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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
  • A sure sign of Spring in OKC: The Orr Farm opens for visitors

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Like a train slowly building up speed, that’s kind of what it’s like with the coming of Spring. And, literally, what it’s like at the Orr Family Farm days before the place opens to paying customers. General Manager Shannon Kemp has to make sure the mixers are working in the new cookie barn just built last Fall. “We’re pretty much there,” she says. “We just have to do some final touches and put a little edge […]

  • Good chemistry is important for good fudge and good business for this mom and daughter operation in Bethany

    BETHANY, OKLAHOMA — If cooking is chemistry then the best chemistry has to be candy. Annette Gunter is chief chemist in this very small candy making operation. For much of the past 4 years the alchemy of fudge has been her chief area of study, a huge departure from her past studies in law and teaching law at the university level. “I needed something that would give me some flexibility,” says Annette. Okay, so it was Annette’s mom Imalee Crow […]

  • The Ironman of Rodeo and the Junior Cowboy from Western Oklahoma State with a special invite

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — Haven Meged didn’t walk his horse all the way from Miles City, Montana, but his journey to the Lazy E Ranch wasn’t exactly easy either. Have might not remember the first time he ever held a rope but he came to the rodeo circuit late for someone who’s had his kind of success. “I didn’t start rodeoing until I was in the 5th grade,” he says. So here he was on a Friday morning south of Guthrie, […]

  • Cabin in the trees? At Ra’s Treehouse Treesort the cabins really are in the trees.

    EUFAULA, OKLAHOMA — A cabin in the trees was what Ray Wiseman had in mind and that’s where we found him on a cloudy day in late February, putting in some of the creƤture comforts we all expect even away from civilization. “I had to do something,” says Ray. What makes this cabin different is its location. If you feel the wind shifting while standing inside that’s only natural. This cabin is literally in the trees. Standing on the balcony […]

  • From Saddlery to Tourist Stop: Stockyards Sarsaparilla managed the change in the sweetest possible way

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — If you want to discuss anything really deep it’s always helpful to grab a cold one and head to the nearest bar you can find. The cold ones, in this case, are root beers and sarsaparillas, and a refreshing fizzy, lemon drink for yours truly, a tough choice among the more than 400 different varieties available at Stockyards Sarsaparilla. “People also wanted that old time candy and the feel of an old-time candy shop,” says manager […]

  • What’s more fun than owning a collector car? Driving all of them at the Leake Auction in OKC.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — There aren’t too many people who get to climb into a 1959 Corvette like this and take it for a spin. “I might drive a Ferrari this morning, a Porsche Turbo this afternoon, or a mid-year Corvette,” boasts Eric Joiner For a guy like Eric it’s all part of the job. “With me,” he smiles. “I can’t get attached.” He’s the man responsible for bringing 46 old and exotic cars to the annual Leake Auction in […]

  • An Oklahoma City fast food icon turns 50

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Why is the road to salvation always so narrow? The line of hungry people stretching out the door to Tacoville might wonder if it didn’t move quite as fast as it does. “We’re blessed,” says second generation owner Nadia Harrington. “We’re very busy daily.” Tacoville isn’t a town, but it is a capitol. It’s isn’t fancy, but it’s cheap. No one lives here, but its population explodes at lunchtime. Nadia was born at Tacoville, or more […]

  • This couple is turning a forgotten lumber yard in downtown Clinton into their own commercial hub.

    CLINTON, OKLAHOMA — It still happens with some of the old timers. Someone will wander in to the Strayhouse for a bucket of nails or a pick-up load of two-by-fours then suddenly stop at the smell of coffee or the aroma of something fresh-baked behind the glass. “It’s basically about availability,” says new owner Geoff Park. It’s only been a little over a year since he and wife Annie began turning the old T and H Lumber Yard into a […]

  • The first of many 150th birthday celebrations for the Chisholm Trail starts in Kingfisher

    KINGFISHER, OKLAHOMA — By all accounts, Jesse Chisholm was a smart guy. He knew 14 languages. He had a network of trading posts all over the Great Plains including Indian Territory, and he’d found a pretty good route north and south buying furs and selling whatever anyone might need out here. “Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas were the main places where he had trading posts,” says historian Adam Lynn. Lynn put a lot of research and artifact collecting into one of […]

  • Oklahoma’s only full time forensic artist packs up his pens after 50 years.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He still doesn’t quite know what to do with 50 years worth of stuff. The old pictures and clippings on his desk, the sometimes macabre souvenirs from a half century of chasing bad guys across the country. Pratt says, “One of our agents retired after 25 years. He said, ‘you know I came to work here, and I blinked, and I’m retiring.'” Harvey Pratt has been the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Sketch Artist for […]

  • As the horses return to Remington Park the Shults Twins come home.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They were both in a race to be the first this year. Duke Shults and his younger brother by three minutes Ryan were in a friendly competition to see who could bring in the first quarter horses to the Remington Park barns. “I’m only fifteen minutes away,” laughs Ryan. “Yeah,” chuckles Duke. “That’s all he had to come in.” They’re both trainers now but their history with Remington goes back to the track’s beginnings in 1988. […]