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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
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    Great State: Former American Ninja Warrior Contestant Dares You to Try His Obstacle Course

    ADA, OKLAHOMA — The fun begins a few yards after the official start of the Orphan Love Mud Run. “First we’ll run over these tires,” he pants as he leaps over a series of giant tractor tires buried in the dirt. Organizer Daniel Manuel let his imagination run almost as wild as his running style. Still running, he shouts, “This hill will be a giant slip and slide.” This year the whole race course is his adopted baby. The man […]

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    Great State: He Heard Ol’ Hank Once and ‘It Stuck’

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He was only 4 years old. Larry Darnelle remembers because it was his birthday and a neighbor with a TV invited the family over to watch the Kate Smith Evening Hour. That’s when Hank Williams Sr. stepped on stage to sing. “I remember like it was yesterday,” he says. “I was sitting on that linoleum floor listening to that TV.” Later on, he found an old 78 record at his grandmother’s house and just about […]

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    Great State: Early Oktoberfest In Choctaw Is the Culmination of One Family’s Immigrant Success

    CHOCTAW, OKLAHOMA — She’s still on hand to greet old friends and give short tours of Old Germany. Not the country, but the restaurant she and her husband started from just about nothing 40 years ago. About their beginnings, Chrystel Turek says, “My husband was in the back cooking. I had to take care of the customers and all that.” Still speaking with a thick German accent she pantomimes, “What you need? This, this, this. You know.” Heinz and Chrystel […]

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    Great State: History On the Road Passes Through OKC Hub

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Early cars used to scare horses and wreck wagons along the country roads of 100 years ago. The same machines still get long looks, but for different reasons today. On an early morning in northwest Oklahoma City a whole line of them rolled onto the tarmac at the Sundance Airpark. They marked the first stop, the spokes on wheel, the capital its hub, for the Glidden Tour. Back in 1904 the fledgling American Automobile Association, Chuck […]

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    Great State: Her Care for Orphaned Animals Involves a Unique Method for Keeping Squirrels Warm

    ATOKA, OKLAHOMA – Early mornings at the 5K Ranch involve chores like any other working place in Oklahoma. But Crystal Klaver’s routine has nothing to do with her dad’s cattle, not when she has two hungry, orphan fawns to feed. She has her state license to take in and care for wild animals. These deer were born this spring. Without her they wouldn’t last a week. With her, it’s a race to see who can finish a bottle first. Explaining […]

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    Great State: One of State Ranger’s Favorite Spots is Also His Office

    ATOKA, OKLAHOMA — He wanted tax payers in the state capitol to know he was officially off the clock. Ranger Steve Lampkin was on his lunch break but still at the office, part of it at least, here on the smooth surface of the McGee Creek Reservoir. “It’s beautiful. It’s got good water,” he says climbing into a fiberglass bass boat. “This is a great area. I love this lake. I love this park.” On weekends when the bass are […]

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    Great State: Unlucky? Why It Took This Man 62 Years to Receive VA Benefits from the Korean War

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He was so close. Another 15 minutes and Pvt. Don Biffle would have made it to the scheduled cease fire that ended the Korean Conflict on July 27th, 1953. Instead, a mortar round detonated at his feet sending him to a field hospital with burst eardrums, a concussion, and a nasty shrapnel wound to the arm. “I was moving pretty good,” he recalls of the day he was wounded, “trying to get out of the way.” […]

  • Great State: Signatures and Graffiti Artwork Revealed in Second Floor Closed Off in the 1940’s

    MINCO, OKLAHOMA — The building dates to 1901. The Merkle family ran a grocery store for years here. But walk through the same front door now and Deana Wolje will likely be there to show you around. On a tour of the first floor she points out, “This is where the old meat locker used to be. We still have it.” It’s been Blossom Time Antiques for about fifteen years, but PC Bob’s is in here too along with a […]

  • Great State: From Italy, to Woodward, to Iraq, and Back to Woodward to Open a Restaurant

    WOODWARD, OKLAHOMA — Art Musili and his little brother grew up in his grandfather’s restaurant near Milan, Italy. They never needed a book or measuring cup to make Chicken Valentina. They just knew. It’s been more than fifteen years since the brothers made the move to follow their dreams, a restaurant of their own in America. “Me and my brother gave it a shot, you know?,” he says. They landed in New York then moved to Dallas. Art and Alvin […]

  • Great State: Unique Collaboration Ends With 42 Works By 42 Artists

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — There were a lot of participants in the Elaborate Collaborate art show who were nervous with the idea of ‘coloring on someone else’s paper’ which is usually a big no-no from Pre-k on up. But this Collaborate, the invention of curators Kelsey Karper and Romy Owens, was always intended to be about stretching boundaries. “I think the whole framework we gave for everyone was a little outside of their comfort zone,” said Karper, “which is what […]

  • Great State: Four Weddings, Four Generations, One Unforgettable Anniversary

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The last-minute details of a wedding involving as many as 200 guess required all hands on deck. While bride to be Tiffanie Tigner looked through the planner with her mom Chrystal, groom to be Josh Laughter, his sister, and his future father in law William Tigner took turns polishing the plastic holders for the reserved seating sections. The previous night had been rehearsal. The big event was set for Saturday afternoon. Tiffanie said, “I woke up […]