July 22, 2017

Washington D.C. Mourns and Remembers News Anchor Jim Vance

Jim Vance, the most famous person in Washington D.C. that was not famous nationally, has died at the age of 75 after a brief battle with cancer.

Jim Vance was always the coolest and even the smartest dude in the room doing the news. Like your favorite uncle. Just hanging out. Talking. Just cool. Whenever visiting the DC area, catching the news on Channel 4 with Jim Vance was always a treat. He was one of the first Black news anchor in any major American city. He stayed at Channel 4 for 48 years. For many he's been there all of our lives.  He was a pioneer and will always be a DC legend.

FROM NBC 4 WRC-TV-- For 48 years at NBC4, Jim Vance’s smooth voice and calm presence made viewers feel that, no matter how bad the news was, it would be OK.

Before becoming a journalist, Vance was a teacher in his hometown of Philadelphia. (Vance earned his teaching degree from Cheyney University. While teaching he simultaneously worked at legendary Black radio station 1340 AM WHAT and was a reporter for Channel 48 WKBS-TV) He started reporting at WRC-TV in Washington in 1969. He was an only child, but Vance always contended he never knew that. His grandparents had 16 kids, so there were always young people around Vance’s early life.

Vance made a name for himself covering stories all over the world, including Vietnam, El Salvador and South Africa. But he didn’t have to go far for some of his best work: reporting on the people in his beloved adopted hometown of Washington.

Read more of [this story] and see the [photo gallery] of Jim Vance.

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A look back at Jim Vance's career at WRC-TV. At the time he had been at the station for 45 years having started as a reporter in 1969.

Radio legend Donnie Simpson and legendary local news anchor Maureen Bunyan share their memories.

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David Aldridge, reporter for the NBA on TNT, NBA.com, and Hall of Fame Basketball Writer shares his thoughts as a native Washingtonian on the impact of Jim Vance on his life.

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