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
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    Early OKC Rock and Roll pioneer talks about the first ever shows in 1956

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Tennessee’ might be a song from the 1940’s but Kip Curtis still has his chops when he plays in on the piano. Pick any other song and it’s not hard to imagine that he could really rock. He chuckles when recalling his early playing days, “I was just a stupid teenager going with the flow.” Curtis still plays gigs once in a while. He still hires out to people who might […]

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    Norman metal sculptor discovers a softer side through his own, painful recovery

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — The spark has always been there. Bret McDanel has always had an eye for bringing dead machine parts back to new life. “I’ve been doing art forever,” he says. “I’ve always done creative stuff.” For years now he’s turned out new creatures, metal and bone fused, scrap iron humanoids, or robots with human habits, depending on your point of view. McDanel says, “I think, like most things, people are passionate about life situations and things that happen.” […]

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    From pen to print: Shakespeare’s original collected works comes to OU

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA – They didn’t hurry into the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History to see dinosaur bones, not today. University of Oklahoma Drama professor Alissa Mortimer and Publications Specialist Elyssa Mann hurried past the huge bronze mastodon, turned on a shady corner, and found what they sought, a rare book. The first efforts at compiling the work of William Shakespeare. He was a prolific playwright and author. But when Shakespeare died in 1616 his plays consisted of scripts called […]

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    ‘Chemistry is Not a Problem.’ Elk City Twins Celebrate a Decade of Talk Radio

    ELK CITY, OKLAHOMA — Show prep for the Brewer boys doesn’t involve much more than a cup of hot coffee, the morning paper, and a dependable website. Five days a week, at 96.5 on the FM dial, Nathan and his twin brother Landry do an hour of straight talk on KECO and KOOL94 Elk City. “KECO is a Top 40 radio station,” says Nathan, “But we take an hour to talk.” Nathan in the radio man of the family. Landry is […]

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    For one Stroud craftsman, learning the family secret meant taking the stairs

    CHANDLER, OKLAHOMA — There’s a big company Christmas party coming to Bell Cow Lake. That’s why Shane Niccum came back here to check on one of his newest creations, with his own brand of Christmas music. “This is a baby of mine,” he says while testing the metal railings. “I gotta take care of it.” He can tell if a metal bannister post is loose by the sound it makes when he strikes it. “How often do you have to […]

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    Author’s new book argues a bloody era in U.S. history ended with a fight on an Oklahoma City street corner in 1904

    OKLAHOMA CITY – He spends part of one afternoon in a downtown completely changed from its raw boned Land Run roots. Joe Johnston looks for the intersection where a pivotal incident took place more than a century before, a fight between an Oklahoma City police officer and a well-known killer named Ed O’Kelley. “He got out of jail in 1904,” says Johnston. O’Kelley had grown up against the backdrop of the Civil War and the brutal Kansas Missouri border clashes […]

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    A love for dogs and baking produced a Norman business that’s a breed apart

      NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — The oven never gets cold in the Anderson home. From Halloween right up to Christmas Kaitlin and her mom Kerri bake cookies for their very appreciative clientele. Of their humble beginnings, Kaitlin recalls, “We started with two baking sheets. Now mom bakes more than 200 treats a day.” It’s been a couple of years now since Kaitlin got a wild hair and talked her mom into baking cookies professionally. “I graduated from college and decided I […]

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    OKC Train Show organizer shows us a layout that took more than 40 years to build

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — There are no human actors in this play, just O scale machines moving through the scenery of a West Virginia landscape. “The trains are the actors,” says Ed Birch Jr. “We’re the directors of the play.” The stage is an Oklahoma City one car garage that last saw a vehicle during the Nixon Administration. “We parked a car in there in 1972 and the that was the last time,” he chuckles. “Dad and I started building […]

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    Edmond restauratuer banks on fresh, from scratch for breakfast and lunch Retro Hash

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — You can look around Vetiana Phiasiripanyo’s Edmond kitchen. No microwave ovens here. He opens the Hash Retro Diner himself every morning no later than 4:00AM so he can make just about everything on the menu from scratch. “The pancake batter, the waffle batter, fries, country potatoes, hash browns,” he lists. The bacon here is hand cured. “With brown sugar and Himalayan pink salt,” says Vet.  “Then add maple syrup which we make in-house.” He makes the biscuits […]

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    The topic of commerce at Christmas makes for an interesting story at the Oklahoma History Center

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Trader and explorer Pierre Choteau would have been your man for ‘made in Oklahoma’ products for Christmas in the 1700’s. He traded with the Osage and Wichita Indian tribes. “Money makes things go doesn’t it,” prompts a visitor to a new exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center. “Yes it does,” replies historian and tour guide Larry O’Dell. Such is the start of an interesting exhibit on money and commerce through our history. Fred Severs and J.J. […]

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    The kid who loved Christmas grew up to create the ultimate North Pole Adventure

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It took John Conner five years of thinking and planning to build this place. He started construction in this former arcade at the old Crossroads Mall last February. This is the North Pole Adventure, a place where Christmas lives in all kinds of ways. “I’ve loved Christmas since I was a little, tiny guy,” he says. John is one of those people for whom Christmas has always been special. “I remember the day I ‘found out’,” […]