Local newscaster Wendy Rieger has announced her retirement from WRC-TV after 33 years. NBC 4 will be paying tribute to Wendy and her career on its newscasts today, December 17th.
Last Friday, Rieger said the contract and her retirement were negotiated two years ago and that she looks forward to starting the next stage in her life. This past June Rieger had surgery to remove a brain tumor and has since completed radiation and chemotherapy.
Rieger began working at NBC Washington 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, according to WTOP.
Watch the on-air announcement below:
Bittersweet news about Wendy Rieger. Our dear, sage anchor announced her retirement from News4 after 33 years. She shares why she’s chosen to write her next chapter. pic.twitter.com/Ui81mVoXyI
— NBC4 Washington (@nbcwashington) December 10, 2021
I was going to say she is leaving probably because of her brain tumour. But now she is saying her leaving was negotiated 2 years ago Perhaps after she retires she will say the truth. If she starts working on 5 fox wttg or 7 abc wjla or 9 cbs wusa we will know she was just being polite.
A few years back 4 nbc wrc fired Susan Kidd, IJ Hudson, and more to save money. But then they hired Angie Goff ( 2011-18, now she is on 5 fox wttg) ; and a few years later Leon Harris and at the end of last yea Shawn Yancy
Will wrc permanently not have a sports department? TJ heinle seems awkward on tv.