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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
  • One of Oklahoma’s oldest companies is still building in our Great State

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Through the door or across the equipment yard, current Dolese President Mark Helm didn’t get very far when he started with the company before someone started filling him in on the Dolese story. “Early on you hear a lot about the Dolese culture and the Dolese history,” he says. Roger Dolese was still around when Mark came on board. “He had a strong personality,” says Helms of his predecessor. Roger was the son of co-founder Peter […]

  • Closed since 2001, students and faculty at UCO are finally moving back to Old North

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — It’s been almost sixteen years since psychology professor Mark Hamlin had an office in the Old North Building on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond. As he moves in he can still recall the old building and the classroom floors that used to sag ominously toward the center. “You could take a pencil and watch it roll toward the middle of the floor,” says Hamlin. From the outside it’s still the same structure, but after […]

  • They weren’t ‘born in a barn’ but these Cashion, Oklahoma kids wrestle in one.

    CASHION, OKLAHOMA — When the sun goes down on most farms and ranches in Oklahoma it’s time to put the tractors in the barn, but the opposite is true for this building west of town. Casey Edgeman and Jake McKeever park the John Deeres outside at least once a week so their kids can roll out the big mat and start wrestling practice. “We kind of worked our way around and made it happen out here,” says Coach Edgeman. Not […]

  • Magician Rob Lake has a new assistant, a 6 year old rescue mutt named Roger

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — His crew has their hands full bringing in six big truckloads of gear inside the auditorium at Norman North High School. It’s not Rob Lake’s biggest magic show but he managed to fit most of it on the stage or in the wings. Rob has his hands full too making sure his equipment is working perfectly and holding up his newest silent partner, a six-year-old mixed breed dog named Roger. “This is Roger,” says Lake holding his […]

  • The Penny Blacksmith of Waukomis pays himself back with priceless smiles

    WAUKOMIS, OKLAHOMA — The pennies minted before the early 60’s work best for Ronnie Lehenbauer. “I’ve been blacksmithing around here for right around 30 years,” he says. He buffs them up first so they look brand new. Then he takes them over to a homemade stamp and proceeds to make them un-spendable, but not necessarily un-useable. He learned this trick six or seven years ago from some other blacksmith friends. If you hit one of his pennies just right, the […]

  • The small stories of Oklahoma History told in the Curator’s Corner

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — For every item on display at the Oklahoma History Center there are hundreds more in storage, each a treasure connected to an important person or a big story. Historians like Jeff Briley and Amy Hildebrand are charged with cataloguing the new arrivals and, in some ways, rediscovering the old. Hildebrand says, “Sometimes we just have these amazing artifacts come in and we’re just like, ‘Oh my gosh. They’re so beautiful and so interesting’.” Exhibit curators like […]

  • Descendants of Prairie Church Founders Take on the Job of Restoring the Bethel Church

    HINTON, OKLAHOMA — It takes something for any structure to stand straight against a prairie wind for more than a hundred years, good bones, regular care, and maybe love. “You walk into this place, and it is named Bethel,” says Shelley Newton, “And you know, surely the spirit of the Lord is in this place.” Look down the rolls of the families that started the Bethel United Methodist Church in 1904 and you’ll see the Thomason family. Of the eleven […]

  • In 1913 newspapers called her ‘the world’s richest black girl’. So whatever happened to Sarah Rector?

    TAFT, OKLAHOMA — She looks like she might blow over in a stiff breeze, but by the time this picture was taken newspapers all over the country were calling Sarah Rector ‘the richest black girl in the world’. Sarah lived with her family in Taft. But her allotment from the Creek Indian Nation sat in the middle of the Glenn Pool oil field. The same land Sarah’s father had trouble paying taxes on in 1911 paid thousands of dollars per […]

  • IFR cowgirl had to pivot fast to rope a new partner for this weekend’s rodeo

    COLCORD, OKLAHOMA — She’s always been good at catching on. Lindsey Hughes learned early to throw a rope around anything. “Practice,” she says. “We eat, sleep, and breathe it.” As a Breakaway roper last year she won a world championship with the International Pro Rodeo Association Her partner for the past 11 years is Topper, a muscular Paint horse, a trusted friend, but a bit of a goof ball. “He’s got the most unique personality of any horse I’ve ever […]

  • An unlikely Oklahoma building added to the National Register of Historic Places

    MANITOU, OKLAHOMA — All the original buildings in town, the old grocery stores, the banks, and depots, even the people who might remember them outside these pictures, they’re all gone. This little wide spot in Tillman County does have one original building left though. Longtime resident Gail Patterson found time to give us a tour one January afternoon. “Yes. This is the one building left standing,” she says entering a low doorway. “There’s not much to show.” Built in 1922, […]

  • Arctic Farms: growing hydroponic veggies in the dead of winter

    BLANCHARD, OKLAHOMA — During one of the coldest times of the year, Andrea Parks is one of the only farmers in the state who still has a crop to pick in January. “I love the sunshine and the warmth,” she says. “I like to go into the greenhouse and pretend winter is not happening.” At a time when her neighbors are just feeding cows and chickens. Andrea has a lot of produce to pick. That includes cucumbers and big tomatoes. […]