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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.

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    She’s not teaching English this year but Nicole Waggoner did write a book

      NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — The baristas at this Starbucks in Norman know her as ‘green tea no ice’. Nicole Waggoner is a regular here, snatching a little hydration and quiet time when she can, and always writing. “In the wee hours of the morning, late at night, during any free hours that I had,” she says. This is a different August for Waggoner though, who’s been an English teacher for the past 10 years in Texas, mostly to 8th graders. […]

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    This OKC engineer experiments with the kind of peppers only he can eat

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He plays with fire every time he steps out the back door. Ilesh Patel is from the Indian state of Gujarat which grows some of the hottest spices in the world, including the Ghost Pepper. Patel knows how to coax even more heat from his tiny farm, basically starving his produce just before picking. “If you starve them 3 to 4 days for water you’ll get the hottest variety of the crop,” he says. Patel also […]

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    Luther’s newest business draws on local talent and food for a successful recipe

    LUTHER, OKLAHOMA — The peaches come from Porter, the tomatoes from a local patch, the blueberries from Coyle, the cookies from right here in Luther along with the beef for the meatball sandwiches. At The 116 Farmstead Market and Table it might have been easier to locate out closer to Route 66 traffic or to sign on with a big food supplier. But Matthew Winton had other ideas for this place and they didn’t come from a spreadsheet. Surprise. He […]

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    Shamburg’s Sporting Goods in February of 1998

    If it survives the test of time, sooner or later, every picture becomes an artifact. Video is even better because it captures more of the life and spirit of a place and who was there at the time. Shamburg’s Sporting Goods closed years ago. Another business is moving into the old building. Several people have called or emailed expressing interest in the original story. Here it is.

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    A new business in an old Clinton building but the sign stays

    CLINTON, OKLAHOMA — ‘If you take a picture it’ll last longer.’ Mathew Blakeburn always liked that little turn of phrase growing up in Clinton, going away to school to study photography, and then coming back this year to open his own business. Blakeburn says, “I never, ever thought that I would come back to my own hometown and open up my own photography studio.” Bur for all the pictures he’s already taken here it’s hard to picture what this old […]

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    Her Arabian was a Christmas wish come true

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — She makes her home outside St. Louis, Missouri, but during the summer months Kari Lewis brings her house and barn with her on trips. Kari walks to a horse stall in one of the big barns at the State Fair complex. “Is he expecting you,” asks a visitor about the horse she’s retrieving? “Yeah,” smiles Kari. She’s not alone either. The stalls at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds are full of fancy homes away from home for […]

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    Yoga on a hot rooftop in downtown OKC? Sure, for a good cause.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — When the mercury climbs past a certain point you don’t really care about degrees. The flowers wilt. Reflections, especially in a city environment, seem to magnify the heat, even a hint of breeze feels heaven-sent. Then there are these people. Most of them are students at a place called Hidden Dragon Yoga in Oklahoma City. Most of them, including teachers Deirae Penton and Ciera Lilly are practitioners of something called Hot, or Bikram Yoga. “You want […]

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    Best of Great State: The Fast Rapper from 2000

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — You can search through his extensive tape archives, or you can listen to him live. Or you can just try to listen. “If you don’t think about it,” says fast rapper Jason Heath, “it comes out quick.” After many years and many hours Heath and his mouth have come up with a wide range of abilities, abilities most people wouldn’t even think to attempt. He demonstrates, “So I’m saying, ‘look at L.C. kickin’ the beat.’ […]

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    Best of Great State: The World’s Luckiest Pilot

    It’s not until he watches an old movie or reads someone else’s stories of combat that Fred Seals pauses to consider what might have happened to him over the course of piloting 25 bombing missions over Europe in World War II. “The mortality rate was 75 percent,” says Seals. He might also recall a winter day in 1952 when he proved himself to be one of the luckiest men in the history of aviation. “I don’t know if you can […]

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    Angels for Animals: OSU vet hospital provides free care during natural disasters

    STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA — She and her foal are the last patients left. Her name is Babe. Doctors and staff at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences call this rambunctious colt ‘Creature’. Dr. Dan Burba says, “Babe came to us in early May.” They were both victims of this tornadic storm near Sulphur, caught in the open with no protection. Dr. Burba says, of the 7 or 8 horses that came to this hospital, Babe was hurt the worst. “She […]

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    Lake levels at Altus-Lugert serve as emotional barometer to all of Southwest Oklahoma

    ALTUS, OKLAHOMA — Tom Buchanan might be as close to water as a man can be without getting soaked. He is the manager of Oklahoma’s only irrigation district. “This is actually where the big irrigation districts the Bureau of Reclamation built to water the West starts,” says Buchanan. “We’re the furthest east.” Sometime within the next few days this big ditch and 270 miles of smaller ditches will be full of water, delivering it to nearly 50,000 acres of thirsty […]