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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
  • “The most giving person I know,” Metro woman makes helping homeless her life’s mission

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – They are gripped by a debilitating world of poverty and depression. Many live on the streets, in cars and if they’re lucky – in homeless shelters. But Lisa Chastain is a comforting salve to Oklahoma’s wounded. She started a special outreach program called “A Helping Hand to the Homeless.” “They are out there and you don’t pay attention to them. But when you get to know them, they are people – somebody’s mom, dad, sister, brother. […]

  • Month-long investigation finds public defibrillators around the metro are in short supply

    OKLAHOMA CITY – 67-year-old Robert Richter was driving when he became alarmingly woozy. Robert’s heartbeat had plunged dangerously low. EMSA paramedics scrambled to the scene to save his life. “They did put the pads on me and that was scary. ‘Oh boy. Here it comes. Gonna light me up here,'” Richter recalled. CPR and defibrillators increase survivability to 90% in cardiac calls like this. Two bills have been passed in Oklahoma. One bill “mandates that defibrillators be made available at […]

  • Search intensifies for missing Oklahoma mother, three children

    CHICKASHA, Okla. — The case has gone cold and the anxiety is growing. “You try not to fear the worst or think bad things but if you don’t know, it makes you nervous and scared,” David Corsaut told NewsChannel 4. On July 3, Corsaut was supposed to meet with his ex-wife, Destiny Corsaut, to pick up their three children. But when he went to her apartment, his daughters and Destiny were gone. “The father found the apartment with the door […]

  • OSBI team honored for solving 20-year-old cold case

    OKLAHOMA CITY – There is no greater feeling for law enforcement than to solve a cold case. That’s one reason the OSBI Latent Evidence Unit put together a cold case team. They began reviewing unsolved homicide and sexual assault cases and searching unidentified latent prints through a state-of-the-art system called “Next Generation Identification” or NGI. One case that caught their attention was an unsolved homicide in Wisconsin. They called investigators, asking if they still needed help on the 20-year-old case. […]

  • National crime ring circles Oklahoma

    EDMOND, Okla — Nowadays, Alison Winfield takes her wallet with her when she hits the gym. “I had one of my rear windows smashed and they took all my stuff out because I put valuables under clothes. They saw the thing of clothes and assumed it was underneath it so they took all my stuff and they broke my window,”¬†Winfield said. Police say these thieves are part of a nationwide crime ring. They sit and watch local health clubs, daycare […]

  • Local authorities sounding warning about national crime spree now centered in Oklahoma

    EDMOND, Okla. – Local authorities are sounding a warning about a national crime spree now centered in Oklahoma. These thieves are smashing out car windows at day care centers, health clubs and Metro parks. They are looking for drivers licenses and checkbooks. They then go straight to your bank in disguise and empty your account, officials said. There have been reports in Oklahoma City, Norman, Moore, Yukon and Edmond. Edmond police are launching a campaign, urging folks to lock your […]

  • Oklahoma couple work through grief by honoring son

    EDMOND, Okla. – Caleb Wile made his debut into the world on February 9, 2014. He was a child who smiled with his entire face and loved unconditionally. But, for parents Adam and Bernie Wile, those special moments are now only memories. “He had an ear infection,” Bernie said. “We took him to the doctor and, the next day, we woke up without him. That’s your worst nightmare.” Their only child was taken without explanation. Their anguish was incomprehensible. “It’s […]

  • Mom saves 2-year-old from near drowning in Edmond

    EDMOND, Okla. – Katy Wreyford was a lifeguard one summer. She never had to use her CPR training until this week – on her baby boy. “There was a window where we thought our whole future, I might lose my boy today,” husband Brad Wreyford told us. Katy was just a few feet away from the neighborhood pool, making sandwiches for her four small children. When she looked up and scanned the pool a couple minutes later, there was 2-year-old, […]

  • “I think he did save my life,” 11-year-old credited with helping grandfather during emergency

    MOORE, Okla — They had just wrapped up a family lunch and were driving to buy a Father’s Day gift. That’s when 67-year-old Robert Richter began to have chest pain and dizziness. “It was going down hill quick. I was panicked because I had a car full of family. I was very panicky because traffic at that time was very heavy,” Richter said. He pulled into the closest parking lot, where he collapsed behind the wheel. Richter’s 11-year-old grandson, Brody, […]

  • Officials following leads after after 4 inmates escape from Lincoln County jail

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Okla. – The Lincoln County jail is admittedly porous¬†with a second escape in recent months. “It looks like, sometime after midnight, they did the same thing they did the last time – they scaled the wall, got on a air-conditioner vent and dug a hole in it,” said Sheriff Charlie Dougherty. “The only difference in this time is we’ve got individuals from two different pods, so they’ve shared information. Anyway, they went back out through an air-conditioner vent.” […]

  • “I love doing it for the kids,” Veteran donates time, money to make toys for children in need

    CLEO SPRINGS, Okla. — Cleo Springs, Oklahoma, is an agricultural hub with about 300 hard-working folks like Chuck Lawrence. From sun up to supper time, you’ll find this Army veteran in his well-used wood shop. “I’m a big kid at heart. I love doing it for the kids,” said Lawrence. The retired veteran began tinkering to combat PTSD and quickly discovered he had a real talent for toy making. Over the years, he’s built hundreds of dollhouses, covered wagons and […]