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
  • A National Museum moves to the Oklahoma City Stockyards.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, (KFOR) – These aren’t just hammers or nails, anvils or nippers to Samantha Liles Frank. “These are actually horse shoes from across the globe,” she points out. The horseshoe board, the old pictures, everything in the National Horse Shoeing Museum is part of her childhood too. She point out, “We actually have more than 400 anvils.” “I tend to remember the things I really liked to play with.” Samantha’s father Lee Liles was an old farrier with a […]

  • This Butler, OK woman considered only one name for her signature salsa: Poopie

    BUTLER, Okla.  — We really should start with the ingredients in Glenda Outhouse of Butler, Oklahoma’s recipe. “Very little sugar, very little salt,” she offers. “Okay. Whatever,” she smiles. “I’ll just own it.” She puts in fresh onions, diced tomatoes, green peppers, and jalapenos too. No recipe needed, Glenda and her twin sister Brenda have made this stuff for years. Brenda watches and giggles, “I’m just the supervisor.” So Glenda is retired now. She needed something to stay busy and […]

  • Running to the Cotton Bowl: Navy ROTC units from Norman, Austin travel on foot to the big game every year

    NORMAN, Okla. — It’s a tradition that began right around the same time some of these midshipmen were learning to walk. Each October, a group of Navy ROTC students at OU, including this year Davis McDermott and Callahan Kelly, gather their legs beneath them and run to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. “It’s 168 miles, sir,” replies McDermott. Of course, there are lots of people who turn out for the send-off. The band, cheerleaders, other ROTC branches, university officials, and […]

  • ‘Big Red’ on the road: The largest-ever statue of Secretariat leaves Oklahoma for permanent home in Kentucky

    NORMAN, Okla. — Pulled into the full light of day for the first time, artist Jocelyn Russell could finally start to see what she’d been working on for the past year and a half. “He’s big,” exclaimed Russell. “He’s really big!” She continued, “I’m definitely stoked. This is a lot of months of work trying to get this done on time.” Standing nearly 13 feet high and weighing in at more than 3,500 pounds, this is the largest sculpture of […]

  • A straight arrow aimed well: This Norman Veteran makes ancient weapons of war to give away to other vets

    NORMAN, Okla. — Ancient warriors could take a piece of flint, fracture it with something hard, and fashion sharp points to place on wooden shafts. “I try to keep these arrows as authentic as I could,” says flint knapper Clint DeWitt. He spends several hours a day practicing this lost art of arrow making. “It’s a long process,” he admits. You could call it a hobby. Clint sends for flint through the mail. He buys deer sinew, pine pitch, and […]

  • Mowing lawns for new legs: This OKC Metro lawn service sets a worthy goal.

    DEL CITY, OKLAHOMA — He was down to one walk behind mower on a hot Tuesday morning. Ron Horton forgot the key to his riding machine, but there was a job to do so he pressed ahead just to get the front part of this yard finished. “I chose landscaping because I know I can do that,” he says confidently. Welcome to the full-time world of Crazy Leggs Lawn Service and the one man operation in a race to cut […]

  • In 1951, her mother painted a mural at her OKC school; in 2019, she’s back to remember

    OKLAHOMA CITY — She was so young. Gyongy Laky was just a 1st grader when her family came to Oklahoma City in 1950. After nearly six decades only a few memories stick on what is her first trip back. “I still remember Mrs. Sharp, my 1st-grade teacher,” says Laky. “She must have made a big impression on me because I don’t remember the other two.” But there is one thing in this now century old school that really strikes home. […]

  • India in Indian Country: An expanded India Food and Arts Festival

    MOORE, Okla. — I’ve never wandered the crowded market stalls of Delhi or Mumbai, never smelled the spice and humanity of the many cultures in the nation of India. But now I can say I came as close as you can get in Oklahoma. My friend Ilesh Patel helped organize this India Food and Arts Festival which, before this September, had just been for food vendors. “We are representing India in the form of culture and entertainment,” he says of […]

  • No Guns and No Arrests: Those were the only rules at Frank Phillips’ Cow Thieves and Outlaw Reunions

    WOOLAROC RANCH, Okla. — Nestled in tight with the western art, the Colt firearms collection, and oilman Frank Phillips rags to riches story rests an interesting set of pictures and artifacts that lies awfully close to the blurred lines of lawful and unlawful in the Wild West of Oklahoma. “He felt like that was an incredible time,” says current Woolaroc CEO Brob Fraser. Fraser himself likes to linger here at least once a year to pore over one of the […]

  • 100 years old and still counting on future harvests, this Rocky, Oklahoma farmer still works every day

    ROCKY, Okla. – It’s still late summer weather in Southwest Oklahoma. Not quite planting time, but close. Not quite the end of Walt Swart’s okra row but close. “They mature quicker the later it gets,” he explains. He’s in a race to get the last of it before it turns woody, and before the deer and the raccoons can eat it. “If I don’t do it who’s going to do it,” he challenges. Walt bought the farm in 1955 and […]

  • Hoops take over Oklahoma City park, but it has nothing to do with basketball

    OKLAHOMA CITY – There are no sharp corners in a story like this, no getting to the point of anything unless you like all things round and, for people like Chelsea Ryan, especially hoops. “Well, you can do anything with a hoop,” she replies. “Circles mean infinite possibilities.” Back in the spring, she started inviting friends and anyone else with an interest in hula hooping, juggling, or unicycling to the Eisenhower Pavilion at Stars and Stripes Park. You want to […]

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