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
  • Running with her kid: This McClain County, Oklahoma woman is training for a marathon by running with a goat.

    BLANCHARD, OKLAHOMA — It’s not like Sarah Hites really needs someone to push her to get out and train for her second marathon. She already knows it takes a while to work up those long training runs. But it’s nice to have someone along, like her dog Daisy, and this one and a half year old Nigerian Dwarf goat who likes to come along too. “This is Penny,” she chuckles. “Penny Lane. She’s named for a Beatles Song,” Bottle raised, […]

  • Instant Dome? A unique construction project in Hennessey, OK gave the town one of its largest buildings in less than 2 hours.

    HENNESSEY, OKLAHOMA — It was hard to tell what was happening in the dark before school in Hennessey. Christmas lights were still blinking in the distance. But as the light came up so did the largest soft sided dome ever inflated. School Supt. Mike Woods and everyone else watching could scarcely believe their eyes. “What do you think,” asked a visitor to the construction site? “I think we didn’t have a building here about an hour and a half ago […]

  • Floor to Ceiling: Toy Base 10 is paradise for 3 generations of toy lovers.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Steve Siemans can always tell a first time customer because they don’t know where to look. You can name a toy line, a movie promotion, any TV show or merchandise crossover and it’s probably inside this old doctor’s office turned toy store universe. “Everybody’s wish, or dream, or memory,” he says. Siemans sold furniture once, stereos for a while, and toys and flea markets. “I’m not really a toy guy,” he admits. “I’m a salesman.” Toys […]

  • Toy Store II: Plastic Galaxy is all about a ‘Galaxy far, far away’.

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — Officially speaking, Seth Hastings is working on a window display for this retail store, but he admits it’s still pretty fun. “Pretty much,” he chuckles. “I get to play for a living.” It’s been more than 3 years now that Hastings opening up Plastic Galaxy, a toy store dedicated to vintage action figures from all kinds of universes, but specializing in Star Wars, the ‘Queen Mother’ of all toy lines. “It’s always been the number one seller […]

  • This Norman business started out selling office supplies but toys have been taking over ever since.

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — If you want to know anything about toys you should ask someone who’s been testing them her whole life. “I grew up in this store and now I have 5 kids of my own,” says Jill Hunt Jill’s parents started with an office supply store. Her mom was a teacher so they sold some educational stuff, but over the years toys took over more and more space. “Toys have slowly taken over,” echoes Hunt. Copelin’s is still […]

  • 4 artists with ties to Enid, OK group their work together to create a new gallery, and maybe a new city arts district.

    ENID, OKLAHOMA –He got his first really good camera in 1976. Over more than 40 years, Mike Klemme has captured millions of images, too many to accurately count. The archive continues to grow from his office and frame shop in downtown Enid. “Several million,” he chuckles. “I’m not a counter.” That first image is still on file. The books he’s produced over the years, and over most of the world, the newest ones too. They’re all here somewhere among a […]

  • Best of Great State: November 1993 at the Edmond Cotillion

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — They try not to let on. But for Tina Fox and Court Reouche, this Saturday night is much more important than most. While getting ready Tina told us, “Some people are like ‘Unnhhh’.” Court told us, I just make sure my breath tastes good and everything.” He added, “It’s big time different.” Tina added, “If we didn’t learn how to do this now it would be harder to learn later on.” Tonight they dance at the Edmond […]

  • Ideas All the Time: This Velma, OK woman has a lifetime of inventions working.

    VELMA, OKLAHOMA– From decorating the house for Christmas, even to taking out the trash, Kelly Brown has always been one of those people constantly thinking about how to do things better. So how about an elastic band around the edge of a small garbage bag to help hold it onto the lid? What about a magnet on the edge of your soup or ice cream bowl to keep the spoon from falling in? As a long time manicurist, Kelly got […]

  • Bridging a tech divide: Students at Francis Tuttle help seniors become ‘Cyber Seniors’

    OKLAHOMA CITY–When Bill Groh first met his teacher Jane Van Hoosen, his cell phone might as well have been a paperweight. “I didn’t know what to do,” he admits. It was the same with Bertie Poole and Betty Nelson. “I still need to learn how to delete things,” they laugh. Just about the time they got comfortable with their flip phones, their families insisted they upgrade to smart phones. “I dearly loved my ‘flip flop’ phone,” says Nelson. “It’s way […]

  • This Edmond engineer takes pumpkin carving to a new level.

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — Rick Parker and his wife built the house they live in. He built the deck for his daughter’s wedding. As a civil engineer and ‘do it yourself’ wonk he can do all kinds of things. “Way more hobbies than time,” chuckles Rick. But this time of year he turns his sharp mind and cutting tools to pumpkins. “I used a clay loupe to take the skin off,” Parker demonstrates. “I used to do a lot of clay […]

  • Made with Love: Residents at the Center of Family Love take fundraising into their own hands.

    OKARCHE, OKLAHOMA — Person to person, this might be the happiest, friendliest place in Oklahoma. Named appropriately enough, The Center of Family Love is one of the only facilities in the state set up to handle developmentally disabled adults, many of them senior citizens. Director Debbie Espinoza keeps the lights on with the help of the Knights of Columbus Catholic fraternity. “We have 130 residents,” she says, “and we provide all levels of care.” The center holds a gala every […]