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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
  • Screenwriters for ‘Rudderless’ Talk About the Arduous Trip from Page to Screen

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Of all the people using the Lake Hefner Trail system this particular evening, runners, bikers, sunset watchers, the two who know it best might be Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison. They imagined this lake in their screenplay. They spent two weeks shooting a movie on the lake’s far shore in June of 2014. Their film is called ‘Rudderless’ William H. Macy directs. It’s got a cast that includes Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, and Lawrence Fishburne. The […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma Teacher Turns Lunch Time Fishing Escape Into After School Class

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Just to be straight, it is after school at Heritage Hall Academy. Regular classes are finished for the day, but that doesnt’ mean Director of College Counseling Marshall Gray still can’t take a some time to dip a hook in the pond behind the upper school, especially if he brings a group of students who want to do the same. “It’s a skill but it’s not hard,” Gray explains. “Anyone can learn to fish with very […]

  • Great State: Senior Citizens and Dragon Boats Combine for Fall Rowing Season

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They strain at the dock, dragons in the shape of boats that appear as though they’d like to fly or swim away. Also straining on this October evening, the Golden Dragons, a rowing tea that consists of residents who live at the Spanish Cove Retirement Community. There coach is Debbie Miller. Miller says of her team, “Our average age is about 82. Next year we’ll have 4 paddlers who will be 90 years old. Pretty amazing.” […]

  • Great State: From Big Foot Hunter to Big Foot Whisperer

    SULPHUR, OKLAHOMA — He keeps his footfalls quiet. Farlan Huff walks this path alone, no other Bigfoot hunters around. “I want to be non-threatening,” he says. Is he a human ambassador to a different species, or is he wandering further from reality? He doesn’t really care what anyone else thinks any more. Huff says, “I’ve gone from wondering what they were to who they are.” There was a time, just a few years ago, when Huff would show his pictures […]

  • Great State: The Chemistry of Becoming Oklahoma City’s Best Bartender

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The elements may have different names, but don’t tell Jeff Cole there’s no chemistry in what he does behind a bar. He’s the beverage manager at the Ambassador Hotel’s O Bar. Jeff’s been a bartender and student of mixology ever since he turned ‘legal’ at age 21. Back then he just liked all the gadgets involved in the bartending trade. Constantly experimenting, Jeff says he builds on what’s come before. Cole let us peek behind the […]

  • Great State: OKC Food Truck Revolution Goes Permanent in Mid-Town at Bleu Garten

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The back of a trailer is the last place you might look for a truck driver like Chris Cornish. But this is where he and his wife Nicole spend more of their weekends making sandwiches like their Ultimate Smoked Hot. Chris shows us how he makes it. “The hot link goes on top,” he says placing sliced sausages on chopped beef frying on the grill. “Then I put my swiss cheese on here. My sauce on […]

  • Great State: Alva Family’s Growing Petting Zoo is also Therapy for the Owners

    ALVA, OKLAHOMA — Introductions take a little time on the Bradt Farm west of Alva. Jerad, JoDe and one year old Braker, sons Braylon and Brickman, they’re easy. But over the past five years the family has also come to include Speed and Blue, Shorty, Igor, Brick, Falcona, and many more animals that aren’t too familiar with winter pasture. Jerad says, “It’s kind of a labor of love.” For sixty years the Bradt place was a quiet wheat farm, but […]

  • Great State: Sound from Alva Choir Echoes Far Beyond NWOSU Campus

    ALVA, OKLAHOMA — From the oldest structure on the Northwestern campus the chords of higher education echo from brick and mortar. A solemn, vocal hymn feels at home in the halls of academia, cushioned by shady trees and the ghosts of students past. But among the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Singers, the present is most important. In its history, this group might never have been better than right now. “We’ve really got an amazing group going here,” says one of […]

  • Great State: Guymon Couple Married 65 years, Born on the Same Day

    GUYMON, OKLAHOMA — Married more than 65 years, Geraldine and Tyler Latham have a lot of memories to sort through at their kitchen table. All the shared experiences in the form of snapshots have made them as familiar as two people can be. Geraldine chuckles, “Don’t you think you can read my mind?” she asks. “Yeah.” smiles Tyler. “What’s it saying right now?” But Tyler and Geraldine share something else other than their long life together. They also share the […]

  • Great State: From America’s Got Talent to Oklahoma State Fair is a Big ‘Loop’

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He saw his first rope trick as an 8-year-old kid. ‘Loop’ Rawlins didn’t go by that name then but it wasn’t long before everyone called him that. “It’s actually my stage name,” he says. “But I use it so much my mom, when she texts me, she calls me ‘Loop’.” He can rope a steer but Loop got bored with the simple stuff. One of his inspirations has always been another, famous trick roper who made […]

  • Great State: Circus Performers at the Fair Can Trace their Showbiz Roots to 1842

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA– A traditional Tarantula lures the crowd at the entrance to the only big top tent at the Oklahoma State fairgrounds. The tune also leads back to 1842 and a love story between a circus clown and a gypsy ballerina. “A long time ago,” says circus performer Costa Zoppe. “They were a French clown and a Hungarian equestrian ballerina. They met. They fell in love and eventually emigrated to Italy.” That love story also had a legacy. Six […]