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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.


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    Business in Tecumseh proves you can take the girl off the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the girl

    TECUMSEH, OKLAHOMA — Some call it baggage. Linda Praytor calls the lessons she took from growing up a farm kid skills. “My dad was a dairyman,” says Linda Praytor. “I grew up a dairyman’s child.” “I try to concentrate on the farm life, the simple life.” She and her sister learned to cook for the family so she knows how to check a table. She helped her dad milk cows every day so she knows how to work. “A farm […]

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    Animals from 6 continents are ‘stuffed’ inside this Frederick, OK roadside attraction

    FREDERICK, OKLAHOMA — The building on Main Street doesn’t tell you much about what to expect inside. A bronze plaque on the wall says something about a collection dedicated to the education and preservation of wildlife. That’s when Felisha Crawford takes over. “It’s like entering a whole different world,” she says. “It’s a fun thing that people come in from the sunlight to the dark a little bit. By the time they’re eyes adjust there’s a bit of awe, like […]

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    Duck Call Maker takes duck season off to test his own product

    LANGLEY, OKLAHOMA — Of all the things turning in Cody Johnson’s head the sound a duck makes twists and travels the most. “It’s a lot of lonely nights spent out here,” he says, “playing with reeds and corks and tone boards until you get the right sound.” He’s listened with his ears and aimed with his eyes. A lifelong duck hunter, Cody likes to be able to call them in, to be the one they listen to when it’s time […]

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    Extra Innings: Old timers in softball form a league of their own

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Long after most seasons have ended, a collection of longtime softball players emerge from the shadows on an indoor ‘field of dreams’. Mike Armstrong played and coached, and got old, like the rest of these guys. He played competitive softball into his 50’s, as long as he could. “We’ve got a couple of guys with medical problems, to say the least,” he points out. The same goes for Jon Dorr. “I like to be competitive,” […]

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    Paralyzed Bethany football player Hudson Haws talks for the first time about his injury, recovery

    BETHANY, OKLAHOMA — Home only a few days and Hudson Haws was still getting used to his new room on the first floor. Family supporters remodeled the house while he was away. “Roll in showers, new bathtub,” says Haws as he guides a camera man around his new living space. Volunteers put in new, hardwood floors, specially fitted bathroom fixtures, a flat screen TV and a reclining couch. “My old room was half the size of this,” he says. “and […]

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    Love and Mercy. A hospital romance blossoms beneath the spinning cross

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Fresh out of residency, Daniel Pascucci was trying to concentrate on his career in the Fall of 2014. New to her job too, Kami Owens had plenty to think about as an ICU nurse at Mercy Hospital. They each worked on different floors, but another nurse happened to know them both. Salett Tunley arranged an introduction. “I had something inside that was just telling me that I needed to introduce them to one another,” she says. […]

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    World War II Airborne Demonstration Team is often a family mission

      FREDERICK, OKLAHOMA — The mess hall is a busy place at lunch hour just as it is every January at this time, and just as it was more than 70 years ago in this Frederick Airport hangar. Look around this place and you’ll see a lot more than just the ghosts of World War II. The Airborne Demonstration Team based here lives it twice a year. Lisa Wilson is a nurse by way of Virginia, and before that, by […]

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    The Raising of Bass Reeves: Forgotten Territory Lawman Becoming Famous Once Again

    MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA — To separate fact from legend researchers often have to re-trace a man’s steps. That’s why Oscar Ray and Roger Bell have walked this section of 2nd Street in Muskogee before. Oscar, as the man pretending to be Bass Reeves. “He was a unique man in a challenging time,” he says. Roger Bell as the man who’s studied his exploits for the better part of 20 years. “Bass hasn’t been well-known at all nationally,” he argues. During the […]

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    Famous fossil discoverer finds himself fossilizing at age 100

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    Early OKC Rock and Roll pioneer talks about the first ever shows in 1956

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Tennessee’ might be a song from the 1940’s but Kip Curtis still has his chops when he plays in on the piano. Pick any other song and it’s not hard to imagine that he could really rock. He chuckles when recalling his early playing days, “I was just a stupid teenager going with the flow.” Curtis still plays gigs once in a while. He still hires out to people who might […]

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    Norman metal sculptor discovers a softer side through his own, painful recovery

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — The spark has always been there. Bret McDanel has always had an eye for bringing dead machine parts back to new life. “I’ve been doing art forever,” he says. “I’ve always done creative stuff.” For years now he’s turned out new creatures, metal and bone fused, scrap iron humanoids, or robots with human habits, depending on your point of view. McDanel says, “I think, like most things, people are passionate about life situations and things that happen.” […]