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
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    Who’s the Best Bartender in Oklahoma?

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — If you ever find yourself sitting at a bar in Oklahoma there is a chance you might recognize some of these people. They are actually among the best bartenders in the state, nominated by their employers, and today, competing to decide who’s the best. Lee Ann Miller works the bar at a place in Ardmore called the Santa Fé Cattle Company. She was actually here last year. “I was super shaky,” she says. “But it’s awesome […]

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    Saying a Quiet Goodbye to Whispering Richard

    STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA — He opened a barbershop across the street from OSU in 1957. Richard Danel operated that shop until April of 2016. We shot a memorable story with him in 2011. When we heard that he’d passed away we thought it might be nice to remember him and his love for all things Cowboy.

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    Native American artist takes abandoned Indian School and makes it his own canvas

    CONCHO, OKLAHOMA — He felt the spirit of this place right away. “When you walk in here you can feel that energy, that there is a history here,” says artist Steven Grounds. He walked the abandoned halls of the old Concho Indian School. Grounds saw the crude tags but felt something else in the spirit of this place, something he had to start painting himself. His first mural was an exploration of his own style writ large. “I started to […]

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    Newest attraction at Turner Falls takes you on a 777 foot zip of a lifetime

    TURNER FALLS PARK, OKLAHOMA — The path to retirement might be rocky for some people. There might be a few rough patches for others. For Gary Fielding and his wife retirement involved an interesting idea and a pretty steep drop. “I did not like sitting in a recliner not doing anything,” he says. “We both said this would be a good thing to do.” Welcome to the 777 Zip. It isn’t a postal code, but Gary put as many 7’s […]

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    Guthrie towing service turns wrecks to gems when traffic is light

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — When the weather is clear and the traffic light, long time tow truck operator Jerry Jones doesn’t have to look far for projects to occupy his spare time. “There are days that go by and we don’t have a wrecker call at all,” he says. “So we have all day to do things you know.” He was a mechanic before starting Jerry’s Wrecker Service south of Guthrie. So Jerry collects old wrecks and then turns them back […]

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    After 109 years, the Hydro Free Fair survives on tradition and family

    HYDRO, OKLAHOMA — It’s not a Land Run but the organizers still shoot a pistol on the first evening of the Hydro Free Fair. Some of the traditions here go way beyond the memories of living fair goers. The earliest picture anyone can find of the Free Fair is at least a century old. There might be a starter pistol in there somewhere, or, more likely, a regular pistol. Janey Pease and her husband used to run a grocery store […]

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    He didn’t buy a zoo. This former Stillwater factory worker built one instead.

    STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA — They’re so busy these days, Rusty Focht and his wife hardly have time to think back to the simpler times when they bought this 20 acres and just had a few goats. The Lost Creek Safari Petting Zoo wasn’t in the picture at all back then. Rusty was wrapping wire at a factory in Stillwater. But he liked his animals. Over the years families with exotic pets would send theirs here too. The menagerie kept growing until […]

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    He won two Olympic Gold medals and is considered the greatest athlete of the 20th Century, but Jim Thorpe’s happiest times were spent here.

      YALE, OKLAHOMA — When Jim Thorpe came home, when he really came home, from post-Olympic publicity tours, from speaking engagements, from football and baseball seasons, he came here to a tidy, little house that still stands in on East Boston Street in Yale. “The house was built new in 1915,” says Thorpe Home director Linda Cleveland Frick. She is the longtime keeper of the Jim Thorpe Home, of the original pieces from his time, these chairs, a hand crocheted […]

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    This Olympian’s grandma keeps a file on her medal winning grandson, cute pictures and embarrassing stories included

      ENID, OKLAHOMA — The TV would be tuned to the Olympics even if she didn’t have an extra reason to watch. Pat Camp Rainey loves the Games, even a good beach volleyball match if swimming isn’t on. “I’ve had so many people tell me that it’s so neat to know somebody that’s there,” she says. Rainey watches for one swimmer in particular, just like she always has. Her daughter’s son is back stroker David Plummer. Pat is part of […]

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    His music career didn’t work out but this Oklahoma City furniture maker found another kind of music in wood

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — If there’s anything a carpenter or carver learns when working with wood, you can’t force it. You can’t go against the grain. If you do, whatever you’re building is likely to fall apart. “I’ve destroyed many an expensive board trying to make it do something it didn’t want to do,” says Jarrett Maxwell. Jarrett is a self-taught wood worker. He went to college for music and composition. He worked in an office for a few years […]

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    Rube Goldberg would be proud of the projects these OU freshman put together at camp

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — 41 students, 8 teams, and a month to solve a seemingly simple problem. These 18 year olds are all incoming freshman engineering students at the University of Oklahoma. Kristina Lea and her team of 5 were tasked with putting a band-aid on a baby by building a machine that took at least 15 different steps to perform the task. “We actually have about an 85 percent success rate,” she says. A year ago Lea was a high […]