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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    Tornado victim feeds metro homeless, friends Pay It 4Ward

    MOORE, Okla. — This is an assembly line of kindness and compassion. Michelle Evans, her family, and a team of volunteers are busy preparing meals for dozens of complete strangers. They shower Oklahoma City’s homeless with food, water, and unconditional love. Her children even write encouraging notes and scripture on the food containers. It all began when Michelle couldn’t get her own family to eat her homemade meals. She plated them up, took them downtown and the “Left Over Love” […]

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    Serge Ibaka brings “team of angels” to Congo

    KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — They are the deserted, hundreds of orphans who daydream of something more. Serge Ibaka serves as their beacon of hope on this island of despair. “The first time I come here, it was hard, I felt so sad. That’s why I came back. I came back this year because I feel like they need more, you know?” said Serge Ibaka. Ibaka was introduced to “Kimbondo” last year. It’s one of the largest orphanages in […]

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    Oklahoma City Thunder star returns to Congo to help orphans in need

    KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — If their circumstances break your heart, their unparalleled joy just might mend it. “It’s always so gratifying when you see a big smile on their face,” said actor Patrick Warburton. These children have been swept up in a chaotic city that is twice the size of Los Angeles, and trooped off to this forgotten corner of Kinshasa. Kimbondo is one of the largest orphanages in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are more than […]

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    Traffic stop leads police to several stolen vehicles

    PURCELL, Okla. — An 18-foot Pegasus travel trailer, a Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible, and a Chevy Tahoe. Authorities say each of the vehicles were purchased with a stolen check book. According to Purcell Police Spokesman Scott Stephens, “They could have purchased anything anywhere.” Police arrested Brandi Taylor and her fiance’, Levi Locke, after a traffic stop at a Purcell convenience store. The patrolman was cruising down Green Avenue, when he noticed what looked like an expired out-of-state tag. That’s when he pulled the […]

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    Police looking for alleged “three-peat” tractor thieves

    EDMOND, Okla — Thieves usually hit a target once and move on, as quickly as possible. But that was not the case for a team of crooks in Edmond. “It sounds like they were just keep on going till the sun came up and that’s what they were doing. Over and over and over,” said Sgt. James Hamm, with the Edmond Police Department. Edmond police say a white Dodge Ram 1500 returned to Lowe’s at 2nd & Bryant at least three […]

  • President Obama’s history with the Sooner State

    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – After a lengthy news conference in Washington, D.C., President Obama is on his way to Oklahoma. He will be flying into Tinker Air Force Base, but this isn’t his first trip to the Sooner State. In 2012, President Obama stopped by Cushing, where he toured refineries and discussed a newly-proposed Keystone Pipeline that would take oil from Cushing down into the Gulf of Mexico. “Today, I’ve come to Cushing, an oil town,” he said on his […]

  • Caught on Camera: Laundry basket bandits rob laundromat

    PURCELL, Okla. — It was 4:44 a.m. Thursday when a couple walked into a Purcell laundromat as if they were doing some early morning laundry. But Purcell police say the couple was actually there to clean out the vending machines. “He failed on his first attempt, so he leaves, and he comes back with a female who kind of acts as a lookout for him and cover while he brought a bigger tool with him this time,” witness Travis Robinson said. In […]

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    Heisman trophy winner Billy Sims remembers BBJ

    EDMOND, Okla. — Like most of us, Heisman trophy winner Billy Sims is still coming to grips with the sudden and tragic news. “I couldn’t believe it. It’s a great loss for the state of Oklahoma,” Sims said. Billy fondly reflects on BBJ — first, as a shadow to Bob Sr around OU. But he also remember him as  the beloved and respected sportscaster. The football great was a friend, a fan and a frequent listener of Bobby’s morning radio […]

  • Critters invade Oklahoma homes

    EDMOND, Okla –Somewhere out there lurks a masked intruder, ready to break into another Edmond home. Ralph Wilcox told us, “My wife told me not to say this, but as soon as I handed her the dog, she started screaming!” Wilcox returned home recently to a mysterious shadow racing down the hall. “I thought it was a cat. But we don’t have a cat,” Wilcox said. No. This was a large, intimidating raccoon. Ralph Wilcox grabbed a large walking stick and […]

  • Crook uses stolen cell phone to call accomplices

    SHAWNEE, Okla. – Rural Oklahoma. You wouldn’t think this would be a nest of crime. But an unsolved crime wave out here had folks in Seminole and Pottawatomie counties living on edge for months. Authorities have been working more than a dozen brazen robberies. They say drug-crazed crooks have been hitting homes to steal jewelry, cash and other valuables, then tying up their victims. Deputy Bob Stewart told us, “You ask if they could be dangerous? I’m sure they could […]

  • Oklahoma storms could drain city budget

    VILLAGE, Okla. — Duffner Park in the Village is a mine field of mud holes. Rochelle James is doing all she can to keep her 4-year-old daughter, Danika, dry. “It is. We just guide her around the puddles,” James said. Like many communities, the Village has seen one flooding rain after another. And the downpour has delayed several key construction projects. Ironically — the “Splash Pad” at Duffner Park has been halted because of too much water! James said, “As hot […]