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
  • 2017 OKC Symphony Show House is really 2 houses in 1 in the Adventure District

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Think Adventure District when you wander around this big house. That’s why you’ll see the animal sculptures and the golf clubs. One of 30 designers here, J. Mark Taylor, go the memo when he re-did the bar and rec room upstairs. Taylor says, “Someone could set this up as a theater room but we decided to do something a little bit more relaxing.” Show House tour guide Joan Bryant says there’s lots more. “As you tour […]

  • Hundreds of new exhibits open in a single day when Oklahoma kids compete at History Day

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The doors at the Oklahoma History Center opened at 7:30 AM. One by one, bus by bus, kids from 6th through 8th grade filed in with their projects. Many of theme have been working for months on subjects like Ghandi’s Salt March or the New York Newsies Strike of 1899, or Judge Isaac Parker, and 150 other subjects that fit this year’s theme of ‘Taking a Stand in History’. Luke Foster and Amanda Schumacher from Canton […]

  • Retired English teacher now teaches local history in a landmark store she bought in Luther

    LUTHER, Okla. — The hand-held items of history have a habit of traveling. They change hands. They’re handed down, and handed out. “Re-purposed, up-cycled,” says Pam Simmons. “Whatever we’re calling it these days.” Simmons is new to the business of antiques and collectibles, of dry goods and memories too. “Stuff,” she laughs. Last spring, she was grading her last batch of high school English papers. In November, she opened ‘The Rustic Farm’ in a store front long used to the […]

  • She could have cheered the runners at the OKC Memorial Marathon. She played church bells instead.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — She makes this climb every Sunday morning, a little closer to heaven, and up the steeple of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Lisa Hart is one of very few carillonneurs in Oklahoma, and the only one playing on this particular Sunday morning. “They’ve been call the voice that speaks outside the building,” she says. “I don’t know what it is about bells or things that ring that really capture me. I think it’s just the fact that […]

  • In 2004 doctors told him he’d never run another marathon. They were so wrong.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Experts sometimes talk about a marathoner’s threshold for pain being higher than normal. Nels Bentson says he feels pain just like anybody else. “We just tolerate it better,” he chuckles. He’s just learned to ignore it. He ran his first marathon in 1984 and promptly told his wife to never let him enter another one again. “Oh I suffered,” he recalls. “But I don’t know. I liked the fitness and the camaraderie.” But he kept running, […]

  • One generation of Oklahoma City Philharmonic prepares to pass the baton to the next

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — All orchestras tune to one note just as all eyes must eventually rest on the conductor at the podium. For nearly 30 years, for the entire history of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, that conductor has been Maestro Joel Levine. He not only led the orchestra but directed the whole organization from very small beginnings in 1988 when he and his newly hired office manager went shopping for the barest of essentials. “She went and bought a […]

  • Finally Home: The WKY Kilgen Organ is reborn at the Oklahoma History Center

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Built in 1936, silent for decades, the WKY Kilgen finally makes music. Dr. John Schwandt of the American Organ Institute has the honor of playing this huge instrument first. He describes his feelings while testing it out, “Anticipation, utter terror, and then, when it works, pure joy.” There are still people around who recall Ken Wright’s nightly broadcasts from WKY Radio’s home at the Skirvin Hotel. More fans recall the 1,114 pipes blowing at the old […]

  • Two Oklahoma artists with different styles collaborate on a unique exhibit

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Feathers and wide brim hats, We’re familiar with the image of the American Cowboy and the American Indian. Their symbols have been widely traded around as enemies, oppressors, victims, and trespassers. Both are often portrayed as stoic, connected to the land, but too often pitted against each other. Then on this evening the work of two Oklahoma artists and friends brought cowboys and Indians together in a unique way. Harold Holden and Mike Larsen, who both […]

  • ‘The Barn Find of a Lifetime’: Two matching cars, window stickers still attached, gathering dust for 30 years, and sequential VIN #’s too.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Shedding light on a 30-year-old story, friends Shawn Mathews, William Avila, and Paul Mesmer still can’t believe what they found and then purchased within the past couple of weeks. “How often do you come out and look at them?” asks a visitor to their storage unit. “Don’t tell my wife,” laughs Shawn, “But probably every other day.” Buried beneath dust and old leaves, a couple of Buick Regal Grand Nationals, test driven only, never purchased, the […]

  • The Prairie House architect comes home to see his famous structure for the first time in more than 50 years.

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — People who drove by or toured this house always seemed to have their own opinions as to what it looked like on the outside. LIFE Magazine referred to it as The Prairie Chicken House. Some passersby saw a buffalo leaning against the wind. A guy on a tour once famously asked if it had been hit by a tornado. But Herb Green is one of the only people to see it as home. “It didn’t take that […]

  • One April day in 1945 spawned a lifetime of stories for one Oklahoma family, and chapters in 3 different books

    BETHANY, OKLAHOMA — Janis Cramer was always a story collector. Even as a kid she remembers hanging around after a Sunday meal to hear her parents and grandparents talk. She recalls, “I would get between my grandpa and my dad. My head fit right on the table.” It’s no surprise she became a creative writing teacher and an author in her own right. But from all those stories one date always swirled around, April 12, 1945. “Oh yes. Absolutely,” says […]