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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
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    COMANCHE, Okla. — It may be Comanche, Oklahoma’s worst kept secret. “We were told to keep it a secret. I succeeded until everyone found out,” said Jett Sparks, a student. Jett and Claire Sparks’ aunt recently won an afternoon with Oklahoma City Thunder star Serge Ibaka at a fundraising auction. “It’s something I love to do. I’m excited to be here,” Ibaka said. Ibaka was given the red carpet treatment Thursday by the Comanche School District and made a lasting […]

  • Oklahoma man taps away the pain

    OKLAHOMA CITY–Wherever he travels, his faithful followers are always nearby. Robert Smith is a self proclaimed “hustler” turned healer. He has no medical background and dropped out of bible studies in college. But Smith claims he has unraveled the mystery to chronic physical and emotional pain. Smith told us, “If you can use your mind to create something miserable, you can also use your mind to create something wonderful, only if you know how to use it.” Basically, he uses […]

  • Employees thankful after Tiger Safari animals contained

    Tiger Safari in Tuttle, Oklahoma is home to 170 exotic and potentially dangerous animals. So when Park Director Bill Meadows learned his park had taken a direct hit, he feared the worst. “There were several hours where we just had no clue. And we’re just thanking God that all the animals are alive and everybody’s safe around here,” Tamara Hausher said. Due to flooding and tornado debris, it took staff a while to get there and inspect the grounds. The Grady […]

  • Newcastle family’s peaceful creek turns into raging river with record flooding

    NEWCASTLE, Okla. – Dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed when a tornado hit their town. Many others, whose property survived the strong winds, were then hit by record flooding. The Owens family moved to Newcastle to find peace and quiet in the country. On Wednesday, a small creek by their home became a raging river. Flood waters poured into their home as they took shelter underground. “We were actually coming out and my mom was the last one in […]

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    Strangers pitch in to help Bridge Creek church clean up after being hit by tornado again

    BRIDGE CREEK, Okla. – It’s an old saying that many people have become familiar with over the years. Lightning doesn’t strike twice but tornadoes don’t hold anything sacred. Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Bridge Creek was leveled on May 3, 1999. On Wednesday night, the house of worship was hit again. The children’s ministry, a storage building and the church’s kitchen were all damaged. On Thursday, volunteers joined together to tackle the monumental task of cleaning up the debris. “There’s people […]

  • “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

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