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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.


Recent Articles
  • A blank canvas used to intimidate Jenny Bullard until she broke through with color.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — She’s a two-year old artist who kind of paints that way, free from the constraints of rules or expectations. “I have no idea what this is going to turn out to be,” she mutters while painting on a large canvas. Jenny Bullard just likes to paint. “I get up in the morning and just can’t wait to get into my studio and paint,” she says. “I paint seven days a week.” “So it’s your happy place,” […]

  • It’s an antique mall in Oklahoma now but its owners think it might be a piece of Wiley Post’s legacy.

    THE VILLAGE, OKLAHOMA — The first antiques Bonnie Collins want to show off belong to some of the more than 60 dealers selling items on consignment inside her Britton Street Mall. “These magazines are really old,” she says stopping at a vendor’s table. “They just came in about a week ago.” The structure is certainly big enough to get lost in, wandering among row after row of art, or sculpture, or bric-à-brac. She’s even selling her husband’s old Harley. “You […]

  • A Northern fish is king in Canton at the 51st Annual Walleye Rodeo

    CANTON LAKE, OKLAHOMA — If anyone knows the waters of Canton Lake in northwest Oklahoma it would have to be Curtis Hoskins. He’s been fishing here since he was a kid. “Probably around 45 years,” he says. And making friends like Troy Everett. “This will definitely be our biggest weekend,” smiles Troy. Or, more often than not, fishing with his wife Donna. Hoskins says, “We live a short enough distance that we can get back and forth pretty easy.” But […]

  • Moms make the news in Sentinel, OK as mother and daughter co-own the local paper.

    SENTINEL, OKLAHOMA — This week’s high school graduate tribute paper is out. A scheduled city council meeting article appears below the fold with the fire department and cemetery fund notices. We found Jolene Wolfenbarger and Martha Sullivan already talking about next week’s issue of the Sentinel Leader. They’re a two person newsroom. Jolene does the writing. Martha types up menus for schools in town and in Rocky, the next town over. “I had to learn to turn the computer on,” […]

  • A grieving family, a lost 4 year old son, and a fitting tribute to a boy who loved everything fast and loud.

    PURCELL, OKLAHOMA — He was the kind of kid who was hard to keep up with. “He didn’t want to miss a minute of anything,” says Kylier Phillips dad Ryan. ” Kylier Phillip’s own internal motor was as fast and loud as the street racers and motorcycles he loved even when he was sick. “He was an outgoing kid,” continues Ryan. “He always put smiles on everyone’s faces.” The Phillips family, Ryan, Rachel, and 3-year-old Kaprie, are all struggling with […]

  • One of only 12 air worthy B-17 Flying Fortresses lands at Wiley Post Field open for tours.

    WILEY POST FIELD, OKLAHOMA — Too see it is one thing. But to watch an old B-17 Flying Fortress roar to life, to feel the four Wright Cyclone engines spin those big props, is to see history roar to life as well. “The historical significance of this airplane,” says Pilot Connie, “goes way beyond the pleasure of flying it.” The Madras Maiden, as they call her now, came off the assembly line in late 1944. She was too late joining […]

  • Studying Oklahoma Dirt: The National Land and Range Judging Competition

    CANADIAN COUNTY, OKLAHOMA — They gathered on what might have seemed a boring piece of ground to the uneducated. More than 700 high school students from 33 states including 10 different teams from Oklahoma came here to look at the stuff that grows and, as soil judge Greg Scott puts it, the stuff it grows in. “The students will come out here and look at this site and they’ll judge the slope, depth of the topsoil. They’ll look at the […]

  • The ‘Socketless Socket’: How an Oklahoma company says they’ve changed the science of prosthetics

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Integrating man and machine, that’s always been the challenge for clinicians like Jay Martin. As a maker of prosthetic limbs he incorporates new advances in computerized joints and light weight compounds. The one thing that hadn’t changed for years was the socket, the contact between prosthesis and flesh. “It’s static and hard,” says Jay as he handles an old style socket. “They encapsulate heat and, for many amputees, these are really quite uncomfortable.” Josh Hodgson lost […]

  • Run to Remember: The few participants who’ve run in all 18 Memorial Marathons

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Put 18 marathons together. That’s a little more than 471 miles. The number of actual steps is impossible to count for people like John Hargrove and Penny Voss. “Every year, when this rolls around, we just get excited about it,” says Voss. “It’s something to do,” says Hargrove. “Set your goals.” Hargrove was already an experienced long distance athlete back in 2000. He had a streak of 23 consecutive Andy Payne Marathons going and dozens of […]

  • Help from Above:A church next to the Bombing Memorial renews its tradition of blessing running shoes prior to the Memorial Marathon.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Some runners, some volunteers, family, congregation; they all went to church on Saturday this week. First United Methodist sits on 4th and Robinson in Oklahoma City, which made regular services impossible because of the Oklahoma Memorial Marathon. But many of these people came for another reason, to have their running shoes, and gloves too, blessed by pastors Lesly Broadbent and Nick Lee. “We’ve done the Blessing of the Shoes for a number of years,” says Pastor […]

  • This Oklahoma City inventor wanted a stronger convertible top for his daughter’s car. Then he started a company to sell them.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — As a convertible owner for years, Roy Ramirez agrees there are some spring day that cry out for a top down approach to driving in Oklahoma. He just got this new Buick and agreed to take a friend out for a spin, and for a story too. “Have you always liked convertibles,” asks his ride along? “I have,’ says Ramirez. “The first one I ever owned was an Alpine.” It’s been more than 20 years since […]