Jim Vance

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Jim Vance (born January 11, 1942[1] in Ardmore, Pennsylvania) is an American television news anchor. He originally studied to be a teacher and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Cheyney University in Cheyney, Pennsylvania.


Vance currently anchors the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. editions of News4 on WRC-TV in Washington, DC. He has worked for WRC-TV since 1969, and in 1972, he became the station's main co-anchor, as one of the first African Americans to serve in this position at any American television station. Between 1972 and 1976, he worked as co-anchor with Glenn Rinker at WRC-TV-4. Between 1976 and 1980, Vance co-anchored with Sue Simmons, a pairing that resulted in one of the first, if not the first, African-American co-anchors of a major market newscast. Since 1989, he has been part of currently the longest-running anchor team in Washington, alongside co-anchor and health reporter Doreen Gentzler. He is famous on the Internet for appearing in a video with the late sports anchor George Michael where they laughed at a model who fell twice on a runway.

He had an extremely brief cameo as himself in the 2009 movie State of Play. He also appeared as himself in the 2010 NBC TV show The Event and the 2013 NBC TV show "The Blacklist".

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Vance has earned 19 Emmys and has been inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame. He has also been named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine.


Vance loves Jazz music and fishing.

Vance lives in Spring Valley, Washington, D.C., N.W.. His wife is former WRC-TV journalist and former WHUT journalist Kathy McCampbell Vance; they have been married since 1987.[2] They have three children and one grandson.[3]

Vance battled a cocaine addiction in the late 1970s and early ’80s, later going public with the ordeal.[2] He checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in 1984.[4] In 2014 Jim Vance revealed he was beaten by his mother as a child and advocated against that form of discipline. [5]


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