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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
  • New English Teacher at Enid High has a Long History With Halloween

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — You can just about see freshmen eyes glaze over. The students in 3rd hour English One are suffering through a lesson on active listening while daydreaming like Walter Mitty. The ‘pocketa-pocketa’ of the air conditioner morphs into something else entirely. First year teacher Brian Young does his best to keep them engaged, but he too has a lot of open windows leading outside these cinder block walls. “My mind is trying to keep it all together in […]

  • Great State: 75th Anniversary at Communication Federal Reveals Tiny Origins

    SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA — He just needed a little cash for the weekend, but longtime credit union customer Gary Briscoe ended up being the first official customer for the grand opening of the newest Communication Federal Credit Union branch in Shawnee. The party atmosphere inside the lobby was extra, but he knew he didn’t need an invitation. “They know me just like I know them,” he said. “We’re on a first name basis.” A ribbon cutting like this might be important […]

  • Great State: A Tour Through the Most Haunted City in Oklahoma

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — You can’t walk very far in this old territorial capital without stepping into the path of an old ghost or hearing about it from Stacey Frazier. “You seem to collect these kinds of stories,” remarks her walking partner for this October afternoon. “I really do,” she agrees. “And it’s not just the ghost stories. It’s the history of the ghost stories as well.” Starting this fall she is also a unique tour guide for something she’s calling […]

  • Screenwriters for ‘Rudderless’ Talk About the Arduous Trip from Page to Screen

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Of all the people using the Lake Hefner Trail system this particular evening, runners, bikers, sunset watchers, the two who know it best might be Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison. They imagined this lake in their screenplay. They spent two weeks shooting a movie on the lake’s far shore in June of 2014. Their film is called ‘Rudderless’ William H. Macy directs. It’s got a cast that includes Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, and Lawrence Fishburne. The […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma Teacher Turns Lunch Time Fishing Escape Into After School Class

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Just to be straight, it is after school at Heritage Hall Academy. Regular classes are finished for the day, but that doesnt’ mean Director of College Counseling Marshall Gray still can’t take a some time to dip a hook in the pond behind the upper school, especially if he brings a group of students who want to do the same. “It’s a skill but it’s not hard,” Gray explains. “Anyone can learn to fish with very […]

  • Great State: Senior Citizens and Dragon Boats Combine for Fall Rowing Season

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They strain at the dock, dragons in the shape of boats that appear as though they’d like to fly or swim away. Also straining on this October evening, the Golden Dragons, a rowing tea that consists of residents who live at the Spanish Cove Retirement Community. There coach is Debbie Miller. Miller says of her team, “Our average age is about 82. Next year we’ll have 4 paddlers who will be 90 years old. Pretty amazing.” […]

  • Great State: From Big Foot Hunter to Big Foot Whisperer

    SULPHUR, OKLAHOMA — He keeps his footfalls quiet. Farlan Huff walks this path alone, no other Bigfoot hunters around. “I want to be non-threatening,” he says. Is he a human ambassador to a different species, or is he wandering further from reality? He doesn’t really care what anyone else thinks any more. Huff says, “I’ve gone from wondering what they were to who they are.” There was a time, just a few years ago, when Huff would show his pictures […]

  • Great State: The Chemistry of Becoming Oklahoma City’s Best Bartender

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The elements may have different names, but don’t tell Jeff Cole there’s no chemistry in what he does behind a bar. He’s the beverage manager at the Ambassador Hotel’s O Bar. Jeff’s been a bartender and student of mixology ever since he turned ‘legal’ at age 21. Back then he just liked all the gadgets involved in the bartending trade. Constantly experimenting, Jeff says he builds on what’s come before. Cole let us peek behind the […]

  • Great State: OKC Food Truck Revolution Goes Permanent in Mid-Town at Bleu Garten

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The back of a trailer is the last place you might look for a truck driver like Chris Cornish. But this is where he and his wife Nicole spend more of their weekends making sandwiches like their Ultimate Smoked Hot. Chris shows us how he makes it. “The hot link goes on top,” he says placing sliced sausages on chopped beef frying on the grill. “Then I put my swiss cheese on here. My sauce on […]

  • Great State: Alva Family’s Growing Petting Zoo is also Therapy for the Owners

    ALVA, OKLAHOMA — Introductions take a little time on the Bradt Farm west of Alva. Jerad, JoDe and one year old Braker, sons Braylon and Brickman, they’re easy. But over the past five years the family has also come to include Speed and Blue, Shorty, Igor, Brick, Falcona, and many more animals that aren’t too familiar with winter pasture. Jerad says, “It’s kind of a labor of love.” For sixty years the Bradt place was a quiet wheat farm, but […]

  • Great State: Sound from Alva Choir Echoes Far Beyond NWOSU Campus

    ALVA, OKLAHOMA — From the oldest structure on the Northwestern campus the chords of higher education echo from brick and mortar. A solemn, vocal hymn feels at home in the halls of academia, cushioned by shady trees and the ghosts of students past. But among the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Singers, the present is most important. In its history, this group might never have been better than right now. “We’ve really got an amazing group going here,” says one of […]