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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
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    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla –Police say the 33-year-old man was shopping for companionship on the computer. It was a late night rendezvous that took a dangerous twist. Around 1:20am, Oklahoma City police got a call for help from a home on SW 104th Place. The man reluctantly told detectives he had hired an escort for $200. But when he was at his most vulnerable, completely naked, a violent robbery plot unfolded. MSgt. Gary Knight said, “Once he undressed he heard a […]

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    11-year-old nominates local nurse for award

    OKLAHOMA CITY – 11-year-old Michael Hurley has endured more trips to the hospital than most people do in a lifetime. Recently Michael was admitted to OU Children’s Hospital for what was supposed to be another routine procedure. Michael’s mother said, “It was supposed to be a one night stay and ended up being four days.  He had quite a few different things to go through.  It was pretty hard.  He did good though.” The sixth grader credits one nurse in particular […]

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    Security blanket: Unique fabric designed to protect kids in class from bullets, debris

    EDMOND, Okla. – The Sandy Hook school massacre was a wake up call for Steve Walker. A father of two elementary school students, Steve desperately wanted to protect his boys from a dangerous classroom intruder. Walker said, “We wanted our children to have a layer of protection immediately. They can be stored in the classroom and when seconds count, they can be easily applied.” It took him a year to design, create and now market the “Bodyguard Blanket.” It’s made […]

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    Man arrested after 4-year-old brother, sister tell mother about sexual abuse

    PURCELL, Okla – It’s not the kind of crime you expect to hear in small town America. But Purcell police are investigating disturbing allegations of lewd acts involving twin 4-year-olds, a boy and girl. The twins were brought to police headquarters and interviewed separately. Detectives say they told the exact same story, one in which the alleged suspect encouraged them to touch each other while he watched. The police report goes on to say 34-year-old John Bullock touched himself as […]

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    Double drowning serves as safety warning over Memorial weekend

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. –  It was Memorial Day weekend, 2011. Lake Eufaula was calm and quiet. Jerry Tucker, and his son, Stoney took an evening trip out to their favorite fishing spot. But the small aluminum boat capsized and Stoney couldn’t swim. Shawna Maxwell said, “Dad tried to save him and we lost them both. And what’s horrible is that when they pulled the boat up the next day the life jacket popped out. It had been there the whole […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]