to do a follow-up on your world title for The Oklahoman
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 16 2014 01:31:04 AM CST RT @SInow: NBA Power Rankings: Thunder rise, Knicks approach rock bottom (via @matt_dollinger) LINK LINK
Ed Godfrey Fri, Dec. 12 2014 07:46:30 PM CST @jacobunruh lawsuit pending
Ed Godfrey Mon, Dec. 08 2014 03:51:27 PM CST Warriors For Freedom Foundation helps former soldiers get back to enjoying outdoors activities LINK
Ed Godfrey Mon, Dec. 08 2014 03:50:37 PM CST Oklahoma state game wardens' Facebook page becomes tool for catching criminals LINK
Ed Godfrey Sun, Dec. 07 2014 12:28:46 PM CST I am so glad we have a college football playoff now so there is no controversy about who is the national champion #sarcasm
Ed Godfrey Sun, Dec. 07 2014 12:21:47 PM CST Selecting Ohio St. avoids having to decide between TCU and Baylor and justifying it. There are sucessful politicians on the committee.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 11:11:41 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: .@DodgersBeat is reporting Oklahoma City Dodgers will be the name of the Triple-A team in OKC.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 04:33:49 PM CST @ok_t1234 That's a good point. Probably would in good years because there are so few good quail hunting places left.
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 03:06:54 PM CST Oklahoma quail hunting has been excellent, but don't expect same from pheasants LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 03:01:39 PM CST Outdoors notebook: Wildlife Department confirms mountain lion sightings in Oklahoma LINK
Ed Godfrey Tue, Dec. 02 2014 01:45:04 PM CST @ok_t1234 I would add Sunday as a hunting day.