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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.


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    To these campers a big bass is something you play not catch

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — They are the giants of the orchestra, the tall, fat guy with the deep voice stuck in the back. String Bass is not a glamor instrument. they don’t get much of a turn at the melody. Solos are few and far between says Dr. Anthony Stoops, Bass professor at the University of Oklahoma. “Although the secret is that we lead without anyone really knowing it,” he smiles. But once a year kids who play the bass come […]

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    30th Annual Red Earth Honored One Takes Native American Art in Many Different Directions

    BETHANY, OKLAHOMA — His studio, his lab. Jim Van Deman’s work and experiments both pile up around him. Growing up in Anadarko, Oklahoma he went to his first pow wow in diapers. “I’m a huge fan of Native American music,” he says. “The pow wow music and the flute music.” Jim learned classical art and drawing, learned that some Indian bead colors perfectly match certain tubes of paint, but also that the homage to his heroes was only a starting […]

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    Dead Center Film Selection Made by Students from Autism Oklahoma

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    He might be legally blind and on oxygen but nothing keeps Ninnekah’s Popsicle Man from his daily rounds

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    A hippie without the hair: Paseo artist Colin Rosebrook used to drive through the arts district to look at them. Then he joined them.

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    Demanding Murray State College program teaches the art of gunsmithing

    TISHOMINGO, OKLAHOMA — Finals week doesn’t look like this at very many Oklahoma colleges. Students like Matt Hayworth spend a lot more time at the machine lathe than hitting the books when they go to gunsmithing school. “The work you do looks quite exacting,” remarks a visitor. “Yeah,” replies Hayworth. “Within a few 1/1000ths of an inch really.” From chambering the barrel of an AR-15 to installing choke tubes on a shotgun, gunsmithing professor Robert Webb oversees the 30 students admitted […]

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    A forgotten crossroads of the Old West: These two markers and some wagon ruts are all that’s left

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