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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
  • “Crisis City” prepares first responders

    SALINA, Kansas — Oklahoma is no stranger to natural disasters. We experience earthquakes, flash flooding and worst of all, violent tornadoes. But Crisis City is a unique training ground for first responders. It’s where men and women come to train for disasters they hope never happen. Mark Edwards is a lieutenant with Oklahoma Task Force One. Edwards said, “Our primary objective is to find those victims and we are going to risk a life to save a life.” Train wrecks, tanker […]

  • “It’s time to get out of here,” Forces of nature collide with faith

    MOORE, Okla. – Central Oklahoma is a breeding ground for severe weather. Some of the largest and deadliest twisters have occurred here, capable of destroying everything in their path. May 20, 2013 was one of those days. It was a giant swath, spinning through the heart of ‘Tornado Alley.’ It was all but certain this fearsome monster would wipe out Highland Baptist Church on Moore’s east side. “The tornado was 800 yards west and bearing down on this property. We […]

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    Faith VS the forces of nature in Oklahoma tornado alley

    Moore, Okla — This is the story of power of prayer versus the forces of nature. A Moore church has somehow avoided the worst of Mother Nature, despite being in the direct path of several violent tornadoes. Central Oklahoma is a breeding ground for severe weather. Some of the largest and deadliest twisters, capable of destroying everything in their path, have plowed through Moore, Oklahoma. May 20th, 2013, It was all but certain this fearsome monster would wipe out Highland […]

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    ‘She’s here with you,’ Hidden miracle Bible found in tornado rubble

    MOORE, Okla – Mother Nature can be cruel, descending from the sky unannounced to let loose her destruction and heartache. May 20, 2013 was one of those dark days. Kevin and Ruth Beaver were unaware of what was churning straight toward their Moore home. Friends had tried, frantically, to warn the young couple, but the cell service was already down. A relentless friend, Taylor Bradley, refused to give up. “Somehow, Taylor’s call got through and told us to leave, ” […]

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    Oklahoma homeowner goes high-tech to stop “porch pirates”

    OKLAHOMA CITY – John Karlin’s home is a fortress. He’s installed cameras everywhere, hoping to catch the next ‘porch pirate.’ “They got my medication, my son’s Halloween costume. It’s a loss of trust. You feel like you’ve been violated,” Karlin said. Over and over again, John has captured several different people stealing his packages and his elderly neighbors’. “You have diabetes medication, heart medication, blood pressure medication. It’s being stolen. Now, you have an elderly person that’s in trouble because they […]

  • Pay It 4ward: Chihuahua rescue

    Pay It 4Ward is a program through which KFOR-TV viewers can help someone they know who could use extra cash immediately. Each week someone will receive $400 cash because one of their friends or co-workers wants to “Pay It 4Ward.” Just send us your name and daytime telephone number below and you could be selected from our weekly Pay It 4Ward segment on KFOR-TV News Channel 4 every Wednesday at 10 p.m. Here’s hoping you’ll be able to Pay It […]

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    Pay It 4Ward: Girl honored for work with children

    Pay It 4Ward is a program through which KFOR-TV viewers can help someone they know who could use extra cash immediately. Each week someone will receive $400 cash because one of their friends or co-workers wants to “Pay It 4Ward.” Just send us your name and daytime telephone number below and you could be selected from our weekly Pay It 4Ward segment on KFOR-TV News Channel 4 every Wednesday at 10 p.m. Here’s hoping you’ll be able to Pay It […]

  • ‘Restore Moore; Project Teacher’ raises large sum for Moore teachers

    MOORE, Okla. — It’s time once again to recognize outstanding Oklahomans with our Spirit Bank “Pay it 4ward.” We receive thousands of nominations each week, but this week’s selection was unanimous. We are honoring the Moore teachers who literally put their lives on the line for their students. NewsChannel 4’s Lance West has the largest Pay it 4ward ever awarded to these deserving heroes. The teachers at Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary knew danger was coming, and yet, they chose […]

  • PAY IT 4Ward: 6-year-old Okla. boy lives on in random acts of kindness

    MT VIEW, Okla – 6 year old Tucker Johnson was a cheerful, radiant little boy. But in July of 2011, the little man with the big smile, hungry for adventure … was killed in a go-cart accident. Rather than let grief consume them, Brian and Misty Johnson launched a “BE KIND” crusade. Misty said, “It’s a reminder to all of us. It can’t hurt to ask people to be a little kinder. It’s been awesome.” Family and friends began designing, […]

  • Hotel manager drapes pediatric cancer patients with love

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A little laughter and a kiss from baby brother, Joshua and Ella Robinson enters ProCure Proton Therapy for another round of cancer treatments. Her mom, Sian said, “That was probably one of the worst moments of my life. You fear the worst, cancer. Potentially terminal. There are 1000’s of things that go through your mind.” Dozens of international patients travel to Oklahoma City each year for the very best medical care and many at the Staybridge Hotel. Sales […]

  • WWII Veteran continues to clean up after tornado damage, honored with reward

    MOORE, Okla. – We all know the raw power of a tornado. These monsters can effortlessly lift homes, flip cars and snap power poles. The swirling winds can also scatter that debris for miles. 87-year old Bill Russell is quietly doing his part to prevent punctured feet and flat tires. He spends endless hours canvassing the streets of Moore, removing those potentially damaging sharp objects. Mr. Russell said, “I do that 4 hours a day, 4 days a week. I’ve […]