Longtime NBC Washington news anchor Jim Vance has died, the president and general manager of NBC4 announced Saturday. Vance had been undergoing treatment for cancer since May.
For nearly half a century, Vance was an indispensable part of the DC news landscape. With a voice both kind and strong, he spoke to us about a changing city and a changing world.
Vance was a proud Caps supporter. Here’s him with anthem singer Bob McDonald.
Photo: Bob McDonald
When landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl updated their mural this year, Vance was a lock.
He interviewed presidents and criminals. He worked with the Joy Boys, and he spoke truth to power. He covered the Million Man March and 9/11, Marion Barry and Chuck Brown. He could spell Siegenthaler on command. He reported an unfathomable amount of DC sports suffering, and he did it all with dignity.
He was a giant.
I’ll leave you with Vance and another DC legend, George Michael, busting into pure joyful laughter in this classic clip.
Rest in peace, Jim.
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