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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.


Recent Articles
  • Great State: He Went to LA to Seek Fame. He Came Back to OK to Make a Movie

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — The stage production of ‘Spamalot’ at the Gaslight Theater took a weekday off not long ago. But the theater was full of actors anyway. Tryouts had the little stage occupied thanks to actor and, now, movie producer Jeremy Lynn. “A casting director has a look in his head,” says Lynn as a long line of actors read for different parts. Jeremy grew up in Enid then left to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles. Out of […]

  • Great State: ‘I Am Going to Make It’, Said MS Survivor Who Hiked the Grand Canyon on Crutches

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Micheal Dye’s marks his walking pace with¬†two worn, metal crutches scratching on asphalt, step by painful step. It’s been 30 years since doctors diagnosed him with Multiple Sclerosis. He spent most of the past 8 years in a wheel chair. He doesn’t look like he could make the mile oval on pavement around Oklahoma City’s Bluff Creek Park, but he’s already proven he could do much, much more. “It’s not so much looking at it like […]

  • Oldest School Building in Blanchard Is Now a Museum Dedicated to 100 Classes

    BLANCHARD, Okla. — It is the oldest building on the Blanchard school campus and, fittingly, it’s ‘chalk’ full of history. “It’s the spirit of the entire town,” says current curator Diana Brooks Bewley. Bewley is now chief curator of a high school alumni museum and of 100 terms that date back to 1915, the year of the first graduating class. Bewley, herself, graduated in 1974. “A lot of memories,” she smiles. “And a lot of memories that I would not […]

  • Great State: A Small Town Fair Tradition Still Going Strong

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, OKLAHOMA — For a free ride and a sky full of possibilities the good people of Mt. View and nearby Gotebo, Oklahoma gathered on a Wednesday night in anticipation of the year’s biggest celebration. Burgers sizzled on the grill. Dignitaries read a proclamation sent all the way from the state capitol. And, for the first time in several years, square dancers ‘reeled’ in Pretty Woman. Organizers of the annual Mt. View Free Fair don’t usually start up on […]

  • Great State: Decorated Barbecue Team Opens a Winning Stand in Wellston

    WELLSTON, OKLAHOMA — 11 o’clock on a Friday morning and the kind of dinner bell only hungry barbecue lovers can hear is ringing loudly. “This is the kitchen,” declares pit master Levi Bouska. “This is the coup de gras. This is where everything happens.” He’s has been here most of the night before. His converted rail car smoker has been on low heat cooking brisket for close to 15 hours. The oven also holds ribs, sausage, pulled pork, and even […]

  • ‘The only reason I haven’t been fired is I work for myself,’ Now after 55 years an Oklahoma man calls it quits

    NOBLE, OKLAHOMA — Garland Gaston has been cutting hair for so long, cracking jokes, and giggling through his day, people have forgotten how he came to this town. But follow a spinning barber pole back nearly sixty years to the day his brother picked him up in his home town of Vici. Gaston recalls, “He was going to take me to Okmulgee for trade school.” The car ride proved too long. Garland told his brother to stop in Oklahoma City […]

  • Great State: Going Into the Family Business of Making Boots and Shoes

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — Paige Sorrell’s first memories include leather scraps and wooden forms. She grew up in her mother Lisa Sorrell’s Guthrie boot shop. Liking shoes was practically sewn into her DNA. “I love shoes,” she smiles. “I’m a girl. I wear shoes all the time. Even before I made shoes I had 20 or 30 pair.” She made her first pair at the age of 12, learning early that shoe paste smells better than it tastes. “I think that’s […]

  • The Cavalry Rides Again at Old Fort Reno

    FORT RENO, OKLAHOMA — From its beginnings as a military outpost in 1874 all the way to the early 1950’s the sight of horse and cavalry would have been common at Fort Reno. Soldiers stood guard mounted, boots and sabers polished, the old officers’ quarters looking sharp with a fresh coat of paint. “This building is the oldest at Fort Reno,” says Bill Tempero. “It was built in 1876.” Six months ago that same officers’ quarters was in rough shape. […]

  • Great State: Local Art Project Includes Artists Drawing on Each Other’s Work

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Good art is supposed to generate a feeling or start a conversation. Inside the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery in Oklahoma City this art is supposed to inspire other artists to add their own. It’s an exercise called ‘The Elaborate Collaborate’. The project started as a conversation between curators Kelsey Karper and Romy Owens who thought it might be interesting for a whole group of local artists to start drawing and then have many others finish […]

  • Great State: Last Poster Child, First TV Newswoman, Pam Henry Now Tells Her Own Story

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Pam Henry is the first to admit spending far too much time parked in front of her computer. “Are you a big facebooker?” asks a visitor to her small apartment. “Huge,” she smiles. But forgive this longtime journalist her wide variety of interests and a universe of friends and contacts piled up over what’s been a fascinating life so far. “I think my life has been grand,” she says, “But I don’t think I’m grand.” Little […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma Artist Cuts Art Into Black Diamonds…and Other Fruit Too

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Fridoon “Frank” Kalabi prefers Black Diamonds straight from Rush Springs, big ones that don’t roll around. With a gem cutter’s eye he chooses where he’ll go. Then he sets to work. “People always think I’m going to carve them a basket,” says Kalabi as he begins to scratch away the green rind of a ripe melon. “They don’t know exactly what I’m doing.” Frank carved his first watermelon more than thirty years ago. An immigrant from […]