Washington Legend Jim Vance Dies at 75

NBC4 President Jackie Bradford announced this morning in a statement posted on www.nbcwashington.com the passing of News4 Anchor Jim Vance.

“We are heartbroken to announce that Jim Vance died this morning.  To everyone in the Washington area who is heartbroken today, please know we grieve right along with you,” said Bradford.

Vance had been a fixture of the Washington community for more than 45 years.  He began his stint at News4 in 1969 as a General Assignment reporter and then moved to the anchor desk in 1972 where he became WRC-TV’s main co-anchor, as one of the first African Americans to serve in this position at any American television station. He was a well-respected face and voice for the station for decades.  Vance stepped down from the 11pm show in May 2015, but continued to be seen occasionally on the 6pm newscast and providing special reports.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including 19 Emmys.  Vance was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame and was also named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine.

In May 2017, Vance announced that he was battling cancer.  He did not indicate what form of cancer, but said he would continue working through treatment.  Just last month (June 21st), Vance was able to see the unveiling of a mural featuring his likeness outside of Ben’s Chili Bowl in NW, DC.  He died July 22, 2017 at the age of 75.

RIP Jim Vance.  Job Well Done!!!

Renee Nash


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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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