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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
  • Oklahoma’s largest spring is the lifeblood of this Oklahoma town

    FITTSTOWN, OKLAHOMA — There are hundreds of artesian springs in this region of south central Oklahoma. They bubble straight out of the ground in a 500 square mile area called the Arbuckle- Simpson Aquifer. Carl Allen knows one of those springs best. “It’s the northern most outcropping of that aquifer,” he states. He comes to this spot near Fittstown at least once a month to check on it even though the water here has been gushing out of the ground […]

  • An early Oklahoma trainspotter gets credit for his photography in a new book called ‘Smoke Over Oklahoma’

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Preston George was a young civil engineer with the Oklahoma Highway Department in the 1930’s, but what he really liked, especially after picking up a railroad magazine, was trains. “He was interested in steam and I was interested in steam,” says railroad historian and author Augustus Veenendaal who met Preston George for the first time back in the ’80’s. It wasn’t until another visit with him a few years later that he was able to view […]

  • An Oklahoma portrait artist asks an important question. What will you ‘work for’?

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The city walks or drives past every day. From his temporary office in the Skirvin Hotel Mike Wimmer sees all kinds of people. Some stop and look. Others hurry past like clouds on a windy day. “That’s the part,” he says. “I’m getting to meet all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds, and find out what it is they’re doing and why they do it. What’s they’re inspiration for doing it.” He’s the current […]

  • The Old Douglass High School has new life as apartments and community center

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Brick, mortar, and history. Construction crews are still working away at this century old building. “This building dates back to 1911,” says Progress Oklahoma Director Neila Crank -Clements. Clements gave us one of the first looks inside what was once Douglass High School from 1934 to 1954, the Page -Woodson School up until 1994, and a vacant building until work started a year ago. Of the conditions before work started, Clements describes, “It was terrifying. There […]

  • Searching for the stories behind Indian Head Rock

    CADDO COUNTY, OKLAHOMA — No need to look for Indian Head Rock before we get there. On our way we stopped at East Elementary School in Anadarko. That’s where Pat Owings teaches art, and where she uses as much Native American culture as she can. Her second and third graders know all about the story behind dream catchers. Her third grade boys make bear claw necklaces out of ‘bear claws’ she bakes at home. When she was still a young […]

  • Pretty as Ever: The 80th Anniversary of the Redbud as Oklahoma’s State Tree

    SULPHUR, OKLAHOMA — Park guides at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area fan out every spring to find wildflowers in the park. But one flower no one ever has to look for is guide Nancy Binderman’s favorite, the Redbud. “They’re a native tree, a member of the pea family,” she says. Found in open woodlands where forests meet prairie, the Redbuds we know prefer sandy soil. The Oklahoma variety is especially resistant to drouth and heat. Nancy can even find them […]

  • This retired dentist spent years making his back yard into a show place. Then he gave it all away.

    GROVE, OKLAHOMA — The volunteers descended early on a Saturday mulching flower beds, weeding, raking, sprucing up Lendonwood Botanical Gardens as the first Azaleas were already opening up. “It’s looking good right now says Leonard Miller.” Of all the people donating time to this 8 acre plot, has put in the most hours by far. He remembers the brush and thorns that choked these paths in the early ’70’s. It took him five years to clear it. “I’ve always been […]

  • The ‘rock hoppers’ at Grand Lake have no use for the water unless you can drive through it.

    DISNEY, OKLAHOMA — As a kid, Russ Hogan used to run around this part of the Grand River wishing he had a car like this to carry him. “I dreamed of the day I could have me a machine that I could drive all over this place,” he says. He never could have imagined back then but he eventually dreamed up later in life. This five-mile stretch of Grand River below the Pensacola Dam is now an off-road playground for […]

  • This 42 year old Sooner fan with Down Syndrome got the biggest present of his life when the band came to play

    OKARCHE, OKLAHOMA — You don’t have to step very far into Kyle Winstead’s room at the Center of Family Love facility to see what he loves best. Anything with OU or Sooner on it is a favorite. Anything on his stereo that plays the Eagles is also a favorite. Oh yeah, and we caught him on his 42nd birthday. That meant cards, balloons, and presents. But there was one gift that came way after the chocolate cake and the party. […]

  • The ‘Jewel’ of the Muscogee Creek Nation returns to its framers

    OKMULGEE, OKLAHOMA — The hard hats were just for show. Members of the Muscogee Creek Nation put them on for pictures in front of their old capitol building, now set for a historic restoration just seven years after people like Interior Secretary Chris Azbell helped buy it back. “It’s a combined story of the Creek NationĀ and the city of Okmulgee,” he says. Right after the chaos of the Civil War, Creek Nation leaders reorganized and built a log capitol on […]

  • Her questions about an Oklahoma town’s history led to a new curriculum for school students

    HENRYETTA, OKLAHOMA — Kathryn Shurden’s grandfather filled her with tales of her own hometown of Wewoka. But here she was walking down Main Street Henryetta one day without even knowing about the abandoned coal mines beneath her feet. “There’s a catacomb of coal mines underneath the city of Henryetta,” she says. “I didn’t know we had coal here. Krebs or McAlester maybe.” With a background in both education and journalism, Kathy started asking questions about history all over town. Who […]