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Jim Vance has been with Channel 4/WRC since 1969, and in 1972 he became the station's main anchor, as one of the first African-Americans to serve in this position at any American television station. Vance began his career in Philadelphia as a reporter for the Philadelphia Independent newspaper and parttime reporter for radio station WHAT while also teaching in the public school system. In 1968, he accepted a position as a reporter for WKBS-TV in Philadelphia. He joined WRC in 1969 and, between 1976 and 1980, Vance co-anchored with Sue Simmons, a pairing that resulted in one of the first African-American co-anchors of a major market newscast. Since 1989, he has been part of currently the longest-running anchor team in Washington, alongside co-anchor and health reporter Doreen Gentzler and meteorologist Bob Ryan. Vance frequently anchors from the field on major stories. In addition he provides special reports on a wide variety of issues, those reports having taken him as far away as El Salvador, South Africa, and Vietnam. Vance also has traveled to Miami, New York, Dallas, San Francisco and Atlanta to co-anchor the station's coverage of political conventions. Vance has earned numerous awards and honors throughout his career which include: 15 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" from Washingtonian magazine. Vance, a Philadelphia area native, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Cheyney University in Cheyney, Pennsylvania.