Longtime local news anchor Wendy Rieger died Saturday morning at the age of 65 after a battle with Glioblastoma.
A tribute by Doreen Gentzler that has been posted on NBC4’s website notes that Wendy was holding the hand of her husband, Dan, as she passed away.
On Friday, WRC-TV (NBC4) anchor Jim Handly announced that his former broadcast partner Rieger had entered hospice care, noting that things recently “got a lot harder” for Wendy.
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Rieger had surgery to remove a brain tumor (Glioblastoma) in June of 2021, which returned shortly after her recent retirement.
Rieger retired from the news desk on December 17, 2021 after spending more than 25 years at WRC-TV. She began working at the station in 1988 as a general assignment reporter and began anchoring the weekend evening newscasts in 1996, before becoming the 5 p.m. anchor in 2001.
Prior to NBC4, Rieger worked for WMAL, NPR, WTOP and CNN.
Our thoughts go out to Wendy’s family and colleagues.