Longtime local news anchor Jim Vance has died at 75, NBC Washington confirmed early Saturday morning. Vance publicly announced he was diagnosed with cancer back in May.
Vance anchored the 6 p.m. newscast on WRC-TV from 1972 to May of 2015, making him the District’s longest-serving local news anchor.
Though he began anchoring in 1972, Vance actually joined WRC-TV in 1969 as a reporter before eventually becoming an anchor.
When he revealed he had cancer back in May, Vance did not specify the particular diagnosis in a meeting with his colleagues.
Jackie Bradford, president and general manager of NBC4, released the following statement:
“We are heartbroken to announce that Jim Vance died this morning. For more than 45 years, 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 always celebrated the good and acknowledged the parts of life that didn’t go so well. That made him a great man. To everyone in the Washington area who is heartbroken today, please know we grieve right along with you. Jim loved his job, his family and Washington with all his heart, and we will all cherish the legacy he has left us forever.”
Vance’s former colleagues, public figures, and more have sent their condolences on social media.
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