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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: Father’s Legacy Passes Through One Wheat Harvest to Another

    HYDRO, OKLAHOMA — She was 10 when her father let her take the wheel of a wheat combine for the first time. “It’s one of my favorite places to be,” says Brittany Krehbiel. She had trouble making a straight cut at first but patient teachers helped her out. “I rode with my grandpa and my dad,” she recalls. “They let me slowly take over and I would cut something really crazy and they would come back and clean it up, […]

  • Great State: Producing Oil in Downtown OKC Since 1944

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Crush the seed, put steam to it, and make oil. Cottonseed oil. That’s the short version of a long story that sits on 25 acres of what is now prime real estate in Oklahoma City, and where Austin Rose now runs the Producers Co-perative Oil Mill. It’s been in business at this location since 1944. “There was nothing around,” says Rose of his plant’s origins. “When it was built it was probably on the outer edges […]

  • Great State: Rare Horses Find a New Home in the Oklahoma Hills

    BLANCHARD, OKLAHOMA — She’s a horse that’s crazy for peppermints and parades. As she fixes the rigging for Miss Daisy, Brenda Hearon says, “There’s lots of little parts and if you don’t get them just right you can’t steer.” Miss Daisy was also bred for pulling a cart or wagon all day long. It’s been more than a decade since Brenda saw her first Gypsy horse on television. It took a few years but it 2006 she and her husband […]

  • Great State: Code Talkers Nephew Opens Wartime Diary For the First Time

    LAWTON, OKLAHOMA — He sent the very first Allied messageĀ from Utah Beach on D-Day. The message was in a code based on the Comanche language. Larry Saupitty was his name. His cousin, Charles Chibitty, made the landing on D-Day too. The two cousins and fifteen other Comanche teenagers formed a key part of the 4th Infantry Signal Corps. They were recruited in the first months of WWII from the Fort Sill Indian School to come up with an un-breakable code […]

  • Great State: 65 Years of Channel 4 History Pass Through Jon Spence’s Living Room

    NICHOLS HILLS, OKLAHOMA — His living room has been made into a simple, television studio. On the morning we visit Jon Spence conducts another interview sitting on a comfortable couch. His subject is Weldon Watson, a WKY, Channel 4 reporter from 1974 to 1978 brought here to discuss his employ at Oklahoma’s first television station. “WKY-TV was my launching pad,” says Weldon to the camera. Watson wasn’t the only former WKY employee to come in that day. Ray Bennett, a […]

  • Great State: Huge Pre-War Car Stash Hidden Away for 70 Years Now Up for Auction

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — They line this overgrown yard on the southern end of town like a rusty mirage. The remote, fenced in lot is full of cars manufactures from the ’30’s through the ’40’s, junked, then locked in a funny kind of salvage yard time capsule opened recently by Stuart Piontek. Walking through a shed on the property he calls out some of the extensive inventory, “There’s grills. There’s fenders. So we just kind of guessed at what we thought […]

  • Great State: Ada Firefighter Dedicates ‘Ninja Warrior’ Try to Adoption Efforts

      ADA, OKLAHOMA — For nearly an hour a day, six days a week, Daniel Manuel climbs ropes in his barn. He practices his balance on a flat-bed trailer rail, and does more than a few of his special pull-ups. But when he saw his first American NInja Warrior TV show, he went bigger. “Since I’ve been pursuing American Ninja Warrior, I’ve really turned it up a notch,” he says. The Manuel family consists of Daniel, wife Janel, daughter Grace, […]

  • Great State: Wheat and Lavender are Ready for Harvest on Unique Apache Farm

    APACHE, OKLAHOMA — His footsteps are carefully numbered, even walking through his gardens and greenhouses. Jag Sodhi has written 8 text books on math and computers. He’s traveled the world, from New Delhi, India to Apache, Oklahoma, and all parts in between. So why does he feel like his life is just now beginning to bloom? The answer comes out in these purple buds. “The best part now is the smell,” he says of his many thriving Lavender plants. “That […]

  • Great State: OKC Daughter and Mom Find Art in Everyday Places

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — By themselves, a few strands of colorful, copper wire might spark the imagination of an electrician, but Andra Kissinger finds them useful in basket weaving. She says, “It’s about constantly pushing boundaries of different media and different ideas.” The weaving part is old Cherokee craft. The winding part puts her own theories about what makes art to the test. She continues, “I think that it’s important for people to realize that not all art is made […]

  • Great State: A WWII Combat Engineer Building One More Bridge to D-Day

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He was Billie Byers then, a farm kid from Blanchard drafted into the Army. He’s Bill Byers now, a retired builder with a truck load of memories from his experiences in World War II. “You’ve hardly changed,” jokes a visitor to his home next to the Surrey Hills Golf Course. “Really?” he smiles. “Here’s a picture,” says Byers selecting one from a pile on his kitchen table. Bill and his wife Louise have been married […]

  • Great State: After Dropping New I-Pad, Tulsa Inventor said Never Again

    TULSA, OKLAHOMA — Paul Wizikowski’s solution for a bad case of ‘coffee snobbery’ is to grind his own beans and to use a french press to make sure the right taste percolates through to the cup. “You’ve got to love coffee,” he says while making a small pot. “It’s your saving grace. It’s your manna from heaven.” Wizikowski is particular about his tech stuff too, especially new products. That’s why he bought an I-Pad as soon as they came out. […]