Beautiful weekend in store before cold front arrives next week

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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  • “A real sense of helplessness,” Virtual tour shows what living with Alzheimer’s, dementia is like

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  • Police catch alleged serial burglar targeting college students

    EDMOND, Okla. – Edmond police say Joe Isaac Gullatt is a career criminal. “He had a busy summer. Sounds like this is his profession,” said Jenny Wagnon, Edmond police spokesperson. For months, Edmond authorities believe Gullatt was burglarizing businesses and cars. Police say he’d watch victims from behind the bushes at Fink Park. Gullatt would allegedly look for cars with UCO parking stickers. He knew they were students attending class across the street. It was a perfect opportunity to break […]

  • Fans brave the lines for midnight unveiling of latest Star Wars memorabilia

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  • “It was just the right timing,” Professor’s lesson in kindness makes major impact on unsuspecting delivery driver

    BETHANY, Okla  – It was just supposed to be a simple lesson for a group of students at Southern Nazarene University, but it ended up being a lifesaver for a young man. SNU President Dr. Keith Newman was imploring students to “do for one what you wish you could for everyone.” That simple lesson was illustrated with a prayer and a pizza. “We prayed that God would send us someone who really needed a blessing. We had no idea who […]

  • “Her little servant’s heart has grown,” 8-year-old Oklahoma girl praised for her ‘pillow ministry’

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  • New tool available to law enforcement during high-speed chases could save lives

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  • “It looks like a crescent sun,” Hundreds gather at Myriad Gardens to watch eclipse

    OKLAHOMA CITY – It was one of the most unifying and anticipated events in nearly 100 years. And, Oklahomans were over the moon for Monday afternoon’s total eclipse. “It’s so cute. It looks like a crescent sun instead of a crescent moon. How about that?” said Elizabeth Luecke. Hundreds of folks gathered at the Myriad Gardens for the premiere watch party. From school field trips to skipping work, there were spectators of all ages. “I’m taking a day off. Hope my […]