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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    Kids in Wellston turn a trailer load of donated pumpkins to chaotic fun

    WELLSTON, OKLAHOMA — A history teacher might discuss the origins of Halloween and how the Jack-O-Lantern fits in. Art teachers might develop a lesson plan for how to mix paint. But when longtime resident Jerry Conley brought a trailer load of pumpkins to Wellston Elementary this week teachers here allowed their kids the freedom of expression and let it crowd the halls. We brought a few examples to ‘show and tell’ and shatter the quiet school library. First grader Jaxon […]

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    Making 2 things into one: Blades and calls in Choctaw

    CHOCTAW, OKLAHOMA — You don’t have to step very far into Aaron York’s workshop to see he doesn’t like to throw things away. “I’ll try anything once or twice,” he says. “You know what I mean?” He knows old files make good knife blades. Old deer horns make good handles. Lots of guys know that. “If I’ve got a set that matches,” he says, “I’ll make a left and right.” But York put his mind to make his handles more […]

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    The Holcombe family’s permanent, adventure vacation brings them home to Oklahoma Riversport

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Paddlers and kayakers don’t usually get up really early unless someone tells them to, or unless they’re really excited about something. For the Holcombe family, on this October morning, it’s a bit of both. Dad Peter Holcombe explains, “Well, we work on the road so it’s not always a vacation, but some days it sure feels like it.” We caught Peter, wife, Kathy, and their 12-year-old daughter Abby on their way to a day of testing […]

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    This veteran’s film camera was stolen in 1967, fellow veterans found it for him in 2016.

    DEL CITY, OKLAHOMA– From the dark place all lost items go to the bright light of a friendly Oklahoma parking lot, Steven Bridges bought this old 8mm film camera at an auction in Wanette, OK. “I saw it and thought it was kind of cool,” he says. “I bid $6 for it and bought it.” It wasn’t until he got his camera home that he noticed a name, Leon Hembree, etched in the top along with dates and location, Saigon, […]

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    One of feline’s rarest breeds has a paw hold in Chandler

    CHANDLER, OKLAHOMA — If you’re looking for big cats in Chandler you stick with the quiet kind that guard the front steps of Renee Spahr’s house. It’s inside where you’ll find the rare ones. “They’ve been around for a few years,” she says. “I really enjoy showing them.” She has a few of the hairless variety, but rarer still are these guys. They’re called Lykoi or ‘Wolf Cats’ because of their, sort of, Lon Chaney Jr. Wolfman look. They are […]

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    Best of Great State: Where the Buffalo Roam and are auctioned off to the highest bidder

    WICHITA MTS. WILDLIFE REFUGE, OKLAHOMA — They were meant to run free so when you put a bison in a tight space Ranger Ralph Bryant says they don’t like it. “They’re older bulls and they’re pretty agitated right now,” he says looking above a pen containing 3 nervous animals. But every year now for much of the past 40 or them, managers and volunteer cowboys round-up as many bison as they can, then sell the ones they don’t want. Tough cowboys […]

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    The world’s biggest house cats bred right here in Oklahoma

    PONCA CITY, Okla, – When Martin Stuckey comes in from a long day on his farm near Ponca City, he’s not actually finished working. Pointing to several kittens, he said “They’re curious. They sense new smells. They see the camera.” Part of his feline brood lives with he and his family, so they can get used to playing with people. Stuckey continues “They’re playing right now, and that’s what they do all day long, chasing balls. They’re just amazing creatures.” They […]

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    Henryetta’s House: The home of the town’s original founder is up for sale

    HENRYETTA, Okla. – He was a pretty smart fella. Hugh Henry took his allotment from the Creek Nation in Okmulgee County and noticed right away his land had two things on it that would attract railroads. “He knew the trains would be coming through there, because there was coal and water,” said local historian Mike Doak. Doak said Henry was a rancher then, an experienced drover from the old trail days. Hugh knew a town would spring up with a railroad […]

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    One cake decorator’s response to violence in America: A trainload of sugar

    NORMAN, Okla. – The structure could be cake. Master cake decorator and baker Edith Hall says it’s certainly possible to make a 45 foot long train out of cake. But this locomotive will sit in the Expo Hall at the Tulsa State Fair for a whole week so, out of necessity, her husband made the skeleton out of plywood in their Missouri garage. Edith continues, “And then I carved all the animals out of styrofoam.” But that being said, the […]

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    When Oklahoma was a brand new place, these were the first pictures reporters brought back

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — The first impressions the world got of Indian and Oklahoma Territories came from artists like George Catlin who embedded with a Cavalry expedition in 1832. He was sick for most of the trip but sketched Comanche stick all players and Indians chasing buffalo through the Wichita Mountains. Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum Director Mark White says these first illustrators were more news reporters than artists. He explains, “They were working from impressions that they often had to […]

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    The debate continues about whether Bigfoot is real but his festival helps local kids get to college

    HONOBIA, OKLAHOMA — The surrounding forest was quiet Thursday morning, but organizers and exhibitors at the annual Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference were already setting up. “All of the vendors will come in today,” says festival director Jolly Winsor. “All of the campers will come in.” She had guys moving chairs. The T-shirt stand was up, and a jar set out for the scholarship fund. That’s right. There is a Bigfoot Scholarship. Winsor says, “In this area the economy is […]