Longtime NBC4 Anchor Wendy Rieger Has Passed Away

by Patrick Herron

Update: Wendy Rieger died Saturday morning at the age of 65 after a battle with Glioblastoma.


Friday 4.16.21:
On Friday, WRC-TV (NBC4) anchor Jim Handly announced that his former broadcast partner Wendy Rieger was entering hospice care.

Rieger had surgery to remove a brain tumor (glioblastoma) in June of 2021.  Handly said that things recently “got a lot harder” for Wendy and that she is being well taken care of now in hospice.

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, her family, and colleagues.

Full message from Jim Handly:
“As we head into this holiday weekend and you gather with family, friends and loved ones, we ask that you send some love and good thoughts to our beloved Wendy Rieger.

As you know, Wendy was diagnosed with Glioblastoma last summer. She came back to work after surgery and her initial treatment.

She was open and authentic with all of us about her cancer journey.

Things got harder for Wendy this week.

She is being well taken care of now in hospice. She is relaxed, comfortable and with her closest loved ones.

We know you’ll join all of us here at NBC4 in sending love, courage and comfort to Wendy and her husband Dan.”


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1 comment

Frank April 16, 2022 - 2:07 pm

When did she get vaccinated


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