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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.

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    After 24 memorable trips and more than 2,000 veterans, Oklahoma Honor Flights takes one last trip

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Reveille sounded at 0300. These troops hadn’t slept much. 95-year-old Zora Patton couldn’t wait to get in the air. “It’s been a long time since I rode in a plane,” he said as they gathered at a hotel near the Oklahoma City airport. Stooped and creaky but still proud, these are the last of Oklahoma’s World War II veterans. A few more found in Korea. They gathered on a Monday morning for one last mission, a trip […]

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    Saved and Restored: Taft Stadium’s old neon sign glows again

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It’s not easy restoring that old flame, the one that burns so bright in memory, and, then, fades with time. But this sign points to one exception, a neon treasure saved from a field. “I just hear story after story every time we show it,” says Jim Gleason, who led the charge to plug it back in. He continues, “I could see it but until the day we lit it up I had no idea it […]

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    How did a 500 square foot section of North Carolina basketball history end up in Moore, Oklahoma?

      MOORE, OKLAHOMA — The place is Trifecta Communications. This is there downstairs office where a lot of regular work goes on; some video editing, news gathering, advertising. They do all that at the Old Moore School office park. “We do a little bit of everything,” says tech director Rob Morris. Trifecta has offices upstairs too which is where this story gets interesting. CEO Brent Wheelbarger inherited a chunk of history when he moved in here, a 500 square foot […]

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    Viral Video: A Love County Cowgirl and Cow story you have to see

    MARIETTA, OKLAHOMA — Is there a more iconic image than a farmer and her tractor heading out for an afternoon of pulling or plowing…or whatever 5 year olds do with a battery-powered John Deere? In this case Maizi Jake Willis really does use her tractor for a type of work. On this particular afternoon she’s on her way to pick up a ‘boyfriend’ or, better yet, her friend named ‘Boy’. Now Maizi is one of those ranch girls who is […]

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    Edmond singer and her sassy ‘friend’ make the big stage on ‘Little Big Shots’

    Edmond, Oklahoma — There are lots of kids who play at bringing life to their toys, and then thee is Darci Farmer. She’s an 11-year-old girl who stuffs all kinds of personality into a whole family of puppets including Katy the Yodeling Cowgirl. Together, their work might just make Darci a star. “I really love performing because it’s fun,” says Darci, “and I love making people happy.” She’s always been the ‘ham’ of the Farmer family. Mom had her in […]

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    After more than a century of hard luck, one former Oklahoma town gets its due at the Capital

    DALE, OKLAHOMA — Searching for the ‘town’ of Dale is fruitless now. Dale is a school district, some houses, and a lot of wheat, but no longer an actual town. Bob Seikel’s great-grandfather helped settle the bottom lands along the North Canadian River just a few miles west of Shawnee. “It was originally on a stage-coach route,” he says. He is one of the keepers of Dale’s sometimes hard luck history, of how this town was really growing before statehood […]

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    It Takes The Village: In fact he’s the only Public Works Director in The Village history

    THE VILLAGE, OKLAHOMA — It’s not often that you can get a city manager to lie on camera, but that’s what Bruce Stone did for us Monday. Before you get too upset though, you should know the reason for his deception, and for this gathering of The Village city employees. They all filed into the city council chambers to surprise a fellow worker, and to honor him for a half-century of service. “I’d say he’s an institution as far as […]

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    Irish heritage and elbow grease gave the Tuohy family a perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

    WAUKOMIS, OKLAHOMA — On a dreary night when locals might warn travelers to ‘stay off the moor’, a golden light and cheery fiddle invites friends to stop in for a pint and a laugh. Welcome to Shawn Tuohy’s Irish Pub, a little place he and his wife Vickie built from a back yard shed and car port to look just light the places they’ve visited many times in the old country. “It’s just a quirky building,” smiles Shawn. “We had […]

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    Even on Pi Day, a lot more people in OKC still prefer the sweeter taste of pie

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The Pie Junkie Bakery opened to a line already out the door at 10:00 Monday morning, 3-14-16. Co-owner Darci Schein expected a big number selling fractions of pie for $3.14. per slice. “If you round up,” says Darci of the Pi number 3.14159, “it’s 2016. We’re back on Pi Day.” The celebration started here 3 years back when Pie Junkie had just moved to the Plaza District of Oklahoma City. They were surprised to see so […]

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    A ‘tulip watch’ brings in the season at Myriad Gardens

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Planted in gray winter as dusty bulbs, they arrive as Orange Queens and Golden Apeldorns. “When you plant a tulip bulb,” says Myriad Gardens Director Maureen Heffernan, “you have to have a lot of faith and optimism that it’s going to become this gorgeous creature.” Drive past or, better yet, walk through the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City and it’s the tulips that will catch your eye. Heffernan says people start to call in late February […]

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    Stepping out in faith: Wing-T’s started extra small

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — Baseball season is coming up so the screen printer is running hot inside this shop in Chickasha. Shelle Miller and Sara Abbott have a lot of orders to fill for youth league and school teams. It’s kind of crazy. “We’re still just having fun,” smiles Sara. You wouldn’t think it now, but fewer than six years ago Shelle and Jennifer Heavin were teachers in the nearby town of Ninnekah. Sara was a youth minister’s wife looking to […]