James "Jim" Howard Vance III was born in Ardmore, PA and was predeceased by his parents, Eleanor and James Howard Vance, Jr. He received a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Cheyney State University and became a life-long member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, recently receiving his 50-year jacket and pin. Vance taught English in the Philadelphia Public School System while simultaneously reporting for the "Philadelphia Independent" Newspaper and was a featured reporter at radio station, WHAT-AM. In 1968 he got his first break in TV news as a reporter for WKBS. In 1969, Vance began his career at NBC4 Washington, where he worked for nearly 50 years. He became a household name in 1972 after becoming an anchor, covering local and national news. Vance covered the inaugurations of 12 presidents and all seven of the District of Columbia's mayors. Vance was known for his on-air banter with his fellow anchors. He and his long-time broadcast partner, Doreen Gentzler, spent nearly 30 years always delivering the highest rated local news programs. "Jim and Doreen" were one of the longest-running anchor teams in the country. Vance was a recipient of many awards, including 25 Emmy Awards and was often embarrassed by the wealth of recognition bestowed upon him for his work in journalism, education and community. Vance was a natural story teller and he will always be known for "Vance's View," his weekly dose of reality to viewers, whether they agreed with him or not. His previous marriages to Margo L. Vance (deceased) and Barbara Schmidt-Vance ended in divorce. He married Kathy McCampbell in 1987, but they later separated.
Mourning his passing are daughters, Dawn and Amani Vance; son, Brendon Pinkard (Hanoi); grandchildren, Drew Adams, Sloan and Gavin Pinkard; his beloved life partner, Christina Eaglin; other relatives, friends and colleagues.
A memorial celebration for family and friends will be held later. The interment will be private.
Donations may be made to:
Jim Vance Scholarship, benefitting at-risk students in Ward 8
2901 - 14th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20009,
c/o Greater Washington Urban League