NBC4 Washington News Anchor Wendy Rieger Dies at age of 64

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NBC4 Washington News Anchor Wendy Rieger Dies at age of 64

 

Wendy Rieger, longtime anchor and reporter for NBC 4 Washington, died Saturday morning after a battle with brain cancer, the news station reported. She was 65.


Last July, Rieger announced that she underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor, and was undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with Glioblastoma. Several months later, she had open-heart surgery to fix two heart conditions. She announced her retirement in December. Following news of her retirement, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared Dec. 17, 2021, Wendy Rieger Day in the District.


Rieger was an actress in her hometown of Norfolk, VA when she took on a job as a news reader in the late 1970s for a local radio station to earn extra money, according to The Washington Post. She reportedly was advised by a station colleague to “sound” like a news person — “You know, serious,” she was told., “Like Walter Cronkite.”


Rieger graduated from American University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Prior to joining NBC4 Washington in 1988 as reporter, Rieger worked at CNN’s Washington bureau, and at WAMU, American University Radio, as a writer and host. She also worked as an anchor at WTOP. Rieger began anchoring weekend evening newscasts at NBC4 in 1996, and went on to anchor the afternoon news beginning in 2001.

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