Beautiful weekend in store before cold front arrives next week

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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    EDMOND, Okla. – Scotland is the birthplace of curling. Legend has it, the winter sport was born out of necessity. “If you can’t drink and play golf, you can drink and curl,” said Curling Club member Jeremy Witzke. Imagine cerebral shuffle board on ice. “You’re always thinking four or five shots ahead,” Witzke said. “‘If you do this, I’m going to do that.’ And, then there is the plan B. ‘What about this?’” Curling really grew in popularity worldwide in 1998, the […]

  • “Our priority is the students,” Oklahoma school prepares for any emergency

    OKLAHOMA CITY – After the mass shooting tragedy at a large Florida high school, many parents are now asking questions about Oklahoma schools and campuses. Francis Tuttle Technology Center has roughly the same amount of students as the Florida school where the shooting occurred. But other than a few minor drug infractions, Francis Tuttle has an impressive safety record. From weather warnings to intruders, the school is prepared for any threat. “It includes training on how to respond to shootings […]

  • Small town teacher has a heart for art

    CYRIL, Okla. – Drive into Cyril, Oklahoma, and you sense it right away. The folks there are hardworking, likable and loyal. “That’s been important to me my whole life,” said Gray. Gray was hired to teach art there. Five days a week, she bounces between elementary and high school to help students find their passion. But, like many school districts, there really isn’t any money for extras. Mandy and her students paint store fronts during the holidays. She even started […]

  • “I can’t imagine,” Neighbors stunned over news of couple’s death

    OKLAHOMA CITY – By all accounts, Bill and Jennifer Young were happily married. She wished him happy birthday and said “I LOVE YOU” on Facebook just months ago. That’s why it’s so hard for neighbors to comprehend the violence that unfolded at 15001 Barton Drive, near S.E. 149th and Peebly Road. “I don’t know what would make a person do that. It just makes no sense to me. I can’t imagine anyone doing that to my children or husband or […]

  • Edmond police warning residents of scam

    EDMOND, Okla. – At Edmond’s Senior Center, medical bracelets are almost as common as wedding bands. It’s critical in a medical emergency. “That’s the first thing they look for. So, they have an idea what to watch for and they whip me in the ambulance and take me off,” said senior citizen Connie Folmar. But, there is a scam that’s no laughing matter. Edmond residents are being exploited with a real sounding offer. “They used the name, Jennifer from the […]

  • Oklahoma woman recounts heavenly encounter after horrific car wreck

    TEXHOMA, Okla. – Denise Dickerson is the spark plug of her aerobics class. It’s remarkable, really, considering her body has more screws than an erector set. “I’m the bionic woman, pretty much, I’m loaded with hardware,” said Dickerson. And, she has only one leg. “You have to find blessings, even in the little things and keep going,” she told News 4. Every doctor will tell you, Dickerson shouldn’t even be here. “It’s amazing. There is a higher power at work […]

  • Oklahoma City cab drivers complain about toilet troubles at airport

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City cab drivers often have a dirty job, especially for those at the Will Rogers Airport staging area. “Sometimes nature calls, and we go do what we gotta do. We aren’t allowed to go inside and use the airport. So, if it looks like it did today, we do the best we can,” said James Woosley, a cab driver. When the portable toilets are filthy, they say they use the nearby trees to do their business. […]

  • “He’s the Energizer bunny,” 86-year-old volunteer helping others with hundreds of homes

    MUSTANG, Okla. — Long before the sun comes up, Jim Easter is hard at work. This 86-year-old war veteran has been volunteering with Habitat For Humanity since 1994. “I love working with my hands and I’ve gotten pretty good at it,” Easter told KFOR. Jim’s handiwork can be found inside 750 homes across Oklahoma, the results of 10,200 hours of free labor. Jim’s dedication and commitment to excellence prompted construction manager Aaron McRee to nominate him for Pay it 4ward. […]

  • Police: Auto burglars use “stranded motorist” disguise

    MOORE, Okla. – A car with the hood up and two men, hard at work, to diagnose engine trouble. Moore police say it was all a ruse. “It’s elaborate. It’s not your average auto burglar. They kind of had a plan,” said Sgt. Jeremy Lewis. Thursday morning, the men were camped outside the Gold’s Gym on S.W. 19th, watching and waiting. “It kind of gives them a disguise to break into the vehicle. It doesn’t really draw attention to them […]

  • New curriculum teaching students why we run to remember

    OKLAHOMA CITY – We are only a few months away from the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon! Each year, thousands of children participate – Even though they weren’t even born when the bombing happened. Students at Stanley Hupfield Academy attended a special assembly to get excited about running in the 2018 Kids Marathon. The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is introducing a new 16-week, child-appropriate lesson plan about what happened here 20 plus years ago. An important lesson, so that […]

  • “I have to stand up for them,” 9-year-old Oklahoma girl on a mission to end bullying after being a victim herself 

    SULPHUR, Okla. – Sometimes, life’s greatest lessons are not taught from a text book. In Mrs. Cole’s 4th grade class, kindness, grace and love are paramount to the curriculum. 9-year-old Mahkenzee Kennedy even started an anti-bullying campaign at Sulphur Intermediate School. In tears, she shared, “I was bullied. I was called fat.” It began in kindergarten. Nobody knew she had a medical condition called hypothyroidism, making it almost impossible to maintain her weight. “She started hating school. Nobody would play […]