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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
  • It’s been 20 years now since that rodeo bull ‘freight trained’ me and I can still feel it.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — All right, let’s just get this out of the way. I had no business being where I was on this January day in 1998, and here’s why. “It’s impressive that a four-legged animal can be so agile,” said bullfighter Paul Bonds that year. Bonds was my original story subject that day before I became the story. Years later, we took him back to that corner of the State Fair Arena to get some perspective on what […]

  • This Oklahoma cowboy throws a rope between two worlds; art and rodeo

    SAPULPA, OKLAHOMA — Cowboy, horse, rope, and calf. Throw them all together on a patch of dirt and you’ve either got a round-up or a rodeo. “I know what that’s all about,” says pro-roper Bradley Chance Hays. “I know what it’s like to drive 20 hours, get out and rope on a horse that you’ve trained.” Bradley Chance Hays has been around both all his life. His dad and uncle were ropers. Bradley’s mom is a direct descendant of legendary […]

  • Fit and Strong at 75: This OKC fitness instructor’s advice is to ‘just keep moving’.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They shuffle in at the end of a busy work day, a little stiff from sitting, a little groggy from lunch, but ready for Judy Brown to do what she does best. “Oh my gosh,” she exclaims. “These are all my kids.” 3 times a week, one hour, warm up, legs, back, chest, triceps, biceps, shoulders, abs, the whole body and a little encouragement from a grandma who’s probably stronger than you. Brown admits, “My class […]

  • She couldn’t find anyone in Oklahoma to teach her: Chelsea Ryan drew her own circle and learned the Cyr Wheel by herself

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — She looks for smooth pavement and mild weather. “You’re constantly in motion,” says Chelsea Ryan. She finds both in unexpected places like the memorial at Stars and Stripes Park. Somewhere between one hour to five hours every day, this is how she rolls. “Yeah,” she chuckles. “The great thing about a circle is it’s pretty much infinite.” You’re looking at what’s called a Cyr Wheel. They’re larger, sturdier, and much heavier than the better known Hula […]

  • From buried treasure to Oklahoma jewels: The windows of Immaculate Conception tell their own story

    PAWHUSKA, OKLAHOMA — LeeAnn Ammons never realized this growing up and going to church. She never made the connection between herself and this 36-foot tall window facing to the north inside the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. “I looked up there and read my grandmother’s name,” she recalls. LeeAnn’s grandmother helped pay for what’s called the Osage Window now. Her aunt, Clara Mae Neal, is one of two girls staring right back at her across more than a century of church […]

  • Bits and Spurs are his business. John D. Israel makes them for champions

    WYNONA, Okla. – John David Israel is an old cowboy who remembers paying close attention to what other cowboys used to rope and ride, particularly when it came to bits and spurs. “I got to seeing some hand-made bits around,” he said. “They were made out of pitchfork tines.” These are the metal devices that fit into a horse’s mouth. They connect to the reins and allow for a rider to exert a certain amount of control over their mount. […]

  • Since 1926, a swinging bridge has connected two parts of this Oklahoma town

    PAWHUSKA, OKLAHOMA — Back in his own ‘Summer of ’42,’ John Reber would have carried a swimsuit and town on his way to Bill Evans pool. “Of course there’s been new development here through the years,” he states while strolling down Kihekah Avenue. That walk would have carried him south of downtown Pawhuska to the banks of Bird Creek, and across what, even then, was an old pedestrian bridge suspended 30 feet above the water. “Oh. My memories are clear […]

  • Turn the sprinkler on and leave it: One Oklahoma plumber’s winter project

    HENNESSEY, OKLAHOMA — Boyd Poteet turned the water on one Saturday morning. He uses his cousin’s sprinkler set 18 feet high on some old surplus runway mats. “I’m a pro at this,” he smiles. An Oklahoma cold snap does the rest. “Do you still like doing this,” asks a visitor to his annual project? “Oh yeah,” he replies. “It’s entertaining. It’s something to do when it’s too cold to do anything else.” It’s been just about 40 years since his […]

  • A different kind of year in review: the top stories from 2017 ‘Great State’ style

    OKLAHOMA CITY — You know it’s going to be an interesting year when you start with a counting dog named Cookie and a police chief who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator in the town of Alex. “It’s basically like a second job,” said Tim Keef. “It’ll keep you busy.” Big anniversaries also made their mark in 2017. Jesse Chisholm’s old cattle trail turned 150. We helped Cecil Nelon celebrate 100. It’s been 100 years since another Cecil, Cecil Cartebury, and […]

  • This elf says moving the entire North Pole this fall was the hardest thing he ever did

    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — Of all the days leading up to Christmas at North Pole Adventure, this day is the elves’ favorite. Special needs kids and grown ups alike have free run of the place to write their wishlists and mail them. They can visit the reindeer as long as they want and, this year, they get to play in real snow. But what the head elf, John Conner, and the rest of his helpers won’t tell the kids is […]

  • A Unique Place for Christmas: The Fort Reno chapel is the only church in Oklahoma built by prisoners of war

    EL RENO, Okla. – The regular crowd of Sunday worshipers has long since scattered. The only people who walk up these steps and through the big doors of this little church are tourists and the occasional wedding party in warmer weather, and Fort historian Jimmy Johnston. Maybe it’s that contemplative silence that often draws attention to the exposed beams that hold up the vaulted ceiling, or the high windows that remind some people of small Protestant churches they’ve seen in […]