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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
  • Oklahoma’s Leaning Tower: The old Adams grain elevator is in a gravity defying, slow-motion fall

    ADAMS, OKLAHOMA — Just as the tall grass bends to a southerly wind, so too does anything left on its own for very long in the Oklahoma Panhandle. That truth brings us to the town of Adams and an old grain elevator in a slow motion fall to the flat prairie. Coffee and cold Cokes are still on special at Gilbert Mires’s hardware and implement store in Adams. “It’s about the same age as I am,” he smiles. Gilbert still […]

  • This Ponca City baseball fan will chase anything foul, fair or found

    PONCA CITY, Okla. – Some people might like to read about baseball history. Steve Wyatt likes to catch it on the fly. “It’s an unbelievable rush to see a baseball and think, hey, it’s coming out here, maybe I’m going to catch it,” he said. Ever since he was a kid, those occasional balls hit foul or hit for a home run have captured his imagination. He always brought his mitt to games but, in 2001, he started counting and […]

  • How to help Oklahoma’s rural poor fastest? Sit them in a dentist chair

    WATONGA, Okla. – A matter of weeks since her last chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer, and without a car, Donna Marshall still hurried to make this appointment Wednesday morning in Watonga. “Yes I did. I walked it,” she says. “It was important to me.” John Hernandez, a cancer patient himself, lost his wife to a sudden heart attack less than two weeks ago but other than his morning coffee, he wasn’t about to wait on the same type of appointment […]

  • He was looking for an ending to his book. Nick Felix found it in the daughter he never knew

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The only kids Nick Felix has at home these days are his two dogs, and they’re both teenagers. “They’re human disposal units,” he jokes. Both of them eat their vegetables as long as they’re green peppers. The rest of the time, they relax comfortably with him in retirement. “They’re getting old just like me,” he said. But, family means a lot to Nick, the youngest of 10 children, raised by a purchase bride straight off the boat […]

  • The Art of Resonation: Welder Rustin Sparks makes bells from scrap metal

    NORMAN, Okla. – No longer good for its original purpose, most people throw away the rings and rods, odds and ends to melt them down, to start over. “It’s not an easy process,” welder/artist Rustin Sparks said. Sparks does apply some heat to his scrap, but he saves the shapes of metal, especially the old gas canisters. “There’s not a whole lot that’s cosmetic about them,” he said. Believe it or not, Sparks is kind of new to welding. He […]

  • Bad Axe Throwing: An actual party venue in OKC where you really can throw an ax

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Opening a venue for birthday parties, corporate events, or group outings means taking care of lots of little details like wiping tables, making sure the sign guy comes on time, drawing targets, and making sure your ax blades are sharp? Amanda Falikowski has been busy over the past several weeks setting up Oklahoma City’s very first ax throwing location. “I’ve been doing this job for about 2 and a half years,” she says. To relieve a […]

  • Bringing back the State Capital: Guthrians gather to save one of the historic district’s most recognizable buildings

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — Dust and dried ink, squeaky doors and long silenced machines. To walk through the old State Capital Publishing Building is to walk through the history of the printed word in the 20th Century. Lynn Bilodeau lives next door now. He and his wife came to Guthrie too late to see it as the printing plant it once was, or the printing museum that closed here in 2012 when the gas boiler finally gave up the ghost. “Even […]

  • From stolen fireworks to free lawn care. The Grace family of Blackwell ‘zero turns’ from bad to good.

    BLACKWELL, OKLAHOMA — He still thinks about it. When 10-year-old Ethan Grace gets to a straight stretch with his riding mower the memory surfaces of the time when he sank so much of his hard-earned money into buying fireworks for the 4th of July. Ethan adds, “I needed money for fireworks because somebody stole mine one year.” Dad Marcus Grace remembers too. “That’s where all this came from,” he says. Everything turned out all right though. A family friend bought […]

  • Lew Wentz gave a gift to Ponca City nearly 90 years ago and that gift is still giving.

    PONCA CITY, OKLAHOMA — If you could dream up a swimming pool it might look something like this one, 50 feet by 150 feet, 310,000 gallons of cool water set in a Romanesque Revival, castle fairyland. Welcome to the Wentz Camp and Pool, first opened in August, 1930 and still open to the swimmers of Ponca City. “It’s just a great pool man,” boasts Ponca City Parks and Recreation Director Eric Newell. “There aren’t many more beautiful pools that I’ve […]

  • She already had 4 cubs. OKC Zoo experts held their breath as they introduced a 4th to Lola, a 6-year-old Sumatran Tiger

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Summer visitors to the Cat Forest at the Oklahoma City Zoo get an eye full of Kami, a 9-year-old Sumatran Tiger who, keepers say, really likes popsicles with fish surprises, and a lot of cool dips in his swimming pool. But Kami is also a new father. Behind these walls, far away from visitors, a 6-year-old female named Lola gave birth to 3 male cubs on July 9th. A day later and a thousand miles away, […]

  • His first dulcimer wasn’t great but, nearly 11-thousand instruments later, Masterworks lives up to Russell Cook’s name

    BENNINGTON, Okla. – Backs, braces, sound boards and pin blocks. The raw pieces of what will become a hammered dulcimer look like any other blocks of wood, but they’re all carefully chosen by Russell Cook. “I put my name on all of them,” he chuckles. It’s been more than 35 years since he took an abandoned piano and went to work building his first dulcimer. “And, it was absolutely horrible,”¬†Cook recalls. The second one was better, and he kept after […]