[This story appeared in the Daily Press, May 18, 1997. Jim Kincaid died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at his home in Farmville.]
Jim Kincaid, retired anchor at WVEC-TV in Norfolk, was honored Saturday as the winner of the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters' 1997 Robert Gallimore Distinguished Service Award.
Kincaid retired a year ago after 18 years as anchor. Until recently, he commuted from his home in Prince Edward County to do his ``Notes,'' a commentary segment on the newscasts.
|``To be recognized by your peers is about the highest honor that can come to a person,'' Kincaid said.|
The Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters presented the award to Kincaid at the group's annual banquet in Roanoke. The VAPB is an organization of Virginia radio and television stations that are members of The Associated Press.
At the same banquet, WAVY-TV in Portsmouth was named Virginia's Outstanding News Operation of the Year for television. The station collected three superior ratings and two meritorious ratings, plus the Douglas Southall Freeman Award for reporting in the public interest.
Kincaid, 62, started his broadcasting career in 1952 at radio station KXRJ in Russellville, Arkansas. In 1957 he took a job as the main broadcaster at the American Forces Network headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.
He also worked at TV stations in New Orleans and St. Louis before being assigned to WCBS-TV in New York.
ABC hired Kincaid in 1968 and placed him in the Hong Kong bureau for a year. During that period, he was among the first American reporters to go into Cambodia. He then moved to Chicago, where he worked as senior correspondent for five years, and later went to the Washington bureau as traveling correspondent.
He started at WVEC-TV in 1978. He also has written several books, including ``Notes to My Friends,'' a collection of his commentaries on WVEC-TV.
The Gallimore Award is named after the Virginia bureau chief for The Associated Press between 1967 and 1985. The award is given to a broadcaster who exemplifies a commitment to journalism and reflects honorably on the news profession.