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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
  • This elf says moving the entire North Pole this fall was the hardest thing he ever did

    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — Of all the days leading up to Christmas at North Pole Adventure, this day is the elves’ favorite. Special needs kids and grown ups alike have free run of the place to write their wishlists and mail them. They can visit the reindeer as long as they want and, this year, they get to play in real snow. But what the head elf, John Conner, and the rest of his helpers won’t tell the kids is […]

  • A Unique Place for Christmas: The Fort Reno chapel is the only church in Oklahoma built by prisoners of war

    EL RENO, Okla. – The regular crowd of Sunday worshipers has long since scattered. The only people who walk up these steps and through the big doors of this little church are tourists and the occasional wedding party in warmer weather, and Fort historian Jimmy Johnston. Maybe it’s that contemplative silence that often draws attention to the exposed beams that hold up the vaulted ceiling, or the high windows that remind some people of small Protestant churches they’ve seen in […]

  • A unique Oklahoma made gift: How about bone art?

    WELEETKA, Okla. – Let’s just say Brian Magbie isn’t the kind of guy who would scream in horror if he found the skeleton of a mouse in his trailer. “If I need an arm, I grab an arm,” he said. In fact, when he did find one a few years back, the opposite happened. “It was a complete skeleton, all clean, just wrapped up in his little nest,” he said. He was fascinated. “As soon as I saw it, it […]

  • A painting you can walk into: ‘Shift’ is an Oklahoma City art exhibit you see and feel

    OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s part amusement park, part pillow fort, all art gallery. Step into the immersive and interactive exhibit, and you’re actually inside the heads of the artists who created it. Artist Hugh Meade calls it “A playground for grownups.” Meade is just one of more than a dozen Oklahoma artists who spent months creating an exhibit they call ‘Shift.’ There is no right or wrong way to go through it, no arrows, no placards to read. Meade and […]

  • After 50 years of flipping onion burgers, this El Reno diner owner had some stories to tell

    EL RENO, OKLAHOMA — He knows exactly how many burgers will fit on this grill surface. “34,” he states with confidence. Marty Hall can tell you everything about what it takes to run Sid’s Diner, all 860 square feet and 32 seats of it. “Its old school. It’s an old school diner,” he says. But other numbers have long since escaped Hall’s comprehension. The big one, he does know, is ’50’, 50 years of slingin’ hash and diner cooking. Hall […]

  • After more than a century, old is new again at Mettry’s in Wynnewood

    WYNNEWOOD, Okla. — Old is new again on the corner of Kerr and McGee. Craig Mettry is still getting used to the newly remodeled department store he grew up in. A visitor asks, “Do you still wander around wondering if this is your store?” “You know, it’s very different,” he replies. A three-month project turned into six, but the store his father rented out in 1956 looks a little more like the one his grandfather used to own back in […]

  • This Edmond man starts putting his Christmas decorations up just after Labor Day

    EDMOND, Okla. – He hasn’t kept vehicles in this three-car garage since Labor Day. As you can see, Steve Dagg and his thousands of tiny citizens need all the space they can get for the Christmas season. “We do a section at a time and expand it from there,” he said. Back in the early 90s, his modest collection of Department 56 buildings fit on the coffee table. He kept buying them, though. His next stop fit the pool table. […]

  • A landscape painter’s marathon: 77 canvases, in 77 Oklahoma counties, in 77 days

    NORMAN, Okla. — He started in early September. Landscape painter Tim Kenney used to be in marketing and advertising so the idea of creating a landscape somewhere in every county in the state (that’s 77), and doing all that in 77 days, came naturally. “I like to say that I’m an old man but a young painter,” he quips. Three years ago, he did another project kind of like this, 50 paintings in 50 states in 50 days. Tim continues, […]

  • First in their Field: This Oklahoma family knows pies

    PAULS VALLEY, Okla. – The numbers alone should tell you about the popularity of pies in Oklahoma and about one kind of pie in particular. “We use about a million pounds a year of pecans and 2 million pounds of sugar,”┬ásaid Chris Field. He is the third crop of Fields making pies in Pauls Valley, and they’ve learned to make a lot of them at one time. You could do the math, but the assembly line is moving too fast, […]

  • Pecan Harvest and Pecan Festival go hand to mouth in Luther, OK

    LUTHER, OKLAHOMA — Diane Couch helped plant these trees with her father. “I was just a little kid,” she recalls. She grew up watering these Meramecs and Mohawks, watching them grow with her. “Everybody thinks I have them named,” she smiles, “because I can point out trees and know the way they’re built or shaped.” The trees Diane’s father planted from nuts in this bottom land still number close to 400. In mid-November every year the tree shaker machine fires […]

  • Oklahoma’s newest distiller puts a lot of our state in every bottle

    TULSA, Okla. – The first bottles are just now coming off the one-man assembly line. Hunter Gambill and his Oklahoma Distilling Company haven’t even released their first product yet, not officially, so what you’re seeing is really the first look at what you’ll see on store shelves the 1st of December, 2017. “It’s been really great to get out and meet people in the state from all over,” he said. “Just trying to get everything together.” Gambill calls it Indian […]