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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
  • Gas bandits leave daycare high and dry

    MOORE, Okla –Thieves left Crossroads Kidz Club in Moore, high and dry. The staff arrived Friday morning, to find 15 passenger vans empty. Owner, Bryan Musick said, “I ran up to the Conoco and put gas in it and it  just splattered all over my feet. It looked like the gas lines had been cut.” Not just one van, but the entire fleet of daycare vans at Kidz Club. Auto mechanic, Solomon Lemley told us, “The vans are so close together people can roll […]

  • Pay It 4Ward recipient receives “answered prayer”

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Within the stone walls and stained glass, beams a ray of hope, mercy and love. For more than a decade, Cross & Crown Mission in Oklahoma City, has been serving needs of the city’s poor. They provide food, clothing, medical and legal services.  It’s a ministry that helps thousands of people every year, including Celia Hidago. Celia came for assistance after her daughter died and she began caring for her 3 grandchildren. She’s been a powerful presence here ever […]

  • Thieves steal religious, family heirlooms from Oklahoma family

    EDMOND, Okla – As Tucker McHugh went out for an early morning golf game, thieves targeted his home. When he returned, his dresser drawers were scattered and his wife’s jewelry cabinet was empty. “You feel violated.  They got into your house and went through your stuff,” McHugh said. The intruder stole about $16,000 worth of family heirlooms and a unique collection of religious jewelry the McHughs have collected over the years. Detectives say they are working another burglary case in the neighborhood. Officers […]

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    Local high school students using social media to help their Special Olympics team

    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Students at one Oklahoma high school are using social media and the internet to help their Special Olympics team. Students at Midwest City High School recently made their own music video while lip syncing to popular music. They say the video was more than just fun and games, it was made to help their school’s Special Olympics team. The Special Olympics team practices hard in the school’s gym. They get help and encouragement from fellow students […]

  • Oklahoma fire department auctions “Ebola suits”

    CASHION, Okla. – Despite the small size, the Cashion Volunteer Fire Department is very well equipped. Assistant Fire Chief, Trent Gibson says his department actually has too much. The city is holding an online auction to unload old radios, hoses and hazmat suits. “These are rubber gloves that you use over the suit. This is one of the suits you’d put on. It has a hood built in. You see them from the news helicopters. This is the type of stuff they’d be wearing,” […]

  • Police investigate “demonic vandalism” at Oklahoma church

    WEWOKA, Okla. – No amount of scrubbing can erase the mental images that haunt one Wewoka congregation. Recently, intruders desecrated the Hilltop Indian Presbyterian Church. “Somebody had to know something about devil worship because there was a snake-skin wrapped around this pulpit. The rattles were still on it. They had wrote ‘God hates us.’ We know that’s not true,” said Kelly Tiger Jr., the church’s pastor. Pastor Tiger calls the desecration of the church ‘pure evil’ as Satanic symbols marked the walls. […]

  • ‘Cotton Bowl baby’ delivered during the big game

    MUSTANG, Okla – There are very few things more important to the Unsell family than sports! Jake and Kari were watching the Red River Shootout Saturday, when the unexpected happened! “Maybe I cheered a little too much,” Kari said. 9 months pregnant, Kari went into labor. And there was no time to get to the hospital. “It was game on!  She was coming, ready to say hi,” Kari’s husband, Jake said. This was the pinnacle of teamwork, according to Kari. “No doctors,  […]

  • Beer bandit enjoys ‘party in the potty’

    PURCELL, Okla. – It all began with an afternoon of recreation on the Canadian River. But when the sun went down and the beer was gone, the party moved to a Purcell convenience store. Around midnight, a man walks in with his loyal companion close behind. He apparently took a beer banner “Grab A Bud”, literally! You can see the shirtless guy on store surveillance. He grabs a six-pack out of the cooler, and goes straight into the bathroom. Police found the empty bottles with […]

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    Camp counselor overcomes adversity to serve others in need

    GUTHRIE, Okla. – There is no education like adversity and Brookelyne Cooper’s entire life has been a lesson of overcoming. “You want to talk about someone who could show us all how to overcome adversity and always see the positive side of life, that’s Brookelyne. She is a tremendous young lady that has a heart of gold,” said James Wheeler, the Central Christian camp director. Brookelyne’s mom died when she was only 3-years-old. After that, she lived with, and cared […]

  • Jesus statue returns to local Baptist Catholic church

    UPDATE 10/5/2014: The statue of Jesus was returned to St John the Baptist Catholic Church Saturday evening in Edmond. Detectives are still working this case. EDMOND, Okla. –  Under a canopy of trees, right outside St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond, is a quiet sanctuary for meditation and memories. “Thousands and thousands of pictures have been taken in this very spot, probably in the back of bride, confirmation, kid’s Easter pictures,” said Anne Keef, a church employee. Late Monday […]

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    Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises record amount for research

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Thousands of walkers, spectators, family and friends turned out for the 2014 Walk To End Alzheimer’s in downtown Oklahoma City on Saturday. Beautiful weather brought out people like Don Orange. “I’m walking for my mother and grandmother. My grandmother died from Alzheimer’s and my mom is in the last stages of it right now,” said Orange. This is his third Walk To End Alzheimer’s. The Walk To End Alzheimer’s helps fund research and expand services for folks […]