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.

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    A small town Christmas celebration Woody Guthrie would have loved

      OKEMAH, OKLAHOMA — As the last light of a December afternoon fades in downtown Okemah, a few lights stay on in Woody Guthrie’s hometown. People gather on an empty lot, a few hundred maybe, but a pretty good cross-section of ‘Whoville’ or ‘Whereville’, Oklahoma. The mayor has the microphone warmed up. The peanut brittle is ready to sell. The kids from the Mennonite school up in Boley sing a few songs as townspeople arrive. Organizer Peggy Ann Combs has […]

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    The 40th Annual OKC Train Show features one man whose love for railroading came by way of a doctor’s prescription

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — There isn’t a person alive whose railroad track of life doesn’t include some curves and grades. “I grew up in a very poor area of New York,” says Mike Holtzeman. It’s hard to imagine but Mike might never have developed a love for trains. He might never have constructed this G-scale layout in his back yard if his father hadn’t been generous enough to trade locomotives as payment for drugs. “Dad worked in a pharmacy,” he […]

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    Oklahoma’s Native American tribes bless Red Earth trees with their own culture

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The idea may celebrate the birth of Christ, but with a Christmas tree individual families get to tell their own holiday story. “We like that,” says Red Earth Museum and Gallery manager Eric Oesch. “because everybody loves Christmas trees.” Oesch says it’s no different with each of Oklahoma’s 39 Indian tribes. 15 of them came forward this year with their own very different tribal trees. “The ornaments were hand-made to depict the specific culture of the […]

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    No Turkey for Thanksgiving? One Oklahoma farm says never again

    PONCA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The morning chores, even on a small farm like this, can take Tera Biaggi clear to lunch time on a busy day. There are chickens to feed and eggs to gather. Her goat just had two kids last night. The little ones are still finding their voices. Cats yes, dogs sure, and lots of horses. Tera has close to 60 on her place. She trains some and rescues others. Biaggi explains, “So diversification uses a farm’s […]

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    Since 1849, Oklahoma’s original roadside attraction is still Rock Mary

    HINTON, OKLAHOMA — If home is off the highway or down an old road. Even if Oklahoma is a drive through or a fly over, there are sign posts that remain long after the path changes. Historian Art Peters walks the old California Trail often enough to have found the wagon ruts and to have dug up the trash from a roadside that saw settlers between Fort Smith, Arkansas and the California gold fields. One of the most famous landmarks […]

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    This holiday display is a bit out of the ordinary but quite fun and unique

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Just like the department stores of old, we found Tony Morton putting last minute touches on his window displays at the Kasum Gallery. “There’s a lot of engineering behind them. That’s for sure,” he says. But look a little closer and you won’t find your average stocking stuffers in here. Gallery owner Morton agrees, “This is the one show we do every year where you can find just about anything.” Take a look inside this huge […]

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    The colors of an Oklahoma fall from a very high perch in Pushmataha County

    CLAYTON, Okla. – You can climb Flag Pole Mountain, but it’s a hike. You can drive it like Clayton’s police chief Darrin Morris, but that carries its own challenges too. Bumping along a very rough road, Morris said “When I was a kid, we used to come up here quite a bit.” Morris spent his childhood in the part of the northern Pushmataha County, playing in Rock City, swimming at 2nd Falls and camping around Umbrella Rock. “There isn’t a […]

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    Long silent, the WKY Kilgen Organ is home again and nearly ready to play

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The first delivery truck pulled up to the Oklahoma History Center Museum just before business hours on a Friday morning. There were several that arrived that day, each containing pieces of a giant historical artifact, a musical instrument, an organ that entertained Oklahoma audiences for more than a half-century. For Dusty Miller, this was a banner day. “The WKY Kilgen has found a new home,” he says proudly. The organ was first installed in the Skirvin […]

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    When this Marine heard what his hometown had done to a fallen Oklahoma Marine back in 1968, he knew he had to do something

    HENRYETTA, OKLAHOMA — He was the first of 11 brothers and sisters to attend a desegregated Henryetta school. Anthony Grundy’s 5th grade class picture has him in the back row. Mike Doak was a year ahead of him. “Good kid,” he recalls. “Quiet.” All these years later Mike often things of how their lives ran parallel, how Anthony joined the Marines in 1967, how Mike was drafted into the Marines a year later. But Anthony didn’t come home. He was […]

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    Building a perfect world is easy for artist and architect Adam Lanman. It’s the people who make it difficult.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — From thought, to hand, to paper is not an especially long journey. Artist and architect Adam Lanman takes that trip all the time in his small office at 1219 Creative in Oklahoma City. He says, “Sketching is a huge part of thinking conceptually.” You might recognize the vaulting arches or soaring towers like he does. To Adam, they spring from a youth spent exploring the countryside and building cool forts. “I do imagine these as little […]

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    When agents made their arrest they noticed an old, green trunk that contained a mystery they had to solve

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It looked out of place. When Oklahoma Agriculture Department Special Agents Jerry Flowers and Eddie Davenport arrested two men in a stolen trailer this summer this old, green trunk got their attention right away. “It stood out to both of us,” says Flowers in a small ceremony at Department of Ag headquarters. “And we knew it had to be stolen.” Inside were old pictures, ledgers, papers, some old silver, a music box and other items. They […]