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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
  • ‘Lieutenant Dan’ helps Oklahoma triple amputee, inspired by determination

    EDMOND, Okla. – It was a lifelong dream to serve his country. Sept. 21, 2006, Rusty Dunagan enlisted in the United States Army. He was on his second tour of duty, a routine patrol in an Afghan village. He knew the dangers of war. Dunagan said, “The solider behind me stepped on a land mine. It was a primary device. It set off a secondary device which was a homemade bomb and I was on top of that homemade bomb.” […]

  • PAY IT 4Ward: 6-year-old Okla. boy lives on in random acts of kindness

    MT VIEW, Okla – 6 year old Tucker Johnson was a cheerful, radiant little boy. But in July of 2011, the little man with the big smile, hungry for adventure … was killed in a go-cart accident. Rather than let grief consume them, Brian and Misty Johnson launched a “BE KIND” crusade. Misty said, “It’s a reminder to all of us. It can’t hurt to ask people to be a little kinder. It’s been awesome.” Family and friends began designing, […]

  • ‘Literally, he saved my life,’ Murder victim continues to save others after death

    OKLAHOMA CITY – For Ted Wilson, everyday is a gift. Cirrhosis of the liver was quietly taking his life. A transplant was his only hope for survival Wilson confided in his friend Keith Bryan, the former Nichols Hills fire chief. Bryan pledged, “If anything ever happens to me, I want you to have my liver.” Ted never imagined those words would resonate just six months later. Wilson said, “Keith is a super guy. It shouldn’t have happened. I’m 2 years […]

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    Having a heart attack in one Oklahoma town increases your odds of surviving

    EDMOND, Okla – It was Valentine’s Day in 2011. Jeff Buchanan was getting his kids ready for bed when the unexpected happened; he went into full cardiac arrest. Buchanan said, “This was the heart stopping and that’s it. I was without a heartbeat for an hour and a half.” Edmond Fire Station #1 was there in moments and began life-saving CPR. Brian Loea, with the Edmond Fire Department, said, “The bigger guys get the chest compressions.” ‘So, you’re the muscle?’ […]

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    ‘We’ll have chaos,’ investigating Oklahoma’s most dangerous dams

    ARCADIA, Okla –  It is the Main Street of America. Historic Route 66 stretches hundreds of miles over old bridges, past nostalgic icons and through picturesque communities like Arcadia, Oklahoma. Arthur Ganther, 76,  is a volunteer at Arcadia’s Round Barn. He’s seen it all through the years, including an alarming increase in strong earthquakes. Nobody really considered earthquakes when a giant earthen dam was constructed in 1986, to protect Arthur’s town from flooding. Ganther said, “No, that wasn’t probably on […]

  • Head Country in a BBQ battle over family recipe

    PONCA CITY, Okla – It all began on a Naval Destroyer during World War II. Donovan “Bud” Head was a cook. While experimenting in the galley, Bud created a BBQ sauce recipe his fellow sailors savored! He probably never imagined his sauce would become a staple at backyard BBQ’s across the US and in 18 foreign countries. Head Country Vice President, Paul Schatt said, “I’m not saying that people cook bad BBQ in the backyard. But you put Head Country […]

  • Edmond firefighters use new tools to rescue 4-legged family members

    EDMOND, Okla – There are more homes with pets than children in America and the Edmond Fire Department knows, they too, are members of the family. Lance Breener, a paramedic with the Edmond Fire Department, told us, “I’ve brought out birds, cats, dogs. We go to great lengths to save pets.” Every year, 300,000 animals die in house fires across the country, despite efforts by firefighters. In many cases, homeowners are injured or killed running back into a burning building […]

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    Oklahomans losing weight on a biblically-inspired diet

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Ushering in the New Year often comes with hopes of a healthier, lighter you. For some, the guide for dieting in 2014 is the Bible! Jennifer Laws is among thousands of Oklahomans participating in a church fast. The “Daniel Fast” inspires people to lose weight and gain spiritual enlightenment. Laws said, “We’re a self-focused society. So, it’s all about what we can eat and when we can eat it.” Pastor Herbet Cooper, of People’s Church, says the […]

  • WATCH OUT: Oklahoma mystery woman passing bogus government checks

    EDMOND, Okla –  Watch out Oklahoma. Someone is hitting store across the metro, passing very real looking U.S. treasury checks. They looked identical to the tax return you’ll likely be getting in the mail very soon. For years, Margie Miller worked retail for a family owned business. She’s seen her share of fraudulent checks at the register. But nothing as convincing as these. It has U.S. Treasury on it. Also these numbers across the bottom, routing numbers. I would probably […]

  • Waking up in Heaven; Oklahoma woman shares miraculous story

    ALTUS, Okla — The bible says Heaven is beauty beyond our comprehension, “Like an entire city of transparent gold.” Most of us can only imagine what it will be like. But Crystal McVea says she tasted death and briefly walked with God. “When I closed my eyes on Earth I opened them in Heaven.” Crystal’s remarkable journey began December 10th 2009. The Altus, Oklahoma mother of 4 had been admitted for a routine medical procedure. An adverse reaction to medication […]

  • MUST SEE: Cancer survivor surprised by Spirit Bank Pay It 4Ward

    DEL CITY, Okla. – Destiny Church in Del City is barely big enough to contain all the people impacted by Linda Sanders. Longtime friend, Lavata Crawford said, “It’s been her whole life. I’ve watched it. I’ve learned from it. I’ve appreciated all the things that she does, for every person in here I believe.” From peanut brittle fundraisers and shuttling folks to doctor’s appointments, to organizing and preparing meals for her church and the home bound, Linda Sanders is the […]