Journalist Recognition Series: Jim Vance
By Lauren Porter
Born in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Jim Vance probably never imagined he would be one of the faces of the evening news in the Nation’s Capital.
After joining NBC 4 Washington in 1969, Vance has worked to solidify his legacy as a critical part of black journalistic history.
Working as a General Assignment reporter and news anchor, his work as a journalist has included news coverage from all over the US, El Salvador, Africa and Vietnam. Some of his proudest news stories include any big snowstorm, Air Florida Flight 90 in 1982, the 2002 DC sniper, and the 2009 Metro collision.
While his professional life has been marked with success, his personal life from childhood to adulthood included hardship that he has overcome with resilience and earned him the respect of his peers.
His role as co-anchor of News4 at 6pm and 11pm has earned him significant accolades over his 45-year career. In 2007, National Association of Black Journalists inducted Vance into its Hall of Fame. According to the NBC Washington website, Vance has been awarded 17 Emmys, Journalists Hall of Fame and membership in the Silver Circle of the Washington Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, and “Washingtonian of the Year.”