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Galen Culver is a reporter/photographer for Oklahoma’s News Channel 4 who produces, shoots, writes, and edits a feature segment called, “Is This a Great State or What?” He just celebrated his 25th anniversary as the originator of that series.
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.

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    The debate continues about whether Bigfoot is real but his festival helps local kids get to college

    HONOBIA, OKLAHOMA — The surrounding forest was quiet Thursday morning, but organizers and exhibitors at the annual Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference were already setting up. “All of the vendors will come in today,” says festival director Jolly Winsor. “All of the campers will come in.” She had guys moving chairs. The T-shirt stand was up, and a jar set out for the scholarship fund. That’s right. There is a Bigfoot Scholarship. Winsor says, “In this area the economy is […]

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    Cutting the ties that bind: An Oklahoma artist known as the ‘scarf lady’ branches out

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — She walks the silk road from worm to wearable. To Diane Coady it’s a worn path. From binding her fabric to dyeing it, creating intricate folds and discovering patterns. Diane explains, “Because they’re tactile. I think a woman, when she feels good and has something soft around her neck, she emanates that.” But in all that time, as Coady made her scarves, she got caught in their web, tied up, restrained from telling her own story […]

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    Metro family fights bullying with hook, line and sinker

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It’s a subject that goes deeper than ‘how was your day at school’, harder to read than questions about what friends you made that day. Something like getting picked on for no reason is difficult for children to talk about. But at this gathering in Oklahoma City bullying is something with which most of these kids are all too familiar. Like most kids, 6th grader Colton Abernathy finds it hard to describe, but easy to the […]

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    For Sale: Real Red Dirt in clever little packages

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Her Granny raised vegetables in it. Stacy Crutchfield’s dad moved it around with heavy machinery. “He’ll call me on the phone and ask what I’m doing and I’ll say I’m working dirt and he just dies laughing,” says Crutchfield. Stacy herself sells Oklahoma’s Real Red Dirt. Of all the things made in Oklahoma at the State Fair hers is the truest, the most basic. She giggles, “I probably shouldn’t say this but my overhead is […]

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    Old Fort Reno witnesses the rattle of saber and pounding of hooves once again

    FORT RENO, OKLAHOMA — They are mounted regiments and active duty color guards from all over the United States riding on a parade ground long used to horses. Fort Reno first heard the pounding of hooves and the rattling of savers in 1874 when the fort opened. The U.S. Cavalry used this post until the end of the horse era in 1948. “We absolutely love this training location,” says 1st Lt. Lucas Sloan. Sloan’s modern 11th Mounted Cavalry Regiment rode […]

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    A new book about Charlie Christian reinforces his position and the first ‘guitar god’

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — As famous as he is now, no one ever filmed Charlie Christian playing the electric guitar. All we have are sound recordings and still pictures of the kid from Oklahoma City who took the jazz world by storm from 1939 to 1941. “He was so far ahead of his time,” says historian and author Anita Arnold. “It’s kind of difficult to imagine what he would have been (had he lived longer) because he was it when […]

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    Their vacant stares give nothing away, but their maker insists these dolls carry secrets

    EL RENO, OKLAHOMA– She came from a family of seven kids. So toys, especially dolls, were a kind of luxury Qupid Warren could rarely afford. “When I was young we didn’t have dolls,” she chuckles. “We had work.” Years later, all grown up, Qupid doesn’t just play with dolls. She builds them by the dozen. They’re all girls to start, white, brown, red. She gives them haircuts, dresses them, and sells them at craft fairs and flea markets around Oklahoma. […]

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    He’s the youngest pianist in the history of OKC’s Piano Artist Series

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — These fingers first touched a keyboard as a five-year old. What’s amazing is that was only ten years ago. Nathaniel Parker spends at least 20 hours a week at his piano now. He has dreams of making a living on the stage as a professional musician. But this isn’t a classroom, and Virginia Campbell isn’t a teacher. “He’s just amazing,” says Campbell. “Everybody should come and hear this genius that we have in our midst.” We […]

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    The Fair begins and we’ve already had someone out to taste the food

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Name a single restaurant where you can sit down and eat a 15 course meal that starts with a something called a Chocolate Suicide. Only at the State Fair of Oklahoma where organizers choose a selection of state ‘fare’ and ask several judges to score them based on original ingredients, choice of garnish, how well they’re cooked, and taste, of course taste. The dessert items include the Suicide, Deep Fried Banana Pudding, something called a Salty […]

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    Plains Indian Headdresses at the Cowboy Museum: Clearing up the history of a Western icon

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Modern day museum goers tend to look at these beautiful Plains Indian headdresses as works of art. With their sweeping eagle feathers, the intricate bead work, and their use in actual paintings, it’s difficult to see past their visual appeal. National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum curator Eric Singleton is hoping to expand those ideas. “This is our opportunity for use to re-examine the headdress,” he says, “and to really look at it from its iconic […]

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    A Free Ride: Carnival operator keeps 93 year old’s favorite ride open just for her

      HINTON, OKLAHOMA — The Hinton District Fair is over for this year.¬†You can tell because it’s so quiet. There are plenty of spare seats on the park benches, and all but one of the rides is put away. On a pretty Tuesday morning Hinton Fair Board President Jim McCain is giving extra rides on the ferris wheel. His VIP is 93-year-old Christeen Price, with her daughter Karla Sandoval. Christeen makes it a point to go around as many times […]