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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
  • Painting Cancer: Artist Gayle Curry takes on her worst fear.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — From light to dark, day to night, known to unknown, artist Gayle Curry didn’t experience real fear until her parents, first her father, then her mother, each received cancer diagnoses. A questioner remarks, “There might not be another, single word in the English language that, if someone mentions that, it just changes your life.” “It does,” replies Curry, “and you don’t understand that until it happens to you.” Her father died within a year from pancreatic […]

  • Carrying a torch: This Duncan collector can still keep his lights on with kerosene.

    DUNCAN, OKLAHOMA — Getting some light into Mike Steuver’s living room involves a lot more than just flipping a switch. “This is a 1936 Model Aladdin,” he says while striking his butane lighter. But that flickering flame, or the bright mantle on one of these old Aladdin models reveals a unique collection in the dimming world of kerosene lamps. Steuver lights an old railroad lantern and explains, “All you got to do is light it and you’re good to go.” […]

  • To the moon and back; A flag that flew on Apollo X comes back to Weatherford, OK courtesy of an OKC scout troop.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Scouts and former scouts gathered under one flag early on a Saturday morning, this flag marking Weatherford’s Troop 355 and its 50th year back in 1968. The troop’s most famous member, retired test pilot and astronaut Tom Stafford, exercised a personal preference back in 1969, packing a few items of his choosing to take into space as he commanded Apollo X. Stafford explains, “It was my idea because I wanted to honor the Boy Scout troop […]

  • In its 2nd season the Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the 21C Museum Hotel are a perfect fit.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Just strings. That’s what the composer Dvorak had in mind when he wrote this exuberant piece of music in the Spring of 1875. This small, chamber group is simple a gathering of friends led by cellist Tomasz Zieba who thought his adopted city could use something other than the big symphony sound of a big orchestra. “I felt like the city has grown enough to take it,” says Zieba, “and ready to accept.” One of the […]

  • In one El Reno, Oklahoma neighborhood, Monarchs are still honored guests

    EL RENO, OKLAHOMA — She remembers them filling the skies and dripping from the trees. “When I was younger they were so thick,” says Master Gardener Janet Horner. “You’d see them flying across the road. I haven’t seen that in decades.” Horner grew up watching Monarchs as they flew north in March and south in October. There was s time when she sprayed to keep insects and caterpillars away but over the past few years she’s migrated herself to serve […]

  • Familiar surroundings bleed into the crime novels of Oklahoma author Lou Berney

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The Tuesday morning rush is basically over at Cuppies and Joe in Oklahoma City. Most of the customers left are settling in for some screen time, a deeper conversation, or, like Lou Berney, the writing of another crime novel. “It’s such a big tent,” says the author of his chosen genre. “You can write mystery. You can write hard-boiled. You can write noir, and so there’s a lot of freedom.” This setting might seem like a […]

  • The first travel posters in America on display at OU

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — Before the Santa Fe Railroad even laid tracks all the way to the Grand Canyon, officials with the company had already hired famous landscape painter Thomas Moran to make it look like a cool place to go. “This poster,” points art curator Hadley Jerman, “essentially says ‘come to the Grand Canyon courtesy of the Santa Fe. There are already people there enjoying it.” Way before highways and cars took over travel plans for American families the railroads […]

  • One of the coldest places in Oklahoma, a constant -80 degrees Centigrade, also holds precious medical science

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Working at room temperature is something Joel Guthridge does just like the rest of office working Oklahoma. But as Research Director of the Bio Repository at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, he oversees places that can get much, much colder. Pointing to a lab tech working with dozens of small vials, Guthridge describes, “We’re putting bar codes on them. Those will eventually end up in the cryo-storage areas.” “Usually,” he continues. “We receive around 40 new samples […]

  • He has the state’s 1st ever home brewer license and a unique perspective on Oklahoma’s new liquor laws.

    RUSH SPRINGS, OKLAHOMA — Dry county or not, since the early 1980’s, Don McKay has never had to walk very far to get a good, cold glass of full strength beer, a glass of his own wine, or even a wine cooler. “I gave away a whole lot more than I ever drank,” he states. You name it. He’s made it in this back yard, wood, welding, and now brewing shop. A little grain, some hops, and special yeast go […]

  • For the fastest race horses there is only one way to travel, on Air Horse One

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It’s always nice when a flight comes in early, especially a red-eye. This one was ready to off load its passengers at 5 o’clock on Friday morning. “It’s a first class operation,” smiles Shawn Schlenk. “It says so right on the plane. First Class Equine Air Travel.” Welcome to just another day on Air Horse One. He continues, “It’s great. We fly the best horses in the world.” Experienced handlers like Schlenk are the flight attendants […]

  • Once drafted #1, Mike Moore is still pitching every day to help out the Oklahoma Class B Panthers.

    LOOKEBA, OKLAHOMA — Friday night lights in this western Oklahoma neighborhood are diamond shaped. Pitch and catch mean what they have for most of the past century or more. We caught the Lookeba- Sickles baseball team preparing for district play. Their head coach Cody Thiessen directing traffic. On the mound for batting practice and whacking fungoes, a guy named Mike Moore who grew up in Eakly a few pastures west of here, and, who just happens to be the only […]