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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
  • No U.S. Cavalry horses at Fort Reno any more but plenty of ghost stories

    FORT RENO, OKLAHOMA — They had the place to themselves for a long time. Since the Army didn’t use horses or mules any longer, spirits roaming the old barracks and officers’ quarters at Fort Reno had few witnesses to their alleged activities. But from Wendy Ogden’s very first day of work at these renovated officers’ quarters a few years back, she heard the stories of another woman who walked these halls before the house was even open. Wendy states contractors, […]

  • The Muskogee Castle: ‘Your Gateway to Another World’

    MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA — This building doesn’t look much like the old Muskogee Elks Lodge, but Matt Hiller insists it’s in here somewhere. “That’s one great thing about working in a castle,” he smiles. Maybe it’s somewhere in this maze or beneath this table set for a spooky Halloween feast. “The cook in here is always looking for extra parts to put in the stew,” jokes Matt. It’s been a couple of decades since the Hillers moved their fireworks superstore to […]

  • This bookstore in Lexington, Oklahoma traffics in strange tales

    LEXINGTON, Okla. – You can start some pretty good conversations over a cup of hot coffee, but you can’t blame mere caffeine for the wide-ranging subjects you might encounter inside Glen McDonald’s bookstore on Main Street Lexington. “I’ve always been interested in anything unusual,” he said. Glen is a retired state worker and acknowledged book nerd who saw a good deal in the building and opened Anomalist Books and Brews. His interest in exceptional events shows itself in the number […]

  • Oklahoma’s largest auto swap meet: Bringing projects and rare parts together since 1973

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — This yard is for cars and parts, and the people who bring them together, rust and chrome, grease and gray hair too. Bud Andrus has been to ever one of the Chickasha Antique Auto Club Swap Meets. “Since 1973,” he says. Back then the display tables groaned with Model T and Model A parts. As the years past so did the early models. It’s not so much pre-war and pre-Gen X now. “What have you seen that […]

  • The siren call of autumn: The bugling elk of the Wichita Mountains

    WICHITA MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE REFUGE, Okla. – It may be Oklahoma’s last, true call of the wild. In September and early October, the bull elk of the Wichitas issue bold challenges and lonely calls across rocks and grassy meadows of the Refuge. “You’re scaring one animal off like the bulls, and you’re attracting the females in to breed,” said Refuge biologist Walt Munsterman. Munsterman and biologist tech Steve Hodge went with us to monitor the herd. This time of year, they […]

  • A Vietnam era chopper pilot lands a big addition to the Oklahoma History Center

    OKEENE, Okla. — Of the more than 10,000 Bell UH-1 helicopters that served during the Vietnam War, this one is actually built from parts of several. It hangs, now, 15 feet off the floor of the Oklahoma History Center, angling forward, and ‘riding slick’ which means there are no guns attached. The pilot’s name on the side has some significance here. Bob Ford spent a year of his life flying them close to the DMZ in Vietnam. “I don’t know […]

  • Adding the Numbers: Retired Shawnee accountant counts up 100 years and many adventures

    OKLAHOMA CITY – He collects numbers and memories together. Cecil Nelon organizes them in a daily ledger that stretches back decades. “I keep track of all the things I do every day,” he said. Among the numbers: one hour. That’s how early he used to wake up before his family and schoolmates just to run outside. “Just excess energy,” he said. “I just liked to run.” This is the kid who liked going to the grocery store for very different […]

  • Love for Baseball Hall of Famer and Binger, Oklahoma come together in one museum

    BINGER, OKLAHOMA — Christmas came early in Binger this year. Bobby Bench just kept coming in with box after box of pictures, bags full of bats, even stuff from loyal fans of his dad Johnny Bench, arguably the best catcher to ever play baseball. “A lot of this stuff he forgot he even had,” says Bobby. But the crown jewels of what Bobby brought are the result of two years of calls and long drives. Johnny though it might be […]

  • One of Fort Reno’s most historic structures has new life for horses and Cavalry.

    EL RENO, OKLAHOMA — The most popular feature of this newly restored horse and mule barn at Fort Reno on Tuesday morning had to be the roof. “Yeah,” agrees U.S. Cavalry Association Director Bill Tempero As animals and people crowded in to stay dry a U.S. Cavalry regiment presented colors and played Reveille. Old Barn No. 3 was as full as it’s ever been to celebrate a unique restoration by Tempero’s organization. “Today made it all worthwhile,” he smiles. “It […]

  • Natural Harmony: Twin sisters Velma and Thelma still get together to sing at age 90

    YUKON, Okla. – They’re both way past wondering what might have been. Thelma Brauser and her big sister by one minute, Velma Reed, don’t long for fame – but they still sing. They still get together once a week at Velma’s place in Yukon to sing their favorites and answer funny questions from local TV reporters. “Did you both grow up singing?” he asks. “I think so,” Thelma replies. “As long as you can remember?” “Uh huh.” But, going back […]

  • Two Iraq War vets want to help others like them heal with a unique challenge

    DAVIS, OKLAHOMA — A little fresh air, and a mission: Justin Sims and Brandon Meador have both lately at the Cross Bar Ranch just west of Davis. There is lumber to move, an obstacle course to set up. “It’s rough terrain,” says Sims. It’s a 22 mile course actually, through this 6,500 acre tract of the Arbuckle Mountains, the perfect spot, they say, to walk, think, and heal. Meador says, “being out here in nature and helping other veterans has […]