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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: Laid Off at 85, George Branch Found a New Job as a Ranch Hand

    TISHOMINGO, OKLAHOMA — George Branch is old enough to know where things go and what things are on a chuck wagon. “I had a cousin who owned one,” he says. He started work early in the morning and early in life as a teenager on a Texas ranch. “I grew up in Seymour, Texas,” he states. “My dad was a cotton farmer.” “I kinda got tired of the farmin’ and I wanted to cowboy some. It was from daylight til […]

  • Great State: Chickasaw White House Was Home and Birthplace to Governors

    EMET, OKLAHOMA — When Douglas H. Johnston and his wife Bettie built their new home most of their neighbors still lived in log cabins. “Very, very few people lived in a home such as this,” says historian Glenda Galvan. These days Galvan and her staff take care of this Governor’s mansion as though the Johnstons might be coming back any minute. Glenda explains, “As though we have snuck into the house to take a look.” Johnston served as Governor of […]

  • Great State: Balloon Released at Father’s Grave Flew 25 Miles Back to His Family’s Home

    CEMENT, OKLAHOMA — They are still experiencing those painful firsts; weekends, sporting events, seasons where a husband and father used to be and where, now, he is not. “He was diagnosed in September,” says widow Sandy Seibold. “He passed away in May. “He’s a great person,” says his 13 year old daughter Saige before covering her face to hide fresh tears. On the first Father’s Day since Johnny Seibold’s funeral, Saige and Sandy paid a visit to his burial site […]

  • Great State: Every 4th of July One OK Town Still Bleeds Red, White and Blackberry

    MCLOUD, OKLAHOMA — One of the only commercial blackberry patches left in Oklahoma lies north of the town of Harrah. The berries that grow here supply all the Country Boy stores in the area. On this morning they also satisfy the appetites of Wayne and Donna Heins. “Beautiful weather. Perfect time of year,” says Wayne who is McLoud Chamber of Commerce President. “I don’t want a close-up shot,” he jokes, “because I’ll have blackberry stains on my teeth.” The Heins […]

  • Born at 13 Pounds, Itty Bitty Hope is one of the world’s smallest colts and Oh-So-Cute

    GUTHRIE, Okla. — Most people, even miniature horse breeders like Diana Gilger, and Linda and Jim Woods, expect even baby foals to be bigger than this. “This is Jazz, the mother,” says Diana walking into a tiny stall. “And this is Itty Bitty Hope.” To put matters into some perspective, Itty Bitty Hope’s birth weight and height tied the world record for the smallest horse ever born. Gilger says, “I had an idea she was going to be small. Her mother […]

  • Great State: Carl Mays Is An Oklahoma Baseball Legend Haunted By a Single Inside Pitch

    KINGFISHER, OKLAHOMA — Carl Mays was 12 years old when his family followed the wheat harvest to the town of Kingfisher. Carl’s father, a minister, had died. His cousin, John Long, taught Carl the game of baseball for the first time in the summer of 1903. Historian Adam Lyn describes, “They’d go out in the pasture after working in the fields and use dried up cow chips.” Lynn ran across Mays in the dusty attics of ‘Dead Ball Era’ statistics. […]

  • Great State: Giant Pond Dock Begun in Dry Winter Now Finished in Wet Summer

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — What a difference five months makes right? A second time ranch visitor remarks, “The last time I was here I parked out in the middle of the pond.” “That’s right,” agrees Muscle Car Ranch owner Curtis Hart. “Everybody was asking me, ‘what are you going to do for water?'” The frozen mud hole on Curtis Hart’s ‘back-forty’ has close to twenty feet of water in it now. That dock he was building all winter and spring is […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma Director Found the Best Setting for His Film in ‘Hollis’

    HOLLIS, OKLAHOMA — Sonny Priest had the story first, but the setting for his movie was an empty landscape until he drove the lonely highways west and happened upon Hollis. “I had idea kicking around for years,” he says. “It was based on experience I had working in Altus.” “I had a lightning strike driving through Hollis,” Priest recalls. “I thought, ‘this is where that story happens’.” The story came from his days as a youth pastor. He knew he […]

  • Great State: Air Force Reserve Artist Draws on a Unique Canvas

    TINKER AFB, OKLAHOMA — Pre-flight checks are mandatory for any aircraft, Air Force and Air Force reserve included. They run like clockwork at the 507th Air Refueling Wing. Longtime boom operator Darby Perrin has only done one thing longer than work around or fly on KC-135’s. Occasionally he will paint on them too. He walks beneath the nose of a huge KC-135 and motions to a 3-foot square piece of art work under the pilot’s window. “I get a lot of comments […]

  • Great State: Red Earth artist never lived a day in Oklahoma but brings a lot of Oklahoma with him anyway

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — If Eric Tippeconnic’s mother ever needed her youngest son to sit still she would produce a marker and pad. He recalls, “Wherever I would go I would just draw in and color what I would see.” He still experiences that same, calm focus drawing or painting what he sees, and what he’s seen so far. “I’ve gotten to see Apache crown dancers, Ahupa white deerskin dancers,” he says. Eric’s grandfather carried his name from the Fort […]

  • Great State: Enid Artist Uses Smoke and Soot as His Paint

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — Duron Lewis’ eureka moment came in the form of a wild flame, the blowtorch of a big idea, a bright light in the dark. “I was wondering how I could paint with fire,” he says. So often, those great ideas flame out. Lewis knew his idea would need a steady flame to bring it to life. Describing his unique methods, he says, “Each time I do one I take great consideration to take my time and try […]