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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.


Recent Articles
  • Great State 1994: The Halloween Queen of Geary

    Loretta Moore’s house in Geary was a favorite stop for trick-or-treaters for 50 years. She would invite kids in, let them pick from a table full of candy, then take their picture. The kids would come back the next year just to get their snapshot. Her family always called her ‘Rosie’. Kids in costume on Halloween night couldn’t wait to stop in and visit with the lady they came to call ‘Grandma Rosie’.

  • Great State: Oklahoma’s Only Certified Cheese Professional

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — When something like cheese comes at you in hundreds of different varieties you need someone like Kehau Montero to tell you the difference between Camembert and Leicester, and to let you know it’s okay to lack faith in your choice of cheeses because she started out ignorant too. “The good thing is you can come in any time,” she giggles. “String cheese, Velveeta, Kraft,” she adds. “That used to by my normal cheese.” A decade ago […]

  • Great State: Weatherford Artist Takes Fall Leaves to New, Colorful Heights

    WEATHERFORD, OKLAHOMA — Where the colors of Fall leave off and fade, the many-colored tapestries of artist E.K. Jeong take over. “I plan it as one way,” she says, “then, eventually, I change my mind and work with a completely different set of tones, but it still works.” As an artist and professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University she had friends who taught her to grow a garden. She took it up in her own way by examining the intricacies […]

  • Great State: The Rope Wrangler Leaves Her Artistic Mark In Oklahoma City

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — A lobsterman in Maine might recognize a piece of this rope, so might a climber in Colorado. “It’s re-claimed,” says artist Orly Genger, “for art.” But, woven together, only she had the vision to place these recycled strands in the middle of Campbell Park on the Oklahoma City prairie. “I tried to think of this work as how a landscape would move,” she says, “as opposed to how it just looks.” There is just under a […]

  • New English Teacher at Enid High has a Long History With Halloween

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — You can just about see freshmen eyes glaze over. The students in 3rd hour English One are suffering through a lesson on active listening while daydreaming like Walter Mitty. The ‘pocketa-pocketa’ of the air conditioner morphs into something else entirely. First year teacher Brian Young does his best to keep them engaged, but he too has a lot of open windows leading outside these cinder block walls. “My mind is trying to keep it all together in […]

  • Great State: 75th Anniversary at Communication Federal Reveals Tiny Origins

    SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA — He just needed a little cash for the weekend, but longtime credit union customer Gary Briscoe ended up being the first official customer for the grand opening of the newest Communication Federal Credit Union branch in Shawnee. The party atmosphere inside the lobby was extra, but he knew he didn’t need an invitation. “They know me just like I know them,” he said. “We’re on a first name basis.” A ribbon cutting like this might be important […]

  • Great State: A Tour Through the Most Haunted City in Oklahoma

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — You can’t walk very far in this old territorial capital without stepping into the path of an old ghost or hearing about it from Stacey Frazier. “You seem to collect these kinds of stories,” remarks her walking partner for this October afternoon. “I really do,” she agrees. “And it’s not just the ghost stories. It’s the history of the ghost stories as well.” Starting this fall she is also a unique tour guide for something she’s calling […]

  • Screenwriters for ‘Rudderless’ Talk About the Arduous Trip from Page to Screen

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Of all the people using the Lake Hefner Trail system this particular evening, runners, bikers, sunset watchers, the two who know it best might be Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison. They imagined this lake in their screenplay. They spent two weeks shooting a movie on the lake’s far shore in June of 2014. Their film is called ‘Rudderless’ William H. Macy directs. It’s got a cast that includes Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, and Lawrence Fishburne. The […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma Teacher Turns Lunch Time Fishing Escape Into After School Class

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Just to be straight, it is after school at Heritage Hall Academy. Regular classes are finished for the day, but that doesnt’ mean Director of College Counseling Marshall Gray still can’t take a some time to dip a hook in the pond behind the upper school, especially if he brings a group of students who want to do the same. “It’s a skill but it’s not hard,” Gray explains. “Anyone can learn to fish with very […]

  • Great State: Senior Citizens and Dragon Boats Combine for Fall Rowing Season

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They strain at the dock, dragons in the shape of boats that appear as though they’d like to fly or swim away. Also straining on this October evening, the Golden Dragons, a rowing tea that consists of residents who live at the Spanish Cove Retirement Community. There coach is Debbie Miller. Miller says of her team, “Our average age is about 82. Next year we’ll have 4 paddlers who will be 90 years old. Pretty amazing.” […]

  • Great State: From Big Foot Hunter to Big Foot Whisperer

    SULPHUR, OKLAHOMA — He keeps his footfalls quiet. Farlan Huff walks this path alone, no other Bigfoot hunters around. “I want to be non-threatening,” he says. Is he a human ambassador to a different species, or is he wandering further from reality? He doesn’t really care what anyone else thinks any more. Huff says, “I’ve gone from wondering what they were to who they are.” There was a time, just a few years ago, when Huff would show his pictures […]