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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
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    Thunder’s ‘gentle giant’ Serge Ibaka bringing sound to those in need

    Brazzaville, Republic Of Congo – Imagine a world without laughter. Without music. Without ever hearing a single bedtime story. Silence is a prison for thousands of hearing impaired in the Republic of Congo. It is often a life of prejudice, ridicule and segregation. Starkey Hearing Foundation President, Bill Austin said, “When you are separated from hearing, you’re separated from the nourishment our spirit needs to hear those words, I love you and talk about hope for the future.” Hope arrives to the […]

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    From a slum to Thunder star, Serge Ibaka gives back to his homeland hoping others will show compassion

    Brazzaville, Republic of Congo — You don’t have to know the language to read their faces. Their eyes are a window to the soul. These are just a handful of the thousands of orphans … living in the Republic of Congo. Oklahoma City Thunder player, Serge Ibaka said, “I saw some babies, like 2-3 months old. No parents. No mom. No dad.” They line up for scraps, most Americans wouldn’t even touch. Clean drinking water is scare. And toys are […]

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    “He is a walking miracle,” Serge Ibaka fulfills promise by reconnecting with humble roots

    The Republic of Congo is a country of sharp contrast. A mosaic of street music, charm and tropical beauty. But the breathtaking landscape only masks the brutality of pollution and poverty. You’ll find affluent residential and commercial development along side sprawling slums. Most of Brazzleville’s 1-million people live on barely a dollar a day. Thunder player, Serge Ibaka said, “It was not easy. Not easy.” Serge Ibaka grew up on the outskirts of the capitol in one of the poorest […]

  • Man defies the odds, regains use of his paralyzed body

    OKLAHOMA – An Oklahoma man defies the odds and regains use of his paralyzed body. Ten years ago, Jeff Minor was critically injured in a motorcycle accident. His dreams of motocross fame were fractured in an instant. At the time, the Oklahoma teenager suffered a broken neck and was not expected to ever walk again. “They told me I had a spinal cord injury and I might not ever walk again,” said Jeff. “I was scared, but determined to live […]

  • Man shot after looking for love online

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla –Police say the 33-year-old man was shopping for companionship on the computer. It was a late night rendezvous that took a dangerous twist. Around 1:20am, Oklahoma City police got a call for help from a home on SW 104th Place. The man reluctantly told detectives he had hired an escort for $200. But when he was at his most vulnerable, completely naked, a violent robbery plot unfolded. MSgt. Gary Knight said, “Once he undressed he heard a […]

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    11-year-old nominates local nurse for award

    OKLAHOMA CITY – 11-year-old Michael Hurley has endured more trips to the hospital than most people do in a lifetime. Recently Michael was admitted to OU Children’s Hospital for what was supposed to be another routine procedure. Michael’s mother said, “It was supposed to be a one night stay and ended up being four days.  He had quite a few different things to go through.  It was pretty hard.  He did good though.” The sixth grader credits one nurse in particular […]

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    Security blanket: Unique fabric designed to protect kids in class from bullets, debris

    EDMOND, Okla. – The Sandy Hook school massacre was a wake up call for Steve Walker. A father of two elementary school students, Steve desperately wanted to protect his boys from a dangerous classroom intruder. Walker said, “We wanted our children to have a layer of protection immediately. They can be stored in the classroom and when seconds count, they can be easily applied.” It took him a year to design, create and now market the “Bodyguard Blanket.” It’s made […]

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    Man arrested after 4-year-old brother, sister tell mother about sexual abuse

    PURCELL, Okla – It’s not the kind of crime you expect to hear in small town America. But Purcell police are investigating disturbing allegations of lewd acts involving twin 4-year-olds, a boy and girl. The twins were brought to police headquarters and interviewed separately. Detectives say they told the exact same story, one in which the alleged suspect encouraged them to touch each other while he watched. The police report goes on to say 34-year-old John Bullock touched himself as […]

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    Double drowning serves as safety warning over Memorial weekend

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. –  It was Memorial Day weekend, 2011. Lake Eufaula was calm and quiet. Jerry Tucker, and his son, Stoney took an evening trip out to their favorite fishing spot. But the small aluminum boat capsized and Stoney couldn’t swim. Shawna Maxwell said, “Dad tried to save him and we lost them both. And what’s horrible is that when they pulled the boat up the next day the life jacket popped out. It had been there the whole […]

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    Traffic stop leads to check fraud suspect

    EDMOND, Okla — Brittany Jo Leforce was already on the radar of Edmond Police. There was an open investigation for writing counterfeit checks. But authorities say that was just the tip of the iceberg. It all unfolded at the intersection of Broadway and 33rd in Edmond. An alert officer pulled over a car for an expired tag. Leforce was driving on a suspended license. When police impounded her car and searched it, they found 22 printed checks from three different […]

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    Softball coach rallies team after player dies in tornado

    MOORE, Okla. — Landon McNeill may look intimidating. But his softball team says “Coach Landon” is a just big teddy bear with an even bigger heart. He’s been coaching girls softball here in Moore, for years. No season was more challenging than last spring. Landon, his players and their families suffered a heartbreaking loss May 20th. Short stop, 9-year-old Sydney Angle was among the 7 casualties in Plaza Towers Elementary. McNeill said, “Sydney was just like family to us. It was […]