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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: New Metro Business has a Special Machine to Clean the Dirtiest Place in Your House

      PIEDMONT, OKLAHOMA — Kyle Cornman already had a business pressure washing and cleaning windows. Every once in a while one of his customers would ask him to clean out their trash cans too. He would do it, but that didn’t mean he had to like it. “You couldn’t clean the trash cans in people’s driveways because it would just make a mess,” he says. So he was bouncing around the bumpy, back roads of the internet one day and noticed […]

  • Great State: An Unsolved Murder on the Prairie is Now One Oklahoma Town’s Unique Celebration

      HENNESSEY, OKLAHOMA — Poor Pat Hennessey was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He was an Irishman and a freighter who was taking supplies down the Chisholm Trail from Wichita on the Fourth of July, 1874. On that afternoon he and his men met a brutal end, their mutilated, burned corpses only found hours later. “This is basically the study of the Buffalo War,” says librarian and historian Mary Haney, who often conducts tours of Hennessey’s history […]

  • Great State: Do You Know What It Is to be Caught In a Wewoka Switch?

    WEWOKA, OKLAHOMA — A picture of the Wewoka train depot now and a picture from 100 years ago look a lot alike except for the number of people. A museum image from the early 20th century shows a crowd on the platform watching Senator William Jennings Bryan deliver a speech from the back of a steam train. Wewoka was a pretty quiet place though, until wildcatters hit pay dirt on the Betsy Foster farm in 1923. “On St. Patrick’s Day,” […]

  • Great State: Wewoka Family Hopes to Build Something Good from Tragic Loss

      WEWOKA, OKLAHOMA — Friday, August 8th would have been the first day of 4th grade for Lane Azlin. His best friends were sitting in the back row of Alicia Bare’s class. His name wasn’t on the roll but you couldn’t miss him. One of the new class rules was his idea. Bare suggested Rule #5, “Be awesome. Lane would have like that one.” Alicia also places a blue ribbon above the classroom door to mark the place where he […]

  • Great State: Old Cowboys and Soon to be Old Cowboys Share Rodeo Tales in Waynoka

    WAYNOKA, OKLAHOMA — If you want to hear a good rodeo story you have to get up early or stay late, away from the noise and excitement. That’s where you’ll find people like Brian Dunn and Vernon Barnes trading on their experiences in the arena. Dunn says, “I love hearing the old stories and how things were and how things are, and comparing them.” Brian’s grandpa taught him everything he knew about the rodeo game. He’s been a bull fighter […]

  • Great State: 70 Years Working at the Stockyards and He’s Never Seen It Like This

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He doesn’t really need to visit the stockyards auction floor any longer. But Kenneth Madding can’t resist coming back to the auction block at the Oklahoma National Stockyards. Too many old friends are still here, and there’s too much excitement these days. “Pretty good price, eh John?” remarks Ken to an old friend during the weekly cattle auction. Ken is the oldest of the old-timers around here who’s imaginations can’t keep up with the spiraling beef […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma Made Movie Getting 1st DVD Release…In Japan

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The art for the DVD cover just came in. This is the first chance director Ryan Bellgardt and star John Ferguson have had to look it over. There are a couple of strange, new faces. Ryan points to an image of a man prominently featured on the cover. “This guy right here,” he says, “is not even in our movie and I have no idea who he is.” There are also some obvious changes in translation […]

  • Great State: Erick Photographer Builds $7 Cabin to House his Pictures

      ERICK, OKLAHOMA — The cabin sits in Sam Hagan’s old back yard, looking a lot more like the oldest structure in town instead of the newest. “It’s been quite a journey,” he says. “I get something in my mind and I got to do it.” It’s only been a couple of winters since he was down on his luck and cutting fire wood to make ends meet. “I was out of work and chose not to draw unemployment,” he […]

  • Great State: A Fellow Storyteller and Oklahoma Traveler Says Okies Have the Best Stories

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — We meet at The Diner on Main Street. It’s a common place for people to gather and talk. It’s also a place where Rustin Sparks trolls for stories. On this morning he works the room like a politician without an agenda or a salesman without anything to sell. He talks a little. He laughs a lot. But, for the most part, he listens. “It’s real easy to listen,” he says later. “You just don’t talk.” Sparks doesn’t […]

  • Great State: The 2 Legged Cat from Edmond Who Became an Internet Star

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — He walks like a duck, but has whiskers like a cat. Meet Mercury, an 11 month old kitten who gets by just fine on two legs, and who lives quietly ‘offline’ with Scott Bohn and his wife in Edmond. “It is a little funny,” says Scott, “Because we have people from all over the world telling s what a great cat he is, and , to us, he’s just Mercury.” When he was only 4 days old, […]

  • Great State: A 200 Mile Race and She’s the Only Oklahoma Athlete Invited

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — You might keep up for a little while, maybe a mile or two depending on how fit you think you are. But if you want to keep up with Gia Madole you’ll need to pick up the pace and the mileage. She runs 100 miles of wooded trails around the Oklahoma City metro ever week. “It’s another challenge,” she says. Another test to see how far you can go and what you can do with […]