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
  • A group of lifetime residents band together to help Hollis, OK

    HOLLIS, OKLAHOMA — A walk down Broadway versus a walk down memory lane. Local attorney David Cummins says, “We debated about whether this was a dress shop or that was a little grocery store.” The two didn’t fit well together for this group of longtime Hollis residents, people who grew up here and remembered the three barber shops and the soda fountain. Longtime ‘Hollisers’ like Betty Motley really did notice the decline of their town. “I think, for all of […]

  • Combining disciplines at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute is easy on a ballroom dance floor

    QUARTZ MT. STATE PARK, OKLAHOMA — They are the very best high school students in Oklahoma, the best singers, the best players, dancers, actors, photographers and writers. A lot of hard work goes into each of these disciplines, dedication and sacrifice too. The orchestra along practices six hours every day at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute to perfect a symphony like Swan Lake or to dance it in a ballet. But instructors Alee Reed and David Hyer are here to […]

  • For Okie Noodlers it’s a Father’s Day weekend on the river

    SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA — This family parks along the banks of the North Canadian River east of Shawnee. Nate Williams, sons Jace and River will spend most of the weekend fishing, not with hooks or poles, but with their bare hands. “I grew up noodling the North Canadian,” says Nate. “It’s my go to river. That’s my favorite spot to fish.” Nate and a buddy learned to Noodle on their own, one daring the other to enter the fish’s lair. Williams […]

  • One of Oklahoma’s historic all black towns keeps it memories alive with an annual reunion.

    CLEARVIEW, OKLAHOMA — You and I might see an abandoned building, an old foundation. People like Shirley Nero see them as the stores she used to run through as a kid. The Bush Brothers ran three of themĀ in Clearview back when this all black town had a thousand people living here. There was a post office, a movie theater and railroad station established by that all American dream of seeking freedom and new beginnings. Nero points out, “You could live […]

  • Twisterfest is more than just a Rock ‘n Roll show at Muscle Car Ranch

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — Take a walk with Curtis Hart at his Muscle Car Ranch and you’ll see cast offs and junk heap treasures imported from a hundred miles in every direction. “I couldn’t get enough of the old signage and I still can’t to this day but at least we’re gaining on them,” he smiles. The bridge planks he dug up last winter made a nice bridge across a pond on his 62 acres just outside of city limits. Walking […]

  • Butch in 1994

    In November of 1994 we shot our own ‘Great State’ feature with Butch at Langston University. This is that story.

  • Butch: The Legend of Langston opens on the big screen much to the delight of Butch himself

    LANGSTON, OKLAHOMA — Among the many buildings, the staff and students who’ve breathed Lion air for the past half-century, there is one man everybody here knows, more than famous alums or past university presidents. He’s the person you see sweeping the auditorium walkway. Harden Benjamin is his name. Butch, as he’s best known, is the best-loved, best remembered man in school history. “He’s a rock star at Langston and obviously a legend there,” says film maker David Tester. David Tester […]

  • No Man’s Land Museum Archive tells the Duster history in amazing storm pictures

    GOODWELL, OKLAHOMA — The photographer’s name is lost to Dust Bowl history but whoever it was saw the storm building in Elkhart, Kansas on May 21, 1937. The time-lapse only covers a few minutes. The rolling clouds grow higher like a giant wave, but this is dust, prairie topsoil plowed up, dried up, and picked up by the wind. Its crest swallowed daylight. “To look at those pictures doesn’t do it justice,” says Oklahoma Panhandle historian Sue Weissinger. “I don’t […]

  • 1987 to 2017. Red Earth turns 30.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA –She’s not just another visitor who wandered into the Red Earth Museum n Oklahoma City. Yvonne Kauger, aside from being a justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court, is a longtime collector of Native American art. She knows, personally, a lot of the artists who created these works. She’s even purchased a few. Pointing to a framed picture on the wall, she says, “This was on my daughter’s wedding invitation. They were lithographs.” It doesn’t seem like that […]

  • Think it’s getting hot now? You should have seen the Summer of ’36

    ALTUS, OKLAHOMA — It may have been the worst time for a hot spell. Farmers around Altus were already in trouble when the temperatures started to climb in the summer of 1936. Wayne Winsett graduated high school in Elmer in 1935. He worked on a ranch near Amarillo that summer, but saw enough at home in Altus to last a lifetime. “Working in the fields, we’d come in when we were through and mother always had the doors open,” he […]

  • New therapist at Children’s Hospital proves music is good medicine

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He first walked these hospital hallways around Christmas time last year. Carson Dimsdale has only been home once since then. His life with a leukemia diagnosis includes a long list of chemo treatments, doctor visits, and, thankfully, a regular appointment with Emily Menhorn whose doctor bag contains nothing sharp or cold, just fun. “It’s still a hospital and they go through a lot,” says Menhorn. “There are ups and downs. We have good days and bad […]