D.C. News Anchor Jim Vance Dead at 75

Veteran D.C. news anchor Jim Vance died Saturday morning following a battle with cancer. He was 75.
NBC-4 President and General Manager Jackie Bradford posted a statement on the station’s website, stating that for more than 45 years Vance had not only been the soul of NBC4, but of the entire Washington area.
“His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of with a tremendous void,” said Bradford.
Vance, who joined the station in 1970 and became a co-anchor in 1972, was named “Washingtonian of the Year” in 1976 by Washingtonian magazine.
He also won 17 Emmy awards, and in 2007 was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists.
Vance’s image also appears among a slate of noted Washingtonians and others on a mural that’s showcased on the wall of Ben’s Chili Bowl in Northwest D.C.
“To everyone in the Washington area who is heartbroken today, please know we grieve right along with you,” Bradford said. “Jim loved his job, his family and Washington with all his heart, and we will cherish the legacy he has left us forever.”
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted that, “Jim Vance was not just a newscaster but a voice and leader of this city — a legend who will be missed greatly.”
Vance announced in May that he was being treated for cancer.

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