NBC4 will air a special on Jim Vance at 7:30 on Friday, July 28.

The longtime WRC-TV news anchor died July 22 at age 75 after a brief battle with cancer.

According to WRC-TV, before becoming a journalist, Vance was a teacher in his hometown of Philadelphia. He started reporting at WRC-TV in Washington in 1969 and  made a name for himself covering stories all over the world, including Vietnam, El Salvador and South Africa. But he didn’t have to go far for some of his best work: reporting on the people in his beloved adopted hometown of Washington.

For almost 50 years, Vance told viewers about every big story that occurred in D.C. From the race riots on U Street and in Columbia Heights to the 14th Street Bridge plane crash to Watergate to the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan and 9/11, Jim Vance kept the people of the Washington area informed and comforted.

More here.

Also check out a Capitol Communicator post by Laura Evans, former WTTG-TV news anchor, on Jim Vance.  You can find that post here.

(Photo credit: Washington Post)

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