Lance “Danger” West is Oklahoma’s News Channel 4’s 4 p.m. 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. anchor and an award-winning reporter. 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, Society of Professional Journalists and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. He’s been honored for outstanding investigative, general news, series, feature, and live news coverage. Lance has been honored with 22 national and regional 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, Wichita, Kansas and Yuma, Arizona.

Lance is a champion for literacy, and frequently visits children in Oklahoma schools to encourage reading. Lance also devotes much of his spare time raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research. He lost his father to this cruel disease in 2014.

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, Steven Spielberg and Russell Westbrook.

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

I have a pet: Three dogs. One Westie and we have two rescued pugs named.

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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    ELK CITY, Okla. – One day they’re celebrating an 11-year-old’s birthday, the next they’re cowering in the closet as mother nature unleashed her wrath. “We jumped into this closet. And I held the doors tight to protect my family,” tornado survivor Matt Klem told NewsChannel 4. The tornado also damaged a neighborhood country club and oil business district. “My boss pulled his truck inside. Just in time,” said employee Byron Foster. More than 100 homes and businesses were wiped away by the […]

  • “Held on as tight as he could,” Oklahoma family recalls moment Elk City tornado hit their home

    ELK CITY, Okla. – The pork chops and corn on the cob are still on the stove top. The birthday balloon floats above the kitchen table. The Klem family was preparing for a routine night when this tornado made a sharp turn toward their Elk City neighborhood. They tried to run to a neighbor shelter but the hail was too big and too dangerous. “Softball-sized hail. It was so loud,” said Matt Klem. So, Matt put his wife and kids in […]

  • “It’s a total loss,” Businesses picking up the pieces after tornado rips through parts of Elk City

    ELK CITY, Okla. – Byron Foster is touring his workplace, a now tornado-ravaged trucking business, for the first time. “That’s a tough old building,” Foster said. His boss pulled a pickup inside the garage just as the twister began churning through the parking lot. “He was going to ride it out in here. He barely made it,” said Foster. The power of mother nature is clear: 18 wheelers flipped, walls peeled back, and a giant steel dumpster came crashing through the […]

  • Pink shoelaces key clue to attempted Edmond armed robbery

    EDMOND, Okla. – Surveillance video has captured an armed suspect enter Covell Wine & Liquor just before closing Monday. He was wearing a mask, but Edmond police said the crystal clear footage is telling. “The great thing about video, when you’re trying to identify a suspect, the person who knows this suspect will recognize mannerisms, movement. That’s something you don’t get out of a still picture. That’s one big benefit of video,” said Jenny Wagnon, Edmond police spokesperson. But, it’s […]

  • Oklahoma teacher who goes “above and beyond” for teachers, students honored with ‘Pay it 4Ward’

    DEL CITY, Okla. – Like most people who work in a classroom, Molly Shaffer has a heart for students. She teaches them the three Rs – only, here, it’s respect, responsibility and resilience. “They need to learn stuff like that, so I try to do my best,” Shaffer said. Together, they’ve tackled projects around the Del Crest Middle School campus. They’ve swept the bleachers, washed football uniforms, stocked the school food pantry for hungry children. Principal Michelle Parr nominated Shaffer for […]

  • Two Oklahoma teens rescue man trapped under fallen tree

    CRESCENT, Okla. – Bobby Webb is a handy man for the Crescent School District, capable of tackling almost any challenge. But, recently, Webb was in a predicament he couldn’t handle alone. “Who would ever think a tree would fall on you while you’re mowing?” Webb said. It was serious. A giant stump came crashing down on top of his riding mower. Webb was pinned. “It got on my back and started pushing down on me. I thought I’m in trouble. It […]

  • Wild night of sex takes violent turn at Edmond park

    EDMOND, Okla – Energetic, cheerful screams of a child. It’s what you’d expect in any neighborhood park. Heather Norcom is a parent and homeowner in Pebble Creek. “We come out especially on days when it’s beautiful like it’s been,” she said. But one recent night, it was cries for help that got the attention of police and residents in Edmond’s Pebble Creek. Someone called 911 to report that she and her friends were being attacked. DISPATCHER: “Ma’am, take a deep […]

  • “I’ll have just as much fun as the kids will,” New fad is spinning out of control

    MOORE, Okla. – The long line looks more like Black Friday than May 4th. Customers are all waiting outside JDR Discount Electronics for a fidget spinner. The toy is quickly becoming the “Cabbage Patch Kid” of 2017. Store owner, Rob McClure, said he sold his inventory in just a couple of hours. “We usually only have this during the Christmas holiday,” he said. Children and grown-ups have also caught fidget fever. “I did buy one for myself. I’ll have just as much fun […]

  • Elderly Oklahoma couple becomes internet sensation

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Except for a few black and white wedding pictures, Bob and Betty Kinder don’t have an extensive library of photo albums. What’s better are the 60 years of memories they’ve collected together. Unable to have children, they agreed to pour a lifetime of unconditional love on each other. They told NewsChannel 4 the keys to marriage success. “Communication, say I’m sorry, duck when she throws the frying pan,” laughed Bob. “Just keep saying I love you. Hug and a […]

  • Why many Oklahomans turn down storm shelter rebates

    PURCELL, Okla – When tornadoes come calling, there is no better place to hide than underground. In May 2013, hundreds of lives were saved when families took refuge from an EF5 in their storm shelters. It’s estimated that less than a fifth of the state’s 4 million residents have access to meaningful private shelter from tornadoes. Purcell Emergency Management Director Kevin Rhoads told NewsChannel 4, “When you think about emergency management. their safety is our top concern.” The City of Purcell has […]

  • “I feel protected,” Oklahoma instructor preaches faith and firearms

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Bibles and bullets. It may seem like an odd relationship but an Oklahoma firearms instructor has married the two in a unique concealed carry class. Crime can happen anywhere, including in a church. On June 17, 2015, nine parishioners were murdered when a gunman opened fire on a Wednesday night Bible study. “Wish someone was trained with a firearm. Probably wouldn’t have been as bad,” said Roy Jones, a concealed carry instructor. “You don’t need a cannon […]