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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: From Geary to OKC Opens New World to Young Artists

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Scratching the surface. That’s the first step in etching, and teaching. A year ago Geary High School art teacher Rachel Adam’s students thought of her class in terms of adding layers like paint to a surface. Rachel brought her juniors and seniors to Artspace at Untitled in Oklahoma City to help them find a deeper understanding of what art can be. “There’s artistic way to learn new techniques and also culturally,” says Adams. Gallery owner Laura […]

  • Great State: The Duke’s Grandaughter and Joel McRea’s Grandson Glad to Share Memories at Cowboy Museum

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He called her ‘Sweetheart’ or ‘Honey’. She called him ‘Grandaddy’. If Anita La Cava Swift is dancing through this section of the Western Performers Hall at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum it’s because that’s what she used to do through John Wayne’s office or on his movie sets. Speaking of herself and the Duke’s 26 other grandchildren, Anita says, “We got to do a lot of things that not a lot of people did. […]

  • Great State: OSU Extension Celebrates 1st Century

    WELLSTON, OKLAHOMA — Heading east from a changed central Oklahoma landscape, a train carrying the freight of knowledge and history set out for rural Oklahoma April 12, 2014. One of the men riding that train and wearing period costume was Dr. James Trapp. He runs the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service these days. He is also the latest in a trainload of agricultural agents who stretch back a whole century. “The Extension service has always used the technology of the times,” […]

  • Great State: 8 Year Old Yukon Golfer Drives, Putts, and Pitches Augusta National

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — MaKaylee  comes to Lake Hefner with her dad and a set of $69 beginner golf clubs. She learned the game from her older brothers, one of whom works at the Hefner course, and from Father Bob starting at age 2. “The boys have really worked with her,” says Dad. “With her grip and her stance.” Last Spring Bob saw an invitation to something the PGA was organizing. They called it Drive, Chip, and Putt. MaKaylee was […]

  • Great State: 11 Months after May 20 House and Car are Move In Ready

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Most of the boxes sitting in a spare bedroom of Gene Perdue’s new house haven’t been opened since May, 2013. “It’s kind of like Christmas,” he says. Friends and family had to pack them quickly after the May 20th tornado. Their home of 40 years lost its roof and one wall in the storm. In an interview from May 21, 2013 Gene told reporters, “We made it through without a scratch, which is really good.” Nearly […]

  • Great State: Backroads Reveal Treasure for Oklahoma Story Collector

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — Sun on his face, wind in his hair. Sam Cross and his Harley Fatboy glide along Oklahoma’s two-lane roads un-hurried. He still works as an oil field mechanic, but on those off days when he doesn’t have to hurry anywhere, he doesn’t. The biker known as ‘Papa Smurf’ follows the headlight on his bike to nowhere in particular. “Every chance I get,” he says. “These old back roads and highways are really something to look at.” He’s […]

  • Great State: OSU Quidditch Team Loses Snitch, and World Cup in Myrtle Beach

    STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA — Everyone gathered on this field has read the books. “Read all the books and seen all the movies,” adds Quidditch captain Hayden Applebee. Of course it’s not the game of Quidditch imagined by author J.K. Rowling or brought to life on the big screen. This Quidditch has been converted into a real sport that earth-bound muggles can play too. Applebee says, “As much as we can because, obviously, Muggles can’t fly. We’re hoping for hover brooms soon.” […]

  • Great State: Edmond Man Spends 6 Years Making One Shoe

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — If there is a single track leading to and from Casey Keller’s apartment in Edmond, it’s there for shoes. He walks it every day thinking about shoes and about designing shoes too. Keller’s big dog Gunner has always appreciated his regular walks. But for more than 6 years now, his path has been all about the shoes. “I’ve worked on it every day throughout that 5 to 6 years,” he says. Casey was a student at the […]

  • Great State: KCLacs Links

    Official Website  www.kclacs.com Indie go go site  www.indiegogo.com/projects/kclacs-footwear-comfort-in-style

  • Great State: Enid Buzz to Curtoons, Curtis Tucker Does It All from Home

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — There are people who think outside the box and then there are people who actually drew the box they live in. Curtis Tucker was a dreamer and doodler growing up. “When I was in school,” he says, “I was either drawing cartoons on the chalk board or on the back of my paper.” He quit his advertising executive job in the late 90′s and drew upon his skills as a cartoonist. Tucker formed a whole series of […]

  • Great State: Blowback from Valentines Gives Birth to Man Day Oklahoma

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — Ladies especially, please don’t be upset with Brent Kroeker because he just happens to be the founding father of Man Day. “We’re just having fun, just being goofy,” he says. “The first year there were 17 of us.” Just so you know, he and his friends didn’t think of the idea on a long walk through the trees on his farm. Brent was actually on a mission trip to Africa, drilling water wells, when someone started spouting […]