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
  • A tribute to the families and fellow soldiers for whom Memorial Day means the most

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA –These are the people who felt the impact of history. These are the Oklahomans who fought our wars and who’s lives were changed by them. They are people like WWI veteran Vince Maddox of Tahlequah, or WWII combat photographer L.Z. Gentry. “Photographers,” he recalls, “When they were classified as combat photographers, they were written off. Their longevity was zero.” We spoke with crew members of the U.S.S. Batfish submarine. We flew with former B-24 pilot Herb Hengst. […]

  • Friends and Brothers: This Oklahoma City reverend makes sure he hangs with the Pope at least once a year.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Facing a long flight, Robert Wise makes sure he has plenty of reading material in his carry-on. He says, “When I’m on an airplane I’ll do anything to keep from looking out the window.” He’s heading to Rome for a week, leaving on Memorial Day, going to see an old friend who actually lives in Vatican City. His name is Francis, Pope Francis. “It it a business trip for you or personal?” asks a visitor to […]

  • Her grandfather founded Midwest City from nothing and she still calls it home

    She was one of sixteen grand children who always thought of the Atkinson home as her home too. “This was just a very unique place for us to gather together,” says Cindy Mikeman. Young Cindy missed out on the ponies Bill Atkinson used to give out to people who bought homes in the Ridgecrest Addition. “There was a certain age that we needed to be,” she laments. But she’s still steeped in the history of the city her grandfather built […]

  • This Edmond physical therapist does more than heal with her magic fingers. She makes music too.

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — She doesn’t walk in this room blindly. “A lot of good energy in here,” says Holly Jones. She feels this place calling to her, to sit down, and to put her fingers to the piano keys. “Natural inspiration occurs because of the way we process life,” she states. Holly is a physical therapist by trade. These fingers are constantly at work finding the source of pain and relieving it. “One leads to the other,” says Jones. “and […]

  • Tuttle’s Iron Man: 14 years of public school education without an absence

    TUTTLE, OKLAHOMA — Homework is finished. So are classes for seniors at Tuttle High. Anthony Roberts and his mom Michelle are just going over some old stuff now, 14 years of public school stuff. “I would say I’m very fortunate,” says the graduate. Michelle kept whole stacks of it to make scrapbooks.. Among the many achievements in them, some good art work, good grades, cool Valentines, and a whole series of certificates, 14 of them, that signify perfect attendance in […]

  • Something in the water? This small Panhandle town has an extraordinary number of multiple births

    KEYES, OKLAHOMA — The school year is almost out. That’s why kids and parents in Keyes got together for lunch on a Tuesday. Hamburgers and hot dogs make a good pairing, but look around here and you’ll see some other natural pairings. Thomas and Kaci Compton make up one example. Ross and Rowdy Menefee make another. “They are 8 years old,” says mom Courtney Menefee. There’s Dylan and Tayton Caddell, and don’t forget the Wells twins, Reaha and Rebekah. School […]

  • The touch stone for Oklahoma’s newest Poet Laureate is the back roads of Seminole County

    WEWOKA, OKLAHOMA — When Jeanetta Calhoun- Mish left these Seminole County back roads out of high school she had no idea they would circle back as often as they have. “I drive toward the Canadian River. It calls to me,” reads a line in a poem she wrote called ‘Storyteller’. “One of my biggest inspirations is thinking about home,about where we are here in this Seminole County area” she says. “Doe it always come back to that?” asks one of […]

  • She was a single mom once. The youngest of her 7 kids will graduate next week.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Tonight the family coffee table is an alter to high school education. Six diplomas sit lined up with a few school letters for athletics, year books, and honor cords. And if this is the alter its high priestess would have to be Vertina Long, mother of seven, grandmother of two, whose youngest child Destiny is set to graduate from Putnam City West High School, adding her diploma to the pile. Destiny says, “It’s kind of hard […]

  • Down the Washita: Chickasaw artist traverses Oklahoma by kayak

    Chickasha, Oklahoma — He started his river journey May 5th with more supplies and confidence than he had at the half-way point. “Like anyone else,” he says, “I started with this mind-set of the perfect beach and going down the river and everything was going to be jolly.” “I’m laughing about it now but it was pure misery.” A couple of years ago Richard Thomas had the idea of taking a canoe or kayak from west to east, downstream on […]

  • Thanks to 3 new growers Mustang, Oklahoma has become a new center for fresh strawberries

    MUSTANG, OKLAHOMA — To properly answer the question of why so many people got up early on a cold morning in Mustang to visit Harry Duepree’s big garden you need look no further than the red berries he offered for taste testing. Of all the crops he’s trying out this spring, strawberries are king. “People just sort of find you don’t they?” remarks a visitor. “They do,” he laughs. “They find the strawberries.” In fact Harry is working with Oklahoma’s […]

  • 2017 OKC Symphony Show House is really 2 houses in 1 in the Adventure District

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Think Adventure District when you wander around this big house. That’s why you’ll see the animal sculptures and the golf clubs. One of 30 designers here, J. Mark Taylor, go the memo when he re-did the bar and rec room upstairs. Taylor says, “Someone could set this up as a theater room but we decided to do something a little bit more relaxing.” Show House tour guide Joan Bryant says there’s lots more. “As you tour […]