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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    What’s more fun than owning a collector car? Driving all of them at the Leake Auction in OKC.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — There aren’t too many people who get to climb into a 1959 Corvette like this and take it for a spin. “I might drive a Ferrari this morning, a Porsche Turbo this afternoon, or a mid-year Corvette,” boasts Eric Joiner For a guy like Eric it’s all part of the job. “With me,” he smiles. “I can’t get attached.” He’s the man responsible for bringing 46 old and exotic cars to the annual Leake Auction in […]

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    An Oklahoma City fast food icon turns 50

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Why is the road to salvation always so narrow? The line of hungry people stretching out the door to Tacoville might wonder if it didn’t move quite as fast as it does. “We’re blessed,” says second generation owner Nadia Harrington. “We’re very busy daily.” Tacoville isn’t a town, but it is a capitol. It’s isn’t fancy, but it’s cheap. No one lives here, but its population explodes at lunchtime. Nadia was born at Tacoville, or more […]

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    This couple is turning a forgotten lumber yard in downtown Clinton into their own commercial hub.

    CLINTON, OKLAHOMA — It still happens with some of the old timers. Someone will wander in to the Strayhouse for a bucket of nails or a pick-up load of two-by-fours then suddenly stop at the smell of coffee or the aroma of something fresh-baked behind the glass. “It’s basically about availability,” says new owner Geoff Park. It’s only been a little over a year since he and wife Annie began turning the old T and H Lumber Yard into a […]

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    The first of many 150th birthday celebrations for the Chisholm Trail starts in Kingfisher

    KINGFISHER, OKLAHOMA — By all accounts, Jesse Chisholm was a smart guy. He knew 14 languages. He had a network of trading posts all over the Great Plains including Indian Territory, and he’d found a pretty good route north and south buying furs and selling whatever anyone might need out here. “Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas were the main places where he had trading posts,” says historian Adam Lynn. Lynn put a lot of research and artifact collecting into one of […]

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    Oklahoma’s only full time forensic artist packs up his pens after 50 years.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He still doesn’t quite know what to do with 50 years worth of stuff. The old pictures and clippings on his desk, the sometimes macabre souvenirs from a half century of chasing bad guys across the country. Pratt says, “One of our agents retired after 25 years. He said, ‘you know I came to work here, and I blinked, and I’m retiring.'” Harvey Pratt has been the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Sketch Artist for […]

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    As the horses return to Remington Park the Shults Twins come home.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They were both in a race to be the first this year. Duke Shults and his younger brother by three minutes Ryan were in a friendly competition to see who could bring in the first quarter horses to the Remington Park barns. “I’m only fifteen minutes away,” laughs Ryan. “Yeah,” chuckles Duke. “That’s all he had to come in.” They’re both trainers now but their history with Remington goes back to the track’s beginnings in 1988. […]

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    Using disability to advantage: This OKC photographer has a unique way of seeing his world.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Most photographers learn to see their world through one eye, through the frame of a viewfinder in their camera. A manual focus through a zoom lens tends to sharpen perspective on one thing leaving the rest of the picture to blur. “Anything I’m seeing I’m really seeing out of my right eye, any details” says photographer Zachary Burns. For Burns that kind of focus and blur exist in the viewfinder of his own vision too. He’s […]

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    The best bakery inventions since sliced bread start at this Oklahoma manufacturer

    MAYSVILLE, OKLAHOMA — The wheat germ of this great idea started on a patch of Washita River bottom land just north of town. Earl Burford and his son Charles wanted a better way to bail hay so they made a machine to tie the bales with wire instead of twine. Fred Springer runs the Burford Company now and keeps up the family’s inventive legacy. “It didn’t matter what it was,” he says. “They would think about how it was done.” […]

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    Were they the best womens basketball team in Oklahoma history? A new book argues yes.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Family stories and faded headlines formed the start. Lydia Reeder’s grandmother had a favorite brother who was a basketball coach. One day she gave Lydia a folder full old newspaper clippings. Reeder continues, “And she said, ‘this is a really good story. You might want to tell it someday’.” Sam Babb hired on at Oklahoma Presbyterian Collage for Women as a psychology professor and basketball coach. He was a one-legged preacher’s kid from Comanche who’d never […]

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    Chocolate making shifts into high gear for Valentines at Bedre’

    DAVIS, OKLAHOMA — How many times can you say it? I ‘heart’ you. I love you. Be my Valentine. Have some chocolate. Bedre’ Chocolate Company General Manager Kay Colbert counts every, single day. “We can do 20,000 or more,” she says watching a conveyor belt carrying chocolate bars past. We manage to show up on a morning where Love Note bars are coming off the stamp and down the conveyor belt ten at a time every few seconds. Kay usually […]

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    One of Oklahoma’s oldest companies is still building in our Great State

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Through the door or across the equipment yard, current Dolese President Mark Helm didn’t get very far when he started with the company before someone started filling him in on the Dolese story. “Early on you hear a lot about the Dolese culture and the Dolese history,” he says. Roger Dolese was still around when Mark came on board. “He had a strong personality,” says Helms of his predecessor. Roger was the son of co-founder Peter […]