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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    EDMOND, Okla. – An orange, yellow and red cascade of leaves – they’re the only things falling on a late autumn day. It is ideal for Edmond resident Kristi Klein and her three babies. “This time of year, it’s beautiful and they love it. I have to take them outside as often as I can,” Klein said. And now, there is a new option for recreation and exercise. Edmond Parks and Recreation just unveiled a new 3.1 mile pathway. “It’s […]

  • Retired teacher praised for her passion to help at-risk children

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Margie Tinsley has an unparalleled passion for children. She retired after a 25-year teaching career, but because she missed the children so much, she became a tutor and volunteer for Whiz Kids. “They are active little kids, boy. They come in and away they go. When they read, they wiggle. They’re happy and it shows all over their whole body,” Margie told News 4. To get the “at-risk” kids more excited about reading, Margie began scouring sales […]

  • Car restoration reveals 45-year-old mystery for Edmond family

    EDMOND, Okla. – Billy Buring knew he had a treasure in his 1968 Chevy Camaro, but he never expected to find another during a recent restoration. “I pulled the seats up, pulled the carpet out. When I was vacuuming under the carpet there was a ring that was under the seat,” Buring told News 4. It was a 1972 high school class ring. There wasn’t much to go on except “DML” engraved inside the ring. Billy did a little detective […]

  • Repairs begin at metro school after truck crashes into building at 60-plus mph

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It was around 7:30 p.m. Thursday when witnesses say a truck came hauling down S.W 26th., through Tulsa Ave., and then into Pierce Elementary at 60-plus mph. Morris Koonce heard the commotion from his bedroom window and immediately checked his home surveillance. “I watched the video and I seen him go by. What did it show? Him speeding down here. He didn’t stop, didn’t slow down,” he said. That truck pierced the brick wall, sailed through the […]

  • “Very fearful,” Businesses prepare for new Oklahoma liquor laws

    EDMOND, Okla. – Kenny Baldridge never imagined conservative Oklahoma voters would approve sweeping changes to the state’s antiquated liquor laws. Ink is proof he never considered a plan B. “If I have to go back into the job market, I might wish I had fewer tattoos on my arms,” Baldridge said. But, the virtual monopoly liquor stores have on selling wine and strong beer disappears next October. “Very fearful,” Baldridge said. “Just worried about losing a lot of business. I don’t […]

  • “Very fearful,” Businesses across Oklahoma prepare for new liquor laws

    EDMOND, Okla – There are new liquor laws brewing in Oklahoma and, in less than a year – consumers will have many options for beer and wine. It could be a game changer for liquor, grocery and convenience stores. Liquor store owner Kenny Baldridge never imagined Oklahoma voters would approve sweeping changes to the state’s antiquated liquor laws. But, the virtual monopoly liquor stores had on selling wine and strong beer disappears in a year. “Oh, absolutely, very fearful. Just […]

  • Edmond police say realistic Halloween costumes are causing concern

    EDMOND, Okla. – Late October can be a scary time for everyone, including police officers. For many Halloween revelers, the scarier the costume – the better. However, authorities said some costumes look too real and are hard to distinguish. This season, store officials said knives, hatchets and a gamut of guns are big sellers. “The toys will always have that little orange tip, but older kids think it’s funny to pop the tip or wrap it with black tape. Bad […]

  • “She’s just a very giving person,” Oklahoma woman praised for turning photos into keepsake art for families

    HENNESSEY, Okla. – Football pumps through the veins of every small town in Oklahoma. Memories are made on Friday nights. Lifetime resident Bonny Flesher is the queen of the camera in Hennessey, pacing the sidelines longer than most can remember. “These people taught us life lessons and how to give back to people. And it’s a matter of letting these kids know that we care,” said Bonny. Bonny will take the photos and then create beautiful portraits. “They are special, everyone […]

  • “It was really scary,” Oklahoma family awakened by exploding computer

    OKLAHOMA CITY – It was 3:15 a.m. when a loud explosion woke the Staton family. “I mean, it was really scary just to wake up to that,” Kennedy Staton said. “It was loud.” Scott Staton raced to the office where his Samsung Notebook was a ball of flames. “There was sparks going everywhere,” he recalled. Kennedy ran to the kitchen for water. “I just grabbed cups, took it back and started pouring it on the flames,” she told News 4. The […]

  • Oklahoma County Jail undergoes renovations to improve safety

    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, […]