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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
  • The siren call of autumn: The bugling elk of the Wichita Mountains

    WICHITA MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE REFUGE, Okla. – It may be Oklahoma’s last, true call of the wild. In September and early October, the bull elk of the Wichitas issue bold challenges and lonely calls across rocks and grassy meadows of the Refuge. “You’re scaring one animal off like the bulls, and you’re attracting the females in to breed,” said Refuge biologist Walt Munsterman. Munsterman and biologist tech Steve Hodge went with us to monitor the herd. This time of year, they […]

  • A Vietnam era chopper pilot lands a big addition to the Oklahoma History Center

    OKEENE, Okla. — Of the more than 10,000 Bell UH-1 helicopters that served during the Vietnam War, this one is actually built from parts of several. It hangs, now, 15 feet off the floor of the Oklahoma History Center, angling forward, and ‘riding slick’ which means there are no guns attached. The pilot’s name on the side has some significance here. Bob Ford spent a year of his life flying them close to the DMZ in Vietnam. “I don’t know […]

  • Adding the Numbers: Retired Shawnee accountant counts up 100 years and many adventures

    OKLAHOMA CITY – He collects numbers and memories together. Cecil Nelon organizes them in a daily ledger that stretches back decades. “I keep track of all the things I do every day,” he said. Among the numbers: one hour. That’s how early he used to wake up before his family and schoolmates just to run outside. “Just excess energy,” he said. “I just liked to run.” This is the kid who liked going to the grocery store for very different […]

  • Love for Baseball Hall of Famer and Binger, Oklahoma come together in one museum

    BINGER, OKLAHOMA — Christmas came early in Binger this year. Bobby Bench just kept coming in with box after box of pictures, bags full of bats, even stuff from loyal fans of his dad Johnny Bench, arguably the best catcher to ever play baseball. “A lot of this stuff he forgot he even had,” says Bobby. But the crown jewels of what Bobby brought are the result of two years of calls and long drives. Johnny though it might be […]

  • One of Fort Reno’s most historic structures has new life for horses and Cavalry.

    EL RENO, OKLAHOMA — The most popular feature of this newly restored horse and mule barn at Fort Reno on Tuesday morning had to be the roof. “Yeah,” agrees U.S. Cavalry Association Director Bill Tempero As animals and people crowded in to stay dry a U.S. Cavalry regiment presented colors and played Reveille. Old Barn No. 3 was as full as it’s ever been to celebrate a unique restoration by Tempero’s organization. “Today made it all worthwhile,” he smiles. “It […]

  • Natural Harmony: Twin sisters Velma and Thelma still get together to sing at age 90

    YUKON, Okla. – They’re both way past wondering what might have been. Thelma Brauser and her big sister by one minute, Velma Reed, don’t long for fame – but they still sing. They still get together once a week at Velma’s place in Yukon to sing their favorites and answer funny questions from local TV reporters. “Did you both grow up singing?” he asks. “I think so,” Thelma replies. “As long as you can remember?” “Uh huh.” But, going back […]

  • Two Iraq War vets want to help others like them heal with a unique challenge

    DAVIS, OKLAHOMA — A little fresh air, and a mission: Justin Sims and Brandon Meador have both lately at the Cross Bar Ranch just west of Davis. There is lumber to move, an obstacle course to set up. “It’s rough terrain,” says Sims. It’s a 22 mile course actually, through this 6,500 acre tract of the Arbuckle Mountains, the perfect spot, they say, to walk, think, and heal. Meador says, “being out here in nature and helping other veterans has […]

  • The Mother of the State Fair Indian Taco recalls how it all began

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The lunch line at the Choctaw Tribal Alliance extends out the front door on a beautiful September day. The Oklahoma City Pow Wow Club is using the kitchen to make Indian Tacos for hungry folks all over the city’s south side. But, sitting quietly among the horde of noisy eaters, back in the corner of the big meeting room, Jerry Jefferson lays claim to a big bite of Indian Taco history. “The fry bread makes the difference,” […]

  • Friday Night Hero: Maysville’s Redder celebrates 400 consecutive Warrior football games

    Back in the fall of 2012, we introduced you to Maysville, Oklahoma’s most dedicated high school football booster. At the time, he’d attended 350 consecutive games, both home and away. Last Friday night, that mark reached 400. Congratulations, Redder. We’re still pulling for you.

  • Once an orphan himself, this Ada firefighter runs a race dedicated to orphans everywhere

    ADA, Okla. — His physical limits exist farther out than most. Danny Manuel loves to challenge himself by pushing his body to run faster and climb higher. “You have to,” he says. “It’s pretty intense.” At some point though, even he reaches the end of his endurance. On this 3-and-a-half mile course of his own design, complete with 33 different obstacles, he needs something extra. Danny finds it, partially, through his religious faith and, also, through his own past. He […]

  • The Great Taste of a Fair: Our judge previews the best of Fair food

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — You know you’re in for a meal that breaks all the rules when they serve dessert first. Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Great Taste of a Fair, which is a juried contest between a chosen few of only the finest of fair food vendors. My highest score after tasting the Sweetest of the Sweet category, Latte Love’s Frozen Hot Chocolate, contradictory in all the best ways. “It is probably the best tasting oxymoron you’ll […]