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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
  • As the horses return to Remington Park the Shults Twins come home.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They were both in a race to be the first this year. Duke Shults and his younger brother by three minutes Ryan were in a friendly competition to see who could bring in the first quarter horses to the Remington Park barns. “I’m only fifteen minutes away,” laughs Ryan. “Yeah,” chuckles Duke. “That’s all he had to come in.” They’re both trainers now but their history with Remington goes back to the track’s beginnings in 1988. […]

  • Using disability to advantage: This OKC photographer has a unique way of seeing his world.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Most photographers learn to see their world through one eye, through the frame of a viewfinder in their camera. A manual focus through a zoom lens tends to sharpen perspective on one thing leaving the rest of the picture to blur. “Anything I’m seeing I’m really seeing out of my right eye, any details” says photographer Zachary Burns. For Burns that kind of focus and blur exist in the viewfinder of his own vision too. He’s […]

  • The best bakery inventions since sliced bread start at this Oklahoma manufacturer

    MAYSVILLE, OKLAHOMA — The wheat germ of this great idea started on a patch of Washita River bottom land just north of town. Earl Burford and his son Charles wanted a better way to bail hay so they made a machine to tie the bales with wire instead of twine. Fred Springer runs the Burford Company now and keeps up the family’s inventive legacy. “It didn’t matter what it was,” he says. “They would think about how it was done.” […]

  • Were they the best womens basketball team in Oklahoma history? A new book argues yes.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Family stories and faded headlines formed the start. Lydia Reeder’s grandmother had a favorite brother who was a basketball coach. One day she gave Lydia a folder full old newspaper clippings. Reeder continues, “And she said, ‘this is a really good story. You might want to tell it someday’.” Sam Babb hired on at Oklahoma Presbyterian Collage for Women as a psychology professor and basketball coach. He was a one-legged preacher’s kid from Comanche who’d never […]

  • Chocolate making shifts into high gear for Valentines at Bedre’

    DAVIS, OKLAHOMA — How many times can you say it? I ‘heart’ you. I love you. Be my Valentine. Have some chocolate. Bedre’ Chocolate Company General Manager Kay Colbert counts every, single day. “We can do 20,000 or more,” she says watching a conveyor belt carrying chocolate bars past. We manage to show up on a morning where Love Note bars are coming off the stamp and down the conveyor belt ten at a time every few seconds. Kay usually […]

  • One of Oklahoma’s oldest companies is still building in our Great State

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Through the door or across the equipment yard, current Dolese President Mark Helm didn’t get very far when he started with the company before someone started filling him in on the Dolese story. “Early on you hear a lot about the Dolese culture and the Dolese history,” he says. Roger Dolese was still around when Mark came on board. “He had a strong personality,” says Helms of his predecessor. Roger was the son of co-founder Peter […]

  • Closed since 2001, students and faculty at UCO are finally moving back to Old North

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — It’s been almost sixteen years since psychology professor Mark Hamlin had an office in the Old North Building on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond. As he moves in he can still recall the old building and the classroom floors that used to sag ominously toward the center. “You could take a pencil and watch it roll toward the middle of the floor,” says Hamlin. From the outside it’s still the same structure, but after […]

  • They weren’t ‘born in a barn’ but these Cashion, Oklahoma kids wrestle in one.

    CASHION, OKLAHOMA — When the sun goes down on most farms and ranches in Oklahoma it’s time to put the tractors in the barn, but the opposite is true for this building west of town. Casey Edgeman and Jake McKeever park the John Deeres outside at least once a week so their kids can roll out the big mat and start wrestling practice. “We kind of worked our way around and made it happen out here,” says Coach Edgeman. Not […]

  • Magician Rob Lake has a new assistant, a 6 year old rescue mutt named Roger

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — His crew has their hands full bringing in six big truckloads of gear inside the auditorium at Norman North High School. It’s not Rob Lake’s biggest magic show but he managed to fit most of it on the stage or in the wings. Rob has his hands full too making sure his equipment is working perfectly and holding up his newest silent partner, a six-year-old mixed breed dog named Roger. “This is Roger,” says Lake holding his […]

  • The Penny Blacksmith of Waukomis pays himself back with priceless smiles

    WAUKOMIS, OKLAHOMA — The pennies minted before the early 60’s work best for Ronnie Lehenbauer. “I’ve been blacksmithing around here for right around 30 years,” he says. He buffs them up first so they look brand new. Then he takes them over to a homemade stamp and proceeds to make them un-spendable, but not necessarily un-useable. He learned this trick six or seven years ago from some other blacksmith friends. If you hit one of his pennies just right, the […]

  • The small stories of Oklahoma History told in the Curator’s Corner

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — For every item on display at the Oklahoma History Center there are hundreds more in storage, each a treasure connected to an important person or a big story. Historians like Jeff Briley and Amy Hildebrand are charged with cataloguing the new arrivals and, in some ways, rediscovering the old. Hildebrand says, “Sometimes we just have these amazing artifacts come in and we’re just like, ‘Oh my gosh. They’re so beautiful and so interesting’.” Exhibit curators like […]