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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni and Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Martin and Durango, Colorado
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/10/1942
Birth Location:
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni and Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Martin and Durango, Colorado
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/10/1942
Birth Location:
Bryn Mawr
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Biography

Broadcast journalist Jim Vance was born on January 10, 1942 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. In 1964, Vance earned his B.S. degree in secondary education from Cheyney State College (now Cheyney University) in Cheyney, Pennsylvania.

Upon graduation, Vance worked as a teacher in the Philadelphia Public Schools, and was then hired as a print journalist for The Philadelphia Independent. During this time he also worked weekends at the radio station WHAT-AM. In 1968, Vance moved to WKBS-TV in Philadelphia, where he served as a reporter and interviewed Muhammad Ali. The following year, Vance joined WRC-TV NBC 4 in Washington, D.C., where he has worked for over forty-five years.

At WRC-TV, Vance worked as co-anchor with Glenn Rinker between 1972 and 1976, and then as a co-anchor with Sue Simmons from 1976 to 1980. Vance and Simmons were one of the first African American co-anchors of a major market newscast. Since 1989, Vance has co-anchored with Doreen Gentzler and they are the longest-running anchor team in Washington, D.C.

Vance has earned numerous awards and honors, including seventeen Emmys and membership in the Silver Circle of the Washington Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. He holds the Ted Yates Award for outstanding community service and has been honored as “Washingtonian of the Year.” Vance was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in 2007, and on May 2, 2008, he was inducted into the National Alumni Hall of Fame of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. He has also appeared in the documentaries, Without Bias and The Nine Lives of Marion Barry; and the feature film State of Play.

Vance lived in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Kath McCampbell Vance. They have three children and one grandson.

Jim Vance was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 19, 2014.

Vance passed away on July 22, 2017 at age 75.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jim Vance talks about his relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jim Vance talks about his upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jim Vance describes his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jim Vance talks about his maternal grandfather's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jim Vance talks about his maternal family's lore
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jim Vance remembers his mother's emphasis on etiquette
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jim Vance remembers his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jim Vance describes the Main Line community near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jim Vance talks about the relationship between his maternal and paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jim Vance describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jim Vance remembers his paternal grandfather, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jim Vance remembers his paternal grandfather, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jim Vance talks about his father's career as a plumber
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jim Vance talks about his father's U.S. Army service in World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jim Vance remembers his father's aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jim Vance reflects upon his upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jim Vance talks about his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jim Vance remembers his family's expectations, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jim Vance describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jim Vance describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jim Vance remembers his community in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jim Vance remembers his community in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jim Vance remembers his early experiences of religion, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jim Vance remembers his early experiences of religion, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jim Vance describes his schooling in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jim Vance talks about his skin condition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jim Vance remembers his early interest in journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jim Vance remembers his family's expectations, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jim Vance remembers an encounter with law enforcement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jim Vance talks about his decision to attend college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jim Vance recalls his start at Cheyney State College in Cheyney, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jim Vance talks about the development of his racial identity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jim Vance recalls lessons from Coach James Stevenson, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jim Vance recalls lessons from Coach James Stevenson, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jim Vance reflects upon his experiences at Cheyney State College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jim Vance remembers playing football at Cheyney State College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jim Vance reflects upon his experiences at Cheyney State College, pt. 2