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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 is also a ten-time Emmy nominee. Lance received his first Emmy Award for the in-depth report on Bull Riding "In the Bulls Eye"

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, Bill Cosby, 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
  • ‘Cotton Bowl baby’ delivered during the big game

    MUSTANG, Okla – There are very few things more important to the Unsell family than sports! Jake and Kari were watching the Red River Shootout Saturday, when the unexpected happened! “Maybe I cheered a little too much,” Kari said. 9 months pregnant, Kari went into labor. And there was no time to get to the hospital. “It was game on!  She was coming, ready to say hi,” Kari’s husband, Jake said. This was the pinnacle of teamwork, according to Kari. “No doctors,  […]

  • Beer bandit enjoys ‘party in the potty’

    PURCELL, Okla. – It all began with an afternoon of recreation on the Canadian River. But when the sun went down and the beer was gone, the party moved to a Purcell convenience store. Around midnight, a man walks in with his loyal companion close behind. He apparently took a beer banner “Grab A Bud”, literally! You can see the shirtless guy on store surveillance. He grabs a six-pack out of the cooler, and goes straight into the bathroom. Police found the empty bottles with […]

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    Camp counselor overcomes adversity to serve others in need

    GUTHRIE, Okla. – There is no education like adversity and Brookelyne Cooper’s entire life has been a lesson of overcoming. “You want to talk about someone who could show us all how to overcome adversity and always see the positive side of life, that’s Brookelyne. She is a tremendous young lady that has a heart of gold,” said James Wheeler, the Central Christian camp director. Brookelyne’s mom died when she was only 3-years-old. After that, she lived with, and cared […]

  • Jesus statue returns to local Baptist Catholic church

    UPDATE 10/5/2014: The statue of Jesus was returned to St John the Baptist Catholic Church Saturday evening in Edmond. Detectives are still working this case. EDMOND, Okla. –  Under a canopy of trees, right outside St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond, is a quiet sanctuary for meditation and memories. “Thousands and thousands of pictures have been taken in this very spot, probably in the back of bride, confirmation, kid’s Easter pictures,” said Anne Keef, a church employee. Late Monday […]

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    Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises record amount for research

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Thousands of walkers, spectators, family and friends turned out for the 2014 Walk To End Alzheimer’s in downtown Oklahoma City on Saturday. Beautiful weather brought out people like Don Orange. “I’m walking for my mother and grandmother. My grandmother died from Alzheimer’s and my mom is in the last stages of it right now,” said Orange. This is his third Walk To End Alzheimer’s. The Walk To End Alzheimer’s helps fund research and expand services for folks […]

  • Chilling: 911 call released from beheading of woman at Oklahoma plant

    MOORE, Okla. – A frightening call for help came in within moments of the violent attack. Employees of Vaughan Foods locked themselves in offices and closets as Alton Nolen allegedly embarked on a deadly afternoon rampage. Investigators say the freshly fired employee had beheaded one female co-worker and was in the middle of attacking another when he was taken down with at least three gunshots. Employees anxiously waited for an “all clear” from police. Listen to the full 911 call […]

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    Alert resident helps police end crime spree of “grab and go” burglars

    EDMOND, Okla – Police say three young men are behind bars following a lengthy crime spree in Edmond. It came to an end this week when authorities say they found them divvying up their loot behind a liquor store at 15th and Blvd. “They had the backpacks and purses and everything all dumped out and going through all kinds of stuff in the parking lot,”  said Jenny Monroe, spokesperson for the Edmond Police Department. Recently, Terry Kreaps says his car was burglarized. “They […]

  • Toxic threat to your pet may be found in your yard

    EDMOND, Okla – Like most dogs,Kobi and Boulder love to explore. They are notorious for experiencing the environment with the mouths. Pet Owner, Daniel Korallus told us, “They love eating everything they can get a hold of.” In our lawns, planters, even at the neighborhood dog park, potentially dangerous mushrooms are popping up, almost overnight. Eaten by your pet, they can cause some serious stomach issues. In rare cases, even death. Dr. Amy  Auwarter said,”If a dog were to ingest mushrooms it would […]

  • Memory box revives communication with Alzheimer’s patient

    OKLAHOMA CITY - “It was like living with a stranger.”  That’s how my mom, Sharron West, described the last few years of life with my dad, before Alzheimer’s claimed his life in April. Robert Morris knows the frustration. The owner of Home Instead Senior Care says there are ways to ease the aggravation and unlock positive flashbacks. Morris says keep a life journal and share it often with your loved one. “You will obviously have different life stages. Recipes  birthday, family reunions. Each one […]

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    What was lost is now found: Families reunited with stolen treasure

    EDMOND, Okla. – Imagine if your irreplaceable family photos were stolen, gone forever. Many Edmond families probably thought they’d never see them again. But police have recovered a treasure-trove of stolen merchandise. Now, they are trying to reunite the owners with their pictures by using social media. Inside the Edmond police property room are dozens of stolen digital cameras. On those cameras are pictures of family vacations, holidays, and the birth of a child. Moments that were captured forever, only […]

  • Early onset Alzheimer’s impacts hundreds of Oklahomans

    OKLAHOMA CITY – We often think of Alzheimer’s as a disease that only impacts the elderly, but people in their 50′s, 40′s, and even 30′s can be diagnosed with the life-altering disease. Early onset Alzheimer’s is fairly unusual, but it impacts hundreds of Oklahomans. When 55-year-old Ron Grant heard to word “Alzheimer’s,” he immediately thought “death sentence”. Grant, the Deparment of Corrections Chaplain, was devastated. Ron was told, within 7 years he’d been dead or living in a nursing home. While […]