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
  • One generation of Oklahoma City Philharmonic prepares to pass the baton to the next

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — All orchestras tune to one note just as all eyes must eventually rest on the conductor at the podium. For nearly 30 years, for the entire history of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, that conductor has been Maestro Joel Levine. He not only led the orchestra but directed the whole organization from very small beginnings in 1988 when he and his newly hired office manager went shopping for the barest of essentials. “She went and bought a […]

  • Finally Home: The WKY Kilgen Organ is reborn at the Oklahoma History Center

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Built in 1936, silent for decades, the WKY Kilgen finally makes music. Dr. John Schwandt of the American Organ Institute has the honor of playing this huge instrument first. He describes his feelings while testing it out, “Anticipation, utter terror, and then, when it works, pure joy.” There are still people around who recall Ken Wright’s nightly broadcasts from WKY Radio’s home at the Skirvin Hotel. More fans recall the 1,114 pipes blowing at the old […]

  • Two Oklahoma artists with different styles collaborate on a unique exhibit

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Feathers and wide brim hats, We’re familiar with the image of the American Cowboy and the American Indian. Their symbols have been widely traded around as enemies, oppressors, victims, and trespassers. Both are often portrayed as stoic, connected to the land, but too often pitted against each other. Then on this evening the work of two Oklahoma artists and friends brought cowboys and Indians together in a unique way. Harold Holden and Mike Larsen, who both […]

  • ‘The Barn Find of a Lifetime’: Two matching cars, window stickers still attached, gathering dust for 30 years, and sequential VIN #’s too.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Shedding light on a 30-year-old story, friends Shawn Mathews, William Avila, and Paul Mesmer still can’t believe what they found and then purchased within the past couple of weeks. “How often do you come out and look at them?” asks a visitor to their storage unit. “Don’t tell my wife,” laughs Shawn, “But probably every other day.” Buried beneath dust and old leaves, a couple of Buick Regal Grand Nationals, test driven only, never purchased, the […]

  • The Prairie House architect comes home to see his famous structure for the first time in more than 50 years.

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — People who drove by or toured this house always seemed to have their own opinions as to what it looked like on the outside. LIFE Magazine referred to it as The Prairie Chicken House. Some passersby saw a buffalo leaning against the wind. A guy on a tour once famously asked if it had been hit by a tornado. But Herb Green is one of the only people to see it as home. “It didn’t take that […]

  • One April day in 1945 spawned a lifetime of stories for one Oklahoma family, and chapters in 3 different books

    BETHANY, OKLAHOMA — Janis Cramer was always a story collector. Even as a kid she remembers hanging around after a Sunday meal to hear her parents and grandparents talk. She recalls, “I would get between my grandpa and my dad. My head fit right on the table.” It’s no surprise she became a creative writing teacher and an author in her own right. But from all those stories one date always swirled around, April 12, 1945. “Oh yes. Absolutely,” says […]

  • Oklahoma’s largest spring is the lifeblood of this Oklahoma town

    FITTSTOWN, OKLAHOMA — There are hundreds of artesian springs in this region of south central Oklahoma. They bubble straight out of the ground in a 500 square mile area called the Arbuckle- Simpson Aquifer. Carl Allen knows one of those springs best. “It’s the northern most outcropping of that aquifer,” he states. He comes to this spot near Fittstown at least once a month to check on it even though the water here has been gushing out of the ground […]

  • An early Oklahoma trainspotter gets credit for his photography in a new book called ‘Smoke Over Oklahoma’

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Preston George was a young civil engineer with the Oklahoma Highway Department in the 1930’s, but what he really liked, especially after picking up a railroad magazine, was trains. “He was interested in steam and I was interested in steam,” says railroad historian and author Augustus Veenendaal who met Preston George for the first time back in the ’80’s. It wasn’t until another visit with him a few years later that he was able to view […]

  • An Oklahoma portrait artist asks an important question. What will you ‘work for’?

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The city walks or drives past every day. From his temporary office in the Skirvin Hotel Mike Wimmer sees all kinds of people. Some stop and look. Others hurry past like clouds on a windy day. “That’s the part,” he says. “I’m getting to meet all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds, and find out what it is they’re doing and why they do it. What’s they’re inspiration for doing it.” He’s the current […]

  • The Old Douglass High School has new life as apartments and community center

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Brick, mortar, and history. Construction crews are still working away at this century old building. “This building dates back to 1911,” says Progress Oklahoma Director Neila Crank -Clements. Clements gave us one of the first looks inside what was once Douglass High School from 1934 to 1954, the Page -Woodson School up until 1994, and a vacant building until work started a year ago. Of the conditions before work started, Clements describes, “It was terrifying. There […]

  • Searching for the stories behind Indian Head Rock

    CADDO COUNTY, OKLAHOMA — No need to look for Indian Head Rock before we get there. On our way we stopped at East Elementary School in Anadarko. That’s where Pat Owings teaches art, and where she uses as much Native American culture as she can. Her second and third graders know all about the story behind dream catchers. Her third grade boys make bear claw necklaces out of ‘bear claws’ she bakes at home. When she was still a young […]