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
  • This Oklahoma State musician waited a long time for the new McKnight Center to open in Stillwater; then her wish came true

    STILLWATER, Okla. (KFOR) – Deep in the basement of the old Seretean Center at Oklahoma State University, the practice rooms are almost always full of young musicians learning their craft. On this day, they include cellist Samantha Kerns who happened to grow up in Stillwater and stayed there for college. “I don’t regret it at all,” she states. “I enjoy being this close.” She remembers the rumblings about some new performing arts center when she was an underclassman. Then she […]

  • An OKC man who walked 3,000 miles to save his own life reflects on the completion of his epic 8 month journey

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — If anyone deserved a big barbecue supper at Earl’s on Saturday night it was Rob Cowden. You’d be hungry too if you just finished an 8 month, 3,000-mile walk. “I called it soul work,” he says. “I did a lot of soul work along my journey.” Some friends showed up to say congratulations. Rob himself was still trying to process what he’d just accomplished. “It almost feels like I didn’t do it,” he confesses. “It feels like […]

  • Adding Contrast: This Oklahoma couple is stamping out a place in the world of western wear and hand-tooled leather

    YUKON, Okla. (KFOR) — Tanned leather starts out uniform- same tone, same thickness- but the artist takes that blank canvas and starts to stamp out something very different. “It’s challenging,” says Whiskey Bound Leather Company leather artist Nick Alexander. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” His wife and partner, an artist in her own right, Chelsi Alexander. “It changes every day,” she says. “People message us with different ideas all the time.” They got their leather tooling start on a […]

  • Roping 50 International Finals Rodeos: Ken Bailey watched his dad rope calves. Now he’s back for one last go-round

    GUTHRIE, Okla. (KFOR) – If anyone has a right to feel at home walking into the Lazy E Arena in January, it’s Ken Bailey. He remembers being a young cowboy watching his dad rope calves at the beginning. “I would have been 3 years old then,” he guesses. He has memories of growing up around Henryetta and Okmulgee, and coming here every year. Bailey states, “I know I’ve been to every IFR. I haven’t been to every performance, but here […]

  • This Oklahoma City man started out volunteering to help the homeless. He ended up documenting their stories through portraits

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – One picture shows Mike. Some of the people on the street call him ‘Old School.’ He’s an ex-con who worked construction for a while but who’s been camping out now for 17 years. Another photograph shows Dante. His friends on the street know him as ‘Tiny,’ a former PC Pirate football player once recruited to play in college but unable to get past his abusive upbringing. He’s been homeless now for at least seven months. “For […]

  • The road to adventure for this Minco family starts and ends in Minco, OK

    MINCO, Okla. (KFOR) — Venture or adventure, it doesn’t really matter to Matt and Casey Ruthardt. “We’re both full of ideas on how to do our own thing,” says Matt. They’re hard to catch most of the time. But, lately, one or both have been busy in a confined space, this trailer off Main Street in their hometown of Minco, OK. “We said, what could we do there,” he continues. They built it from scratch. They’re building a more permanent […]

  • Traveling Oklahoma’s Backroads: This Marlow woman published one windmill picture a day for two years

    MINCO, Okla. (KFOR)  – Her car hardly ever touches state highways let alone the interstates. “I would just rather be on a country road,” she says. Belva Shelton likes to take her time and be able to pull over quickly if she needs to. “I don’t want to miss anything,” she continues. “I might not be on that road again.” A few years back, her kids bought her a nice digital camera and something really did click. Shelton recalls, “I […]

  • A head for hats: This Ada custom maker makes them custom fitted for cowboys

    ADA, Okla. (KFOR) — An old friend dropped by Cindy Bowling’s back porch Thursday morning, old hat in hand. “People’s heads change,” she laughs. “It’s time,” says longtime customer Larry D. Lee. “It’s getting a little worn out.” The last time he was here on business was 15 years ago to get sized for a custom felt hat, one that would fit his head like it was made just for him. “Very good hat,” he states. Bowling explains, “Most of […]

  • Ever seen a Bob White Quail up close? Here’s your chance

    MEDICINE PARK, Okla. (KFOR) — As Executive Director of the Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Sciences Center, Doug Kemper’s rounds take him through 8 acres of botanical gardens and dozens of tanks supporting all kinds of native fish, but a small enclosure toward the back of this preserve might be the most relaxing for him. “It’s a beautiful spot,” he says. Starting in early December, he imported nearly 200 North American Bob White Quail under protective netting. “These birds come […]

  • Our choice for the Top 4 Great State stories from 2019

    The Great State list of top stories isn’t completely shorn of violence. After all, we did bring you a clown pie fight in January. “It’s a promise and the title,” said the head clown Ben Doray. We had some blood too, but in the love story of the Mathisons, Tim and Julie, who met in 1987 by pure chance when he stopped at the Oklahoma Blood Institute to give blood. Julie described their courtship as, “A whirlwind romance.” One of […]

  • The bean to bar approach: This OKC chocolate maker leaves nothing to chance

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The fermented, imported, cacao bean is a lowly looking thing, wrinkled and brown. That’s how Maura Baker gets them from places like the Dominican Republic and Africa. “First, I weigh out three kilograms of beans,” she explains holding a large bucket. The miracle is what happens next. “It’s a very special plant,” insists Baker. “And it’s a special treat.” As a kid, she used to nibble at her mom’s unsweetened baking chocolate. “It tastes horrible,” she […]

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