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Lance “Danger” West is Oklahoma’s News Channel 4’s 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. anchor and an award-winning reporter on the “night beat.” His first job delivering the news came at the young age of 10, when he was a “paper boy” in his hometown San Diego neighborhood.

Lance’s passion for news continued into his college years where he studied Broadcasting at San Diego State University. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Broadcast Management & Telecommunications.

Lance has been recognized for exceptional journalism by the Associated Press and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. He’s been honored for outstanding investigative, feature, and live news coverage. Lance has been honored with 22 Emmy nominations. Lance received his first Emmy Award for the in-depth report on Bull Riding “In the Bulls Eye.” He has been awarded the honor three more times.

The New York Times Company Broadcast Group awarded Lance the 2002 Chairman s Performance Award for his outstanding journalistic contributions made to Oklahoma s News Channel 4.

Before coming to Oklahoma City in 1995, he worked as a Reporter/Anchor in Knoxville, Tennessee, Bakersfield, California, and in Wichita, Kansas. Lance is a champion for literacy, and frequently visits children in Oklahoma schools to encourage reading. He also serves as a youth leader at Henderson Hills Baptist Church where he and his family have been members for several years.

Lance and his wife Teri “love everything about Oklahoma” and are raising two beautiful children here, Taylor and Rachel.

Hometown :San Diego, California

Life Goal: Raise children who live to love and love to live.

Play any sports/Favorite Sport: I played high school football & ran track. At last check, I still hold some records at San Marcos High School.

Favorite Car: I once owned a 66 Mustang convertible. Why did I sell it?

Most embarrassing moment: Watch any newscast and you’ll likely catch one!

Happiest moment in my life: The birth of my children.

4 notable persons you’d invite to dinner: Tom Brokaw, Jimmy Fallon, Michael Buble & my Grandma Lutz, whom I never had the joy to meet.

Favorite food: Authentic fish tacos from Rubio’s in Southern California.

I have a pet: Three dogs. Two Westies and we recently rescued a pug named Herbie.

Knew you wanted to be a reporter when: Still not sure I WANT to be a reporter!

Best movie of all time: When Harry Met Sally

Hardest part of my job: Reporting on the tragic death of a child.

Best part of my job: The joy of meeting new people every single day.

Favorite holiday: I love Christmas.

People are surprised when I tell them: I still get nervous every night before I go on the news.

I like to listen to: Sports talk radio

Favorite Book: Bible

I’d jump at the chance to: Do anything that gets the adrenaline pumping.

Best part of the day: Being greeted at the door by my wife, kids and dogs. Nothing better!

Favorite place to be other than home & work: On the beach in Southern California.


Recent Articles
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    Cutting edge research offers “glimmer of hope” for Alzheimer’s patients

    OKLAHOMA CITY – My father, Larry West, was a proud United States Marine, a dedicated husband, father and grandfather — loving and kind to anyone and everything. But the man we treasured was slowly and painfully taken from us. For five years, Alzheimer’s disease attacked his mind like termites to wood. “It is a death sentence and it’s a slow agonizing death sentence. It’s not one we would wish on anyone,” Dr. Willis Holloway said. But Cutting Edge Research Group […]

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    Oklahoma caregiver feels “burden and blessing” over two parents with Alzheimer’s disease

    TULSA, Okla. –Music has amazing power, especially for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Even after 89-year-old James Dooman stopped recognizing names and faces, he could still identify with lyrics. His daughter, Cyndi Hayes, said, “Even though he could no longer speak, when they would have a gentleman come and play the piano, my dad could still sing. And he would wheel my dad right up next to the piano, and play and Dad would just sing his heart out. That was […]

  • Alleged thieves strike again: KFOR viewer helps police zero in on thieves

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Sam Wills has a few choice words for the men who ripped him off. “I probably couldn’t say that on camera,” he said. “That bad.” It was around 1 a.m. one recent Monday morning, when the team of burglars broke into his business trailer and snatched $15,000 in unique tools and an industrial generator. “It’s very frustrating. We were a week away from racing up at Iowa and had to scramble to replace the parts they stole,” […]

