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Doreen Gentzler and Jim Vance have been at NBC4.They've been continuously anchoring the 6 pm and 11 pm broadcasts since 1989.

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One of D.C.’s legendary broadcasting figures has passed away.

NBC 4 Washington reports that newscaster Jim Vance has passed away.

Vance earned 19 Emmys and has been inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame. He was also named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine in 1976.

A statement from NBC 4 Washington reads:

“We are heartbroken to announce that Jim Vance died this morning.

“For more than 45 years, Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void.

“Vance always celebrated the good and acknowledged the parts of life that didn’t go so well. That made him a great man.

“To everyone in the Washington area who is heartbroken today, please know we grieve right along with you.

“Jim loved his job, his family and Washington with all his heart, and we will all cherish the legacy he has left us forever.”

Vance made an appearance at the Ben’s Chili Bowl mural celebration in June.

Source: NBC4Washington

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