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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: Capitol Hill Barber Shop is a Throwback Including the Price for a Clipper Cut

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — You can look too close. You can try too hard to find the history in a place, the old paint on a brick wall, the signs that speak of long gone, two-bit stories. If you do that kind of thing at Debbie and Pat’s Barber Shop you might miss the more obvious and better stories cutting hair right in front of you. “What’s it like in here?” asks a visitor. “Fun,” replies owner Debbie Shiflet. She […]

  • Great State: Special Ops Chief Recalls His Lessons Learned from April 19, 1995

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Metal scraps and heavy construction debris litter an industrial yard in south Oklahoma City. Mike Shannon placed a lot of it in big piles to make it look like a bomb went off. “There’s no place like this in Oklahoma,” he says. On a rainy morning he is, once again, my tour guide, this time through pretend disaster. If it look familiar there’s a reason. “It was 188 hours in the Murrah,” he recalls. “Over a 10 […]

  • After 90 Years and one bombing Oklahoma City’s First Church bells come down

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They rang every Sunday for close to 90 years. They witnessed the growth of a city and survived within a few yards of a terrorist bomb attack. On a Saturday afternoon the bells of Oklahoma CIty’s First United Methodist Church came down. “This is the first church in Oklahoma City,” says deacon Don Kuntze. “It’s quite a landmark.” Kuntze and Melvin Ervin are church deacons who have a long history with the bells in the church […]

  • Watch this bird’s eye view of Oklahoma City’s First Church Bells coming down

    The first church in Oklahoma City is undergoing a major makeover. The bells  rang for nearly every Sunday over the last 90 years are being taken down and put into storage. The belfry which houses the 11 bells is in need of repair. KFOR  mounted a small GoPro camera onto the ball of a crane lifting 11 old bells from the steeple at Oklahoma City’s First United Methodist Church. The shots are pretty amazing. This is the raw video.  

  • Great State: Midwest City Tax Firm Is Also a Repository for City History

    MIDWEST CITY, OKLAHOMA — Studying early returns, it’s easy for Eddie and Sean Reed to become lost in their 70-plus years of history in government tax forms. “It’s where we came from,” says Eddie. “1943 is the oldest return we have that’s original,” says Eddie’s son Sean. Some of their earliest tax papers are in frames now but they say old papers still turn up in forgotten corners of what was once the Yarbro Grocery, then a pet store, and […]

  • Great State: Pawnee’s New Tornado Dome Covers the Whole Town

    PAWNEE, OKLAHOMA — Amanda Bales 1st grade students concentrated on reading and spelling Monday morning until the announcement came over the school’s PA system. “At this time we are in a tornado drill,” came the message. “Please go to the dome and find your spot.” Tornado drills are nothing new to Oklahoma school kids, but in Pawnee these kids don’t head for the basement or an interior hallway any more. They head to the ‘twister dome’. “We needed to move […]

  • Pawnee school installs Twister Dome that could fit entire town

    PAWNEE, Okla. – For the past two years now, schools systems all over the state have debated the issue of building safe rooms or storm shelters on school grounds. KFOR’s Galen Culver went to Pawnee, Oklahoma this week to visit a new storm shelter there that is designed to fit the whole town. In Pawnee, kids at school don’t head for the basement or an interior hallway anymore.  Instead, they head to the Twister Dome. Superintendent Ned Williams has seen […]

  • Great State: Unexpected Guests for Easter, 3 Orphan Ducklings

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — His new downy friends aren’t unwelcome guests, not if Tate Bleakely has anything to say about it. His grandfather named them Huey, Dewey, and Louie not long after Tate’s parents brought them over. Instead, grandmother Mary Beth Schaff prefers to call them something else. “They’re unexpected guests,” offers a backyard visitor. She agrees, “Unexpected guests. Right. Who needed a shot at making it.” Tate’s mom and dad found these three ducklings at a Norman pond. They were […]

  • Great State: Signs Pointing to a Billboard Museum on Rt 66

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — When Jim Gleason drives the streets of Oklahoma CIty he notices things most other drivers pretend they don’t. “They don’t see it until it’s gone,” he says. “Ninety percent of the time they’re junked. They go into salvage.” Gleason is in the sign business. The catch-all name is outdoor advertising. He knows the history of his business too. Jim can spot an old porcelain sign a mile off, or an old billboard still mounted on top […]

  • Great State: They Sell More Sauce Than Gas These Days at Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ

    DAVIS, OKLAHOMA — Somewhere between slow cooking, and smoky flavor lies the dividing line between hunger and the quickly passing thought that the stuff of barbecue used to be nothing more than parts of a pig, chicken or cow. The ribs, tenderloin, and brisket we love; that’s the real barbecue and that’s how Bobbie Wells and any other purveyor of ‘Q’ wants you to think about it. “We really want you to leave feeling like you sat at our kitchen […]

  • Great State: A Breed Apart, Temple, OK Wild Hog Hunt Puts Them On Display

    TEMPLE, OKLAHOMA — As town celebrations go this one is still unique. For the past five years now, Justin Ellis has organized a festival and contest around the hunting of wild hogs. On a clear Saturday afternoon in late March hunters started lining up to weigh in Friday night’s kill. Justin says, “Every year it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger.” Billy Ray Tisdale and his brother got their big hog close to town. Billy shot a boar […]