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
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    Since 1849, Oklahoma’s original roadside attraction is still Rock Mary

    HINTON, OKLAHOMA — If home is off the highway or down an old road. Even if Oklahoma is a drive through or a fly over, there are sign posts that remain long after the path changes. Historian Art Peters walks the old California Trail often enough to have found the wagon ruts and to have dug up the trash from a roadside that saw settlers between Fort Smith, Arkansas and the California gold fields. One of the most famous landmarks […]

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    This holiday display is a bit out of the ordinary but quite fun and unique

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Just like the department stores of old, we found Tony Morton putting last minute touches on his window displays at the Kasum Gallery. “There’s a lot of engineering behind them. That’s for sure,” he says. But look a little closer and you won’t find your average stocking stuffers in here. Gallery owner Morton agrees, “This is the one show we do every year where you can find just about anything.” Take a look inside this huge […]

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    The colors of an Oklahoma fall from a very high perch in Pushmataha County

    CLAYTON, Okla. – You can climb Flag Pole Mountain, but it’s a hike. You can drive it like Clayton’s police chief Darrin Morris, but that carries its own challenges too. Bumping along a very rough road, Morris said “When I was a kid, we used to come up here quite a bit.” Morris spent his childhood in the part of the northern Pushmataha County, playing in Rock City, swimming at 2nd Falls and camping around Umbrella Rock. “There isn’t a […]

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    Long silent, the WKY Kilgen Organ is home again and nearly ready to play

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The first delivery truck pulled up to the Oklahoma History Center Museum just before business hours on a Friday morning. There were several that arrived that day, each containing pieces of a giant historical artifact, a musical instrument, an organ that entertained Oklahoma audiences for more than a half-century. For Dusty Miller, this was a banner day. “The WKY Kilgen has found a new home,” he says proudly. The organ was first installed in the Skirvin […]

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    When this Marine heard what his hometown had done to a fallen Oklahoma Marine back in 1968, he knew he had to do something

    HENRYETTA, OKLAHOMA — He was the first of 11 brothers and sisters to attend a desegregated Henryetta school. Anthony Grundy’s 5th grade class picture has him in the back row. Mike Doak was a year ahead of him. “Good kid,” he recalls. “Quiet.” All these years later Mike often things of how their lives ran parallel, how Anthony joined the Marines in 1967, how Mike was drafted into the Marines a year later. But Anthony didn’t come home. He was […]

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    Building a perfect world is easy for artist and architect Adam Lanman. It’s the people who make it difficult.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — From thought, to hand, to paper is not an especially long journey. Artist and architect Adam Lanman takes that trip all the time in his small office at 1219 Creative in Oklahoma City. He says, “Sketching is a huge part of thinking conceptually.” You might recognize the vaulting arches or soaring towers like he does. To Adam, they spring from a youth spent exploring the countryside and building cool forts. “I do imagine these as little […]

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    When agents made their arrest they noticed an old, green trunk that contained a mystery they had to solve

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It looked out of place. When Oklahoma Agriculture Department Special Agents Jerry Flowers and Eddie Davenport arrested two men in a stolen trailer this summer this old, green trunk got their attention right away. “It stood out to both of us,” says Flowers in a small ceremony at Department of Ag headquarters. “And we knew it had to be stolen.” Inside were old pictures, ledgers, papers, some old silver, a music box and other items. They […]

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    Native Bison on native prairie: The Cheyenne Arapaho Nation is breeding for a genetically pure buffalo on land that’s never seen the plow

    CONCHO, OKLAHOMA — If there is one place left in central Oklahoma where there’s nothing between native grass and wide horizon this might be it. Nathan Hart of one of his tribe’s ranch managers drives this big pasture just about every day to check on the creatures that live here now. “It’s all natural grass prairie land,” says Hart, who is Director of Economic Development for the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe. “This land has never been worked so they’re right at […]

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    Cleaning Day at the Sam Noble Natural History Museum includes the careful task of dusting dinosaur bones

    NORMAN, Okla. – They may have sat in dirt for at least 100 million years, but that doesn’t mean the irreplaceable artifacts don’t need cleaning once in a while. At least once a year, Tom Luczycki and a whole team of paleontologists rummage through a special broom closet and dust every skeleton in the Natural History Museum, from the 93 foot long Apatasaurus to the tip of the tail on its baby. “It is adventure cleaning,” he said. Bones smaller […]

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    He saw an overgrown cemetery and went in to explore. What happened next was extraordinary

    FAY, Okla. – He likes to drive the back roads. Jim McCain was out with his camera one day in the spring when his shadow crossed something that stopped him cold. “It’s sitting on top of a hill overlooking the South Canadian River. It’s just a beautiful place,” McCain said of one particular spot on the prairie. “I came upon the Whirlwind Mission sign first.” The Johnson grass was high and thick. After a quick look, McCain drove on but […]

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    The last surviving member of OSU’s Firehouse Gang celebrates Homecoming with a visit to Stillwater

      STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA — Old Fire Station Number 2 received a special visitor Thursday morning. John ‘Jack’ Amick isn’t a retired firefighter, but he did live here. Department Chief Tom Bradley had to show him where the old fire poles used to be, but there was a lot Amick was able to recall on his own about the months he spent here as student and U.S. Army officer candidate during World War II. “We thought we were about the best […]