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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: Small Vintners in Lahoma Say Success in Wine Making, Keep Things Simple

    LAHOMA, OKLAHOMA — Hand on, low overhead. Con Pekrul keeps it simple as head vintner, head bottler, and bottle washer at the Plain View Winery. “This is pretty much how my day is filled,” says Con as he ‘fills’ bottle after bottle from a big, plastic bucket. Today’s vintage is something Con calls ‘Oh My’. It’s a mixture of several different grape varieties. Nothing too special. Just a little something to pull from the ‘fridge for dinner. The Pekrul family […]

  • Great State: Waukomis Native Develops a Taste for Coffee in Seattle and Brought it Home

    WAUKOMIS, OKLAHOMA — Bob Underwood claims that if you grabbed ten people from a Seattle, Washington street corner eight of them would tell you they’d worked in a coffee shop at some point. Gather ten people in Waukomis, Oklahoma and eight of them might tell you they’ve never set foot in a coffee shop. Nevertheless, Bob insists, “Every small town needs a good coffee shop.” But Underwood and his wife Mary dragged ‘A Little Bit of Seattle’, kicking and screaming, […]

  • Great State: Ranch Rodeo Practice is Everyday Work for These Cowboys Near Velma, OK

    VELMA, OKLAHOMA — It’s August in Southwest Oklahoma. If you’re going to move cattle most good ranch hands know to do the job before the sun climbs too high. “We’re working cattle on horses all the time out here,” says cowboy Zac Pogue. Pogue is part of a ranch family that stretches back more than a hundred years around what is now Sugarloaf Ranch. Just about every day, Zac, his uncles, cousins, and even a nephew move cattle to eat […]

  • Great State: Snow Cone Stand Owner Has Tasted All the Flavors in Life

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Jake Hunter handles his business in a white trailer on the corner of 178th Street and MacArthur Boulevard. He is the owner and proprietor of Country Snow, a snow cone stand open after school through the rush hour for thirsty folks who want to hold onto summer for just a little while longer. “Snow cones are kind of habit-forming aren’t they,” queries a first time visitor to the stand. “They are,” replies Hunter. “They’re kind of […]

  • Great State: New Metro Business has a Special Machine to Clean the Dirtiest Place in Your House

      PIEDMONT, OKLAHOMA — Kyle Cornman already had a business pressure washing and cleaning windows. Every once in a while one of his customers would ask him to clean out their trash cans too. He would do it, but that didn’t mean he had to like it. “You couldn’t clean the trash cans in people’s driveways because it would just make a mess,” he says. So he was bouncing around the bumpy, back roads of the internet one day and noticed […]

  • Great State: An Unsolved Murder on the Prairie is Now One Oklahoma Town’s Unique Celebration

      HENNESSEY, OKLAHOMA — Poor Pat Hennessey was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He was an Irishman and a freighter who was taking supplies down the Chisholm Trail from Wichita on the Fourth of July, 1874. On that afternoon he and his men met a brutal end, their mutilated, burned corpses only found hours later. “This is basically the study of the Buffalo War,” says librarian and historian Mary Haney, who often conducts tours of Hennessey’s history […]

  • Great State: Do You Know What It Is to be Caught In a Wewoka Switch?

    WEWOKA, OKLAHOMA — A picture of the Wewoka train depot now and a picture from 100 years ago look a lot alike except for the number of people. A museum image from the early 20th century shows a crowd on the platform watching Senator William Jennings Bryan deliver a speech from the back of a steam train. Wewoka was a pretty quiet place though, until wildcatters hit pay dirt on the Betsy Foster farm in 1923. “On St. Patrick’s Day,” […]

  • Great State: Wewoka Family Hopes to Build Something Good from Tragic Loss

      WEWOKA, OKLAHOMA — Friday, August 8th would have been the first day of 4th grade for Lane Azlin. His best friends were sitting in the back row of Alicia Bare’s class. His name wasn’t on the roll but you couldn’t miss him. One of the new class rules was his idea. Bare suggested Rule #5, “Be awesome. Lane would have like that one.” Alicia also places a blue ribbon above the classroom door to mark the place where he […]

  • Great State: Old Cowboys and Soon to be Old Cowboys Share Rodeo Tales in Waynoka

    WAYNOKA, OKLAHOMA — If you want to hear a good rodeo story you have to get up early or stay late, away from the noise and excitement. That’s where you’ll find people like Brian Dunn and Vernon Barnes trading on their experiences in the arena. Dunn says, “I love hearing the old stories and how things were and how things are, and comparing them.” Brian’s grandpa taught him everything he knew about the rodeo game. He’s been a bull fighter […]

  • Great State: 70 Years Working at the Stockyards and He’s Never Seen It Like This

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He doesn’t really need to visit the stockyards auction floor any longer. But Kenneth Madding can’t resist coming back to the auction block at the Oklahoma National Stockyards. Too many old friends are still here, and there’s too much excitement these days. “Pretty good price, eh John?” remarks Ken to an old friend during the weekly cattle auction. Ken is the oldest of the old-timers around here who’s imaginations can’t keep up with the spiraling beef […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma Made Movie Getting 1st DVD Release…In Japan

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The art for the DVD cover just came in. This is the first chance director Ryan Bellgardt and star John Ferguson have had to look it over. There are a couple of strange, new faces. Ryan points to an image of a man prominently featured on the cover. “This guy right here,” he says, “is not even in our movie and I have no idea who he is.” There are also some obvious changes in translation […]