Wendy Rieger, veteran Washington TV presenter, dies at 65


WASHINGTON, DC (AP) – Wendy Rieger, longtime local television anchor in Washington, DC, has died. She was 65 years old.

The Washington Post reports that Rieger, who worked at NBC station WRC-TV for more than 30 years, died Saturday of brain cancer at a hospice in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Rieger, a native of Norfolk, Va., graduated from American University in 1980 with a degree in journalism.

She was working as an actress in Norfolk when she got her start in journalism in the late 1970s, earning extra money as a newsreader for a Tidewater area radio station.

She spent much of the 1980s on public and commercial radio, with stints on WAMU, WLTT-FM and WTOP.

Rieger also worked as a weekend reporter at CNN’s Washington bureau before joining the WRC in 1988 as a night street reporter. She began hosting weekend evening newscasts in 1996 and moved to the weekday 5 p.m. slot in 2001, sharing the office with Susan Kidd and later with Jim Handly.

After reporting on a woman allergic to household chemicals and finding eco-friendly solutions, Rieger launched a weekly segment and accompanying blog called Going Green. She received an award from Washingtonian magazine in 2008 for her commitment to safety and environmental preservation.

Going Green, with tutorials on ways to save energy and commit to healthier lifestyles for people and pets, has proven so popular that many NBC affiliates have started airing its segments, and NBC’s “Nightly News” launched a similar feature.

She also won local Emmys, including one for reporting on Vietnam 20 years after the war.

Rieger was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2021 and retired in December after 33 years in the WRC.

Survivors include her husband, retired WRC press photographer Dan Buckley, and three brothers.


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