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 Bridges of Hydro: The oldest, the present day, and the future are all on display

    HYDRO, OKLAHOMA — If there is such a thing as retirement for a bridge this would be it. The old steel truss that once served as the main entrance to Hydro spans and un-named creek at the city park and crosses a period of town history. “It was the original bridge that connected Hydro to Route 66,” says longtime resident Jim Mogg. Mogg was just a kid when the town’s main link to the outside world was Route 66 and […]

  • Sauce and City Politics blend together perfectly for the mayor of this Panhandle town

    GUYMON, Okla. — Heart and stomach are close together for a reason. Drop some fried chicken or french fries in oil and you’ll be popular by lunchtime. “I enjoy what I do,” says barbecue master Kim Peterson. Put some ribs in a smoker for a few hours and Kim figured out, more than 20 years ago, that he had lots of good friends. “It’s like anything,” he continues. “It can be as enjoyable or as un-enjoyable as you make it.” […]

  • Barbara Palmer, The Lady Mule Skinner, one of our favorite Great State stories from 2011 takes her last ride.

    The family of Barbara Palmer shared the sad news of her passing over the weekend. We took a ride with Palmer and her team of mules in the country side near Wynnewood in November of 2011. Take a look at this story and tell me if it wasn’t a memorable ride for you too.  

  • Witnesses to Moments in History: OKC gathers in the shade of the Survivor Tree to see the eclipse

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA –In a place created for moments families, office workers on lunch break, and Oklahoma Memorial workers themselves gathered in the shade of the survivor tree to mark the happiest possible dark time. Some of the gathering came with their own shadow boxes. Park interpreters provided some. As the moon slowly advanced on the sunlight staff handed out every pair of protective glasses they had. In the end this eclipse was a shared vision. If you didn’t have […]

  • The people who inhabited the Spiro Mounds 1,000 years ago would have been terrified of an eclipse

    SPIRO, OKLAHOMA — Taking a pleasant afternoon walk on a rare, cool August afternoon east of Spiro most people need a sign post to identify the small mounds of earth that circle this big one. Or they need a knowledgeable guide like Dennis Peterson, who runs the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. “This is the Brown Mound or main temple mound,” he points out. “Political systems are really about control, not reality,” he explains further. From 700AD to around 1500AD this […]

  • Oklahoma’s Leaning Tower: The old Adams grain elevator is in a gravity defying, slow-motion fall

    ADAMS, OKLAHOMA — Just as the tall grass bends to a southerly wind, so too does anything left on its own for very long in the Oklahoma Panhandle. That truth brings us to the town of Adams and an old grain elevator in a slow motion fall to the flat prairie. Coffee and cold Cokes are still on special at Gilbert Mires’s hardware and implement store in Adams. “It’s about the same age as I am,” he smiles. Gilbert still […]

  • This Ponca City baseball fan will chase anything foul, fair or found

    PONCA CITY, Okla. – Some people might like to read about baseball history. Steve Wyatt likes to catch it on the fly. “It’s an unbelievable rush to see a baseball and think, hey, it’s coming out here, maybe I’m going to catch it,” he said. Ever since he was a kid, those occasional balls hit foul or hit for a home run have captured his imagination. He always brought his mitt to games but, in 2001, he started counting and […]

  • How to help Oklahoma’s rural poor fastest? Sit them in a dentist chair

    WATONGA, Okla. – A matter of weeks since her last chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer, and without a car, Donna Marshall still hurried to make this appointment Wednesday morning in Watonga. “Yes I did. I walked it,” she says. “It was important to me.” John Hernandez, a cancer patient himself, lost his wife to a sudden heart attack less than two weeks ago but other than his morning coffee, he wasn’t about to wait on the same type of appointment […]

  • He was looking for an ending to his book. Nick Felix found it in the daughter he never knew

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The only kids Nick Felix has at home these days are his two dogs, and they’re both teenagers. “They’re human disposal units,” he jokes. Both of them eat their vegetables as long as they’re green peppers. The rest of the time, they relax comfortably with him in retirement. “They’re getting old just like me,” he said. But, family means a lot to Nick, the youngest of 10 children, raised by a purchase bride straight off the boat […]

  • The Art of Resonation: Welder Rustin Sparks makes bells from scrap metal

    NORMAN, Okla. – No longer good for its original purpose, most people throw away the rings and rods, odds and ends to melt them down, to start over. “It’s not an easy process,” welder/artist Rustin Sparks said. Sparks does apply some heat to his scrap, but he saves the shapes of metal, especially the old gas canisters. “There’s not a whole lot that’s cosmetic about them,” he said. Believe it or not, Sparks is kind of new to welding. He […]

  • Bad Axe Throwing: An actual party venue in OKC where you really can throw an ax

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Opening a venue for birthday parties, corporate events, or group outings means taking care of lots of little details like wiping tables, making sure the sign guy comes on time, drawing targets, and making sure your ax blades are sharp? Amanda Falikowski has been busy over the past several weeks setting up Oklahoma City’s very first ax throwing location. “I’ve been doing this job for about 2 and a half years,” she says. To relieve a […]