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
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    Best of Great State: Would you live in this cabin? Would you build it for $7?

    ERICK, OKLAHOMA — The cabin sits in Sam Hagan’s old back yard, looking a lot more like the oldest structure in town instead of the newest. “It’s been quite a journey,” he says. “I get something in my mind and I got to do it.” It’s only been a couple of winters since he was down on his luck and cutting fire wood to make ends meet. “I was out of work and chose not to draw unemployment,” he says. […]

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    Best of Great State: The Simpson Brothers Old West museum in Enid

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — If you want a factual guide through the history of the Old West don’t ask Larry Simpson or his brother Rick, or Larry’s son Colton. They aren’t big on facts in the old Simpson Mercantile, but they are great on the story part. “It’s not a pretty sight but it’s something,” says Larry. “And there’s no extra charge for that.” Back in 2005 we visited just as the old store was fixing to close. Rick and Larry […]

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    Best of Great State: Rain, snow, or sunshine. This Ponca City couple keeps Kaw Lake trails open for horses

    KAW LAKE, OKLAHOMA — Prairie skies and lake views. When Rick Boyd and his wife Lori Young built a house overlooking Kaw Lake eight years ago their Rock-A-Bye Ranch became their dream home. “We have a big variety of landscape,” says Rick.” Their acreage became a place where they could spread out and ride horses right out the back door. “You betcha,” he echoes. There was a small problem though. The old horse trails that ran through the woods at […]

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    Our Favorite Place was an abandoned building in Eufaula 5 years ago. You should see it now.

    EUFAULA, OKLAHOMA — It might be the one place in Oklahoma where you can travel the state in just a few steps. “We have a little bit of everything,” says store proprietor Karen Weldin. Bedre Chocolates in Sulphur to Little River Pottery in Tecumseh is maybe ten feet. “Of course, I’m a little prejudiced,” says Weldin holding up a coffee mug. “They made a cup that features Our Favorite Place.” Rustic Cuff Jewelry in Tulsa all the way to Grandpa […]

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    Longtime owner of the old Campus Cleaners, and one of our favorite ‘Great State’ stories, passes

    He ran the Campus Cleaner store in Stillwater for decades. His kids worked there. Jimmy Reynolds grandkids worked there too. We shot a story there in 2005 just before he retired. We’re saddened to hear that Jimmy passed away recently. Watch this story and see if his words don’t stay with you.

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    ‘I liked it and got compliments on it,’ An Oklahoma man has something for the man who has everything

    MOORE, OKLAHOMA — Alone, in a corner of his garage, huddled against a space heater, Temieke Chatman dreams of warmer occasions, and of people who might want to wear a bow tie to their Christmas party. “Regular bow ties are average,” he says. “And I kind of model myself off being un-average.” The idea struck when leaves were still on the trees this year. Temieke always liked to look sharp. He had a good supply of scrap lumber. So he […]

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    ‘I Don’t Know’ is the answer to Oklahoma man’s quest for a living

    EUFAULA, OKLAHOMA — You might not know by looking but Danny Wilson is used to hotter temperatures than a restaurant kitchen or even his big smoker. Standing in front of a huge oven and rotating rack, Wilson says, “I’ve got ribs going, brisket and some slats.” Danny was a welder in the oil fields until his phone stopped ringing a few years back. “I had to find something to do to make a living,” he says. He’d always liked cooking […]

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    A small town Christmas celebration Woody Guthrie would have loved

      OKEMAH, OKLAHOMA — As the last light of a December afternoon fades in downtown Okemah, a few lights stay on in Woody Guthrie’s hometown. People gather on an empty lot, a few hundred maybe, but a pretty good cross-section of ‘Whoville’ or ‘Whereville’, Oklahoma. The mayor has the microphone warmed up. The peanut brittle is ready to sell. The kids from the Mennonite school up in Boley sing a few songs as townspeople arrive. Organizer Peggy Ann Combs has […]

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    The 40th Annual OKC Train Show features one man whose love for railroading came by way of a doctor’s prescription

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — There isn’t a person alive whose railroad track of life doesn’t include some curves and grades. “I grew up in a very poor area of New York,” says Mike Holtzeman. It’s hard to imagine but Mike might never have developed a love for trains. He might never have constructed this G-scale layout in his back yard if his father hadn’t been generous enough to trade locomotives as payment for drugs. “Dad worked in a pharmacy,” he […]

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    Oklahoma’s Native American tribes bless Red Earth trees with their own culture

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The idea may celebrate the birth of Christ, but with a Christmas tree individual families get to tell their own holiday story. “We like that,” says Red Earth Museum and Gallery manager Eric Oesch. “because everybody loves Christmas trees.” Oesch says it’s no different with each of Oklahoma’s 39 Indian tribes. 15 of them came forward this year with their own very different tribal trees. “The ornaments were hand-made to depict the specific culture of the […]

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    No Turkey for Thanksgiving? One Oklahoma farm says never again

    PONCA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The morning chores, even on a small farm like this, can take Tera Biaggi clear to lunch time on a busy day. There are chickens to feed and eggs to gather. Her goat just had two kids last night. The little ones are still finding their voices. Cats yes, dogs sure, and lots of horses. Tera has close to 60 on her place. She trains some and rescues others. Biaggi explains, “So diversification uses a farm’s […]