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
  • A Toy Treasure Trove: One Edmond man’s boyhood dreams come true

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA (KFOR) – As a grandpa, Dalfred Goodman only has one rule when it comes to his special room. “From the time they were first crawling they’ve stuck by it,” he says. His four grandchildren (the oldest is now 20) could play with these old cars in the garage, these pedal cars, Matchbox cars, even his Red Line Hot Wheels all they wanted. “That’s okay if they play with those.” His wife’s puzzle room? He didn’t care. But when […]

  • Sides are even and parted down the middle between OU and OSU at the Bedlam Barbershop

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Right down the middle. “The rivalries get going in here,” says hair cutter Rhonda Houle. It might not be the hair cut of choice at the Bedlam Barbershop, but that’s exactly how this house is divided. “Some people are pretty set,” she says. Houle rules the roost here most days at a place where there is no penalty for clipping. She specializes in Tinker flat tops and military cuts. As for her customers, they can sit […]

  • The Best Kind of Advertising: Winning a barbecue world title weeks before opening your OKC restaurant

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Crazy with details. Travis Clark is dealing with thousands of them as he prepares to realize his vision of what a barbecue restaurant ought to be. “Absolutely,” he quips. “Barbecue is a destination food.” He put his smokehouse in the front where he can see everything and people can see him. “To be able to show the public how hard we’re working to give them great food,” he explains, “and to be able to talk to […]

  • One good train deserves another: The Operation Christmas Train Set Foundation began with one small gift to a family in need

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — It’s been 32 years but Dustin Fisher can still remember the big box under the Christmas tree- the one with a train set in it. “My mom and dad said I went berserk,” he chuckles. “I was ready to set it up that morning.” Maybe it was because times were a little tough that Christmas. The oil bust cost his dad a job. The tracks of life can lead through some dark tunnels but some light […]

  • One Edmond business fights the battle of holiday logistics with thousands of baskets

    EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) — Supply meets demand in this huge room in Edmond. Every October, Larry Conant starts stacking boxes full of mostly Oklahoma made goodies: cheese, sausage, cookies, etc. “I never really know what’s coming in until it hits the door,” he says. These products head to the other side of the room within a very short period of time. “We have due dates,” states Basket Manager Mildred Fields. She has thousands of orders to fill way before Santa […]

  • Landscaper mowing to save for new prosthetic legs gets much needed help

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — If you worked every day the grass grew how many lawns could you mow in 3 years? How much could you save? Those were the calculations running through Ron Horton’s head in late September 2019 as he thought about what it would take to save up for new prosthetic legs. Cut forward to mid-November. The grass stopped growing but Ron’s hopes soared when the Scott Sabolich Prosthetics and Research Lab called the number on his Facebook […]

  • Chasing Trains: Oklahoma rail fans travel hundreds of miles to get a closer look at the world’s largest steam train

    MULDROW, Okla. (KFOR) — Living close to the tracks means you learn to ignore the horns and crossing signals, but on this morning, in places like Muldrow, Oklahoma, people stopped. They parked cars and put out lawn chairs. Railfans like Nathan Mahaffey and Rick Inselman drove a couple of hundred miles to chase this, the Big Boy 4014, the Union Pacific’s restored steam locomotive, now the largest working steam train in the world. “It’s cool to watch,” says Nathan. “It’s […]

  • From the town of Britton, to suburban blight, to new life. An Oklahoma City district transforms.

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The espresso machine at Zero Tolerance Coffee is working within its allowable limits. Owner Maura Baker showed us a spicy mix of coffee and tea that comes out looking pink in color. It’s a day away from a grand opening, but this morning’s customers needed an early wake-up in preparing for this little business district’s coming out party. Marketers Grace Powell and Brittany Attaway had a long list of setup tasks. From before statehood to 1950, […]

  • New study: Oklahoma City’s metro has more tree cover than any time in its history

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — They’re here on business. Urban foresters Mark Bays and Riley Coy walk the paths at Will Rogers Park in search of a couple of big elms they heard about. “First, you have to go up and hug the tree,” smiles Bays, the Oklahoma Urban Forestry Coordinator. Together, they measure diameter, crown spread, and height. Their efforts provide a tiny sliver of a new and much larger picture. “You can imagine all the trees and whatever size […]

  • Oklahoma school honors winning teams, local veterans with spot in trophy case

    TONKAWA, Okla. (KFOR) – The eighth-graders in Shaun Staton’s social studies class are getting a steady dose of the American Revolution leading up to Thanksgiving. But every time they head to the new gym, they get another history lesson; something much closer to home field or home court. “We hope to inspire the kids coming through now,” said Tonkawa Alumni Association officer Ginger Hunter. Tonkawa schools and city leaders wanted to build their new event center with a grand entrance […]

  • Roots of crime and punishment in Oklahoma run as deep as the ‘Whipping Tree’

    WEWOKA, Okla. (KFOR) – It’s been here for a couple hundred years, this towering pecan tree. It predates the current Seminole County Courthouse. Most people around here, even the people with business in the upstairs courtroom, have forgotten its deep roots. But historian Richard Ellwanger will often point visitors to a stone sign at the tree’s base, and the title conferred on this tree more than a century ago. “It’s the Whipping Tree,” he announces. “The Seminoles were known for […]

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