WASHINGTON, DC – iconic, that is how many people in the DMV are remembering longtime Washington news man, Jim Vance.
“He’s been an anchor and a friend of dc.. He’s been everything.”, said native Washingtonian, Doris Sullivan.
Vance began his career at WRC-TV in 1969 and remained on the air for 48 years.
In that time, he became a household name, covering everything from Watergate to the attempted Ronald Regan assassination to a sit-down with President Barak Obama.
Mel Morgan is a long-time resident who said, “He’s part of the family, because he tells you the news like an uncle would tell you, or a grandfather, or a father would tell you.”
Vance also made an impression with out-of-towners like Joe George, originally from New York who said, “Jim Vance was one of the first personalities that we got to enjoy. Watching the news and learning more about the community here and we’re deeply saddened to hear about his passing.”
Vance was recently honored as a local legend in a mural painting on the side of ben’s chili bowl.
He passed away Saturday after a short bout with cancer.
On social media, many paid tributes to his legacy.
Loyal viewers like Minister Anne Smith said, “Every evening i would rush home just to hear Jim Vance, that big smile, him and George Michael cracking jokes and making everyone laugh. He’s going to really be missed.”
“He felt like a big brother to me, you know what I mean. The legend is gone.”, said Billy Smith.
Jim Vance leaves behind his kids, grand kids and NBC 4 family.
He was 75-years-old.