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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
  • 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 […]

  • From one generation to another: this Spaulding, OK rancher and old friend passes wisdom from his Grannie to his own grandchildren.

    SPAULDING, OKLAHOMA — Up a hill from the creek, this old dirt road is tramped down with a lifetime of footsteps for Dave Wingo, and now his grandson Quin. “That was when they let kids grow up,” he says. “I got to cram 15 to 20 years of Grannie and Grandpa lessons into 5 or 6 weeks a year.” It leads to his grandparents old house, to a pecan orchard, and to a catfish pond we first visited in 1993. […]

  • Delivering in Style: This Norman, OK Meals on Wheels Volunteer makes good use of his ’31 Model A Ford.

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — He walks through this door once a week, on Fridays usually. Nolan Morgan is a retired school administrator whose wife convinced him to continue his years of service to society along another avenue. “My wife thought I should serve ‘young people’ my age,” he smiles. Nolan and his wife normally team up organizing and delivering lunches for the Norman Meals on Wheels non-profit. Norman Meals on Wheels Associate Director Summer McGuire says, “We could not do what […]

  • He grew up on a farm. At 88, J. Glenn Evans hopes he can lure people back.

    WEWOKA, OKLAHOMA — He arrived at this latest fork in the road pretty late. J. Glenn Evans is 88 now but excited about what he calls his last hurrah, an idea he would like to try out on this plot of land. A visitor asks, “Why in the world would you want to leave Washington State, one of the gardens spots of the U.S. to here?” Evans makes a circle with his finger beside his head and chuckles, “I’m a […]

  • The light of inspiration at OU Engineering Day: How to make a working heart monitor.

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — They might be the smartest kids at their respective high schools in Oklahoma and Texas. Each of them applied to be here on this day. They wrote essays and submitted their report cards. But not a one of them had ever handled a soldering gun. There are 7 different engineering disciplines offered at the University of Oklahoma. Each of them hosts a kind of one day tutorial for top high schoolers who might be interested in the […]