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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
  • He’s a police chief by day but the King of Rock ‘n Roll on stage

    ALEX, OKLAHOMA — He’s the police chief in the town of Alex now so no one ca really say anything about what would normally be the ‘against regulation’ length of his sideburns or the over the collar length of his hair. “The town’s okay with the sideburns,” says Chief Tim Keef. “So I’m good too.” Tim Keef went over all that when he joined the force more than a decade ago. After all his love for police work isn’t nearly […]

  • His dog can fetch…and count.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He’s in the shop all the time. Phillip Ferguson literally lives with the engines he rebuilds. His shop is above his crowded workspace. But he also lives with Cookie, a 6-year-old mutt left by a customer when she was just a pup. “They called me about 5 in the morning and said, ‘man I forgot my dog in your shop’,” he recalls. “When they came to get her the next day I said, ‘I’ll give you […]

  • Our choices for the Top 4 Great State stories of 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Think of one year and accelerating zip line like this one that flies over Turner Falls near Sulphur. Our zip line of a year started on the morning radio show of twins Nathan and Landry Brewer in Elk City, and took off with the affirmative answer to the big question asked by young Dr. Daniel Pascucci. He and his fiancĂ© married in June of 2016 but we were there to tell the story of how it […]

  • A locally produced toast for the New Year: Prairie Wolf Spirits has something for your cup.

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — Most of the bottling and distribution is finished. What’s left but to fill a last few glass containers and clean out the tanks at Prairie Wolf Spirits. Standing beside his small bottling set up Hunter Merritt explains, “This is just one last layer before we throw it in the bottle to make sure it’s where we want it to be.” And who better to do that than Merritt, the company founder, head distiller, chief, cook, and bottle […]

  • Best of Great State: Can I take a selfie? That’s an impossible task for this old-time photographer

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — We live in a time when just about anyone can step out their back door, snap off a snowy picture with their cell phone, send it, delete it, or print it. “So pretty,” exclaims photographer Lori Oden But Oden prefers a much older, more careful method. “I like the process,” she says of taking pictures with huge box camera. “The process is meditative to me. I feel like I have a hand in every aspect of […]

  • Best of Great State: Winter time is for making lures at Big Al’s Bait Shop

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — He casts his line wherever he can, when he can. Alvin Frye Jr. lives for fishing, but his business success lies in other people fishing. “Sinkers, jigs, doll flies,” he lists off while walking through his longtime bait shop. Welcome to Big Al’s sinker and lure shop, tucked away on a residential street in north Enid. Inside the house where he grew up, Alvin sells, floor to ceiling, everything anyone might need to catch something in Oklahoma […]

  • Best of Great State: Would you live in this cabin? Would you build it for $7?

    ERICK, OKLAHOMA — The cabin sits in Sam Hagan’s old back yard, looking a lot more like the oldest structure in town instead of the newest. “It’s been quite a journey,” he says. “I get something in my mind and I got to do it.” It’s only been a couple of winters since he was down on his luck and cutting fire wood to make ends meet. “I was out of work and chose not to draw unemployment,” he says. […]

  • Best of Great State: The Simpson Brothers Old West museum in Enid

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — If you want a factual guide through the history of the Old West don’t ask Larry Simpson or his brother Rick, or Larry’s son Colton. They aren’t big on facts in the old Simpson Mercantile, but they are great on the story part. “It’s not a pretty sight but it’s something,” says Larry. “And there’s no extra charge for that.” Back in 2005 we visited just as the old store was fixing to close. Rick and Larry […]

  • Best of Great State: Rain, snow, or sunshine. This Ponca City couple keeps Kaw Lake trails open for horses

    KAW LAKE, OKLAHOMA — Prairie skies and lake views. When Rick Boyd and his wife Lori Young built a house overlooking Kaw Lake eight years ago their Rock-A-Bye Ranch became their dream home. “We have a big variety of landscape,” says Rick.” Their acreage became a place where they could spread out and ride horses right out the back door. “You betcha,” he echoes. There was a small problem though. The old horse trails that ran through the woods at […]

  • Our Favorite Place was an abandoned building in Eufaula 5 years ago. You should see it now.

    EUFAULA, OKLAHOMA — It might be the one place in Oklahoma where you can travel the state in just a few steps. “We have a little bit of everything,” says store proprietor Karen Weldin. Bedre Chocolates in Sulphur to Little River Pottery in Tecumseh is maybe ten feet. “Of course, I’m a little prejudiced,” says Weldin holding up a coffee mug. “They made a cup that features Our Favorite Place.” Rustic Cuff Jewelry in Tulsa all the way to Grandpa […]

  • Longtime owner of the old Campus Cleaners, and one of our favorite ‘Great State’ stories, passes

    He ran the Campus Cleaner store in Stillwater for decades. His kids worked there. Jimmy Reynolds grandkids worked there too. We shot a story there in 2005 just before he retired. We’re saddened to hear that Jimmy passed away recently. Watch this story and see if his words don’t stay with you.