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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: A Single Mom in Crisis Keeps Her Promise to Other Single Moms

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The crisis is passed, the need not so desperate. Suzanna Moreno can browse through the clothing racks and the Bethel Foundation without thinking about the other more pressing needs she faced as a single mother who’s husband had abandoned her with two small children. “It’s the worst feeling in the world actually,” she recalls, “not being able to have the person who helped create the kids be with you to help take care of them.” Moreno showed […]

  • Great State: Cowgirl Near Sayre Hoping Pet Cow Can See for the First Time

      SAYRE, OKLAHOMA — It’s an environment that punishes waste and sentimentality. But on a foreclosed ranch in far western Oklahoma, Stephanie O’Neail still buys feed, pays vet bills, and houses a blind cow named Boomer and a seeing eye steer who ought to be named Sooner. Instead she named him Casper. The old Flying W Guest Ranch was closed when Stephanie’s family took over operations. The place hadn’t seen much activity for 5 years. The O’Neails cleared things off, […]

  • Great State: Missing WKY Pioneer Found in Wyoming Attic

    Nichols Hills, Oklahoma — You’re in a living room turned studio and part of a conversation that turns on early Oklahoma City television. Present in the circle are WKY-TV’s first staff photographer Johnny Shannon, one of the first reporters and producers Gene Allen, longtime production hand Jon Spence, and a silent partner named Gizmo Goodkin. “Me, they’d leave in the box,” jokes Spence, who hosts this group. “Gizmo made it out.” Back in June, 1949, Channel 4 had just begun […]

  • Great State: Pony Engines Still Buck in Pawnee

    PAWNEE, OKLAHOMA — If you were a farm wife in the early part of the 20th Century, you could dream of a gas-powered Maytag washing machine. Bob Lynch’s mom did. “You started it by stepping on it with your foot, just like a motorcycle,” Lynch demonstrates. “This was the Cadillac and she was the envy of the whole neighborhood.” This one washed clothes, made ice cream, and sausage too, but only if you poured gas in the tank. Bob picks […]

  • Great State: Longtime OKC Bookstore Suddenly Gone and Suddenly Back

    MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA — For years he was the ‘go to’ guy if you wanted to find old books on topics that touched on Oklahoma history. Pointing to one side of his Abalache Books, Jim Edwards says, “this whole side is the Old West.” He still knows every title, and most of the authors. “I made it a point to get to know these people just because I wanted to meet them,” says Edwards. Jim even published his own book series […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma Inventor Perfecting a New Way to Carry Things

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Most people don’t take much more than a bottle of water on a walk through Martin Nature Park in northwest Oklahoma City. KaelanDeese and BrianicaSteenbock are different though. A fellow walker jokes that they should be dropping bread crumbs to find their way. “Like Hansel and Gretel,” laughs Kaelan? All fairytale jokes aside, they’re both testing a new kind of backpack. “They haven’t changed since the Stone Age,” says inventor Bill Ridley. Ridley went to college […]

  • Great State: One Family’s ‘Run to Remember’ for 2014 is Especially Memorable

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They train at Lake Overholser. John Nelson and his daughter Nicole will run the half-marathon at the 2014 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Like any other long distance runners, they put one foot in front of the other, through cold or heat, and through pain. John speaks of another athlete in the Nelson family, “I can’t remember a time when he did not enjoy this run.” They raced together many times before. Fellow runners and race spectators […]

  • Great State: Forgotten Treasures Caught in Minco Museum’s Net

    MINCO-OKLAHOMA — If, by chance, you remember a wheelchair that belonged to store owner J.B. Branham, if you heard stories about the tornado that hit Sell Reynolds farm back in April of 1927, then, chances are you’re from Minco or you know someone like Virginia Hayes. “So much connected,” remarks a visitor to the Minco Historical Society Museum. “Yes,” replies Virginia, who is one of the museum’s founders and curators. “There’s a lot of connections here at Minco.” “My grandchildren […]

  • Great State: Longtime Concert Pianist Still Plays Through Failing Sense of Sight

    NICHOLS HILLS, OKLAHOMA — Virginia Campbell was 4 years old when her mother took her to a family gathering to show her off. She doesn’t remember when she first learned to play the piano. She just always has. Whatever the song, whatever the place, Virginia was happy as long as there was a piano close by. “Right. Always,” she gushes. “Let’s make some music and let’s hear some music, and let me play it for you.” Her actual performing career […]

  • Great State: From Geary to OKC Opens New World to Young Artists

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Scratching the surface. That’s the first step in etching, and teaching. A year ago Geary High School art teacher Rachel Adam’s students thought of her class in terms of adding layers like paint to a surface. Rachel brought her juniors and seniors to Artspace at Untitled in Oklahoma City to help them find a deeper understanding of what art can be. “There’s artistic way to learn new techniques and also culturally,” says Adams. Gallery owner Laura […]

  • Great State: The Duke’s Grandaughter and Joel McRea’s Grandson Glad to Share Memories at Cowboy Museum

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He called her ‘Sweetheart’ or ‘Honey’. She called him ‘Grandaddy’. If Anita La Cava Swift is dancing through this section of the Western Performers Hall at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum it’s because that’s what she used to do through John Wayne’s office or on his movie sets. Speaking of herself and the Duke’s 26 other grandchildren, Anita says, “We got to do a lot of things that not a lot of people did. […]