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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
  • Seeing the Eyes of God: The Iowa Nation of Oklahoma saves eagles for conservation and as a way of saying thank you.

    PERKINS, OKLAHOMA — Megan Judkins is admittedly spoiled to the kind of eagle watching most people do during winter months in Oklahoma. She sees both Bald and Golden Eagles up close just about every day. “I’ve been doing (bird) rehab since I was about 11,” says Megan. Judkins is the current director of the Iowa Tribe’s Grey Snow Eagle House. Megan, herself, is in the final stages of a PHD project to map the genomes of these iconic animals, and […]

  • Two OKC actors make a final run at their most successful play.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Such simple props for such complicated lives in Tuna, Texas, the make believe 3rd smallest town in the state, home to multiple characters, including these two radio personalities, and actors who remain lifelong friends. Jonathan Beck Reed and Donald Jordan met in classes at Oklahoma City University, and both say something clicked. “From the moment we met,” recalls Reed, “it was like we’d known each other for our whole lives.” They both went on to successful […]

  • The smells of springtime, for these friends, is hickory smoke and slow cooked BBQ.

    MOORE, OKLAHOMA — Barbecue knows no real season for Jackie Kelley, his wife Debbie, and cooking partner Kent Morgan. They cook in the dead of winter, but this day marks a true turning. “It’s great,” says Jackie. “It’s beautiful out here,” echoes Debbie Kelley. Instead of running into the house for warmth they can all sit beneath their blooming pear tree, soak up some sun, and the scent of hickory from the smoker. Debbie continues, “We have a beautiful tree […]

  • A better way to grow food: A very small Edmond farm that offers organic eggs, produce, and fish

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — A day on this farm starts pretty early. Travis Flatt and his hands have already gathered close to 33 dozen eggs from this yard and the big hen-house in back. “Eggs are pretty special for us,” he says. “We’ve got probably 700 (hens) or something like that.” But farm fresh, free range eggs are just a small part of this small farm. Over the past 10 years the Flatt family and investors like Stephen Parr have grown […]

  • Once arrested for his art, Hoka Skenandore bridges the gap between gutter and gallery

    NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — His muses aren’t so much dark as secret. Artist Hoka Skenandore says, “I think I was just into the mischief aspect of graffiti.” As a kid, he prowled the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico with a spray can tagging freeway underpasses and the concrete walls of drainage canals. “I’d like to say I put in a fair amount of work,” he chuckles. He did get caught late one night lingering too long next to a busy highway. […]

  • A taste of the good life: An Edmond man comes up with a new way to take a shower

    EDMOND, Okla. — It was one of those experiences Garrett Mccurrach just couldn’t shake. He stayed in a luxury hotel and took a shower where two shower heads directed water both front and back. “Then I got home,” recalls Garrett, “And it felt like I was taking half of a shower.” So, he gets back to Oklahoma and he couldn’t leave the idea alone. “I ran to Home Depot,” he says. This former Oklahoma Christian University student went to the […]

  • The 1st Gin in a Generation: Cotton is King again in Caddo County

    CARNEGIE, OKLAHOMA — One of Jeannie Hileman’s problems this March, other than needing a louder voice on the gin floor, is that there is one of her to go around. “We’re on a much, much larger scale,” she says. As the manager of two cotton gins in Caddo County, including this one that just went online in February, she has her hands full of white fluff than can’t be processed fast enough. She takes a handful from a finished bale […]

  • Teaching the right steps: It took a husband and wife team to make OCU the top college in ‘showbiz’

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — They don’t have a great deal of time. Rehearsals are tight for a reason. Students at the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment have a Broadway Revue this weekend, but, then again, that’s show business, and Jo Rowan ought to know. “It’s all about being able to say, ‘yes’ if somebody asks you, ‘can you do this’,” she says. Rowan is a presence at nearly every rehearsal as is her husband Dean John Bedford. […]

  • ‘We feel like urban hipsters’: Living in the old downtown OKC Library

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Earlier in their professional lives, Art and Sandy Cotton might have explored this part of the old downtown library looking for books on design and architecture instead of actually living here. “We really think we’re like urban hipsters,” chuckles Sandy. “We don’t know if we are or not.” Straight from the pages of a magazine and from the stacks of the old downtown Oklahoma City book lender, this space is truly high ‘Cotton’ now. Art and […]

  • A Painting Obsession: The ever changing art of Regina Murphy

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The idea of what heaven might look like is really a subjective notion, much like art itself Everyone has a different vision. But Regina Murphy’s heaven is going to need a lot of wet paint and blank canvasses. “I’m very prolific,” she says. “I paint fast. I always have, and I create a lot.” She never really painted at all until her daughter went to college to study art. They started painting together and then Regina […]

  • Oklahoma’s Only Submarine: The USS Batfish is still ‘living history’

    MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA — It’s not buried in the earth or hidden behind the cornerstone of an old building, but Brent Trout and Corrie Twillie insist this historic metal container is every bit like a huge time capsule. “Every day that I work, I come down here maybe 30 or 40 times,” says Trout who is Executive Director of the USS Batfish Museum. “It’s fascinating. There’s always something new to see.” The USS Batfish emerged from seven different combat patrols during […]