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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: It Rained Oil in Oklahoma City for Eleven Days, March 1930 Thanks to Wild Mary

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Old site surveys tell us the now plugged well sat just south of present day Bryant Avenue and I-240. It’s a quiet, undeveloped industrial area these days. On March 26th, 1930 it was the center of a huge oil play. “They were drilling into the new Wilcox Sand formation,” says historian Paul Lambert. At the Oklahoma HIstory Center near the state capitol, Lambert can still scoop up plenty of history on what became known as ‘the […]

  • Great State: Grazing Animals are Nothing New in Oklahoma So How About a herd of African Tortoises

    STROUD, OKLAHOMA — It’s a little early in the spring for Derek Wikel to rely on just grass to feed his livestock. That’s why he augments with cabbage, bananas, and watermelon. His herd of African Sulcata Tortoises deserve nothing if not the best. “They eat a lot of vegetables,” he says. “Basically, if you can grow it in a garden, they’ll eat it.” They come crawling without the prompt of a feed truck horn. They tuck into dinner more like […]

  • Look what happens when you don’t pick up your toys for 20 Years

    JONES, OKLAHOMA — It’s spring clean-up time for Gordon Wulf. Everywhere he looks around his 8 acres east of Jones lies a ‘honey-do’ or a ‘something he’s been meaning to do’. A first time guest to the Wulf homestead remarks, “So you’ve got a few projects huh?” “Yes sir, I do,” he replies matter of factly. Gordon is already behind since he lost several months to a back injury last year. To keep things away from his mower blade, and […]

  • 64 years and counting, Youth Expo Historian has Been to Every Show Since 1951

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The annual Oklahoma Youth Expo boast more than 7,000 young participants and nearly twice that many animals. For generations of Oklahoma kids in 4-H and FFA spring break has always meant a trip to the city and what they now call the Youth Expo. Questions about show history usually go to one place in March. That’s wherever Celeste Rule Nelson happens to be standing. She works hospitality for the Sirloin CLub these days, but name the […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma Boat Builders Make Waves in Seminole

    SEMINOLE, OKLAHOMA — Looking for all the world like perfect boat customers themselves, Pam and Roger Parks look over a set of shiny brochures with some pride. “Our plan is to visit every lake in Oklahoma,” states Pam. They already own a boat, and the business that makes them. “It started with an idea,” she says. “Just Roger and myself.” The Parks built their first bay boat in a back yard shed in Checotah, OK. “Our office was our of […]

  • El Reno storefront holds treasury of guitars

      EL RENO, OKLAHOMA –A musician who once found his way to this store called it ‘heaven for old guitars’. Their savior is an Arkansas kid who’s mom loved Elvis. Bobby Boyles loved the Beatles, especially the instruments they played. “I don’t know if I wanted to be John Lennon or Paul McCartney,” he says. “I didn’t know the difference between a bass guitar and a regular guitar. I didn’t want to be Ringo. I knew that.” Bobby’s mom bought him […]

  • Former Students Want People to Remember Where the One Room Schools Once Stood

    NOBLE, OKLAHOMA — Crumbling rock walls hide in the tall grass with old foundations and sidewalks that lead to no where. Of the 70 rural school that dotted the map of Cleveland County for more than half of the 20th Century, this is most of what is left now along with a few WPA built storm cellars, a few lonely buildings, and one small group of people hoping their school memories don’t fade away. “It will all be forgotten if […]

  • He’s running 3,500 miles in hopes strangers will ask why

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Every journey has its start. For Jack Fussel, each day is his first step. He might run 40 miles in a single day, but his strides have a special purpose. Fussel recalls, “In 2011, I decided to set a goal and to run across America,” Since he began his quest on foot 4 years ago, 12,000 miles and counting, he’s been hoping someone will ask him about a disease most people are afraid to talk about. “The second […]

  • Looking desperately for a single sign of spring and we found it

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — Most gardeners don’t spend much time in their plots with snow still on the ground. “No,” says Boyd Longnecker. “It’s a little nippy.” Longnecker wouldn’t be out in his garden and neither would Logan County Extension Agent Haley Rosson if we hadn’t suggested it. “You’ve got to give me something,” says a visitor asking for the smallest hint of the coming spring. Of course, most everything is still in dormancy. Longnecker says he plants radishes first and […]

  • U.S. Grant musical hits close to home for its cast

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The costume assignments go out on single sheets of white paper. The cast rolls in after a long school day. Welcome to ‘In the Heights’ rehearsal U.S. Grant style. Taylor Forester is Musical Director. “It’s like a little family here,” she says. Jeremy Wilhm is stage director. The high school cast is largely made up of people like Ronald Bacon, pulled into this production with no experience except how to carry a tune. “Ms. Forester heard […]

  • Great State: Yale Remembers Oklahoma’s 1st Civil War Battle

    YALE, OKLAHOMA — Cold and barren, but not quite forgotten, two unlikely friends traced the history of Oklahoma’s first Civil War battle. Sam Jerome is amateur historian and Civil War re-enactor. Randall Newby is an Assembly of God minister in Yale who’s church sits under the historical shadow of Round Mountain. Speaking of the annual re-enactment that takes place, Newby said, “People in the community get to come out and see this. It’s been a nice layout for us.” Walking […]