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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: 65 Years of Channel 4 History Pass Through Jon Spence’s Living Room

    NICHOLS HILLS, OKLAHOMA — His living room has been made into a simple, television studio. On the morning we visit Jon Spence conducts another interview sitting on a comfortable couch. His subject is Weldon Watson, a WKY, Channel 4 reporter from 1974 to 1978 brought here to discuss his employ at Oklahoma’s first television station. “WKY-TV was my launching pad,” says Weldon to the camera. Watson wasn’t the only former WKY employee to come in that day. Ray Bennett, a […]

  • Great State: Huge Pre-War Car Stash Hidden Away for 70 Years Now Up for Auction

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — They line this overgrown yard on the southern end of town like a rusty mirage. The remote, fenced in lot is full of cars manufactures from the ’30’s through the ’40’s, junked, then locked in a funny kind of salvage yard time capsule opened recently by Stuart Piontek. Walking through a shed on the property he calls out some of the extensive inventory, “There’s grills. There’s fenders. So we just kind of guessed at what we thought […]

  • Great State: Ada Firefighter Dedicates ‘Ninja Warrior’ Try to Adoption Efforts

      ADA, OKLAHOMA — For nearly an hour a day, six days a week, Daniel Manuel climbs ropes in his barn. He practices his balance on a flat-bed trailer rail, and does more than a few of his special pull-ups. But when he saw his first American NInja Warrior TV show, he went bigger. “Since I’ve been pursuing American Ninja Warrior, I’ve really turned it up a notch,” he says. The Manuel family consists of Daniel, wife Janel, daughter Grace, […]

  • Great State: Wheat and Lavender are Ready for Harvest on Unique Apache Farm

    APACHE, OKLAHOMA — His footsteps are carefully numbered, even walking through his gardens and greenhouses. Jag Sodhi has written 8 text books on math and computers. He’s traveled the world, from New Delhi, India to Apache, Oklahoma, and all parts in between. So why does he feel like his life is just now beginning to bloom? The answer comes out in these purple buds. “The best part now is the smell,” he says of his many thriving Lavender plants. “That […]

  • Great State: OKC Daughter and Mom Find Art in Everyday Places

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — By themselves, a few strands of colorful, copper wire might spark the imagination of an electrician, but Andra Kissinger finds them useful in basket weaving. She says, “It’s about constantly pushing boundaries of different media and different ideas.” The weaving part is old Cherokee craft. The winding part puts her own theories about what makes art to the test. She continues, “I think that it’s important for people to realize that not all art is made […]

  • Great State: A WWII Combat Engineer Building One More Bridge to D-Day

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He was Billie Byers then, a farm kid from Blanchard drafted into the Army. He’s Bill Byers now, a retired builder with a truck load of memories from his experiences in World War II. “You’ve hardly changed,” jokes a visitor to his home next to the Surrey Hills Golf Course. “Really?” he smiles. “Here’s a picture,” says Byers selecting one from a pile on his kitchen table. Bill and his wife Louise have been married […]

  • Great State: After Dropping New I-Pad, Tulsa Inventor said Never Again

    TULSA, OKLAHOMA — Paul Wizikowski’s solution for a bad case of ‘coffee snobbery’ is to grind his own beans and to use a french press to make sure the right taste percolates through to the cup. “You’ve got to love coffee,” he says while making a small pot. “It’s your saving grace. It’s your manna from heaven.” Wizikowski is particular about his tech stuff too, especially new products. That’s why he bought an I-Pad as soon as they came out. […]

  • Great State: Remote Rt 66 Gallery Attracts Shortgrass Artists

    SAYRE, OKLAHOMA — Who knows why creativity often toils in solitude. Some artists like it quiet, but Suzanne Hylton knows there are others who, like herself, were shy about revealing their own work. “If they get their art work out from under the bed and from out of the closet then they might just be able to sell it,” she says. A few years back Suzanne and some other western Oklahoma artists began discussions about pooling their talents. They called […]

  • Great State: Oklahoma’s Only Butterfly House Opens for Visitors

    MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA — They are the flash of brilliant orange in your pintas patch, the Monarch fluttering at the corner of your eye, or the White Peacock appearing as a proud herald of Spring. If you keep still and concentrate you might count about 250 butterflies in the new Papilion at Honor Heights Park. 6 varieties are just coming out to dry their wings. Muskogee Parks Director Mark Wilkerson helped count them all. “Everything moves a little faster in the […]

  • Great State: A Mustang Family That Grew But Never Moved Away

    MUSTANG, OKLAHOMA — The sisters manage to get together once a week. Dolly is youngest. June is the oldest of the surviving 4. Bernie and Dorothy have been middle children throughout their 70-plus years. Each is a short golf cart drive from the other. “That’s all we have,” states Dorothy O’Dell. They live on the same 160 acre farm their father bought before they came along. There were 6 Husmann kids originally. Leukemia took the oldest sister at age 12. […]

  • Great State: A Single Mom in Crisis Keeps Her Promise to Other Single Moms

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The crisis is passed, the need not so desperate. Suzanna Moreno can browse through the clothing racks and the Bethel Foundation without thinking about the other more pressing needs she faced as a single mother who’s husband had abandoned her with two small children. “It’s the worst feeling in the world actually,” she recalls, “not being able to have the person who helped create the kids be with you to help take care of them.” Moreno showed […]