Wendy Rieger, longtime NBC 4 Washington anchor, dies at 65 after battle with cancer

Wendy Rieger, longtime anchor and reporter for NBC 4 Washington, died Saturday morning after a battle with glioblastoma. She was 65 years old.

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According to the NBC 4 Washington website, Wendy died holding hands with her husband, Dan.

In July 2021, Rieger announced that she had undergone brain surgery to remove a tumor and was receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins after being diagnosed with glioblastoma. Unfortunately, the cancer returned aggressively several weeks ago and she entered hospice care.

Rieger retired from NBC 4 Washington last December to savor the rest of his life and start a new chapter. Following the announcement of her retirement, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser declared December 17, 2021, Wendy Rieger Day in the District.

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Rieger graduated from American University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She then started at NBC 4 Washington in 1988 as a reporter, becoming a fixture in broadcast journalism for nearly four decades. She began anchoring the weekend evening newscasts in 1996, then the afternoon news in 2001.

Prior to her television career, which began at CNN’s Washington bureau, Rieger worked at WAMU as a writer and host. She also worked as a presenter at OMCP.

Our thoughts and prayers here at Fox 5 are with Wendy Reiger’s family and friends, and everyone at NBC 4 Washington.

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