Jim Vance, one of the first black major news anchors and Washington DC’s longest serving local TV host has died at the age of 75 following a long battle with cancer.
Station president and general manager, Jackie Bradford in a statement said, ‘Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void’.
Vance, who won more than a dozen Emmys, was one of the first African-American news anchors to host a show in a major news market in 1972. He became one of former president George H.W. Bush’s fishing buddies and a confidante to the city’s former mayor, Marion Barry, who died in 2014.