Jim Vance, Distinguished Washington D.C. Anchor, Dead at 75


Photo Courtesy: http://www.nbcwashington.com

By: Janelle L. Awls

I remember watching Jim Vance on the local news growing up in Washington, D.C.

His natural, calm presence and voice on-air differentiated him among the rest.

He’s a legend that will be missed.

James Howard Vance III, also known as Jim Vance, died on Saturday, July, 22, 2017, after his battle with cancer.

According to the Washington Post, “The death was announced by WRC-TV, where he had worked since 1969, but no further details were provided. He announced his diagnosis of cancer earlier this year.”

Vance was the longest serving anchor for a local news television station in the Washington, D.C. region.  He had more than 40 years of experience as a journalist

While attending American University’s School of Communication graduate program, I remember taking a field trip to NBC 4 studio, just blocks away from AU…where Vance worked.

President and general manager, Jackie Bradford of NBC4, issued a statement about Vance’s death.

“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.”






The Art of Seeing Art

At The Glass Pavilion, home to Toledo Museum of Art, world-renowned glass collection, featuring more than 5,000 works of art from ancient to contemporary times-on my birthday January 3, 2017.



I have lived in Toledo, Ohio for 5 1/2 years. I have visited the Toledo Museum of Art Family Center with my kids, but today I had the opportunity to explore and see art.

This was my first time visiting The Glass Pavilion a part of The Toledo Museum of Art.

The building itself is a piece of art. The beautiful glass collections and pieces of art inside the glass building, are breathtaking.

The white glass chandelier, is one of Dale Chihuly’s chandeliers from the Venice exhibition.  It is a magnificent piece of art.

Toledo is known as “The Glass Capital of the World.” Toledo has a long history of innovation in many aspects of the glass industry.

I am truly blessed to see another birthday!

Astronaut John Glenn’s Legacy Lives On


STS-95 crewmember, astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn poses for his official NASA photo taken April 14, 1998. Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth and returned to space in 1998 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. (Photo by Reuters/NASA)

By: Janelle L. Awls

The year was 1998. I was in the ninth grade at Jefferson Junior High School in SW, Washington, D.C.

I was invited to attend an event to talk to astronaut John Glenn via satellite from space. 

Looking back, I realize that I missed a once in a lifetime opportunity.

John Glenn, 95, died on December 8, 2016 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  He became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.  Glenn returned to space in the shuttle Discovery in 1998.  He was the oldest person to travel to space.

Glenn was a U.S. Senator, pilot, astronaut, and a national hero of the space age.

His legacy will continue to live on for generations to come.


President Clinton Stumps for Wife Hillary Clinton in Ohio on National Voter Registration Day

By: Janelle L. Awls


Photo By: Janelle L. Awls/Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a National Voter Registration Day Event at Waite High School in Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Toledo, Ohio–Former President Bill Clinton urged a crowd to get out and register to vote,

because this is a change election.

Mr. Clinton spoke at Waite High School on Toledo’s east side at a National Voter

Registration Day event for about 30 minutes today.

“The future of your children and grandchildren is on the line,” he said.

He also spoke about his wife’s economic policies, including climate change and jobs.

Mr. Clinton told the crowd that he was proud of his wife’s performance last night, during

her first presidential debate against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at

Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Do you want to see change? One vote makes a difference. Get out and vote.

If you haven’t registered, do so today!

Click here to learn more.





It was a great experience to shake President Clinton’s hand and for my kids to

see the 42nd President of the United States of America!


Hillary Clinton Picks Tim Kaine as VP

By: Janelle L. Awls

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) wave to the crowd during a campaign rally at Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) wave to the crowd during a campaign rally at Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, Virginia, U.S., July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) is officially Hillary Clinton’s running mate.  Clinton, the

Democratic Presidential candidate, made the announcement on Friday via a text message to

her supporters.

Clinton tweeted that he’s “a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others.”

Kaine served as the governor of Virginia from 2006-2010.

I had the opportunity to interview Kaine one-on-one at the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber’s  Transportation Forum

in June of 2008, while covering a story for 92.5 WINC FM/1400 AM.

Kaine was the guest speaker at the forum.  The event took place at the George

Washington Hotel in Winchester, Va.

It was a great experience.

Muhammad Ali, Professional Boxer, Dies

By: Janelle L. Awls


Photo Courtesy: REUTERS

I had the opportunity to shake hands with, the late boxing legend, Muhammad Ali. It was an experience that I will never forget.
The Best Friends Choir was backstage getting ready for our big performance.  We were on the program to sing at the Opening Inaugural Celebration for President-elect
George W. Bush and Vice President-elect Richard B. Cheney on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday, January 18, 2001.
Muhammad Ali was walking by, and he stopped to shake a few of our hands.  I was speechless.
After a 32-year of battle with Parkinson’s disease, the world’s heavyweight boxing champion died at the age of 74 on June 3, 2016 in Arizona.

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump

2016 Race for the White House

By: Janelle L. Awls


I have fond memories of Hillary Clinton, formerly known as First Lady Clinton in the 90s, when she visited my school.

Clinton spoke to students at Jefferson Junior High School in S.W., Washington, D.C. in the spring of 1997, about how to prevent violence among girls.

I remember Clinton was engaged in an interesting discussion with my peers as I looked on from the audience.

So, what would a President Hillary Clinton Administration be like?

In the latest polls, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading in the polls for democrats with primary voters.  Forty-six percent of voters say that she is their choice for president.

While Clinton’s Republican rival, businessman Donald Trump, is leading in the polls with Republicans, 27 percent of primary voters say that he is their choice for president.

Trump the Republican front-runner…and Clinton the Democratic front-runner…would you like to see them face off for the run for the presidency?