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.


Recent Articles
  • The ‘Jewel’ of the Muscogee Creek Nation returns to its framers

    OKMULGEE, OKLAHOMA — The hard hats were just for show. Members of the Muscogee Creek Nation put them on for pictures in front of their old capitol building, now set for a historic restoration just seven years after people like Interior Secretary Chris Azbell helped buy it back. “It’s a combined story of the Creek Nation and the city of Okmulgee,” he says. Right after the chaos of the Civil War, Creek Nation leaders reorganized and built a log capitol on […]

  • Her questions about an Oklahoma town’s history led to a new curriculum for school students

    HENRYETTA, OKLAHOMA — Kathryn Shurden’s grandfather filled her with tales of her own hometown of Wewoka. But here she was walking down Main Street Henryetta one day without even knowing about the abandoned coal mines beneath her feet. “There’s a catacomb of coal mines underneath the city of Henryetta,” she says. “I didn’t know we had coal here. Krebs or McAlester maybe.” With a background in both education and journalism, Kathy started asking questions about history all over town. Who […]

  • Oklahoma’s only LEGO builders club prepares for OKC’s first ever LEGO Convention

    YUKON, OKLAHOMA — One of the best things about LEGOS, other than all the different colors and shapes, is their simplicity of design. No matter when you bought them or where, or what set they came with, all the pieces fit together. Builder Brian Figgins says of his large projects, “Really they’re just a collection of smaller builds.” Figgins always liked that about his LEGO collection and still does. He played with them as a kid then caught back up […]

  • Long time windmill repairman now collects the ones no one wants any more.

    ERICK, OKLAHOMA — If you want to discuss windmills of any kind Curtis G. Austin is the man to see. “I didn’t know straight up from sideways on them when I started working on them,” he admits. He grew up with them. Over 86 years he’s worked on just about every brand of windmill ever made. He says, “It gets in your blood.” Curtis will still repair windmills is someone has one they want to keep. More often though, he […]

  • OKC man builds bird houses for more than just birds.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The first time Mike Blunk walked in his dad’s old shed he didn’t think he’d ever clear out all the junk. “I also inherited a lot of woodworking tools and saws,” he says. It too a while but he restored it to the workshop it was meant to be. Mike kept a lot of the scrap lumber and old tools intending to someday sit down and really build something. Well it finally took a really warm […]

  • Oklahoma Youth Expo competitors from northwest Oklahoma braved wildfires to get to OKC

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They were unpacking Thursday afternoon, getting stalls ready for show cattle that still hadn’t arrived at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds all the way from Laverne, Oklahoma. “The fire was coming in,” recalls Wyatt Jett of Laverne, Oklahoma. “It was all black.” It’s been a wild week for kids like Rayli and Kev Cunningham, Tayte Dome and Camdyn Kolbe. “I was at school,” says Rayli, “And my dad called and said you need to come home and […]

  • A sure sign of Spring in OKC: The Orr Farm opens for visitors

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Like a train slowly building up speed, that’s kind of what it’s like with the coming of Spring. And, literally, what it’s like at the Orr Family Farm days before the place opens to paying customers. General Manager Shannon Kemp has to make sure the mixers are working in the new cookie barn just built last Fall. “We’re pretty much there,” she says. “We just have to do some final touches and put a little edge […]

  • Good chemistry is important for good fudge and good business for this mom and daughter operation in Bethany

    BETHANY, OKLAHOMA — If cooking is chemistry then the best chemistry has to be candy. Annette Gunter is chief chemist in this very small candy making operation. For much of the past 4 years the alchemy of fudge has been her chief area of study, a huge departure from her past studies in law and teaching law at the university level. “I needed something that would give me some flexibility,” says Annette. Okay, so it was Annette’s mom Imalee Crow […]

  • The Ironman of Rodeo and the Junior Cowboy from Western Oklahoma State with a special invite

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — Haven Meged didn’t walk his horse all the way from Miles City, Montana, but his journey to the Lazy E Ranch wasn’t exactly easy either. Have might not remember the first time he ever held a rope but he came to the rodeo circuit late for someone who’s had his kind of success. “I didn’t start rodeoing until I was in the 5th grade,” he says. So here he was on a Friday morning south of Guthrie, […]

  • Cabin in the trees? At Ra’s Treehouse Treesort the cabins really are in the trees.

    EUFAULA, OKLAHOMA — A cabin in the trees was what Ray Wiseman had in mind and that’s where we found him on a cloudy day in late February, putting in some of the creäture comforts we all expect even away from civilization. “I had to do something,” says Ray. What makes this cabin different is its location. If you feel the wind shifting while standing inside that’s only natural. This cabin is literally in the trees. Standing on the balcony […]

  • From Saddlery to Tourist Stop: Stockyards Sarsaparilla managed the change in the sweetest possible way

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — If you want to discuss anything really deep it’s always helpful to grab a cold one and head to the nearest bar you can find. The cold ones, in this case, are root beers and sarsaparillas, and a refreshing fizzy, lemon drink for yours truly, a tough choice among the more than 400 different varieties available at Stockyards Sarsaparilla. “People also wanted that old time candy and the feel of an old-time candy shop,” says manager […]