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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
  • Local burger joint serves up hope, acceptance

    OKLAHOMA CITY – You can always tell a good burger by the crowd at the counter. Geronimo’s in northeast Oklahoma City has been serving up juicy patties, fries, and onion rings for more than four decades. Jeff Richards is feeding the masses, physically and spiritually. “Everyday, I help somebody to tell the truth. If it’s nothing but a hamburger, everyday I help somebody. But it’s worth it. It pays back. I’ve got a house full,” said Richards. Eight years ago, […]

  • Cellphone Salvation: A solution for a soggy phone, it’s better than a cup of rice

    OKLAHOMA CITY —  He is a self-proclaimed klutz.  John Ferguson told us, “If I pick something up, I drop it.  I’m just too clumsy.” Recently, Ferguson was enjoying a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup, when his cell phone rang.  Moments later, his smart phone was swimming in a bowl of noodles. “What do you do with this phone?  It just came out of a bowl of chicken soup.  It’s gone.  So, I have to start all over again.” Every year, […]

  • Hidden treasures on Oklahoma turnpikes

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — It has an uncontrollable appetite, gobbling up coins the way an elephant devours peanuts. Those turnpike hoppers collect millions of dollars a year in tolls. And they occasionally swallow more than quarters, dimes and nickels. Brenna Boone was taking her mom to the doctor last summer, when she pulled into this “change only” lane on the Kilpatrick Turnpike. She said, “It was a dollar and change. I just thew it in. ” That’s not all she threw […]

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    Digital Kidnapping: A growing concern for parents

    Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are all home to millions of pictures of food and babies. Now, some people are stealing those photos and using them in their own fantasy worlds. Caleb Kaminer and his daughter were victims to this digital hijacking. Baby Tristan was born with a rare form of Dysphagia, a disease that makes eating nearly impossible. The family started a social media site, hoping to get answers, support and offer help to others. Caleb Kaminer never expected someone would digitally […]

  • Oklahoma mom thanks stranger for random act of kindness in beautiful way

      EDMOND, Okla. – If you have ever run out of gas on a busy street, then you know the anxiety that consumes you. Sara Watkins had just purchased a new van.  She wasn’t exactly sure how far she could push the gas gauge before filling up. On a scorching August afternoon, she found out. The mother of four ran out of fuel at one of Edmond’s busiest intersections. “I got out of my car to start walking and got a few ugly looks, […]

  • Lover’s spat leads to gunfire and police pursuit

    EDMOND, Okla — It’s kind of like a scene out of a gangster movie, two cars racing north on Broadway and a hail of gunfire. Investigators say a night at Tramps in Oklahoma City quickly escalated between ex-lovers. “The suspect followed [the ex] them or came looking for them, and that’s when the gunfire took place on 15th and Broadway,” Edmond Police Spokesperson Jenny Monroe told NewsChannel 4. The driver and a passenger were both hit by bullets, but Monroe said there […]

  • Church volunteer accused of lewd acts with a child

    POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. — Armed with guns and an arrest warrant,  a large contingent of law enforcers and U.S. Marshals swarmed a Meeker, Oklahoma farm. Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth and his warrant team were looking for 55-year-old Brian Hulett. The former girl scout leader and children’s leader is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl  at the Shawnee church where he volunteered. Sheriff Booth told NewsChannel 4, “It doesn’t matter where you go, where you hide. As you could see, we went […]

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    Hundreds show up to support ‘An Evening With Serge Ibaka’

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Hundreds of Oklahomans turned out to support “An Evening With Serge Ibaka.” This fundraiser hosted by OKC Thunder star Serge Ibaka benefits Pros For Africa and Serge Ibaka Foundation Congo. Ibaka told NewsChannel 4 that tonight is like a dream come true. He said he promised God that he would use his success to help the less fortunate. Dozens of items were up for bid during the silent auction like autographed memorabilia. NewsChannel 4’s Lance West was […]

  • Football coach teaches more than winning

    It was an improbable season for the Cushing Tigers. A journey that ended just shy of the state 3A title. Head coach Barrett Shupe has embraced Bradley Bevel, a special needs student. He even made him an honorary member of the Tigers. Bradley enthusiastically leads his team onto the football field every Friday night.  Bradley’s mom, Janice said, “He said, listen, as long as Bradley wants to be a part of this team, forever and ever, if he wants to come […]

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    EMSA paramedics save one of their own from ‘widow-maker’

    MUSTANG, Okla. – EMSA medics respond to thousands of emergencies each year and are known for saving lives. Recently, paramedics needed to save one of their own. “I started having chest pains in the upper part of my chest and it wasn’t going away,” said Jim McClung. McClung is an EMSA medic and lives less than a mile from the Mustang Fire Department. The 48-year-old raced to station, seeking help for a failing heart. “By the time we find him, […]

  • Small town postal worker far exceeds her job description

    HARRAH, Okla. – We expect the U.S. Postal Service to get our packages and letters delivered on time and in tact Rarely do we consider the work that goes into this monumental job. One small town postal worker far exceeds her job description, particularly during the holidays. Stacy Cook is the Post Master in Harrah, Oklahoma. For years she’s been intercepting letters to the North Pole and personally responding to every single child. “You expect to see them ask for toys, but […]