• Follow me on:

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: A Fellow Storyteller and Oklahoma Traveler Says Okies Have the Best Stories

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — We meet at The Diner on Main Street. It’s a common place for people to gather and talk. It’s also a place where Rustin Sparks trolls for stories. On this morning he works the room like a politician without an agenda or a salesman without anything to sell. He talks a little. He laughs a lot. But, for the most part, he listens. “It’s real easy to listen,” he says later. “You just don’t talk.” Sparks doesn’t […]

  • Great State: The 2 Legged Cat from Edmond Who Became an Internet Star

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — He walks like a duck, but has whiskers like a cat. Meet Mercury, an 11 month old kitten who gets by just fine on two legs, and who lives quietly ‘offline’ with Scott Bohn and his wife in Edmond. “It is a little funny,” says Scott, “Because we have people from all over the world telling s what a great cat he is, and , to us, he’s just Mercury.” When he was only 4 days old, […]

  • Great State: A 200 Mile Race and She’s the Only Oklahoma Athlete Invited

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — You might keep up for a little while, maybe a mile or two depending on how fit you think you are. But if you want to keep up with Gia Madole you’ll need to pick up the pace and the mileage. She runs 100 miles of wooded trails around the Oklahoma City metro ever week. “It’s another challenge,” she says. Another test to see how far you can go and what you can do with […]

  • Great State: Former Woodward Scoutmaster Gathers Boys and Memories for Rodeo Parade

    WOODWARD, OKLAHOMA — They all lived in Woodward as kids. Some left. Some stayed. Most of the ‘old’ men who ¬†gathered in front of the court-house on a Saturday morning were in Boy Scout Troop 251 together in the late 1960’s through 1980. Their scout leader was a local veterinarian named Ferd ‘Doc’ Wadell. When he arrived later that morning the former scouts all gave him a hip, hip hooray. A guest at this first ever scout troop reunion asked […]

  • Great State: Newcomer to Western Oklahoma Organizes Unique Music Festival as Tribute

    ERICK, OKLAHOMA — It can be a little difficult to follow someone with a unique vision, to see what he sees, and to stay on his track. Donny Liles knows that. But a year ago this former preacher turned promoter got the idea to hold a festival in his new favorite place on earth. “When I moved out here from Nashville,” he says, “I just fell in love with western Oklahoma.” “Just great people.” So here’s his pitch. Host a […]

  • Great State: An Oklahoma Artist Who Found the Best Light in a Month of Mornings

    Edmond, Oklahoma — She packs light. Tripod, paint box, a few brushes, and thermos of coffee are the only items artist Kelli Folsom requires. “You just feel like this is right,” she says of a sunrise. “I’m just here and I’m alive and good the way I am.” Her series of paintings started in the Spring when she woke up too late to see the sunrise. “It’s like the best part of the whole day, and I was missing it.” […]

  • Great State: Blind Bronc Rider Competes With a Different Kind of Courage

    SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA — The crackling voice on the P.A. system, the hum of the crowd, the rattle of a rodeo chute; these are things bareback bronc rider Taylor Howell knows. “Man, it’s getting my adrenaline going and I’m not even getting on,” he says while rummaging through his equipment bag. He’s also familiar with the rhythm of rigging up, and of knowing that everything in his gear bag has a place. “I think everybody has it in their head you […]

  • Great State: His Career as a Photographer Started at Oak Tree

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — He never shoots any pictures right away. Mike Klemme wears out golf carts. He checks Google Earth before even setting foot on a golf course. He looks at tree height and where shadows will fall. “And when the golf hole will be at its best and most dramatic,” he adds. The camera might be in his hands but Mike will still wait for those golden hours in the late afternoon or early morning when the light is […]

  • You think you are proud of your lawn? This guys proves it really is greener on his side of the fence

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — His footsteps fall on a blend of SR1020 and SR1119, so soft you want to take your shoes off. But Josh Cook insists that’s not necessary. As Oak Tree National superintendent he starts his day on the practice putting green to get a feel for this famous golf course. He kneels down to touch the short grass on the putting surface and says, “The better density we have and the more upright growth, the truer the ball […]

  • Great State: Retired Oklahoma mayor turns 100

    CANEY, Okla. – She helped keep a small Oklahoma town on the map for years and now she is celebrating her 100th birthday. Back in 1998 Bessie Withrow was an energetic mayor in a very small Oklahoma town. “I’d rather live here than any other place I know,” she says while driving her pickup truck through town. She used to run a grocery store in town with her husband. They both lived here for many years. In 1995 she became […]

  • Great State: Del City Community Garden Has Horn of Plenty to Give Away This Summer

    DEL CITY, OKLAHOMA — Melvin Thompson doesn’t dance through the garden rows this July, but he can’t resist strutting just a little bit. “Cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers,” he calls out as he passes. “We’re blessed with still having lot’s of blooms.” Four years ago this acreage behind the Del City Church of Christ needed more mowing that hoeing. But Melvin had just retired from the roofing business and he still thought he needed something to do. “I’m an […]