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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.

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — For most visitors the Harn Family Homestead is something from history. For Liz Wise, that history is her own. “I lived in what was called the ‘little house’,” she says. “It was idyllic. We’d ride our bikes all around through the oil field. We never worried about anything or anybody. It was great.” William Fremont Harn was the man who moved here from Ohio and received this farm for his efforts at sorting through competing land […]

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    Geary, OK plumber’s job and hobby couldn’t be more different but they’re still next door to each other

    GEARY, OKLAHOMA — If you need a hole dug anywhere near Geary. If you have a plugged drain or a broken pipe, Donald ‘Ducky’ Reding is your man. As the town’s only plumbers Ducky and his son stay busy. But over the past few years the elder Reding has had a little more time to pick up a thread he dropped more than 50 years ago. Crochet. “I’m going pretty good at it,” he boasts. “I just keep a’goin.” You […]

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    Drama Upstairs, Action Downstairs: The OU Costume Design Shop is always a busy place

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — It might still be a few days before the curtain goes up, but far beneath the stage at the University of Oklahoma Theatre Department the costume design shop is where all the action takes place. “We’ve got 35 ball room dresses going,” says Lloyd Cracknell. “And at least 20 period mens’ jackets.” The racks are full of Russian ball gowns from the 1820’s. The tags attached to them have orders on what needs to be done. If […]

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    Is the branding fire going cold on Oklahoma ranches? These cowboys say yes.

    SNYDER, OKLAHOMA — For as long as cows and cowboys have roamed the big pastures of Southwest Oklahoma, the annual process of branding calves has brought good hands and families together. “You know we did 200 and some odd the other day,” says young rancher Ethan Treadwell. Treadwell savours this time of year partly because he doesn’t get a chance to do this very much. He and his cousin Jason Treadwell run stocker cattle for the most part. By the […]

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    Big Horses Make Big TV Stars in Meeker

    MEEKER, OKLAHOMA — By the time Spring really warms things up Don Langille’s barn might have ten foals lining the stalls in his barn. These aren’t just any foals either. At two weeks old, Coco Chanel might just have the regal bearing to be a TV star hitched to a Budweiser wagon or as one of the Express Ranches team. Langille chuckles, “I don’t have naming rights. I just have veto rights on names I can’t stand.” “I know one […]

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    Volunteer Orchestra and Volunteer Choir Produce Music from the Heart

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    Partnership and Perspective: A combined class at Moore High School creates a one-of-a-kind experience

    MOORE, OKLAHOMA — Ethan Attebery wasn’t sure what would happen. He didn’t know how his heifer, Pepper, or his new friend Nate Robinson would react to each other. “I was a little scared,” he admits. “I didn’t know what level Nate would be. I didn’t know if he would be able to work with the heifer or if I would have to help him.” Adam Ferguson couldn’t predict what fellow student Rebecca Aguilar would do with his show pig. “The […]

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    Who was the first person to see Brad Pitt naked? Here’s the story and the spot where it happened

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    How a simple question led to a multi-million dollar company in OKC

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    Ally’s House charity quietly celebrates a milestone of helping families fight cancer

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    Business in Tecumseh proves you can take the girl off the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the girl

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