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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: Grandfield Man Turns Farm Junk to Fine Furniture

    GRANDFIELD, OKLAHOMA — The history of farming in the 20th Century sits on an old homestead north of town, rusting very slowly. “I get excited about this stuff,” says T.J. Josefy. “I have opportunity in this yard.” T.J. Josefy wanders this combine and tractor graveyard often, looking for pieces that fit his ideas for something other than their original purpose. “I don’t know until I see it,” he says while poking around. ” Some of these hunks of metal sat for […]

  • He Learned to Play Piano in Brazil but in Oklahoma he learned to love teaching

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It’s class time at Oklahoma City University. In a large, rehearsal hall young students wrestle with 88 keys on a concert grand, and with their energetic teacher who looks, for all the world, like someone who would prefer taking over the single seat bench to start playing himself. “I decided to become a musician because I wanted to be an artist,” he says. “Because that provided an outlet for whatever was in your head,” asks a […]

  • Great State: OKC Art Gallery Showcases ‘The Art of Toys’

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They started out as My Little Ponies. Then an artist named Mari Kasurinen turned them into Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian ponies. These transformers look like you could find them mass-produced in a regular toy store but they’re unique too. “Oh yeah. We’ve got some great stuff in here,” says Kjelshus Collins, curator for an art show at Istvan Gallery called ‘The Art of Toys’. Collins is an artist himself who always liked to alter the […]

  • Great State: Gotebo, OK Memorial Built to Last Many Veterans Days to Come

    GOTEBO, OKLAHOMA — A stiff wind does its work on a prairie cemetery slowly erasing the careful work of those who remain to honor those who served. But against the immovable mountains on the horizon, one memorial here is built to stand firm too. Lance and Dusty Ward are cousins and sons of World War II veterans. Lance’s father ‘Boake’ Ward was a Marine. Dusty’s father ‘Red’ Ward was a decorated Navy Seabee. ‘Boake’ and ‘Red’ were two of eight […]

  • Great State: WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Vet Known Better in MWC as the Harmonica Man

    MIDWEST CITY, OKLAHOMA — The Christmas decorations are already going up. Jim Law’s tree is ready. He organized Thanksgiving weeks ago. Law even has ‘Turkey in the Straw’ ready to play on his harmonica. “I’ll walk into a place and say, ‘hey. it’s almost Thanksgiving,'” he says. “So I’ll pick up my harmonica and start playing.” He turns 95 in December with his sharp memory intact, perfectly willing to sit down with a reporter to discuss engines, especially the aircraft […]

  • Great State: Vietnam Era Vet Spends Rush Hour Celebrating Fellow Vets

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He started early this year, a day early at the 10th Street overpass on I-44, waving a big, American flag at southbound, rush-hour traffic and hoping for a wave back or a honk of thanks. His name is Ben Ross. He’s an Air Force veteran himself from the Vietnam era. “I served in the 821st Comm Squadron in Rapid City, South Dakota. Ellsworth Air Force Base,” he told us later. Sixteen years ago he was just another […]

  • Great State: No Longer a Town, Wheatland Church Still Carries the Name after 125 Years

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — There is a sign that still says Wheatland along the railroad track, naming the old whistle stop town long since silenced by its Oklahoma City neighbor. The old Wheatland school is long closed, but the old church across the street still carries the Wheatland name and opens its doors. “I open this door and make sure it kind of stays open,” says John Flower. He holds these duties on Sunday morning now, opening the doors and […]

  • Great State: Trout Season Opens in Oklahoma With Rainbows in the Blue

    TISHOMINGO, OKLAHOMA — As green leaves turn to yellow and orange, as warm swimming holes turn to ‘big catch’ honey holes, fishermen on the Blue River turn to the trout stocked here every Fall. Wes Harden has come to these pretty river banks near Tishomingo for more than 20 years. “Down out of the crowd and the city,” he says while casting. He caught a 5 pound Rainbow Trout on this spot once. I remains his favorite place to fish. […]

  • Great State: Magician Rob Lake Keeps Magic History in a Secret Warehouse

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — We can’t tell you where it is. Magicians are serious about never revealing their secrets. “I’ve been doing magic since I was 10 years old,” says Rob Lake, “and some of my first illusions are still in here.” But Lake did agree to shed just enough light to make our way around the lair that locks away all his props when he’s not touring. “This is the history of your career tucked into one room,” remarks a […]

  • Great State: They Close the Streets in Anadarko When Adam Davidson Celebrates Halloween

    ANADARKO, OKLAHOMA — He bought enough candy to fill dozens of wicker baskets. Adam Davidson said, “We have around 50 gallons of candy.” We also found Adam still working on his own Batman costume. But on the Thursday morning before Halloween, the costume for the house was complete. “Well, this year we’ve turned it into Gotham City,” he said while spray painting graffiti on an empty spot of plywood. “We have Batman. We have Joker. We’ve just basically taken it over.” […]

  • Great State 1994: The Halloween Queen of Geary

    Loretta Moore’s house in Geary was a favorite stop for trick-or-treaters for 50 years. She would invite kids in, let them pick from a table full of candy, then take their picture. The kids would come back the next year just to get their snapshot. Her family always called her ‘Rosie’. Kids in costume on Halloween night couldn’t wait to stop in and visit with the lady they came to call ‘Grandma Rosie’.