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
  • Treading Quietly: This Bethany, OK woman is 102 thanks to daily walks, peace, and tranquility.

    BETHANY, OKLAHOMA — She won’t win any races in the quarter-mile, but Wenonah Shaw is going for a distance record few have ever achieved. Wenonah walks that distance in her Bethany neighborhood just about every day, slowly and quietly. “I enjoy my walks,” she states. “I enjoy company that comes once in a while and I enjoy the quiet of not having a million people around.” She was born to farmer parents in 1916. Her older brother Arlo and this […]

  • Easter Island or Edmond? An Oklahoma sculptor prepares to place a huge installation.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — From creative spark to finished project doesn’t get much time for quiet contemplation in Joe Slack’s studio. “I’m going to be the crazy, crazy art guy,” he smiles. He might sketch something once a week. “I try not to over think it,” he continues. The rest of the time he’s building, one piece spot welded to another, ideas in connected steel. Describing his creative process, “I’m moving stuff around and trying to figure out what works,” […]

  • Jax the Cat has some amazing super powers, but lacks one regular power that makes him special.

    MUSTANG, OKLAHOMA — People who see Jax the cat can tell right away he’s a bit different. Any feline who can tolerate a leash is unique. “You have to walk at his pace,” says his owner Kristi Wilson. But Wilson and family are always anxious to show off some of his other amazing abilities. “He has just a sweet demeanor,” she continues. Call them super powers if you want to. After all, if the shirt fits. Perhaps ‘The Force’ is […]

  • A former Navy man recalls how he started a 60’s version of ‘Kilroy’.

    YUKON, OKLAHOMA — He’s the kind of guy who wears his likes and dislikes on his sleeve, or on his head, or in his converted garage. Jerry Stafford likes OU football, loves reading history, and reveres his time in the U.S. Navy. “I was 18,” he recalls. Stafford was just another recruit, just another bomb loader on the USS Ranger in 1962 when he sent away for something he found in a magazine. “I thought it was really cute,” he […]

  • In Dick Albreski’s accordion cave there’s only one subject worth talking about.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Walk into Dick Albreski’s accordion cave and it’s pretty difficult to talk about anything other than the instrument itself. And when the talking stops the music starts. Albreski’s father brought up the subject of music when his son turned 6. The answer was ‘yes’ to starting and, eventually, practicing. “For six weeks I loved my dad,” he recalls, “But for 7 and a half years I hated him.” He was playing little gigs by the 8th […]

  • Airplanes and Legos: This Norman, OK man played with them as a kid and made a career of them as an adult.

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — They are little building blocks that fit together. So how many different types of Lego pieces are there? Jonah Padberg thinks he can link together a good estimate because he has most of them. “Approaching 80,000 different types of parts,” he guesses. He unwrapped his first Lego set at age seven. “I’ve been hooked ever since then” he says. Jonah already liked airplanes afer hearing about his grandfather’s World War II stories of flying torpedo bombers in the […]

  • A boy, his bear, and a peaceful wood: We found them in Pott. County all grown up.

    TECUMSEH, OKLAHOMA — Walking his property on an early August morning, Stanton Pace claims he can feel the peace emanate from this little corner of heaven. “We all have gifts that come into our lives and gifts that come through us,” he says. “So we can step outside ourselves and to see ourselves.” Of course there are chores to do, especially when you have animals. The horses get a few cubes of alfalfa, his bison too. But this morning is […]

  • ‘Resilient Warriors’: An unflinching look at military life from 22 women vets

    WARR ACRES, OKLAHOMA — A book signing is a strange new experience for 22 writers who gathered at the Higher Grounds coffee ship in Warr Acres. All of them are new at published writing, but all of them are veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Their stories come together in a new book called ‘Resilient Warriors’. This volume is the second written by veterans and put compiled by a unique group called Books By Vets whose […]

  • From ‘Shift’ to ‘Beyond’. Current Studio’s newest art experience starts construction.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — You have to follow a longer thread to piece together what will be a completed art work by the Fall Equinox. A year ago Current Studio co-founder Kelsey Karper oversaw the same sort of building project on a smaller scale that ended up being ‘Shift’, an immersive and interactive exhibit that proved wildly popular. “Anyone who came to ‘Shift’ will recognize this piece,” says Karper on a walking tour of Current Studio’s newest venture. “This is […]

  • After the wildfires of April, 2018, this Oklahoma family had an idea to turn bad into good.

    VICI, OKLAHOMA — They weren’t here for the actual fire. The Stewarts, Richard and Aliceson, and granddaughter Jocelyn had to evacuate when the big Rhea Fire came calling in mid-April, 2018. “Everything was black,” says Richard “It happened so fast, “says Aliceson. “We went up to the store to get a drink and when we came back it was coming this way.” Firefighters saved their house and shop, but this stand of oak and cedar burned up leaving nothing but […]

  • New OKC Rattlesnake Museum explores the fascination with danger beneath our feet.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — We’re all pretty brave when there’s a pane of thick glass between us and a rattlesnake. Maybe that’s the appeal of Carl Sandefer’s newest venture in Oklahoma City, a former pet store turned venomous snake museum. “There is a fascination,” says Carl of his most dangerous snakes. “Between cottonmouths chasing you on the inner tube or rattlesnakes showing up on your doorstep.” Early in his career Carl worked for the Oklahoma City Zoo. He also started […]