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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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    OKLAHOMA CITY – Opened in 1991, the Oklahoma County Jail has housed a million inmates. And, they have taken a major toll on the building. “In between the walls was supposed to be concrete,” said Jail Spokesman Mark Opgrande. “They didn’t do that. So, you can get through to the other side.” Inmates have chipped away at the walls, disassembled furniture and torn down hundreds of lights. The sheriff is taking advantage of an unusually small jail population to make […]

  • Thunder fans get sneak peek of what’s new in the Peak this season 

    OKLAHOMA CITY – There is a lot of buzz about the new Thunder season. And, it won’t take long for fans to notice the improvements around Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame will take fans on a walk down memory lane – 10 years of Thunder basketball. “Autographed balls, uniforms, Western Conference trophy from 2012,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Byrnes. The stores around the arena are being stocked with some 200 new items: shirts, […]

  • Oklahoma State turns the town orange to celebrate homecoming

    STILLWATER, Okla — Stillwater is all pomp and circumstance as college co-eds scramble to beat the Friday night frenzy. Oklahoma State students have spent countless hours designing and decorating these elaborate decks. “7, 8, 10,000 hours? I can’t even guess. 10,000 with every single person,” said Greyson Chandler, an OSU student. It was a sea of orange, except for a suspected prank by a Baylor fan, temporarily dying the fountain green. “We dye it orange every homecoming . Somebody dyed […]

  • Basketball coach surprised with OU/Texas tickets for work with community, officers

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  • “He had an arsenal in that house,” Texas sex offender wanted for child sex crimes arrested in Oklahoma

    POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. – It was a tip that led U.S. Marshals and Pottawatomie County deputies to a dusty road and fugitive, Eric Castillo. 38-year-old Castillo had cut off his ankle monitor and fled from Texas, where he was wanted on six outstanding warrants, including sexual assault on a child. Authorities never imagined what they’d find inside the mobile home he shared with a girlfriend and two children. “He had an arsenal in that house. He had quite a few […]

  • Thousands gather in Oklahoma City for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

    OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 10,000 people participated Saturday morning for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The event is the association’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds benefiting research and programs for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. News 4’s Lance West has served as the emcee for the event for the last four years. He’s motivated by the death of his father, Larry, who died in 2014 from the dreaded disease. The goal for this year is $665,000. […]

  • Edmond student creates event to raise money for Alzheimer’s as father fights the disease 

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    OKLAHOMA CITY – Gary Goldman is restaurateur, not a crime fighter. However, he recently became one when he spotted something out of the ordinary. “Gary to the rescue. I’m just the everyday Joe, “ Goldman joked. This “everyday Joe” was leaving Temple, near Penn and NW Expressway, when he saw a woman in distress. “I see this woman running across her front yard in her robe, screaming, and into the street, “ Goldman said. After a man on a bike […]

  • Oklahoma man praised for creating signs with powerful, positive messages to inspire others

    NORMAN, Okla. – In a world of volatility, animosity and unprecedented division, you’ll find a beacon of hope illuminating from a Norman print shop. “They come in and wait. If we don’t have any – wait. We will put one together,” said Jason Wells. Several months ago, Wells and his colleagues at Sublime Signs started a movement. They are creating yard signs and spreading powerful messages like “HATE HAS NO HOME HERE.” It’s resonating with folks in Oklahoma and beyond. […]

  • “A real sense of helplessness,” Virtual tour shows what living with Alzheimer’s, dementia is like

    OKLAHOMA CITY – It happened so quickly. Two years after the diagnosis, Shirkyria Gray’s father was gone. “He loved to make people laugh. He was very loving. Loved his family,” she said. Early on-set Alzheimer’s robbed Gray of the man she loved. Like many people, she was unfamiliar with the dreaded disease. “I didn’t know what Alzheimer’s was. I never heard of it,” Gray said. But caregivers are now getting a hands-on understanding of the physical and mental challenges of […]

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