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
  • Braving heat and bugs: Professional sand plum picker searches for jewels among the thorns

    EDMOND, Okla. – They grow in sandy soil, along fence lines or in big thickets never touched by a brush hog blade. “Looks like we have some scattered through here,” said picker Shawn Dickenson. Dickenson is one of a few people around who searches them out as a professional. He braves the heat, snakes, thorns, ticks and chiggers to reach the finest of summer jewels in Oklahoma, the sand plum. “Sixty percent seed, and 40 percent fruit,” he smiled. “But, […]

  • ‘America’s Got Talent’ for miniature horses provides training for therapy animals

    NOBLE, Okla. — These animals are way too small to ride, even for kids like Brianna Reed. But that doesn’t mean they’re useless. “How smart is this horse?” asks a visitor. Brianna replies, “Um. He’s pretty smart.” At Flames to Home Equine Assisted Services, these horses provide therapy, they honor veterans, and even do a thing owner Ron King calls, “tactical team building.” Child volunteers help train miniature horses to go out into the community and handle whatever comes their […]

  • A man of letters and numbers: This Oklahoma stockbroker is also a screenwriter

    OKLAHOMA CITY — He’s up way before Wall Street’s opening bell. “The alarm bell goes off at 5:30 a.m.,” says Al Mertens. As a financial advisor, he needs to be aware of potential market swings as the workday begins. But there are quiet moments, even on the busy days, when his thought turns to dialogue; the spoken words conjured from fictional characters in his head. “Seeing other people interpret words that began up here,” says Mertens, pointing to his head, […]

  • The Mohawk Lodge Indian Store houses a treasure of Native American culture in Clinton

    CLINTON, Okla.– It’s one of those places you walk through and don’t know exactly where to look. “They open that door and say, ‘Oh goodness,'” relates Mohawk Lodge Indian Store owner Patricia Henry. Even she isn’t sure exactly what’s here. “Somebody said, ‘Do you take inventory?'” says Pat. “I said, ‘How would you do that?” The store opened its doors in 1892. The Dutch Reform Church out of New York wanted to give displaced native plains tribes a way to […]

  • A purple carpet on the prairie: One man’s wildflower is this farmer’s cash crop

    OKLAHOMA CITY — He’s still a farmer, hostage to the elements, pessimistic even in a wet season, but George Shaw still can’t help but appreciate this crop for its unique beauty. “It’s just amazing,” says Shaw. “This might be the prettiest dirt road in Oklahoma,” remarks a visitor. “I think you’re right,” he replies. A careful searcher might find Purple Prairie Clover growing by itself on the pastures and grasslands of Harper County. Farmer Shaw figured out how to make […]

  • Sailing Club at Lake Hefner means harnessing Oklahoma’s steady ‘summer wind’

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Rudders, masts, lines- the list of stuff you need for sailing is surprisingly long, and that’s just the start at sailing camp. “It is fun but it can be a challenge,” says sailing camp coach Lynn Pinegar. Ask campers Caroline Blakewell or Charlie Zeeck; they’ve learned just enough to know they don’t know very much. Charlie points out, “There’s all the knots.” Caroline says, “I’m learning much more than I was expecting.” From an inventive way to […]

  • A skyscraper on the plains: Camargo’s old elevator now leaning just a bit to the south

    CAMARGO, Okla. – The wheat is ready. The sun is finally shining. Harvesters took advantage on a hot, Thursday afternoon in northwest Oklahoma. This one marks another in a long line of hundreds of harvests since this ground was just prairie grass. Generations of farmers grew hard, red, winter wheat then searched the horizon for the closest elevator, which was always a tall pin on the horizontal map of the plains. One of those wood cribbed landmarks still stands in […]

  • Beating the bushes with a raquet: The Oklahoma Tennis Foundation sends its best teachers to small Oklahoma towns

    CLINTON, Okla. — They gathered before the sun got too high over Red Tornado Country. The teachers offering this free clinic were former OU Tennis Coaches Mark Johnson and Paul Lockwood. The students, all kids from Clinton and western Oklahoma, were there to learn to hit or to learn to hit better. “We’re just here to talk tennis today,” announced Johnson, “And to have fun.” Both Johnson and Lockwood are members of the Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame so they’re […]

  • A ghostwriter for herself: How author Vanessa Hogle chased away her own demons to find a voice

    NORMAN, Okla. — Vanessa Hogle is her own ghostwriter. “I always wanted to be a writer,” she says. Author Vanessa Hogle’s genre is non-fiction, adventure travel, and paranormal research. “To span those genres is pretty cool,” she continues. Her stories are often spooky. “I have been spooked a few times,” she smiles. But Vanessa says the scariest thing she ever had to do was sit down and write in the first place. Hogle admits, “I’m a high school dropout. I […]

  • American Ninja Warrior veteran trains for competition in barn near Ada

    ADA, Okla. – It’s been five years now since this pole barn near Ada became the Manuel family hangout. “We are just literally hanging out,” says Danny Manuel. In 2014, it was just Danny climbing ropes and walking the rafters, training for his first American Ninja Warrior challenge in the Dallas qualifier. He hit the water about two minutes into that race, but he kept up with his Ninja training. “If you’re asking if I still have Ninja fever,” he […]

  • A Special Recipe: This Oklahoma father and son, age 6, both compete in barbecue

    MANNFORD, Okla. — They might start with raw hamburger. “It looks like raw meat with worms in it,” says 6-year-old Ryker Collier. “It doesn’t have worms in it son,” cautions Ryker’s father William Collier. But William is busy with molding his son into a champion barbecuer. Dad started competing when he got back from an Army deployment a few years ago. “So I went and tried barbecue for the first time,” he recalls. Ryker kept wanting to come along to […]

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