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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    In 1913 newspapers called her ‘the world’s richest black girl’. So whatever happened to Sarah Rector?

    TAFT, OKLAHOMA — She looks like she might blow over in a stiff breeze, but by the time this picture was taken newspapers all over the country were calling Sarah Rector ‘the richest black girl in the world’. Sarah lived with her family in Taft. But her allotment from the Creek Indian Nation sat in the middle of the Glenn Pool oil field. The same land Sarah’s father had trouble paying taxes on in 1911 paid thousands of dollars per […]

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    IFR cowgirl had to pivot fast to rope a new partner for this weekend’s rodeo

    COLCORD, OKLAHOMA — She’s always been good at catching on. Lindsey Hughes learned early to throw a rope around anything. “Practice,” she says. “We eat, sleep, and breathe it.” As a Breakaway roper last year she won a world championship with the International Pro Rodeo Association Her partner for the past 11 years is Topper, a muscular Paint horse, a trusted friend, but a bit of a goof ball. “He’s got the most unique personality of any horse I’ve ever […]

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    An unlikely Oklahoma building added to the National Register of Historic Places

    MANITOU, OKLAHOMA — All the original buildings in town, the old grocery stores, the banks, and depots, even the people who might remember them outside these pictures, they’re all gone. This little wide spot in Tillman County does have one original building left though. Longtime resident Gail Patterson found time to give us a tour one January afternoon. “Yes. This is the one building left standing,” she says entering a low doorway. “There’s not much to show.” Built in 1922, […]

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    Arctic Farms: growing hydroponic veggies in the dead of winter

    BLANCHARD, OKLAHOMA — During one of the coldest times of the year, Andrea Parks is one of the only farmers in the state who still has a crop to pick in January. “I love the sunshine and the warmth,” she says. “I like to go into the greenhouse and pretend winter is not happening.” At a time when her neighbors are just feeding cows and chickens. Andrea has a lot of produce to pick. That includes cucumbers and big tomatoes. […]

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    He’s a police chief by day but the King of Rock ‘n Roll on stage

    ALEX, OKLAHOMA — He’s the police chief in the town of Alex now so no one ca really say anything about what would normally be the ‘against regulation’ length of his sideburns or the over the collar length of his hair. “The town’s okay with the sideburns,” says Chief Tim Keef. “So I’m good too.” Tim Keef went over all that when he joined the force more than a decade ago. After all his love for police work isn’t nearly […]

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    His dog can fetch…and count.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He’s in the shop all the time. Phillip Ferguson literally lives with the engines he rebuilds. His shop is above his crowded workspace. But he also lives with Cookie, a 6-year-old mutt left by a customer when she was just a pup. “They called me about 5 in the morning and said, ‘man I forgot my dog in your shop’,” he recalls. “When they came to get her the next day I said, ‘I’ll give you […]

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    Our choices for the Top 4 Great State stories of 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Think of one year and accelerating zip line like this one that flies over Turner Falls near Sulphur. Our zip line of a year started on the morning radio show of twins Nathan and Landry Brewer in Elk City, and took off with the affirmative answer to the big question asked by young Dr. Daniel Pascucci. He and his fiancĂ© married in June of 2016 but we were there to tell the story of how it […]

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    A locally produced toast for the New Year: Prairie Wolf Spirits has something for your cup.

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — Most of the bottling and distribution is finished. What’s left but to fill a last few glass containers and clean out the tanks at Prairie Wolf Spirits. Standing beside his small bottling set up Hunter Merritt explains, “This is just one last layer before we throw it in the bottle to make sure it’s where we want it to be.” And who better to do that than Merritt, the company founder, head distiller, chief, cook, and bottle […]

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    Best of Great State: Can I take a selfie? That’s an impossible task for this old-time photographer

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — We live in a time when just about anyone can step out their back door, snap off a snowy picture with their cell phone, send it, delete it, or print it. “So pretty,” exclaims photographer Lori Oden But Oden prefers a much older, more careful method. “I like the process,” she says of taking pictures with huge box camera. “The process is meditative to me. I feel like I have a hand in every aspect of […]

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    Best of Great State: Winter time is for making lures at Big Al’s Bait Shop

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — He casts his line wherever he can, when he can. Alvin Frye Jr. lives for fishing, but his business success lies in other people fishing. “Sinkers, jigs, doll flies,” he lists off while walking through his longtime bait shop. Welcome to Big Al’s sinker and lure shop, tucked away on a residential street in north Enid. Inside the house where he grew up, Alvin sells, floor to ceiling, everything anyone might need to catch something in Oklahoma […]

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    Best of Great State: Would you live in this cabin? Would you build it for $7?

    ERICK, OKLAHOMA — The cabin sits in Sam Hagan’s old back yard, looking a lot more like the oldest structure in town instead of the newest. “It’s been quite a journey,” he says. “I get something in my mind and I got to do it.” It’s only been a couple of winters since he was down on his luck and cutting fire wood to make ends meet. “I was out of work and chose not to draw unemployment,” he says. […]