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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
  • Great State: Even In Semi-Retirement Jumper Dave Makes the Perfect St. Nick

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The Polar Express still runs on time at David Fields’ house, at least in miniature. “There’s a little more action,” he says while guiding several trains around his N scale track. He is a British ex-patriot with a love for railroading that stretches back through generations of his south London heritage. Dave recalls the steam engine days of his youth, “Cooking sausages on a shoves and making tea from a steam injector.” In case you didn’t […]

  • Great State: Local Rock Quarry Drew One Oklahoma Sculptor to Apache, OK

    APACHE, OKLAHOMA — He likes a wind off the prairie and not just because of the way it billows a dancer’s shawl. As Bob Creeping Bear works on a sculpture, he explains, “Right now I’m just trying to get the movement where she’s turning.” Bob Creeping Bear prefers winter too, and not just because it makes for cooler work. “Machines don’t heat up as fast and the stone is cooler too,” he says. Creeping Bear is an Arapaho name inherited […]

  • Great State: OU Professor Teaches Musicians Should Train Muscles Just Like Athletes

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — If you take a yoga class you might be familiar with stretching exercises like the Swinging Bridge or the Breath of Joy. If you’ve taken an anatomy class maybe you know what rhomboid muscles do or how the lavater scapulae works. But musicians? Those subjects are not generally in a key they’re used to playing outside of Hal Grossman’s classes. Grossman chuckles, “I’m not sure why. They really should be.” Grossman is now a professor at the […]

  • Great State: Young Enid Family Still Happy No Matter Who Won Bedlam

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — It all happened so fast for Caitlin and Tyler Evans. First it was just them. Then, suddenly, the family doubled in size over night. “It seemed like I was pregnant, there were twins, there were problems and then they were out,” says Caitlin. It was almost too fast though. Adelie and Allison were born ten weeks premature. Adelie struggled especially hard. Tyler recalls, “The scariest part was when Adelie got down below two pounds.” Caitlin agrees. “The […]

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    Oklahoma teacher electrifying classic Christmas concert

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Cue the lights, get the electric bass and guitar warmed up. This isn’t a rock concert venue; in fact, most of the instruments warming up here are strings. Most of the musicians are high school students in the Orchestra at Classen School for Advanced Studies. When asked what the group does, one student said, “More like rock orchestra.” “Not just classical music, you know,” another said. Justin Pourtorkan is the ‘mad scientist’ director who wanted to amp […]

  • Great State: Oldest College Professor in the U.S. Retires on his 91st Birthday

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — Three classes a week for three semesters, that’s been Dr. Harold Fletcher’s classroom schedule for the past ten years or so. He teaches a section on Music History at Oklahoma Christian University, but all you have to do is step outside his class to see his influence extend far beyond his only class. The building he teaches in is named the Harold and Mary Helon Fletcher Center for Music. Dr. Fletcher has been here since the university’s […]

  • Great State: Bedlam Has a Happy Home in a Chickasha Car Dealership

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — Big dealership, lots of new cars and trucks. That’s Randy Byford’s business. “At least I hope it is,” he chuckles. But his other passion is tacked all over the showroom walls. “You probably never thought you’d have a collection this big,” remarks a showroom visitor. “No I did not at all,” he says. Randy didn’t even have his own dealership when OU Womens Basketball Coach Sherri Coale walked through the door to buy a car from him. […]

  • Great State: Missing Dog Mystery from May 2013 Tornado Finally Solved in MacAlester

    MACALESTER, OKLAHOMA — It’s hard to tell who likes visiting the grandparents more, Rebecca Baker’s three daughters, or their dog Rosco. “This is his favorite place,” says Rebecca. The 3-year-old mixed breed pug gets to play with another dog and the kids in a big yard. Keeping up is hard enough, but tracing all of his steps backward has only recently become possible. “He’s a great dog,” says Baker. “He’s a match,” observes a visitor. “He is a match,” she […]

  • Great State: Grandfield Man Turns Farm Junk to Fine Furniture

    GRANDFIELD, OKLAHOMA — The history of farming in the 20th Century sits on an old homestead north of town, rusting very slowly. “I get excited about this stuff,” says T.J.┬áJosefy. “I have opportunity in this yard.” T.J. Josefy wanders this combine and tractor graveyard often, looking for pieces that fit his ideas for something other than their original purpose. “I don’t know until I see it,” he says while poking around. “ Some of these hunks of metal sat for […]

  • He Learned to Play Piano in Brazil but in Oklahoma he learned to love teaching

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It’s class time at Oklahoma City University. In a large, rehearsal hall young students wrestle with 88 keys on a concert grand, and with their energetic teacher who looks, for all the world, like someone who would prefer taking over the single seat bench to start playing himself. “I decided to become a musician because I wanted to be an artist,” he says. “Because that provided an outlet for whatever was in your head,” asks a […]

  • Great State: OKC Art Gallery Showcases ‘The Art of Toys’

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They started out as My Little Ponies. Then an artist named Mari Kasurinen turned them into Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian ponies. These transformers look like you could find them mass-produced in a regular toy store but they’re unique too. “Oh yeah. We’ve got some great stuff in here,” says Kjelshus Collins, curator for an art show at Istvan Gallery called ‘The Art of Toys’. Collins is an artist himself who always liked to alter the […]