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
  • “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 […]

  • Edmond woman thrown from her vehicle as it’s being stolen

    EDMOND, Okla – It was an ill-advised 4 a.m. trip to Wal-Mart for pasta and perfume. Somewhere between the parking lot and spaghetti aisle, the victim lost her car keys. “She realized she didn’t have her keys when she was in the store, looking to see if she had dropped them,” said Edmond Police Department spokesperson, Jenny Wagnon. She returned to the parking lot to check on her car and heard her car alarm. She bolted toward the Subaru Forester with […]

  • Wife of slain Logan County deputy shares stories of life, love and loss

    GUTHRIE, Okla – A closet full of photos chronicle a life of service to our country, community and family. Emily Wade had a high school crush. But it wasn’t until years later, her path crossed again with David Wade. The chemistry was undeniable. “He gave me his phone number. He called me from work and we went to Olive Garden on our first date,” Wade told NewsChannel 4. She knew right away David was “the one.” They married in August […]

  • Retired science teacher saves Oklahoma State Science Fair

    ADA, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Science Fair is the ‘World Series’ of science competitions in the Sooner State. It is a showcase in robotics, medicine and meteorology. “For a lot of kids who don’t participate in athletics, this is their time to shine,” said Elizabeth Allan with the Regional Science Fair at UCO. However, $38 million in cuts to the ‘Public School Activities Fund’ meant the annual science competition would be eliminated. “We had art cut, then music and now it […]

  • Oklahoma City bombing to be made into a movie

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla – The images of April 19th, 1995, are carved into our collective memories. They are every bit as gritty and gruesome today as they were 22 years ago. And it was one photo that captured the depths of our anguish. “It was devastating, just the thought of everybody had seen my daughter dead and then it came to the fact that, that’s all she became to them, she was a symbol. She was a little girl in […]

  • “It’s about our kids,” Oklahoma woman creates “Sparrow Project” to help people with special needs feel included

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Madeline Altom is like sunshine to a wilting flower. She has a remarkable love and appreciation for people with special needs. Madeline’s older brother suffered permanent brain damage in a car accident. Her younger brother, Nate, has Down Syndrome. “When he was in school, he was included in everything. When he graduated from high school, he felt alone. He told me he was like the lost boy from Peter Pan. That everybody grew up and he was […]

  • OSU grads find success with goat milk ice cream

    STILLWATER, Okla – Sinfully sweet, rich and creamy. It comes in a lip smacking smorgasbord of flavors. When it comes to desserts, Americans have an obsession with ice cream. Billy Goat Ice Cream Company Co-founder, Reshaun Robinson said, “You’ve got your traditional cows milk ice cream on one side and frozen desserts on the other.” And now, two Oklahoma State grads have a new twist on the frozen favorite. They use goat milk in their secret ice cream recipe. Robinson […]

  • OSU graduates create new twist on ice cream

    STILLWATER, Okla. — When it comes to desserts, Americans have an obsession with ice cream. “You’ve got your traditional cow’s milk ice cream on one side and frozen desserts on the other,” said Oklahoma State graduate and co-founder Rashaun Robinson. Now,  two Oklahoma State grads have a new twist on ice cream. They have added a unique twist to the frozen favorite. “The first time I tried it, I was blown away. Oh man, this is something,” Robinson said. What […]

  • “It’s still tough to talk about,” Firefighter from iconic Oklahoma City bombing photo retires

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Memories come in all shapes and sizes. Chris Fields has a trunk full, packed away from a 31-year career as an Oklahoma City firefighter. Fighting infernos to rescuing pets, Fields has done it all. “You roll up and prepare yourself for what you’re going to see,” Fields said. But nothing could have prepared Chris for April 19, 1995. “I was at Fire Station Number 5 at N.W. 22nd and Broadway. I felt it. We were standing in […]

  • “It’s still tough to talk about,” The face behind the photo

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Fighting infernos to rescuing people, Chris Fields has done it all. “You roll up and prepare yourself for what you’re going to see,” Field told us. But, nothing could have prepared Field for April 19, 1995. “I was at Fire Station Number 5 on N.W. 22nd and Broadway. I felt it. We were standing in the station around the kitchen,” the fire captain said. He raced to ground zero of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building explosion. Field’s path […]

  • Possible scammers use fireman badge to get business

    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – When spring hail rolls in, roofing contractors come out of the woodwork. But, folks in a Midwest City neighborhood report two suspicious men, claiming to be firefighters. “We don’t send firefighters out to look for damage on a roof,” Major David Richardson of Midwest City fire told us. The men are equipped with a ladder, asking to inspect your roof for damage and file an insurance claim. Authorities question their real motives. “Men were trying to get […]