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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: Four Weddings, Four Generations, One Unforgettable Anniversary

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The last-minute details of a wedding involving as many as 200 guess required all hands on deck. While bride to be Tiffanie Tigner looked through the planner with her mom Chrystal, groom to be Josh Laughter, his sister, and his future father in law William Tigner took turns polishing the plastic holders for the reserved seating sections. The previous night had been rehearsal. The big event was set for Saturday afternoon. Tiffanie said, “I woke up […]

  • Great State: Houston Day in Oklahoma? Proclamation Gives Temple His Due

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — His descendants crowded into the Blue Room at the state capitol wondering, perhaps, at what might have been. Richard Houston, his wife Mary, their kids and grand kids were there to celebrate the life of Temple Lea Houston, Richard’s grandfather, with the reading of a proclamation on what would have been his 155th birthday. “Any history of the United States that doesn’t include Temple Houston is missing one of its greatest stories,” says Laurie Steenbergen – […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma’s ‘Crapemyrtle Capital’ is a City in Summer Bloom

    DUNCAN, OKLAHOMA — It’s been 25 years since Carolyn Rodgers first drove the streets of Duncan. It was June and the Crapemyrtles were just coming into their full glory. “I was really smitten,” she recalls, “and I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be neat…'” Never one to just sit and gawk, Carolyn dove head first into her new community. “I volunteered to be Chairman of Duncan Beautification,” she says, “with the idea of us becoming the crapemyrtle capital.” It took a few […]

  • Great State: Unique Used Car Lot in Wilson Sells Muscle Car Dreams

    WILSON, OKLAHOMA — Visitors to Fred Murfin’s unique used car lot want to hear the story of the 1956 Thunderbird convertible parked inside. Others are dying to hear about how he came by the 1967 Camaro that sits a few feet away. “This car here came from Borger, Texas,” he says pointing to the Camaro. “I spent a real nice day with the family.” Fred can tell them all. He was one of the first guys to start buying up […]

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    One Foot in Hollywood, the Other in a Watermelon Patch, Rush Springs Girl Comes Home for the Harvest

    RUSH SPRINGS, OKLAHOMA — Ashton Pittman might be the best there is at what she does. “Something like that,” she giggles. “I’ve been doing it long enough.” She is chief cutter in her dad’s watermelon patch west of Rush Springs. Ashton and her little sister grew up on this combination cattle and fruit operation. Her earliest memories picking watermelons, she figures, “I remember it was before cell phones were a big deal.” If there is a ripe melon on her […]

  • Great State: He Went to LA to Seek Fame. He Came Back to OK to Make a Movie

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — The stage production of ‘Spamalot’ at the Gaslight Theater took a weekday off not long ago. But the theater was full of actors anyway. Tryouts had the little stage occupied thanks to actor and, now, movie producer Jeremy Lynn. “A casting director has a look in his head,” says Lynn as a long line of actors read for different parts. Jeremy grew up in Enid then left to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles. Out of […]

  • Great State: ‘I Am Going to Make It’, Said MS Survivor Who Hiked the Grand Canyon on Crutches

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Micheal Dye’s marks his walking pace with¬†two worn, metal crutches scratching on asphalt, step by painful step. It’s been 30 years since doctors diagnosed him with Multiple Sclerosis. He spent most of the past 8 years in a wheel chair. He doesn’t look like he could make the mile oval on pavement around Oklahoma City’s Bluff Creek Park, but he’s already proven he could do much, much more. “It’s not so much looking at it like […]

  • Oldest School Building in Blanchard Is Now a Museum Dedicated to 100 Classes

    BLANCHARD, Okla. — It is the oldest building on the Blanchard school campus and, fittingly, it’s ‘chalk’ full of history. “It’s the spirit of the entire town,” says current curator Diana Brooks Bewley. Bewley is now chief curator of a high school alumni museum and of 100 terms that date back to 1915, the year of the first graduating class. Bewley, herself, graduated in 1974. “A lot of memories,” she smiles. “And a lot of memories that I would not […]

  • Great State: A Small Town Fair Tradition Still Going Strong

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, OKLAHOMA — For a free ride and a sky full of possibilities the good people of Mt. View and nearby Gotebo, Oklahoma gathered on a Wednesday night in anticipation of the year’s biggest celebration. Burgers sizzled on the grill. Dignitaries read a proclamation sent all the way from the state capitol. And, for the first time in several years, square dancers ‘reeled’ in Pretty Woman. Organizers of the annual Mt. View Free Fair don’t usually start up on […]

  • Great State: Decorated Barbecue Team Opens a Winning Stand in Wellston

    WELLSTON, OKLAHOMA — 11 o’clock on a Friday morning and the kind of dinner bell only hungry barbecue lovers can hear is ringing loudly. “This is the kitchen,” declares pit master Levi Bouska. “This is the coup de gras. This is where everything happens.” He’s has been here most of the night before. His converted rail car smoker has been on low heat cooking brisket for close to 15 hours. The oven also holds ribs, sausage, pulled pork, and even […]

  • ‘The only reason I haven’t been fired is I work for myself,’ Now after 55 years an Oklahoma man calls it quits

    NOBLE, OKLAHOMA — Garland Gaston has been cutting hair for so long, cracking jokes, and giggling through his day, people have forgotten how he came to this town. But follow a spinning barber pole back nearly sixty years to the day his brother picked him up in his home town of Vici. Gaston recalls, “He was going to take me to Okmulgee for trade school.” The car ride proved too long. Garland told his brother to stop in Oklahoma City […]