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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
  • A taste of the good life: An Edmond man comes up with a new way to take a shower

    EDMOND, Okla. — It was one of those experiences Garrett Mccurrach just couldn’t shake. He stayed in a luxury hotel and took a shower where two shower heads directed water both front and back. “Then I got home,” recalls Garrett, “And it felt like I was taking half of a shower.” So, he gets back to Oklahoma and he couldn’t leave the idea alone. “I ran to Home Depot,” he says. This former Oklahoma Christian University student went to the […]

  • The 1st Gin in a Generation: Cotton is King again in Caddo County

    CARNEGIE, OKLAHOMA — One of Jeannie Hileman’s problems this March, other than needing a louder voice on the gin floor, is that there is one of her to go around. “We’re on a much, much larger scale,” she says. As the manager of two cotton gins in Caddo County, including this one that just went online in February, she has her hands full of white fluff than can’t be processed fast enough. She takes a handful from a finished bale […]

  • Teaching the right steps: It took a husband and wife team to make OCU the top college in ‘showbiz’

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They don’t have a great deal of time. Rehearsals are tight for a reason. Students at the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment have a Broadway Revue this weekend, but, then again, that’s show business, and Jo Rowan ought to know. “It’s all about being able to say, ‘yes’ if somebody asks you, ‘can you do this’,” she says. Rowan is a presence at nearly every rehearsal as is her husband Dean John Bedford. […]

  • ‘We feel like urban hipsters’: Living in the old downtown OKC Library

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Earlier in their professional lives, Art and Sandy Cotton might have explored this part of the old downtown library looking for books on design and architecture instead of actually living here. “We really think we’re like urban hipsters,” chuckles Sandy. “We don’t know if we are or not.” Straight from the pages of a magazine and from the stacks of the old downtown Oklahoma City book lender, this space is truly high ‘Cotton’ now. Art and […]

  • A Painting Obsession: The ever changing art of Regina Murphy

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The idea of what heaven might look like is really a subjective notion, much like art itself Everyone has a different vision. But Regina Murphy’s heaven is going to need a lot of wet paint and blank canvasses. “I’m very prolific,” she says. “I paint fast. I always have, and I create a lot.” She never really painted at all until her daughter went to college to study art. They started painting together and then Regina […]

  • Oklahoma’s Only Submarine: The USS Batfish is still ‘living history’

    MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA — It’s not buried in the earth or hidden behind the cornerstone of an old building, but Brent Trout and Corrie Twillie insist this historic metal container is every bit like a huge time capsule. “Every day that I work, I come down here maybe 30 or 40 times,” says Trout who is Executive Director of the USS Batfish Museum. “It’s fascinating. There’s always something new to see.” The USS Batfish emerged from seven different combat patrols during […]

  • At this old barber shop in Moore, part of their ‘service’ included a picture on the wall and a thank you.

    A viewer called in with a question about a story we first aired back in 2010. ┬áThe question had to do with an old barbershop that displayed pictures of customers who’d served in the military. Those pictures grew to include relatives pictures as well. We’re sad to say The Barbershop closed a few years back. The building houses an electrician business now. The last time anyone heard about all the pictures from the memorial wall they were headed to a […]

  • An unlikely tourist attraction in Nowata: The bowling ball art of Chris Barbee

    NOWATA, Okla. — You never know when inspiration might strike. It could have happened to Chris Barbee while walking down his lane to fetch the mail. He doesn’t remember the exact moment, just the approximate time in 2006 when he decided to fix up the front fence with something a little different. “I started putting balls up,” he states. Barbee never was much of a bowler but his wife had some bowling balls and she’d just passed away, so he […]

  • Saving a Species: The Sutton Avian Center is trying to bring the Atwater Prairie Chicken back from the brink.

    BARTLESVILLE, OKLAHOMA — They are just beginning the behaviors that mark these birds as unique, and that also marks a busy season on this branch of the Sutton Avian Research facility. “They’re just starting to get those hormones in,” says prairie chicken researcher Bonnie Gibson. “Did you hear that boom,” she asks a visitor of their mating call? “It’s getting close to that time when we’ll need to start separating out the males.” Gibson spent the last two years helping […]

  • No winter Olympics but Oklahoma DID have its own ski area for a very short time.

    KELLYVILLE, OKLAHOMA — We’re going back almost 50 years now, but Dwight Davidson can still make out the broad outlines of the only ski area that ever got up and running in Oklahoma. Davidson points and says, “Between here and Heyburn road, this had been leveled out for parking.” Nestled in a little valley off Route 66 north of Kellyville, a man named Willis rented some pasture from the Goodman family, cleared it off, and brought in some snowmaking equipment. […]

  • Dipping all kinds of things in chocolate keeps this Guthrie shop going.

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — Regulars and last-minute shoppers came through Rick’s in waves on Valentine’s Day morning. The regulars woke up with their usual brew. The late comers came to find something sweet from Stacy Staton’s big list of items she dips in chocolate. “It’s definitely a really good feeling to be able to provide something that people are just going to love,” she says. Rick’s Fine Chocolates and Coffees occupies a building that dates back to the 1890’s when a […]