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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
  • boguscheck

    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 […]

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    Plaza Towers teacher has “miracle baby”

    MOORE, Okla. – Plaza Towers 1st grade teacher, Karen Marinelli was crouched over 3 small children, in the hallway, when tornado sirens began their high-pitched squeal. Marinelli said, “It’s going to hit, it’s going to hit. I can’t believe it’s really going to hit.” There were kids screaming, glass breaking and that unforgettable roar. Marinelli said, “The best description we could come up with, it was a monster. It sounds like a monster.” Those 6 year olds in her care, […]

  • Booze bandits use blow-torch to steal $20,000 in liquor

    EDMOND, Okla – Merinda Anderson is busy restocking. Police say Smithcot Liquors, located at 2nd & Coltrane in Edmond, was burglarized this week. The intruders emptied the shelves, floor to ceiling. Anderson said, “I walked into the back and the shelves were cleared. Nothing on them. It was crazy.” Police say the booze bandits used a blow torch in the wee hours of the morning to cut through the back door and ransack the stock room. These intruders knew exactly […]

  • Capture

    Soccer mom allegedly embezzles from youth program

    PURCELL, Okla. – Lottery tickets to New York strips, school supplies to Lil’ Smokies, Purcell Police say a woman, who worked closely with the “Community Youth Activities Program” embarked on a two year personal shopping spree, embezzling more than $23,000. Detective Kevin Austin said, “She bought a lot of wedding frames, upright vacuum, Dr. Dre beat headphones. Those are expensive? They are expensive. I wish I had a pair.” The money was earmarked for programs and improvements, geared specifically to the […]

  • Migranemiracle

    Orthopedic surgeon treats migraine sufferers with unique procedure

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Like mother, like daughter.  Mandi Moehnke & Riley are sports fanatics, love the outdoors, and both suffer from debilitating migraine headaches. Mandi Moehnke said, “Riley is 15 and she has had migraines since age 11. And just recently in November she started having seizures. It would start as a migraine and go into a full blown seizure. “ There are an estimated 36-million migraine sufferers in the U.S. and roughly a third are not satisfied with their […]

  • hello kitty thief

    Police on the prowl for alleged “cat burglar” obsessed with Hello Kitty

    EDMOND, Okla – Cartoon characters may rise and fall in popularity over the years but Hello Kitty seems to have some staying power! From plates to pillows, bicycles to blankets, that cherub kitty face is on everything. PJ Korzun, a Wal-Mart shopper, said, “I still have a Hello Kitty hand puppet. I had it when I was a kid and kept it.” And authorities say its appeal reaches beyond just children. Edmond police say they are looking for a woman for […]

  • baby

    Couple waits one year for Medical Examiner to release mysterious cause of death for their child

    OKLAHOMA CITY – 22 month old Mariah Ford was always happy and completely healthy. An out of the blue illness took hold in late March, 2013. Mom, Brittany Medcalf said, “Actually, all day on the 27th she was fine. Her normal self. It wasn’t until after dinner I put her to bed and we noticed she wasn’t her normal self.” Like most concerned parents, Brittany took her baby to the pediatrician. The Doctor treated Mariah for an ear infection and […]

  • First ever “safety home” complete in Moore

    MOORE, Okla. – Living in Oklahoma comes with weather risks. That’s why many Moore tornado victims are rebuilding with safety in mind. A new home in east Moore has been built to withstand anything Mother Nature dishes out. It looks like any other new home in this neighborhood, but it’s what you can’t see that makes it so sturdy. Half this home is an 86,000 pound, steel reinforced, concrete box. It’s welded to the slab with metal plates. There are even 1/8 inch thick […]

  • More Oklahomans turning to different source for healing

    OKLAHOMA CITY – When people are sick, they usually go to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment. But more and more Oklahomans are turning to a different source for healing. Across the county, and right here in Oklahoma City, healing rooms are offering comfort for those who have given up all other hope. The “Word” is the inspiration behind thousands of these “healing rooms.” Including one inside a nondescript office building in Oklahoma City. Every Saturday morning, a team of […]

  • New face hopes to prepare students to perform in a “global society”

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla – He’s a father of six, ready to take on a district of 46,000 students in the revolving door that is the Oklahoma City public schools superintendent job. Rob Neu comes from Federal Way Public Schools in Washington State, a district half the size of OKC. But he says his approach to education will be similar. His emphasis is preparing students to perform in a global society. Neu told us, “There is a joke. If you speak […]