Jim Vance anchors News4 at 6 with Doreen Gentzler, his broadcast partner for more than 25 years. Vance also files special reports for all NBC4 newscasts.
Vance has been part of the News4 team since 1969. He started as a General Assignment reporter then moved to the anchor desk in 1972. For more than 40 years, he anchored News4 at 11 before stepping down from that role in May 2015. Vance also provides special reports on a wide variety of issues. His reporting has taken him all over the United States and to several countries including El Salvador, South Africa and Vietnam.
Vance began his reporting career with The Philadelphia Independent newspaper and radio station WHAT-AM, all while teaching in the Philadelphia public school system. In 1968, he accepted a position as a reporter for WKBS-TV in Philadelphia.
Vance has earned numerous awards and honors. In 2007, the National Association of Black Journalists inducted Vance into its Hall of Fame. Other honors include 17 Emmy Awards, induction into the Journalists Hall of Fame, and membership in the Silver Circle of the Washington Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. He also holds the Ted Yates Award for outstanding community service and has been honored as a "Washingtonian of the Year."
A native of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Vance holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Cheyney University in Cheyney, Pa.
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