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
  • Oklahoma woman blazing a trail through Kay County with barn quilts

    BLACKWELL, Okla. — Along the straight roads and flat horizons, it’s easy to spot the barns of Kay County. They are wood and sheet metal against the blue sky. They are even easier to spot now that many of these structures support Barn Quilts. “Oh yeah!” exclaims Cindy Oard. “It looks nice.” “I am the barn quilt lady,” she chuckles. Oard lost count of the number of barn quilts she’s made over the past year. Her shop in downtown Blackwell […]

  • At age 96, WWII vet had one regret. Another vet answered the call

    ENID, Okla. – Air Force and Navy, air and water, sky and sea meet in a small, assisted living apartment in a northwest Oklahoma city. “I was volunteering out at the Burgundy Place,” said Tony Weedn who met Rex ‘Soup’ Campbell as a sort of class assignment a few weeks back. “I thought I might be here an hour,” Weedn said. “Gosh,” Campbell said. “He was here about 3 hours.” Weedn wanted to know all about Campbell’s time aboard the […]

  • Artster Oklahoma: A year of searching out local artists and how they do what they do

    OKLAHOMA CITY – On market days or weekends, knife maker Justin Voight might get a visitor to his workshop if his doors are open – but, most of the time, his forge is the only light that penetrates the dust. The only conversations to be had are between hammer, anvil and the occasional stray finger. “Absolutely,” Voight said. “The most inspiration I get is when I smash my finger. I have to show up and go to work to do […]

  • Hoofbeats and Echoes: The impact of buffalo on the American West

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — For thousands of years, for as long as humans lived on the Great Plains, the American Bison captured imaginations like no other animal. “The bison has had this amazing impact on the continent,” says curator Eric Singleton. He spent months examining and collecting buffalo as depicted by Native Americans, then the early artist who went west with sketchbooks in the 1830’s. “Showing the bison in their natural landscape,” describes Singleton standing in front of an early […]

  • Made in Oklahoma show highlights what local small businesses have been up to this cold winter

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Cooped up all winter long doesn’t mean hibernating for creative people in Oklahoma. Shelley Hiers of Sheller and Belle Sopiary kept busy making soap. “A bunch of different goats milk soaps, lotions and lip balms, things like that,” Hiers said. Shelly Goodmanson’s potter wheel never stopped spinning in Cashion. “People are coming here expecting to see handmade work,” Goodmanson said. Sunday afternoon, Oklahoma makers and small businesses set up more than 80 booths at the Farmers Public […]

  • 2 state tournament basketball teams, 1 coach with his own hoop history, and 1 Gold Ball

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Hopes, dreams, hoops, hardwood – how can so much emotion be concentrated in such a small space? Every year, eight of the best small town high school basketball teams in Oklahoma converge on the OKC Metro to compete for a championship. Boys and girls, Class A and Class B. For towns like Frontier and Cyril, this year marks a rare double. Both boys and girls teams made it to the state tournament. For Cyril’s coach, Shane McLemore, […]

  • Oklahoma ‘military hospital’ treats G.I. Joe patients

    LONE WOLF, Okla. – His operating room is a work bench in the back room of a former beauty shop. Surrounded by body parts and the salvage of a million backyard battlefields, Dr. Neil Vitale saves as many G.I. Joes as he can. “For some reason, kids like to use ice picks on Joes,” wonders Dr. Vitale, who maintains a practice as a real doctor. “Unfortunately, a lot of them were burned up too.” They were really a tough bunch. Starting […]

  • For Johnny Cash’s birthday, Oklahoma version of ‘The Man in Black’ is throwing a party

    OKLAHOMA CITY – He really is just a guy off the street walking into the 822 Broadway Salon downtown, a former marketing director for a drug and alcohol center who found another, better gig. “I’m in disguise as Philip Bauer,” he said before starting the process that turns him into Johnny Cash. To chronicle the 40 minutes it takes Bauer to transform himself into ‘The Man in Black,’ we put up a small, GoPro camera. We shoot a little and […]

  • Oklahoma’s Oldest Movie Theater and the recipe for keeping in open since 1915

    CARNEGIE, OKLAHOMA — You might not notice at first, but start reading the business signs on Carnegie’s Main Street and you’ll find a familiar name. Liberty Dental, Liberty Floral, Liberty Drug, and the original, the oldest continuously operated theater in Oklahoma, a theater that first opened in 1915, and has had two owners since. “So this is the original theater,” asks a visitor walking into one of three auditoriums. “Yes,” says owner Jerry Applewhite. “It’s been re-seated several times.” Applewhite’s […]

  • A ride for kids repaired by kids: Meridian Tech Center students restore an old amusement park relic

    STILLWATER, Okla. — It might be an old Ford tractor engine, but it comes from a very unique piece of history. “This one has a production date of 1952 on it,” says Rick Carlisle, a Meridian Technology Center instructor. This hunk of metal and gears is a lot like the other engines that come through the votech’s Auto Repair Center. But this one came off a train; a 24 gauge amusement park ride on its last legs before Carlisle’s students […]

  • Oklahoma City Ballet’s latest production is many things coming together on the point of 1 shoe

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A new home, an old ballet, music, choreography, dancers, directors – so many details, so many facets of production come down to the point of a toe shoe here. “It was one of the first ballets where a female dancer was brought on to point,” said Oklahoma City Ballet Artistic Director Robert Mills. The shoe, in this case, belongs to Miki Kawamura, a veteran of nine seasons with the Oklahoma City Ballet. As a fairy like creature in […]

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