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.


Recent Articles
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    Best of Great State: The World’s Luckiest Pilot

    It’s not until he watches an old movie or reads someone else’s stories of combat that Fred Seals pauses to consider what might have happened to him over the course of piloting 25 bombing missions over Europe in World War II. “The mortality rate was 75 percent,” says Seals. He might also recall a winter day in 1952 when he proved himself to be one of the luckiest men in the history of aviation. “I don’t know if you can […]

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    Angels for Animals: OSU vet hospital provides free care during natural disasters

    STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA — She and her foal are the last patients left. Her name is Babe. Doctors and staff at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences call this rambunctious colt ‘Creature’. Dr. Dan Burba says, “Babe came to us in early May.” They were both victims of this tornadic storm near Sulphur, caught in the open with no protection. Dr. Burba says, of the 7 or 8 horses that came to this hospital, Babe was hurt the worst. “She […]

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    Lake levels at Altus-Lugert serve as emotional barometer to all of Southwest Oklahoma

    ALTUS, OKLAHOMA — Tom Buchanan might be as close to water as a man can be without getting soaked. He is the manager of Oklahoma’s only irrigation district. “This is actually where the big irrigation districts the Bureau of Reclamation built to water the West starts,” says Buchanan. “We’re the furthest east.” Sometime within the next few days this big ditch and 270 miles of smaller ditches will be full of water, delivering it to nearly 50,000 acres of thirsty […]

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    Oklahoma artist brings back happy memories by bringing 500 metal butterflies to life

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They chase the blooms of summer flowers; bees, beetles, ants, even bats, and butterflies. Always butterflies. “A friend of mine told me you call them a kaleidoscope of butterflies,” says Oklahoma artist Christie Hackler. She loves these winged insects above all others. We found her putting nearly 500 of them all around the Myriad Gardens. Each one is different, a products of steel, enamel, heat, and one more thing, her own pursuit of happiness. “That moment,” […]

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    Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute welcomes small town kids with big dreams

    QUARTZ MT. STATE PARK, OKLAHOMA — Many voices produce a much greater breadth of sound, different notes, richer music. Joshua Brown sings in the Idabel, Oklahoma high school choir, but he didn’t know what was possible until he came here to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute to sing with people just as talented as he is. “It’s so amazing here,” he says. “There are so many people who share your passion.” Blake Simpson grew up in Kellyville, Oklahoma. He moved […]

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    The 40th Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute includes many alums who want to keep feeling its magic

    QUARTZ MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, OKLAHOMA — The numbers vary slightly from year to year. The 40th Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute invited 273 of the most talented teenagers in the state, just as they have since 1977. They stay two weeks at Quartz Mountain, but those two weeks stay with them for the rest of their lives. This year’s orchestra conductor Timothy Long remembers coming here for the first time in 1983. “It was my first time to play in an […]

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    A combat souvenir sent home in time for one old soldier’s Father’s Day

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — Only about a year separates the two service portraits of Marine Dean Carter. Age 18 to 19, 1968 to 1969. Pointing to the earlier picture, Carter says, “He was trained in knowing what he was supposed to do. That other guy knew exactly what he was supposed to do.” Carter remembers that year better than any other. It was the year he spent on patrol, in combat, in Vietnam. Retired now, 22 years in the Marine Corps, […]

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    Twisterfest Oklahoma marks another party in the evolution of Muscle Car Ranch

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — If you want to find Curtis Hart at his Muscle Car Ranch it’s going to be one some piece of machinery doing work as he continues to prove up his 60 acre plot nearly 40 years after he took it over. “I should have been a musician,” he says. “but I was too busy. I had to work.” This dirt mound will be a stage for his upcoming rock and roll festival. The dirt for it came […]

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    To these campers a big bass is something you play not catch

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — They are the giants of the orchestra, the tall, fat guy with the deep voice stuck in the back. String Bass is not a glamor instrument. they don’t get much of a turn at the melody. Solos are few and far between says Dr. Anthony Stoops, Bass professor at the University of Oklahoma. “Although the secret is that we lead without anyone really knowing it,” he smiles. But once a year kids who play the bass come […]

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    30th Annual Red Earth Honored One Takes Native American Art in Many Different Directions

    BETHANY, OKLAHOMA — His studio, his lab. Jim Van Deman’s work and experiments both pile up around him. Growing up in Anadarko, Oklahoma he went to his first pow wow in diapers. “I’m a huge fan of Native American music,” he says. “The pow wow music and the flute music.” Jim learned classical art and drawing, learned that some Indian bead colors perfectly match certain tubes of paint, but also that the homage to his heroes was only a starting […]

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    Dead Center Film Selection Made by Students from Autism Oklahoma

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Their work is still so new crew members don’t need much coaxing to sit down and watch the short film they all spent a year creating. From the beginning ‘Even In Death’ feels different. Silent except for sound effects, it centers on a little boy and his strange experiences surrounding the death of his grandmother. “We had the original idea of making a short film,” says director Zak Davis. The artists, animators, and sound effects […]