Jul 24, 2017

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The Greater Washington Urban League mourns the passing of veteran Washington-area journalist and NBC 4 television broadcaster Jim Vance after an extended battle with cancer. Vance, who was a longtime friend and supporter of the League’s efforts, was also a persistent advocate for the region’s most vulnerable individuals, families and communities.

“There is a great cloud of sadness over the region upon learning of Jim’s transition,” said Greater Washington Urban League President and CEO George H. Lambert, Jr. “We had known about his challenges with cancer, but we also knew that Jim was always a fighter and that if there was anyone who would defeat it, it was Jim Vance.

“We grieve the loss of a great man who blazed trails in the field of journalism for other Black journalists as the area’s longest serving news anchor. We grieve a good man who truly dedicated his life to community enrichment. Jim selflessly committed himself to causes greater than his historic achievements. He offered us the opportunity to view news differently — as something much more than a headline, but as a powerful instrument of social awareness and justice. Jim was much more than a journalist, even as he was legendary in that space. Ultimately, he was a warrior voice for the least of us, a man who injected rich texture into the stories he covered and lived the importance of pushing beyond the barriers imposed on us.

“In this time of reflection on the life and legend of Jim Vance, there is no greater mission we can pursue in his memory other than duplicating his example of service and constant contribution to the common good. We extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Vance Family.”