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    Edmond boys awarded for saving dad from drowning

    EDMOND, Okla. –There is good reason for Michael Buckingham’s giant smile. He’s grateful to be alive after a recent swimming accident. Michael was in a neighbor’s pool when a child jumped in, landing on top of the 37-year-old father of 4. “As soon as it hit me, it paralyzed my entire body, my eyes were functioning, but nothing else was working,” Buckingham said. Michael sank to the deep end; 6 to 8 minutes passed before anyone realized something was terribly wrong. […]

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    Cyclist hospitalized with broken vertabrae, cracked ribs after hit-and-run

    ADA, Okla. – Kelly Bacon went from sand and surf one week to wearing a neck brace and suffering from road rash the next. Bacon had just returned from a family vacation and was anxious to get back on his bike. Authorities say he was in the middle of a 30-mile journey from Ada to Stonewall, when he pulled off Highway 3W to take a drink of water. Several minutes later, he woke up, covered in blood. “I looked left […]

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    Tornado victim feeds metro homeless, friends Pay It 4Ward

    MOORE, Okla. — This is an assembly line of kindness and compassion. Michelle Evans, her family, and a team of volunteers are busy preparing meals for dozens of complete strangers. They shower Oklahoma City’s homeless with food, water, and unconditional love. Her children even write encouraging notes and scripture on the food containers. It all began when Michelle couldn’t get her own family to eat her homemade meals. She plated them up, took them downtown and the “Left Over Love” […]

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    Serge Ibaka brings “team of angels” to Congo

    KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — They are the deserted, hundreds of orphans who daydream of something more. Serge Ibaka serves as their beacon of hope on this island of despair. “The first time I come here, it was hard, I felt so sad. That’s why I came back. I came back this year because I feel like they need more, you know?” said Serge Ibaka. Ibaka was introduced to “Kimbondo” last year. It’s one of the largest orphanages in […]

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    Oklahoma City Thunder star returns to Congo to help orphans in need

    KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — If their circumstances break your heart, their unparalleled joy just might mend it. “It’s always so gratifying when you see a big smile on their face,” said actor Patrick Warburton. These children have been swept up in a chaotic city that is twice the size of Los Angeles, and trooped off to this forgotten corner of Kinshasa. Kimbondo is one of the largest orphanages in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are more than […]

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    Traffic stop leads police to several stolen vehicles

    PURCELL, Okla. — An 18-foot Pegasus travel trailer, a Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible, and a Chevy Tahoe. Authorities say each of the vehicles were purchased with a stolen check book. According to Purcell Police Spokesman Scott Stephens, “They could have purchased anything anywhere.” Police arrested Brandi Taylor and her fiance’, Levi Locke, after a traffic stop at a Purcell convenience store. The patrolman was cruising down Green Avenue, when he noticed what looked like an expired out-of-state tag. That’s when he pulled the […]

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    Police looking for alleged “three-peat” tractor thieves

    EDMOND, Okla — Thieves usually hit a target once and move on, as quickly as possible. But that was not the case for a team of crooks in Edmond. “It sounds like they were just keep on going till the sun came up and that’s what they were doing. Over and over and over,” said Sgt. James Hamm, with the Edmond Police Department. Edmond police say a white Dodge Ram 1500 returned to Lowe’s at 2nd & Bryant at least three […]

  • President Obama’s history with the Sooner State

    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – After a lengthy news conference in Washington, D.C., President Obama is on his way to Oklahoma. He will be flying into Tinker Air Force Base, but this isn’t his first trip to the Sooner State. In 2012, President Obama stopped by Cushing, where he toured refineries and discussed a newly-proposed Keystone Pipeline that would take oil from Cushing down into the Gulf of Mexico. “Today, I’ve come to Cushing, an oil town,” he said on his […]