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.

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    He’s the youngest pianist in the history of OKC’s Piano Artist Series

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — These fingers first touched a keyboard as a five-year old. What’s amazing is that was only ten years ago. Nathaniel Parker spends at least 20 hours a week at his piano now. He has dreams of making a living on the stage as a professional musician. But this isn’t a classroom, and Virginia Campbell isn’t a teacher. “He’s just amazing,” says Campbell. “Everybody should come and hear this genius that we have in our midst.” We […]

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    The Fair begins and we’ve already had someone out to taste the food

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Name a single restaurant where you can sit down and eat a 15 course meal that starts with a something called a Chocolate Suicide. Only at the State Fair of Oklahoma where organizers choose a selection of state ‘fare’ and ask several judges to score them based on original ingredients, choice of garnish, how well they’re cooked, and taste, of course taste. The dessert items include the Suicide, Deep Fried Banana Pudding, something called a Salty […]

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    Plains Indian Headdresses at the Cowboy Museum: Clearing up the history of a Western icon

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Modern day museum goers tend to look at these beautiful Plains Indian headdresses as works of art. With their sweeping eagle feathers, the intricate bead work, and their use in actual paintings, it’s difficult to see past their visual appeal. National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum curator Eric Singleton is hoping to expand those ideas. “This is our opportunity for use to re-examine the headdress,” he says, “and to really look at it from its iconic […]

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    A Free Ride: Carnival operator keeps 93 year old’s favorite ride open just for her

      HINTON, OKLAHOMA — The Hinton District Fair is over for this year. You can tell because it’s so quiet. There are plenty of spare seats on the park benches, and all but one of the rides is put away. On a pretty Tuesday morning Hinton Fair Board President Jim McCain is giving extra rides on the ferris wheel. His VIP is 93-year-old Christeen Price, with her daughter Karla Sandoval. Christeen makes it a point to go around as many times […]

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    Film magic: Two Oklahoma cowboys get ready to make a Western in Sri Lanka

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — You could see some crazy looking costumes at last week’s Geekinomicon event in Oklahoma City. There were people and props from comic books, science fiction, fantasy, and the Old West. “We’re just a couple of Oklahoma Cowboys,” says J.R. Hatchett. Hatchett and Marshall Virden are two Oklahoma dudes who caught the movie bug a few years back and who now work in any capacity they can to keep themselves employed in the business of making […]

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    A ‘Great State’ Labor Day Tribute

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Anywhere you look in this great state, down any dirt road or gray highway, and back in our history too, you can find the little noticed but much appreciated workers who seem to make everything else possible. You can see evidence of that work in old WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps projects still in use across Oklahoma. It might still be possible to thank a few of the Rosies who labored to build the equipment […]

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    New Oklahoma City Arts Center is home to art long before their official groundbreaking

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Move to a new place and the first thing you want to do is decorate. Nick Bayer brought half of a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex to put up. “Do you call him Rex,” asks a visitor? “We do call him Rex,” smiles Bayer. “That’s his name. This is our first dinosaur and we’ve actually made more since then.” Joe Slack brought a piece he welded together called ‘Being There’. “It’s kind of based on the Peter Sellars […]

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    Who’s the Best Bartender in Oklahoma?

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — If you ever find yourself sitting at a bar in Oklahoma there is a chance you might recognize some of these people. They are actually among the best bartenders in the state, nominated by their employers, and today, competing to decide who’s the best. Lee Ann Miller works the bar at a place in Ardmore called the Santa Fé Cattle Company. She was actually here last year. “I was super shaky,” she says. “But it’s awesome […]

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    Saying a Quiet Goodbye to Whispering Richard

    STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA — He opened a barbershop across the street from OSU in 1957. Richard Danel operated that shop until April of 2016. We shot a memorable story with him in 2011. When we heard that he’d passed away we thought it might be nice to remember him and his love for all things Cowboy.

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    Native American artist takes abandoned Indian School and makes it his own canvas

    CONCHO, OKLAHOMA — He felt the spirit of this place right away. “When you walk in here you can feel that energy, that there is a history here,” says artist Steven Grounds. He walked the abandoned halls of the old Concho Indian School. Grounds saw the crude tags but felt something else in the spirit of this place, something he had to start painting himself. His first mural was an exploration of his own style writ large. “I started to […]

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    Newest attraction at Turner Falls takes you on a 777 foot zip of a lifetime

    TURNER FALLS PARK, OKLAHOMA — The path to retirement might be rocky for some people. There might be a few rough patches for others. For Gary Fielding and his wife retirement involved an interesting idea and a pretty steep drop. “I did not like sitting in a recliner not doing anything,” he says. “We both said this would be a good thing to do.” Welcome to the 777 Zip. It isn’t a postal code, but Gary put as many 7’s […]