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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
  • Frontier City’s newest ride offers a unique view of the park…upside down

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It’s the biggest new ride in more than a decade at Frontier City say resident ride experts Colin Cruze and Alex Ramsey. “We’re really excited about it,” says Alex as he looks up. The company that built it calls this the ‘Super Loop’. At this amusement park they call it the ‘Brain Drain’. “It’s probably going to get busy here in a second,” remarks a park visitor. “Oh yeah,” says Colin. “Especially if you’re right by […]

  • One Oklahoma City mom’s response to low 3rd grade reading scores makes a difference

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Carmen Williams has always been one of those moms who encouraged her kids to read. She works at a school in her east side Oklahoma City neighborhood. Her four-year old Carlos Junior already knows his letters and is just now figuring out the sounds they make. There was a time when she used to worry about the house being too quiet, that something was up. Lately, she’s been pleasantly surprised. “Quiet moment. You look around and […]

  • Great State: Sulphur’s New Artesian Hotel Found a Key Link to the Old Artesian and Brought it Back

    SULPHUR, OKLAHOMA — There are guests who stay at the new Artesian Hotel who mistake it for the old. They don’t realize the more than 50 years passage between the time the old one burned and the new hotel opened. “It’s really interesting,” says hotel manager Bryce Chitwood. “We’ll have folks come in whose parents stayed here or whose grandparents stayed at the original Artesian. They’ll still have receipts or really old post cards of the original.” But if you […]

  • Great State: Unique WWII Funeral at Sea Still Remembered by Family and On Film

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — Bertha Deen Sullivan remembers Uncle Loyce Deen as her favorite. “He was very good-looking and he’d pick me up and swirl me around in the front room of their home in Altus.” At her home in Edmond, Oklahoma Bertha still has his WWII era Navy papers, even his aviator’s log book. Her strongest memory is of their goodbye before he left to join the war. “I was just a little girl when he left,” she recalls. “and he […]

  • Great State: Guthrie High Grad is 8th Sibling In Her Family to Be Valedictorian

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — Pomp and Circumstance played for quite a while on this Friday night. Guthrie’s high school graduated a big class. The ceremony took place at the iconic Jelsma Stadium, better known as ‘The Rock’. These beaming students added their own stones to the pile of graduates who’ve walked this path before. But we concentrate on one particular graduate because of her family legacy. Her name is Sarah Datin. As a graduate ‘gift’ we let her borrow a small […]

  • Great State: 1st Grade Boy With Autism Found a Best Friend With the Flip of a Switch

    MUSTANG, OKLAHOMA — He’s got a head for names. Zane Smith’s teachers, including Jennifer Barbick, say he never forgets them. He’s also really good at making friends which can be rare for a 9-year-old with autism. One friend, in particular, is special. Zane talks about him all the time. Barbick says, “He’ll read. He’ll do back flips to be able to go see Victor.” If he’s done his work Zane listens for his voice and for the big set of […]

  • Great State: Woodward Roadside Monuments Built to Start Conversations

    WOODWARD, OKLAHOMA — It’s a roadside monument that gets more interesting the closer you are. “A lot of families like to stop here,” says property owner Randall Gabrel He put it up next to his oil business a few years ago. The life-size Stegosaurus gets attention from visitors first. “We got a momma and a baby,” he beams. Then folks see the little girl happily riding on its back. “It’s just subtle,” he insists. About that time people who stop […]

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    Water floods streets and businesses in Moore

    MOORE, Okla. — Heavy rain flooded numerous streets in Moore Wednesday evening. Drivers headed on S. Telephone Rd. were forced to turn around because part of the roadway was covered with water. “I could just tell that all of the cars were starting to turn around and go through our campus,” resident Caitlin White, said. “I’ve never seen it flood like this anywhere near campus.” Heavy flooding also caused trouble for drivers on the access road of I-35 in Moore, […]

  • Great State: Her Mother’s Day Wish, Let Me Run

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — Her records are meticulous. Dana Sternloff has albums full of running bibs and boxes full of t-shirts. She can tell when there’s an earthquake because all the medals hanging on her living room wall clang together. “I think I’m just going to need a whole trailer for all my medals,” she says picking up a set of them hanging on coat hangers. She even keeps the old shoes. “How many miles are in that box?” asks a […]

  • Woodward man takes 20 year obsession with one toy to new heights

    WOODWARD, OKLAHOMA — Greg Nuse has always been fascinated with machinery. K’Nex, made of small, connectable, plastic pieces were the perfect toy for young Greg. Add a trip to Six Flags Over Texas to the toy box of his youth and you’ve got an obsession that’s lasted 20 years, right up to present day. “A lot of people will say to me, ‘You’ve got to much spare time on your hands’, and I think, ‘Well, you take 20 years and […]

  • Great State: Introducing New Horns at OCU’s Annual Petting Zoo

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — If this was all there was. If all these grade school kids got to do on their field trip was listen to a band concert you might hear a few of them talk about it later, but that’s all. Oklahoma City University Band Director Mathew Mailman has known for a long time that his group needed to do a little more than just play to truly inspire. As a college kid himself, he helped out with […]