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Galen Culver is a reporter/photographer for Oklahoma's News Channel 4 who produces "Is This a Great State or What?" He joined KFOR's team as a photojournalist.

Prior to joining NewsChannel 4, Galen worked as a reporter, photographer and weekend anchor in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

He broke into the television business a reporter and photographer in Missoula, Montana.

Galen earned his degree in Journalism and Communications from Washington State University.

Galen has received many photojournalism accolades including the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

His coverage of the first Gulf War won an Oklahoma Associated Press Award for Best General Reporting.

In July of 1991, Galen began a unique assignment to find and showcase amazing Oklahoma sights and stories.

Since that time the "Is This a Great State or What" segment has aired nearly every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on various News Channel 4 broadcasts.

Galen continues his search on the 5 p.m. newscast these days, producing, shooting, writing and editing feature stories from every corner of Oklahoma.

Galen is married to News Channel 4 anchor and producer, Tara Blume.

They and their Oklahoma-born daughters, Evelyn and Holly, live in Oklahoma City.


Recent Articles
  • U.S. Grant musical hits close to home for its cast

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The costume assignments go out on single sheets of white paper. The cast rolls in after a long school day. Welcome to ‘In the Heights’ rehearsal U.S. Grant style. Taylor Forester is Musical Director. “It’s like a little family here,” she says. Jeremy Wilhm is stage director. The high school cast is largely made up of people like Ronald Bacon, pulled into this production with no experience except how to carry a tune. “Ms. Forester heard […]

  • Great State: Yale Remembers Oklahoma’s 1st Civil War Battle

    YALE, OKLAHOMA — Cold and barren, but not quite forgotten, two unlikely friends traced the history of Oklahoma’s first Civil War battle. Sam Jerome is amateur historian and Civil War re-enactor. Randall Newby is an Assembly of God minister in Yale who’s church sits under the historical shadow of Round Mountain. Speaking of the annual re-enactment that takes place, Newby said, “People in the community get to come out and see this. It’s been a nice layout for us.” Walking […]

  • Great State: One Man’s 25 Year Campaign to Mark the Chisholm Trail Goes National

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — You don’t just drive the streets of End if Bob Klemme is riding shotgun. You get a history lesson around every corner. A field we stop beside conceals hundreds of old buffalo wallows. “In this 15 acre patch,” he says, “there are 209 of them.” The old Chisholm Trail shoots right through town. He knows because he marked it with concrete posts. From the Red River border with Texas to the Kansas state line there are 400 […]

  • Great State: How One Kingfisher Kid Managed 5 Million Youtube Views

    KINGFISHER, OKLAHOMA — Emily Faith is a very busy 11-year-old. On this afternoon she has a little homework to finish. She needs to practice piano, work on her free throws in basketball, play a little guitar, and continue writing a song about her best friend. Emily also has a stack of CD’s and pictures to sign for her fans. When she was five years old Emily begged her mom and dad to enter her into a singing contest. Chad and […]

  • Great State: Turning a Haunted House into a Tunnel of Love Isn’t as Hard As You Might Think

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Amusement parks used to call the old ‘Tunnel of Love’ a dark ride. They weren’t designed to be scary, but they were made to bring riders closer together. “This is it,” says Sanctuary owner and creator Tino Pascuzzi. “This is all you get,” he continues, lighting up a small, LED flashlight. Pascuzzi and his wife Cathleen were thinking as they re-formatted their haunted attraction called ‘The Sanctuary’. It’s still the same place. They just dimmed the […]

  • Oklahoma Car Dealer is Ready to Sell Anything on the Lot, Except for One

    BLANCHARD, Okla. — Row after row of cars shine on the Knipplemier lot, new and old, plenty to choose from at this Chevrolet dealership. Larry Knipplemier’s father Ray started it in 1959. But hidden away among his car collection, in a big shed behind the classic showroom, Larry and his wife Peggy conceal a gem much bigger than the one on her left hand. “I’ve had the same car and the same wife for 46 years so I’ve done something […]

  • Norman Museum Explains Victorian Rules for Romance

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — When Cupid was king, when 400 characters wasn’t the limit for a tweet or for getting your point across, the Victorian rules for romance couldn’t have possibly¬†fit into the small glass case in this Norman museum. “Okay. So this is a Valentines Day card display,” says Stephanie HIxon as she lifts the top to reach inside. Hixon manages the Moore-Lindsay Historical House. Among the correspondence in her archives rest a few samples of Valentine cards, really fancy […]

  • Great State: Norman Bakery Uses Chocolate By the Truckload in February

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — If this is about the time of year people start breaking their New Year’s diets then you can blame places like the La Baguette Bakery in Norman. January might be a quiet month, but February brings ‘sweets for the sweet’ and lots of chocolate. We have different kinds of chocolate from white to dark to sweet to semi-sweet,” says Johnny Jhazar. Jhazar and Rudy Khouri started their bakery very small more than thirty years ago. Now their […]

  • Great State: Norman Jewelry Maker Knows Big and Small of Metallurgy

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — Life size and larger. As chief mold maker at the Crucible Foundry in Norman Tomoaki Orikasa often works on a heroic scale. The thin layer of wax he applies to rubber molds will be replaced by heavy bronze in the end. Many of the pieces both inside the gallery and outside are of his creation. The bronzes are part of a complicated process that requires time and collaboration. But there is another side to Tom as well, […]

  • Great State: Damaged Mural in Storage at Oklahoma History Center Sees New Life

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Decades since they last saw anything but a storage room, these Cherokee faces on the Trail of Tears are being carefully un-covered. “There it is,” exclaims art conservator Carmen Bria. Bria travelled from the Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts in Denver spent a week at the Oklahoma History Center bringing life back to a damaged mural completed by artist Elizabeth Janes in 1939. “The main thing is long-term preservation,” says Bria. “That’s our […]

  • Great State: Joe Settlemire’s Singing Guitar

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — Joe Settlemires was 12 years old when he traded his bike and most of his toys for a cheap guitar. After that he never really let go. Joe graduated from his first gig at a root beer stand to a stiffer kind of drink. He recalls, “My brother would take me around to clubs. They called them beer joints back in those days.” He played wherever he could including Las Vegas as a teenager. He played with […]