NBC4’s Doreen Gentzler Announces Retirement After 33 Years at the Station

by MCS Staff

Longtime NBC4 newscaster Doreen Gentzler announced that she will be retiring at the end of November during Friday evening’s newscast. Gentzler, who joined NBC4 in 1989, following the departure of Dave Marash, has been with the station for 33 years.

She co-anchors the weekday 6pm and 11pm editions of News4 on WRC-TV (NBC4) and is also the station’s health reporter. Her reports have taken her around the world, including the Persian Gulf, Bosnia and Ecuador. Her health reports can usually be seen on News4 at 5pm, and other station newscasts. She is the on-air spokesperson for the station’s successful NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo, held each January at the Washington Convention Center. She has also made appearances as herself on NBC shows The Event and The Blacklist. Gentzler anchored WRC’s 6pm news alongside veteran anchor Jim Vance for 28 years – a partnership that lasted until Vance’s death in July 2017.

Per NBC4, Gentzler shared the following, “I have some personal news to share this evening. It may cause me to get a little emotional, so I’ll just say it outright. I’ve decided to retire. Not an easy choice, but something I’ve been considering for a while … I’ve been working here for more than half my life. The babies that I had during the ’90s have grown up and moved out.” Gentzler, a native of Arlington, Virginia, returned home to the Washington area in 1989 to join Jim Vance, Bob Ryan and George Michael on the WRC anchor desk. On her first newscast, Gentzler’s longtime co-anchor and close friend Jim Vance welcomed her by saying, “This is Doreen, folks. Doreen Gentzler. She’s going to be with us for quite a while.” Thirty-three years later, it’s safe to say Vance was right.



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1 comment

Nancy Veldhuis October 29, 2022 - 4:59 pm

Leon Harris speaking about his alcohol problem felt mechanical in that he was saying what he needed what he thought was what he needed to say to save his job. Whereas some years ago when Jim Vance spokeke of his substance abuse problem, he appeared to.be speaking sincerely from his heart.


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