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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: After 20 Years as an Ultrasound Nurse She Earned Her Wings as an Ultrasound Fairy

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — Future moms and dads step through her hole-in-the-wall and into a kind of magical fairy domain, at least that’s what Sara Riley hopes they’re thinking. “Here is your tiara,” she says to Stephanie. “And here is some fairy dust.” Dressed in wings and a homemade costume RIley says, “If you’ve ever wondered what your fairy godmother looks like, this is it right here.” She’s a self-confessed former hippie with a flair for the dramatic. Sara specializes in […]

  • Great State: Unique Art Show Offers a Chance for OKC’s Homeless

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They rarely paint where they are, victims of circumstance, of hard lives and bad choices. Nearly every artist in this small studio creates where they’d like to be. Billy Padoka can’t work outside in subfreezing temperatures so he came in to paint Medicine Park on a clear, warm day with a peace pipe floating overhead. Padoka points out, “Mt. Scott and some tepees by the lake.” “I’m from Anadarko so I go there all the time. […]

  • Great State: Norman Couple’s Resolution Involves Trading Places to Get In Shape

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — Her thing is yoga. His thing is climbing. Courtney and David Hurst had been married three years when a conversation started along the lines of appreciating the other’s expertise. “Courtney says, “Every once in a while I would be like, ‘hey David. Do a little yoga with me. You’ll feel great.'” “The problem is she was doing it before work,” chuckles David. “I’m still sleeping at that point.” That conversation turned to resolution. Courtney thought she might […]

  • Great State: Missing Dog Mystery from May 2013 Tornado Finally Solved in McAlester

    MCALESTER, OKLAHOMA — It’s hard to tell who likes visiting the grandparents more, Rebecca Baker’s three daughters, or their dog Rosco. “This is his favorite place,” says Rebecca. The 3-year-old mixed breed pug gets to play with another dog and the kids in a big yard. Keeping up is hard enough, but tracing all of his steps backward has only recently become possible. “He’s a great dog,” says Baker. “He’s a match,” observes a visitor. “He is a match,” she […]

  • The top 4 from 2014 in the KFOR Great State Adventures! Watch and enjoy

    Here are Galen Culver’s top 4 from 2014 of his Great State Adventures! Watch and enjoy!  

  • Great State: Even In Semi-Retirement Jumper Dave Makes the Perfect St. Nick

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The Polar Express still runs on time at David Fields’ house, at least in miniature. “There’s a little more action,” he says while guiding several trains around his N scale track. He is a British ex-patriot with a love for railroading that stretches back through generations of his south London heritage. Dave recalls the steam engine days of his youth, “Cooking sausages on a shoves and making tea from a steam injector.” In case you didn’t […]

  • Great State: Local Rock Quarry Drew One Oklahoma Sculptor to Apache, OK

    APACHE, OKLAHOMA — He likes a wind off the prairie and not just because of the way it billows a dancer’s shawl. As Bob Creeping Bear works on a sculpture, he explains, “Right now I’m just trying to get the movement where she’s turning.” Bob Creeping Bear prefers winter too, and not just because it makes for cooler work. “Machines don’t heat up as fast and the stone is cooler too,” he says. Creeping Bear is an Arapaho name inherited […]

  • Great State: OU Professor Teaches Musicians Should Train Muscles Just Like Athletes

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — If you take a yoga class you might be familiar with stretching exercises like the Swinging Bridge or the Breath of Joy. If you’ve taken an anatomy class maybe you know what rhomboid muscles do or how the lavater scapulae works. But musicians? Those subjects are not generally in a key they’re used to playing outside of Hal Grossman’s classes. Grossman chuckles, “I’m not sure why. They really should be.” Grossman is now a professor at the […]

  • Great State: Young Enid Family Still Happy No Matter Who Won Bedlam

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — It all happened so fast for Caitlin and Tyler Evans. First it was just them. Then, suddenly, the family doubled in size over night. “It seemed like I was pregnant, there were twins, there were problems and then they were out,” says Caitlin. It was almost too fast though. Adelie and Allison were born ten weeks premature. Adelie struggled especially hard. Tyler recalls, “The scariest part was when Adelie got down below two pounds.” Caitlin agrees. “The […]

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    Oklahoma teacher electrifying classic Christmas concert

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Cue the lights, get the electric bass and guitar warmed up. This isn’t a rock concert venue; in fact, most of the instruments warming up here are strings. Most of the musicians are high school students in the Orchestra at Classen School for Advanced Studies. When asked what the group does, one student said, “More like rock orchestra.” “Not just classical music, you know,” another said. Justin Pourtorkan is the ‘mad scientist’ director who wanted to amp […]

  • Great State: Oldest College Professor in the U.S. Retires on his 91st Birthday

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — Three classes a week for three semesters, that’s been Dr. Harold Fletcher’s classroom schedule for the past ten years or so. He teaches a section on Music History at Oklahoma Christian University, but all you have to do is step outside his class to see his influence extend far beyond his only class. The building he teaches in is named the Harold and Mary Helon Fletcher Center for Music. Dr. Fletcher has been here since the university’s […]