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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: Blind Bronc Rider Competes With a Different Kind of Courage

    SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA — The crackling voice on the P.A. system, the hum of the crowd, the rattle of a rodeo chute; these are things bareback bronc rider Taylor Howell knows. “Man, it’s getting my adrenaline going and I’m not even getting on,” he says while rummaging through his equipment bag. He’s also familiar with the rhythm of rigging up, and of knowing that everything in his gear bag has a place. “I think everybody has it in their head you […]

  • Great State: His Career as a Photographer Started at Oak Tree

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — He never shoots any pictures right away. Mike Klemme wears out golf carts. He checks Google Earth before even setting foot on a golf course. He looks at tree height and where shadows will fall. “And when the golf hole will be at its best and most dramatic,” he adds. The camera might be in his hands but Mike will still wait for those golden hours in the late afternoon or early morning when the light is […]

  • You think you are proud of your lawn? This guys proves it really is greener on his side of the fence

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — His footsteps fall on a blend of SR1020 and SR1119, so soft you want to take your shoes off. But Josh Cook insists that’s not necessary. As Oak Tree National superintendent he starts his day on the practice putting green to get a feel for this famous golf course. He kneels down to touch the short grass on the putting surface and says, “The better density we have and the more upright growth, the truer the ball […]

  • Great State: Retired Oklahoma mayor turns 100

    CANEY, Okla. – She helped keep a small Oklahoma town on the map for years and now she is celebrating her 100th birthday. Back in 1998 Bessie Withrow was an energetic mayor in a very small Oklahoma town. “I’d rather live here than any other place I know,” she says while driving her pickup truck through town. She used to run a grocery store in town with her husband. They both lived here for many years. In 1995 she became […]

  • Great State: Del City Community Garden Has Horn of Plenty to Give Away This Summer

    DEL CITY, OKLAHOMA — Melvin Thompson doesn’t dance through the garden rows this July, but he can’t resist strutting just a little bit. “Cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers,” he calls out as he passes. “We’re blessed with still having lot’s of blooms.” Four years ago this acreage behind the Del City Church of Christ needed more mowing that hoeing. But Melvin had just retired from the roofing business and he still thought he needed something to do. “I’m an […]

  • Great State: Father’s Legacy Passes Through One Wheat Harvest to Another

    HYDRO, OKLAHOMA — She was 10 when her father let her take the wheel of a wheat combine for the first time. “It’s one of my favorite places to be,” says Brittany Krehbiel. She had trouble making a straight cut at first but patient teachers helped her out. “I rode with my grandpa and my dad,” she recalls. “They let me slowly take over and I would cut something really crazy and they would come back and clean it up, […]

  • Great State: Producing Oil in Downtown OKC Since 1944

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Crush the seed, put steam to it, and make oil. Cottonseed oil. That’s the short version of a long story that sits on 25 acres of what is now prime real estate in Oklahoma City, and where Austin Rose now runs the Producers Co-perative Oil Mill. It’s been in business at this location since 1944. “There was nothing around,” says Rose of his plant’s origins. “When it was built it was probably on the outer edges […]

  • Great State: Rare Horses Find a New Home in the Oklahoma Hills

    BLANCHARD, OKLAHOMA — She’s a horse that’s crazy for peppermints and parades. As she fixes the rigging for Miss Daisy, Brenda Hearon says, “There’s lots of little parts and if you don’t get them just right you can’t steer.” Miss Daisy was also bred for pulling a cart or wagon all day long. It’s been more than a decade since Brenda saw her first Gypsy horse on television. It took a few years but it 2006 she and her husband […]

  • Great State: Code Talkers Nephew Opens Wartime Diary For the First Time

    LAWTON, OKLAHOMA — He sent the very first Allied messageĀ from Utah Beach on D-Day. The message was in a code based on the Comanche language. Larry Saupitty was his name. His cousin, Charles Chibitty, made the landing on D-Day too. The two cousins and fifteen other Comanche teenagers formed a key part of the 4th Infantry Signal Corps. They were recruited in the first months of WWII from the Fort Sill Indian School to come up with an un-breakable code […]

  • Great State: 65 Years of Channel 4 History Pass Through Jon Spence’s Living Room

    NICHOLS HILLS, OKLAHOMA — His living room has been made into a simple, television studio. On the morning we visit Jon Spence conducts another interview sitting on a comfortable couch. His subject is Weldon Watson, a WKY, Channel 4 reporter from 1974 to 1978 brought here to discuss his employ at Oklahoma’s first television station. “WKY-TV was my launching pad,” says Weldon to the camera. Watson wasn’t the only former WKY employee to come in that day. Ray Bennett, a […]

  • Great State: Huge Pre-War Car Stash Hidden Away for 70 Years Now Up for Auction

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — They line this overgrown yard on the southern end of town like a rusty mirage. The remote, fenced in lot is full of cars manufactures from the ’30’s through the ’40’s, junked, then locked in a funny kind of salvage yard time capsule opened recently by Stuart Piontek. Walking through a shed on the property he calls out some of the extensive inventory, “There’s grills. There’s fenders. So we just kind of guessed at what we thought […]