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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
  • “I have to stand up for them,” 9-year-old Oklahoma girl on a mission to end bullying after being a victim herself 

    SULPHUR, Okla. – Sometimes, life’s greatest lessons are not taught from a text book. In Mrs. Cole’s 4th grade class, kindness, grace and love are paramount to the curriculum. 9-year-old Mahkenzee Kennedy even started an anti-bullying campaign at Sulphur Intermediate School. In tears, she shared, “I was bullied. I was called fat.” It began in kindergarten. Nobody knew she had a medical condition called hypothyroidism, making it almost impossible to maintain her weight. “She started hating school. Nobody would play […]

  • “What an opportunity to learn from her,” Friends say goodbye to Linda Cavanaugh

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Life is a revolving door of relationships. But, the special people never leave your heart. For Cherokee Ballard, that was Linda Cavanaugh. “Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey. In Oklahoma, it was Linda Cavanaugh,” Ballard said. Ballard was a wide-eyed intern at News 4 in the 80’s, when her path crossed with an Oklahoma legend. “It was exciting and scary and I thought, ‘What an opportunity to learn from her,'” she recalled. Ballard fondly remembers inviting Linda to speak […]

  • International jewel thieves target Norman business

    NORMAN, Okla. – A small staff and busy holiday rush: that’s the method for international jewel thieves, who recently targeted Crown Jewelers in Norman. According to investigators, six women came in to Crown Jewelers. Several pretended to be legitimate customers, while another crawled into the back room, emptied a ring case and many other trays from the safe. Police call them “Kangaroo crooks.” “They have a pouch underneath the skirt or long blouse. It allows them to quickly push them […]

  • Burglars strike at unlocked home for sale

    EDMOND, Okla. – Rich and Brandi Guenther never intended on replacing all of the appliances when they listed their Edmond home for sale. A real estate agent informed them that the home had been burglarized. “Like the Grinch. They just shoved it in a bag and they took it out. If it wasn’t nailed down, they took it,” Rich Guenther told News 4. Police believe this was the work of professionals. According to Edmond PD spokesperson, Jenny Wagnon, “they had […]

  • Sibling rivalry: Rose Bowl matchup puts Oklahoma twin sisters against each other

    NORMAN, Okla. – From the very beginning, they were more like Siamese twins and almost inseparable. “We are best friends, almost exactly alike. Same sports in high school, two peas in a pod,” said Kiki Greene. But, when 19-year-old twins Kiki and Caitlyn Greene graduated from Casady High School, they decided to pursue a path of independence. “It’s been really hard. We talk, text and FaceTime almost every day,” Kiki said. “I cry every time we drop her off at the airport. […]

  • Porch pirate victims seek revenge by planting decoy packages with the help of their cat

    OKLAHOMA CITY – When you have a thick head of hair like Kasey Boes, you need an industrial strength blow dryer. She ordered one online recently, according to her husband, Andrew Boes. “She has flat, volume-less hair now,” he said. A thief snatched it from their front porch in broad daylight, before they had a chance to retrieve it. Is their Christmas shopping done? “Check somebody else off the list,” Andrew laughed. Andrew and Kasey installed a high tech, motion […]

  • “We really enjoy it,” New trail unveiled in Edmond

    EDMOND, Okla. – An orange, yellow and red cascade of leaves – they’re the only things falling on a late autumn day. It is ideal for Edmond resident Kristi Klein and her three babies. “This time of year, it’s beautiful and they love it. I have to take them outside as often as I can,” Klein said. And now, there is a new option for recreation and exercise. Edmond Parks and Recreation just unveiled a new 3.1 mile pathway. “It’s […]

  • Retired teacher praised for her passion to help at-risk children

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Margie Tinsley has an unparalleled passion for children. She retired after a 25-year teaching career, but because she missed the children so much, she became a tutor and volunteer for Whiz Kids. “They are active little kids, boy. They come in and away they go. When they read, they wiggle. They’re happy and it shows all over their whole body,” Margie told News 4. To get the “at-risk” kids more excited about reading, Margie began scouring sales […]

  • Car restoration reveals 45-year-old mystery for Edmond family

    EDMOND, Okla. – Billy Buring knew he had a treasure in his 1968 Chevy Camaro, but he never expected to find another during a recent restoration. “I pulled the seats up, pulled the carpet out. When I was vacuuming under the carpet there was a ring that was under the seat,” Buring told News 4. It was a 1972 high school class ring. There wasn’t much to go on except “DML” engraved inside the ring. Billy did a little detective […]

  • Repairs begin at metro school after truck crashes into building at 60-plus mph

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It was around 7:30 p.m. Thursday when witnesses say a truck came hauling down S.W 26th., through Tulsa Ave., and then into Pierce Elementary at 60-plus mph. Morris Koonce heard the commotion from his bedroom window and immediately checked his home surveillance. “I watched the video and I seen him go by. What did it show? Him speeding down here. He didn’t stop, didn’t slow down,” he said. That truck pierced the brick wall, sailed through the […]

  • “Very fearful,” Businesses prepare for new Oklahoma liquor laws

    EDMOND, Okla. – Kenny Baldridge never imagined conservative Oklahoma voters would approve sweeping changes to the state’s antiquated liquor laws. Ink is proof he never considered a plan B. “If I have to go back into the job market, I might wish I had fewer tattoos on my arms,” Baldridge said. But, the virtual monopoly liquor stores have on selling wine and strong beer disappears next October. “Very fearful,” Baldridge said. “Just worried about losing a lot of business. I don’t […]