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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
  • This retired dentist spent years making his back yard into a show place. Then he gave it all away.

    GROVE, OKLAHOMA — The volunteers descended early on a Saturday mulching flower beds, weeding, raking, sprucing up Lendonwood Botanical Gardens as the first Azaleas were already opening up. “It’s looking good right now says Leonard Miller.” Of all the people donating time to this 8 acre plot, has put in the most hours by far. He remembers the brush and thorns that choked these paths in the early ’70’s. It took him five years to clear it. “I’ve always been […]

  • The ‘rock hoppers’ at Grand Lake have no use for the water unless you can drive through it.

    DISNEY, OKLAHOMA — As a kid, Russ Hogan used to run around this part of the Grand River wishing he had a car like this to carry him. “I dreamed of the day I could have me a machine that I could drive all over this place,” he says. He never could have imagined back then but he eventually dreamed up later in life. This five-mile stretch of Grand River below the Pensacola Dam is now an off-road playground for […]

  • This 42 year old Sooner fan with Down Syndrome got the biggest present of his life when the band came to play

    OKARCHE, OKLAHOMA — You don’t have to step very far into Kyle Winstead’s room at the Center of Family Love facility to see what he loves best. Anything with OU or Sooner on it is a favorite. Anything on his stereo that plays the Eagles is also a favorite. Oh yeah, and we caught him on his 42nd birthday. That meant cards, balloons, and presents. But there was one gift that came way after the chocolate cake and the party. […]

  • The ‘Jewel’ of the Muscogee Creek Nation returns to its framers

    OKMULGEE, OKLAHOMA — The hard hats were just for show. Members of the Muscogee Creek Nation put them on for pictures in front of their old capitol building, now set for a historic restoration just seven years after people like Interior Secretary Chris Azbell helped buy it back. “It’s a combined story of the Creek NationĀ and the city of Okmulgee,” he says. Right after the chaos of the Civil War, Creek Nation leaders reorganized and built a log capitol on […]

  • Her questions about an Oklahoma town’s history led to a new curriculum for school students

    HENRYETTA, OKLAHOMA — Kathryn Shurden’s grandfather filled her with tales of her own hometown of Wewoka. But here she was walking down Main Street Henryetta one day without even knowing about the abandoned coal mines beneath her feet. “There’s a catacomb of coal mines underneath the city of Henryetta,” she says. “I didn’t know we had coal here. Krebs or McAlester maybe.” With a background in both education and journalism, Kathy started asking questions about history all over town. Who […]

  • Oklahoma’s only LEGO builders club prepares for OKC’s first ever LEGO Convention

    YUKON, OKLAHOMA — One of the best things about LEGOS, other than all the different colors and shapes, is their simplicity of design. No matter when you bought them or where, or what set they came with, all the pieces fit together. Builder Brian Figgins says of his large projects, “Really they’re just a collection of smaller builds.” Figgins always liked that about his LEGO collection and still does. He played with them as a kid then caught back up […]

  • Long time windmill repairman now collects the ones no one wants any more.

    ERICK, OKLAHOMA — If you want to discuss windmills of any kind Curtis G. Austin is the man to see. “I didn’t know straight up from sideways on them when I started working on them,” he admits. He grew up with them. Over 86 years he’s worked on just about every brand of windmill ever made. He says, “It gets in your blood.” Curtis will still repair windmills is someone has one they want to keep. More often though, he […]

  • OKC man builds bird houses for more than just birds.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The first time Mike Blunk walked in his dad’s old shed he didn’t think he’d ever clear out all the junk. “I also inherited a lot of woodworking tools and saws,” he says. It too a while but he restored it to the workshop it was meant to be. Mike kept a lot of the scrap lumber and old tools intending to someday sit down and really build something. Well it finally took a really warm […]

  • Oklahoma Youth Expo competitors from northwest Oklahoma braved wildfires to get to OKC

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They were unpacking Thursday afternoon, getting stalls ready for show cattle that still hadn’t arrived at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds all the way from Laverne, Oklahoma. “The fire was coming in,” recalls Wyatt Jett of Laverne, Oklahoma. “It was all black.” It’s been a wild week for kids like Rayli and Kev Cunningham, Tayte Dome and Camdyn Kolbe. “I was at school,” says Rayli, “And my dad called and said you need to come home and […]

  • A sure sign of Spring in OKC: The Orr Farm opens for visitors

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Like a train slowly building up speed, that’s kind of what it’s like with the coming of Spring. And, literally, what it’s like at the Orr Family Farm days before the place opens to paying customers. General Manager Shannon Kemp has to make sure the mixers are working in the new cookie barn just built last Fall. “We’re pretty much there,” she says. “We just have to do some final touches and put a little edge […]

  • Good chemistry is important for good fudge and good business for this mom and daughter operation in Bethany

    BETHANY, OKLAHOMA — If cooking is chemistry then the best chemistry has to be candy. Annette Gunter is chief chemist in this very small candy making operation. For much of the past 4 years the alchemy of fudge has been her chief area of study, a huge departure from her past studies in law and teaching law at the university level. “I needed something that would give me some flexibility,” says Annette. Okay, so it was Annette’s mom Imalee Crow […]