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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
  • Only on 4: Edmond Christmas shooting victim remembers gunman saying “You won’t live to see the New Year”

    EDMOND, Okla. – When Stacy Anderson took a selfie with her son, she never could have imagined the terror that would unfold just 24 hours later. It was Christmas night when Anderson’s estranged boyfriend, Adrian Permetter, arrived at her Edmond home. “I told him he needed to leave. At that time, he said ‘I’m taking my son,'” she told NewsChannel 4. The pair got into an argument, and Anderson said she still remembers the moment before she was shot. “‘You […]

  • Hollywood in the Heartland: ‘I Can Only Imagine’ filmed in the Sooner State

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Up and down the dial, ‘I Can Only Imagine’ is a crossover, triple platinum phenomenon. According to Billboard, it’s the most played Christian radio single in history. “They know how that song makes them feel, but they don’t know the journey the song writer took to bring the song to the world,” said co-writer Brent McCorkle. The song is now being made into a movie. A portrait of faith, family and love, the project was filmed entirely […]

  • Manhunt over for Christmas shooting suspect

    EDMOND, Okla –There has been an uneasiness in this Edmond neighborhood since Christmas night. “Pretty shocked. On Christmas someone got shot. Pretty bad,” Karen Wheeler said. Karen Wheeler’s neighbor was shot in the hand, chest and stomach — allegedly by the victim’s ex-boyfriend. The victim’s 13-year-old daughter was hiding upstairs and on the phone with 911. “The dispatcher is talking and then we hear multiple shots. You can hear two gunshots. You can hear arguing and obviously, there is panic […]

  • Sesame seed nearly kills metro man

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla – It was supposed to be a relaxing night at dinner, but for one man, things took a quick turn. James Brabenec and his family were enjoying dinner at the Museum Cafe, when he went into anaphylactic shock. It was an unexpected allergic reaction to the sesame salad dressing. “When I was younger, I could eat sesame no problem at all. Now all of the sudden I can’t,” said Brabenec. Brabenec’s face turned beet red, and his […]

  • Serial burglary suspect arrested in Texas

    EDMOND, Okla. – Gregorio Quilimaco Seniors’ crime spree came to an end in Gray County, Texas. He was pulled over more than 200 miles way. “What got our suspect caught was another family member doing burglaries in a different state. They were swapping stolen property, and that’s what lead to their arrest,” said Edmond Police Sgt. James Hamm. Deputies pulled over Quilimaco and discovered drugs and stolen property inside his car. Investigators also uncovered surveillance video of the suspect trying to […]

  • Yukon family faces $700 bill after water company claims they used 120,000 gallons of water

    YUKON, Okla. – Markus and Shannon Truelove have a large family. They have five beautiful biological and adopted children. “It was God’s complete fulfillment, exactly what he had promised us. It’s awesome,” Shannon said. They live on a six-acre farm in rural Canadian County and occasionally use a lot of water. But, the bill they received in November 2015 was outrageous. “The only thing they told me was it went through the meter and you owe the money,” Markus said. 120,000 gallons […]

  • Metro man suffers from hypothermia after losing keys during snow storm

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s been a busy 24 hours for EMSA medics. They have responded to dozens of weather related calls including car crashes, slip and fall reports and stranded motorists. “You always want to be prepared, especially this time of year. You don’t know if you’ll be gone for five minutes or five hours. Things happen. Cars break down, accidents happen and you may be stranded,” John Graham, a paramedic with EMSA, said. In one case, paramedics say a […]

  • “My worst fear is she’s dead,” Mother worried about daughter who may have information linked to shooting

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Police say Amber Sizemore and Miranda Allenbaugh are both missing, and family members are becoming concerned. Investigators say both women may hold critical information into a New Year’s Day shooting of a Valley Brooke police officer. “At this time, there is no evidence that they have fallen victim to foul play. There is no evidence whatsoever that that has happened. That being said, we are looking for them as witnesses regarding that shooting,” MSgt. Gary Knight, with the […]

  • Oklahoma animal rescue pledges “justice for Janice”

    CARNEGIE, Oka. – When the sweet pit bull mix was adopted two years ago, Rainbow Bridge Can Wait Animal Rescue thought she was going to a great home. “I cried so hard. I feel responsible, like I let her down,” said Director Carol Skinner. “We do our best to screen.” But, two years later, Janice was found abandoned at a dog park. Witnesses said she was left with a small bowl of food and showed horrible signs of abuse. Her teeth […]

  • 10-year-old has a heart for the homeless

    SHAWNEE, Okla. – Santa’s Village in Shawnee Mall is a popular place these days. Thousands of children will sit on the lap of Ol’ Saint Nick this season to share their Christmas wishes. Most kids ask for cash, clothes, baby dolls and bicycles. But, not 10-year-old Zoe Alderman. “Because, I know the homeless doesn’t have the things I have, and so I want to give instead of getting stuff for me,” Alderman said. Alderman wrote in her Christmas journal and then […]

  • Car makers are tossing out the spare tire

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Sue Wilkins was driving her new 2014 Hyundai Accent, when she had a sudden tire blowout. Wilkins called AAA for roadside assistance. “I had to sit, and wait and thought ‘I’ll wait to fix my tire.’ And, they said ‘You don’t have a spare,'” she said. It’s kind of like having a first aid kit without a band aid. Most car buyers aren’t in the habit of checking for a spare while they’re purchasing a vehicle. But, […]