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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
  • The cinematic world of ‘Jurassic Games’ fits nicely within the borders of Oklahoma.

    LITTLE SAHARA STATE PARK, OKLAHOMA — Ryan Bellgardt already knew he was going to make a dinosaur movie. “Are your shoes full of sand right now,” he says walking across a fifty foot high sand dune? “I feel kind of epic.” So this Oklahoma City based writer and director set out to find some good locations. The sand dunes at this state park near Waynoka, Oklahoma fit the bill perfectly. “That’s kind of the idea for our movie,” he says. […]

  • The Father of a truly American alphabet: Sequoyah’s last home is worth the visit.

    AKINS, OKLAHOMA — His likeness is forever listening, head cocked to gather inspiration. The father of the first truly American alphabet sits in the old Big Skin Bayou District of the Cherokee Nation, now known as Sequoyah County. Zach Adair’s mother helped dedicate this Fred Olds made bronze back in 1986, which also happens to be a story I covered myself as a young reporter. “It’s kind of awesome being from the same tribe,” he says, “and something I was […]

  • Hezekiah and Isaiah in the Old Testament, their seals on display in Edmond’s Armstrong Auditorium

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They aren’t much bigger than a pair of cuff links, two bits of clay with some interesting writing on them. But if you can read ancient Hebrew, on of them says it belongs to a King Hezekiah, son of Ahaz. The other says it’s owner is Isaiah. “So there are 16 verses total,” says curator Bred MacDonald, “where Isaiah and Hezekiah were mentioned in the Bible.” MacDonald tells us both artifacts were found near Jerusalem’s Temple […]

  • From cotton, to cattle, to elderberries: One Oklahoma farmer’s business is now berries and flowers.

    WEBBERS FALLS, OKLAHOMA — As a little kid roaming these pastures south of town, Brent Madding must have skipped past hundreds of Elderberry plants growing wild. “Normally you’ll find them along tree lines, old fence lines, or old road beds,” he says. As a grown man, he’s still learning just how valuable they can be as a cash crop. “This is a variety discovered right here in Muskogee County,” he says holding a big cluster of blooming, white flowers. “It’s […]

  • A time machine on your phone? Folk Secrets is the next best thing.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It’s been a couple of years since the night Brent Wheelbarger’s daughter Emma asked him for help in studying for a final exam in history. She warned him it would be boring. Brent admits, “It was like daggers to the heart. I thought, ‘No! Why would you say that?” And she was right. He recalls, “One multiple choice or fill in the blank after another. No context.” But that experience got Brent thinking, and then go […]

  • Oklahoma City’s 1st techCenter Forum brings together the future in one room.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — If it’s vision you’re looking for try putting on a pair of virtual reality goggles in Bob Eskew’s physical rehabilitation office. He spent years looking for a way to make the repetitive exercises kids with cerebral palsy have to perform a little more fun. Eskew, a cerebral palsy sufferer himself, says, “I had the idea to create a virtual space.” Software designer Andony Escudero from Trifecta Communications is building a VR basketball game where people like […]

  • Within These Walls: This Oklahoma man treasures one of the largest brick collections in the U.S.

    TULSA, OKLAHOMA — He is a man who will, literally, walk through a brick wall to get to the right kind of brick. Clem Reinkemeyer started collecting these building blocks when someone showed him why bricks are always make a certain size. “Bricks are a size that’s convenient for your hand,” he explains. As a construction engineer he thought one way about bricks. But after a a little digging he began to appreciate their history, dating clear back to the […]

  • Tulsa’s Emerald Gem: The Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area

    TULSA, OKLAHOMA — From glaring sunlight to cool shade, cars to woods, city to forest in seconds. “For a lot of people, this is their church,” says Ryan Howell. “It’s where they come to connect with wilderness.” That’s what trail runners, hikers, and mountain bikers get as they enter the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness. “Beautiful trees,” he continues. “I love it out here.” That’s also what park co√∂rdinator Ryan Howell and other staffers with Tulsa’s River Parks Authority discovered too […]

  • First Time Cutters: Two teenagers from Duke, OK follow the wheat harvest north.

    HESS, OKLAHOMA — Lots to do in a little time. The first hot, dry winds of June ready this year’s crop of winter wheat quickly. During the first week of harvest cutters like Colt Boyd and Jonathan Darby are working the kinks out of their old combine and header after a winter of storage. “The starting week of wheat harvest is always a tough one,” says Colt. “After something has sat all winter you don’t know what the rats have […]

  • How a morning walk between neighbors turned into a venue for walking down the aisle.

    LUTHER, OKLAHOMA — They were new neighbors. It hadn’t been too long since Jaye Payton and her husband had moved to Oklahoma from northern California right across the road from Shawna Stults place. “We bought an old farm across from them,” says Payton. They stared walking together and, on a fine morning like this one, Shawna gave voice to an idea. Payton continues, “She kept telling me we needed to build a wedding venue as we were already out building […]

  • A 93 year old Oklahoma preacher reflects on his wartime experiences and the friends he lost in WWII.

    BESSIE, OKLAHOMA — It’s nearly harvest time in Western Oklahoma. The wheat waves gold above the town of Bessie. The local Baptist Mission is ready early for Sunday service thanks to 93-year-old Harold Goldmann, the new preacher at this little old church in a valley where attendance is measured in two digits, and faith by the bushel. “This is where I preach from every Sunday morning,” he says from the pulpit. “10:30 to 11:30.” He’s been a preacher for all […]