RIP Wendy Rieger: Age and career of late NBC4 anchor explored

Amber Peake April 17, 2022
RIP Wendy Rieger: Age and career of late NBC4 anchor explored


Long-time NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger, who reported for the Washington station for more than three decades, has sadly passed away.

Rieger retired from the Washington news station in late 2021 and had been battling cancer having been diagnosed with a glioblastoma last summer.

Following news of the beloved anchor’s passing, grieving viewers have wanted to know more about Wendy Rieger’s age and career.

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NBC4 announces death of Wendy Rieger

On Saturday (16 April), NBC Washington announced anchor Wendy Rieger, who was a familiar face to NBC4 viewers during her more than 30-year stint at the Washington station, has passed away.

News of her passing came the day after Rieger’s co-anchor of more than 14 years, Jim Handly, gave an update on her health following her cancer diagnosis last year.

In the broadcast, Handly revealed “things got tougher for Wendy this week” as he reported Rieger had entered hospice care.

He went on to explain Rieger was relaxed and surrounded by loved ones as he asked NBC4 viewers to send “love, courage and comfort” to her and her family.

Rieger was diagnosed with a glioblastoma – an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord – last summer. The anchor retired from her role at NBC4 in December 2021 after 33 years.

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How old was Wendy Rieger?

Wendy Rieger was 65 years of age when she passed away. She grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, but went on to call Washington DC home.

The anchor was just days away from her 66th birthday, which was on Monday, 18 April, as revealed in a Facebook post by long-time co-anchor Jim Handly.

While she had formally covered news in the Washington area for more than four decades, Rieger’s passion for news started as young as six years old as per her Twitter bio.

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A look at the late anchor’s career

Wendy Rieger’s career reporting in Washington started in 1980 after graduating from American University’s broadcast journalism programme.

During her career, she had stints at local stations such as WAMU and also worked as part of CNN’s Washington bureau. Rieger went on to join NBC’s channel 4 in 1988 and anchored for the station for 33 years before her retirement in December.

In honour of her more than three decades as part of NBC4 in December 2021, DC mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed 17 December would now be known as Wendy Rieger Day.

We send our condolences to Wendy Rieger’s family and friends at this difficult time. 

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.