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
  • Stories from heroes: The Yukon Veterans Museum

    YUKON, Okla. – Their stories are muted from behind the glass cases, barely noticed among the Yukon Chamber’s morning coffee session. It’s only as the crowd dissipates that organizers can begin to explain the tales behind the old headlines and faded pictures. Over the past several years, retired Army veterans like Rick Cacini have brought their own souvenirs from police actions and wars too. Cacini points to a small table behind a set of sand bags, “This radio set was […]

  • A big new record store in OKC? The Trolley Stop expands.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He collected a lot of records as a kid. Who didn’t? John Dunning eventually moved on to spending his money at local concert venues, but he was always the kind of guy who kept absolutely everything. “A true junker never has enough room,” he smiles. So he stumbled across a vinyl collection that wouldn’t even fit into one house. John spent a month going through it for the good stuff. “From daylight to dark, mining records,” […]

  • The last U-pick blackberries in central OK go fast

    STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA — Pickers knew this day was coming. Since May, people like Diane Buchanan have been traipsing out to North 40 Farms to pick early blackberries first and, this morning, the last. They are the Apaches, some as big as the end of your thumb and twice as sweet. Rick Youngers came back from a summer vacation just in time to grab his own bucket. Barbara Collum got here at 7 o’clock just as the sun peeked over the […]

  • The Great Elephant Escape: Oklahoma author recalls the summer of ’75 in Hugo

    HUGO, OKLAHOMA — Seeing an elephant up close, feeding them, touching their skin. Only recently have caretakers at the Endangered Ark elephant sanctuary begun to offer regular tours. It’s a once in a lifetime birthday and experience for tourists like this family from Colorado who get much closer to these giant animals than they would at a normal zoo. One of the last stops on this tour is to encounter two elephants, Isa and Lilly. They’re 44 years old now, […]

  • Making $ by Making Movies in Oklahoma: A local writer/director has found the formula

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — As writer and director it makes sense that Ryan Bellgardt would be involved in just about every aspect of his latest release, “Gremlin”, a monster in a box movie he shot in and around Oklahoma City. The Overholser Mansion figures prominently. “I don’t want to give too much away,” smiles Ryan, “but it sort of starts to rampage around Heritage Hills.” Gremlin has been finished for a while. His next film “Jurassic Games” is in the […]

  • Musicians without notes on a page: the UCO Jazz Lab

    EDMOND, Okla. – They are all student musicians who’ve grown up with notes printed on a page. Follow the notes, and you make music. So, what happens when the notes are gone? That’s where teachers like Jeff Kidwell take over. “It’s like someone yanking your security blanket from beneath you,” he said. “You’ve got to learn how to think on your feet, all of a sudden, and turn on another part of your brain and let your ear work.” It’s […]

  • OKC to Amarillo in 8 hours: That was a record time in 1917 driving on the Ozark Trail

    MANGUM, OKLAHOMA — They started on a June morning in 1917 heading from Oklahoma City to Amarillo, Texas. Mangum boys Clay Hall and Dick Merryman had a brand new Buick and a new road to travel, The Ozark Trail. They made the trip in less than 8 hours at an unheard of speed for the time. “They averaged over 40MPH over gravel roads,” says historian Stephen Dock. Dock is the director of the Old Greer County Museum in Mangum. He’s […]

  • Oklahoma’s abandoned missile sites are getting above ground recognition after more than 50 years.

    WILLOW, OKLAHOMA — They don’t look like much of anything any more; concrete pads, metal buildings, and blocked doorways. “These are huge structures,” says historian Landry Brewer, “Made of reinforced concrete.” This site near the town of Willow in Greer County is home to a few granaries and some farm equipment. The Granite School District uses this site to help train show pigs. But Sayre, OK history professor Brewer sees these sites for what they used to be. From 1962 […]

  • Shot down over the Midwest: Just one of the many amazing exploits of a single mom crop duster

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — Nothing but a scattering of high clouds over central Oklahoma, light winds, a summer day that might be good for flying. “My life was flying,” says author Rhonda Colia. “I woke up to the sound of airplane engines every morning.” Colia surveys her surroundings like a pilot would even though she’s never flown an airplane. Her perspective comes from her mother, Mary Eilers, born nearly a century ago, who saw her first airplane at the age of […]

  • The hard work of saving the cutest: Oklahoma’s only neonatal kitten rescue operation

    STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA — They arrive with eyes closed and stomachs empty, a litter at a time, as many as 100 in a month. “These guys came from Stilwater Animal Welfare,” says Bottle Feeding Coordinator Rennee Huddleston. These are the orphaned or abandoned kittens of Oklahoma, the lucky ones who make it to Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue, the state’s only on site neonatal facility for orphaned felines. “All kittens all the time,” remarks a visitor. “Yes,” says Director Holly Chapples. “And […]

  • A group of lifetime residents band together to help Hollis, OK

    HOLLIS, OKLAHOMA — A walk down Broadway versus a walk down memory lane. Local attorney David Cummins says, “We debated about whether this was a dress shop or that was a little grocery store.” The two didn’t fit well together for this group of longtime Hollis residents, people who grew up here and remembered the three barber shops and the soda fountain. Longtime ‘Hollisers’ like Betty Motley really did notice the decline of their town. “I think, for all of […]