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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.

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    We found a little man in a red cap making toys in his workshop and didn’t have to go to the North Pole

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA –He was one of those kids who used to unwrap his Christmas presents and then keep working until whatever it was lay in pieces on the floor. Rudy Peairson chuckles and says, “I wanted to see how it worked.” A visitor to his tiny workshop then adds, “But you probably knew how to put it back together.” “Sure,” he says. But that need to tinker with things stayed. He’s a hotel maintenance man by day but in […]

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    The kid who loved Christmas grew up to create the ultimate North Pole Adventure

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It took Joe Johnston five years of thinking and planning to build this place. He started construction in this former arcade at the old Crossroads Mall last February. This is the North Pole Adventure, a place where Christmas lives in all kinds of ways. “I’ve loved Christmas since I was a little, tiny guy,” he says. Joe is one of those people for whom Christmas has always been special. “I remember the day I ‘found out’,” […]

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    Oklahoma Film Writer Team Combines on Another Movie Shot Right Here

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — If you’re wondering how film makers chose this house to make their movie, it’s pretty simple. Producer Jeff Robison and director Blake Robins were just driving around. Robison says, “The owner, she let us in. Blake fell in love with it.” So they’ve been here for a month now. The crew was just finishing up a few loose ends while we were there shooting, simple stuff like actor Bonnie Bedelia driving up to the house and walking […]

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    Oklahoma City is the middle of the mustache for one man’s unique cross country adventure

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — There are people who think Kevin Lamb might be selling ice cream from his bicycle. Then there are people simply too shy to ask him why he’s riding across the country wearing a cow suit. “Would you call this a pilgrimage, a journey, a quixotic quest,” asks a photographer? “Yes,” he smiles. Call it what you want, but Kevin came out of a really long meditation retreat last year with a vision. “It kind of suggested […]

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    Galen’s interview with a sassy 8 year old cancer survivor and her best friend

    On Wednesday, our ‘Great State’ report focused on a 4th grade football team that dedicated their season to one of their longtime cheerleaders. Isabelle Lawson is an 8-year-old 2nd grader in Luther. She lost her leg to bone cancer but the Luther Lions never lost a single game. They wore special stickers on their helmets and had her at the center of every team activity including the coin toss at the championship game, and at the end when they won. […]

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    Why would a 4th grade football team wear helmet stickers that read ‘Fight Like a Girl’? Check out Team Iz

    NOBLE, OKLAHOMA — They are the Lions, a 4th grade football team from Luther, Oklahoma. They came here to Noble with the hope of finishing a perfect season. A reporter on the field asks, “Why are you so good?” A player responds, “We’ve been working hard. Training hard.” You can find a lot of reasons why the Lions were great this year; extra running, some film work, and a funny sticker on the backs of their helmets that reads ‘Fight […]

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    Street Corner in Downtown Erick Remains Frozen In Time

      ERICK, OKLAHOMA — When the town was new the First National Bank there bricked up their old wood facade. The old masonry then faced more than a century of morning suns. Buzzy Austin has the key these days to the old building which is full of history almost exactly where it happened. “We’re just trying to preserve a little history of what happened in this part of the country,” he says walking through the front door. If you recognize […]

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    Army Veteran Appreciates the Thanks on Veterans Day, But Most People Don’t Know She Served

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Always up for an adventure, Heather Sterzick – Dirkson met us in the tangled jungle of an Edmond hedge. She runs a landscape business with her husband called Freedom Lawn Care. “You would think we would be slowing down this time of year,” she says from the middle of a large bush. “But we’re really not.” But Heather is also a part-time commercial pilot and a former manager at the Sundance Airpark. “It’s almost like you’re […]

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    Re-discovered Oklahoma movie offers rare, moving glimpse to Kiowa and Comanche past

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The views of history most people get from museums consist of artifacts from another time, pictures if they’re lucky, but largely shed of their humanity. Jeff Moore and other historians work with the materials they have to try to fill in the gaps. Then, once in a while, an artifact comes along that completes the picture, that brings a period¬†fully to life. “This is the first of its kind,” he says referring to a rare Oklahoma film […]

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    Philosophy and Cast Iron Cookin’ Are What Kent Rollins Teaches at Cowboy Bootcamp

    HOLLIS, OKLAHOMA — Cowboy cooking class starts early with Kent Rollins as resident professor. “Another day above the grass is a good day,” he announces. “We’re going to cook a little sausage, some hog meat.” When he’s preparing meals for real cowboys he gets up before 3:00 AM. His students sleep in ’till 6:00AM, and he starts them easy with canned biscuits just to see where they stand. On his learn by experience methods, Rollins says, “My dad always told […]

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    After Nearly 70 Years of Showing Up to Work at the Same Place, Shawnee Grocer Takes Stock

    SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA — When the phone rings at Hardesty Grocery owner Frank Oliver will probably answer. He’s not a hard man to find, here at 3:30 ever morning to turn on the lights, and often till 9:00pm to turn them off again. Oliver says, “I look around and I think, ‘well Frank.’ All your life you’re just finishing up.” He was 13 when F.H. Hardesty hired him on to load eggs and pump gas by hand. F.H.’s son Merle married […]