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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: Former Patriot Still Laments a Forgotten Playoff Scandal

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — Mementos from his playing career in college and the NFL fight a losing battle for shelf space in his Edmond home. “This is the only place my wife will let me keep my trophies,” he says with a smile while walking into a den off the kitchen. But Steve Zabel still has some football gems on display: a touchdown ball he caught to win a Big 8 championship while at OU, a draftboard showing then NFL commissioner […]

  • Great State: OKC’s Jeep on a Stick Comes Down for Love

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It’s a restoration project from above, literally. Mechanic Solomon Soto spent five weeks bringing this 1984 Jeep CJ-7 back to life. “I’m pretty surprised that we got it working,” he said looking under the hood. “We replaced the alternator, battery, starter, alternator, fuel filter…”, goes the list. Pete Schaffer has kept track of the work every day since early November, 2014. He said, “I am shocked that it’s actually road worthy.” The bird droppings and twigs […]

  • Great State: State’s First Artists Collected for the First Time at the Oklahoma Heritage Museum

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — You won’t see their likenesses here, but you will see their pictures. From the earliest drawings on ledger paper by Kiowa prisoners of war to Harper’s Weekly sketches of Land Rund Day, 1889, this was Oklahoma’s art and art in Oklahoma at its earliest. “This is early, early Oklahoma,” remarks an exhibit visitor. “Yes,” says curator Marissa Raglin referring to a series of old maps of the territory. “This is 1890, 1891, and 1892.” Raglin has […]

  • Great State: Trail Dance Film Festival Has Always Been a Father Son Enterprise

    DUNCAN, OKLAHOMA — It’s production meeting time again at M and M Supply. But Ed Foreman and his son Anthony aren’t talking about oil and gas equipment. They’re talking about movies. They are the brains and sweat behind the Trail Dance Film Festival, a little event that started a decade ago with Anthony’s crazy idea from school. “I knew Duncan needed something like this,” says Anthony. Ed recalls, “He was in his first year of Cameron University.” “I knew that […]

  • Oklahoma man creates unique fashions for every occasion

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Getting ready for church on Sunday mornings always means wearing a dark suit. The real choice for Ronald Jordan lies in what bow tie to wear. “You want your bow tie to actually dominate the pattern of your shirt,” Jordan said. He owns somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 of them, and they’re always changing. “Is this a day’s work sitting on the table?” asks a visitor. “This is a couple of days work,” says Jordan, standing […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma BBQ Legend Still Smokin’ after 44 Years

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — There was a time when the fires in Roy Bryant’s big barbecue pit hardly ever cooled. On the busiest days a whole cow, at least the good parts, would disappear into the smoke. He prefers green post-oak or blackjack. The heat was always turned low at Roy’s BBQ. Roy learned to cook as one of 6 kids. He had 8 of his own, drawn to the kitchen for the simplest of reasons. He scraped and saved. A […]

  • Great State: Muscle Car Ranch Does Everything Big Including Swim Docks

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — It may be the coldest time of year in this part of the country. The biggest pond on Curtis Hart’s property may be as dry as it has ever been. But that doesn’t keep him from making big plans. “The city of Venice is built on wooden piers,” he says while walking along the frozen pond bottom. “They don’t rot under water. So I was always thinking I could make a dock.” The longtime owner of Muscle […]

  • Great State: After 20 Years as an Ultrasound Nurse She Earned Her Wings as an Ultrasound Fairy

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — Future moms and dads step through her hole-in-the-wall and into a kind of magical fairy domain, at least that’s what Sara Riley hopes they’re thinking. “Here is your tiara,” she says to Stephanie. “And here is some fairy dust.” Dressed in wings and a homemade costume RIley says, “If you’ve ever wondered what your fairy godmother looks like, this is it right here.” She’s a self-confessed former hippie with a flair for the dramatic. Sara specializes in […]

  • Great State: Unique Art Show Offers a Chance for OKC’s Homeless

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They rarely paint where they are, victims of circumstance, of hard lives and bad choices. Nearly every artist in this small studio creates where they’d like to be. Billy Padoka can’t work outside in subfreezing temperatures so he came in to paint Medicine Park on a clear, warm day with a peace pipe floating overhead. Padoka points out, “Mt. Scott and some tepees by the lake.” “I’m from Anadarko so I go there all the time. […]

  • Great State: Norman Couple’s Resolution Involves Trading Places to Get In Shape

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — Her thing is yoga. His thing is climbing. Courtney and David Hurst had been married three years when a conversation started along the lines of appreciating the other’s expertise. “Courtney says, “Every once in a while I would be like, ‘hey David. Do a little yoga with me. You’ll feel great.'” “The problem is she was doing it before work,” chuckles David. “I’m still sleeping at that point.” That conversation turned to resolution. Courtney thought she might […]

  • Great State: Missing Dog Mystery from May 2013 Tornado Finally Solved in McAlester

    MCALESTER, OKLAHOMA — It’s hard to tell who likes visiting the grandparents more, Rebecca Baker’s three daughters, or their dog Rosco. “This is his favorite place,” says Rebecca. The 3-year-old mixed breed pug gets to play with another dog and the kids in a big yard. Keeping up is hard enough, but tracing all of his steps backward has only recently become possible. “He’s a great dog,” says Baker. “He’s a match,” observes a visitor. “He is a match,” she […]