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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
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    DEL CITY, Okla. – Like most people who work in a classroom, Molly Shaffer has a heart for students. She teaches them the three Rs – only, here, it’s respect, responsibility and resilience. “They need to learn stuff like that, so I try to do my best,” Shaffer said. Together, they’ve tackled projects around the Del Crest Middle School campus. They’ve swept the bleachers, washed football uniforms, stocked the school food pantry for hungry children. Principal Michelle Parr nominated Shaffer for […]

  • Two Oklahoma teens rescue man trapped under fallen tree

    CRESCENT, Okla. – Bobby Webb is a handy man for the Crescent School District, capable of tackling almost any challenge. But, recently, Webb was in a predicament he couldn’t handle alone. “Who would ever think a tree would fall on you while you’re mowing?” Webb said. It was serious. A giant stump came crashing down on top of his riding mower. Webb was pinned. “It got on my back and started pushing down on me. I thought I’m in trouble. It […]

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  • “I’ll have just as much fun as the kids will,” New fad is spinning out of control

    MOORE, Okla. – The long line looks more like Black Friday than May 4th. Customers are all waiting outside JDR Discount Electronics for a fidget spinner. The toy is quickly becoming the “Cabbage Patch Kid” of 2017. Store owner, Rob McClure, said he sold his inventory in just a couple of hours. “We usually only have this during the Christmas holiday,” he said. Children and grown-ups have also caught fidget fever. “I did buy one for myself. I’ll have just as much fun […]

  • Elderly Oklahoma couple becomes internet sensation

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Except for a few black and white wedding pictures, Bob and Betty Kinder don’t have an extensive library of photo albums. What’s better are the 60 years of memories they’ve collected together. Unable to have children, they agreed to pour a lifetime of unconditional love on each other. They told NewsChannel 4 the keys to marriage success. “Communication, say I’m sorry, duck when she throws the frying pan,” laughed Bob. “Just keep saying I love you. Hug and a […]

  • Why many Oklahomans turn down storm shelter rebates

    PURCELL, Okla – When tornadoes come calling, there is no better place to hide than underground. In May 2013, hundreds of lives were saved when families took refuge from an EF5 in their storm shelters. It’s estimated that less than a fifth of the state’s 4 million residents have access to meaningful private shelter from tornadoes. Purcell Emergency Management Director Kevin Rhoads told NewsChannel 4, “When you think about emergency management. their safety is our top concern.” The City of Purcell has […]

  • “I feel protected,” Oklahoma instructor preaches faith and firearms

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Bibles and bullets. It may seem like an odd relationship but an Oklahoma firearms instructor has married the two in a unique concealed carry class. Crime can happen anywhere, including in a church. On June 17, 2015, nine parishioners were murdered when a gunman opened fire on a Wednesday night Bible study. “Wish someone was trained with a firearm. Probably wouldn’t have been as bad,” said Roy Jones, a concealed carry instructor. “You don’t need a cannon […]

  • Edmond woman thrown from her vehicle as it’s being stolen

    EDMOND, Okla – It was an ill-advised 4 a.m. trip to Wal-Mart for pasta and perfume. Somewhere between the parking lot and spaghetti aisle, the victim lost her car keys. “She realized she didn’t have her keys when she was in the store, looking to see if she had dropped them,” said Edmond Police Department spokesperson, Jenny Wagnon. She returned to the parking lot to check on her car and heard her car alarm. She bolted toward the Subaru Forester with […]

  • Wife of slain Logan County deputy shares stories of life, love and loss

    GUTHRIE, Okla – A closet full of photos chronicle a life of service to our country, community and family. Emily Wade had a high school crush. But it wasn’t until years later, her path crossed again with David Wade. The chemistry was undeniable. “He gave me his phone number. He called me from work and we went to Olive Garden on our first date,” Wade told NewsChannel 4. She knew right away David was “the one.” They married in August […]

  • Retired science teacher saves Oklahoma State Science Fair

    ADA, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Science Fair is the ‘World Series’ of science competitions in the Sooner State. It is a showcase in robotics, medicine and meteorology. “For a lot of kids who don’t participate in athletics, this is their time to shine,” said Elizabeth Allan with the Regional Science Fair at UCO. However, $38 million in cuts to the ‘Public School Activities Fund’ meant the annual science competition would be eliminated. “We had art cut, then music and now it […]

  • Oklahoma City bombing to be made into a movie

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla – The images of April 19th, 1995, are carved into our collective memories. They are every bit as gritty and gruesome today as they were 22 years ago. And it was one photo that captured the depths of our anguish. “It was devastating, just the thought of everybody had seen my daughter dead and then it came to the fact that, that’s all she became to them, she was a symbol. She was a little girl in […]