Wendy Rieger Bio, Net Worth, Husband, Age, Family, Career, Death

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Wendy Rieger

Facts About Wendy Rieger

Celebrated Name Wendy Rieger
Age 0 Years
Nick Name Wendy
Birth Name Wendy Rieger
Birth Date 1957
Gender Female
Profession Journalist
Place Of Birth Norfolk, Virginia
Birth Nation United States
Nationality American
Famous For Worked as news anchor at News4 for three decades
Father Name Not Available
Mother Name Not Available
Ethnicity White
Religion Christianity
University American University
Education Bachelor's degree in journalism
Career Start 1970s
Position News anchor and reporter
Height Around 1.6 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight Balanced
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Blonde
Sexual Orientation Straight
Source of Wealth Journalism
Net Worth Around $1 million

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Wendy Rieger was an American journalist. She was best known as the longtime news anchor and reporter for News4 based in Washington where she worked for over three decades. The longtime news anchor, Rieger died battling brain cancer aged 65 on 16 April 2022.

What is Wendy Rieger Famous For?

  • A former longtime NBC4 news anchor from Washington.

Where is Wendy Rieger from?

Wendy Rieger was born in 1957. Her birth place is in Norfolk, Virginia in the United States. She held American nationality. Her hometown is Norfolk, Virginia. She belonged to white ethnicity and her religion was Christianity. More information about her parents, siblings, early life, and education will be updated here.

She came to Washington to study at American University in Northwest D.C. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1980.

Wendy Rieger Career

  • Wendy Rieger began her journalism career in radio in the late 1970s.
  • She worked in stations, WAMU and WTOP. 
  • She later became interested in television. 
  • She joined NBC4 in 1996. 
  • She joined the network anchoring weekend evening newscasts. 
  • She became the afternoon news anchor in 2001. 
  • She covered hurricanes up and down the East Coast.
  • She reported the Olympics in Brazil, and Royal Wedding in England. 
  • She also reported from several other countries including Vietnam and Newzealand.
  • She worked with the network for over 30 years. 
  • After working for decades, she decided to wrap up her career to start a new chapter of her life. She made her decision after she battled and overcame brain cancer. 
  • On departure, she left a note to the newsroom, which read, "As you know, I have lived my life big and loud. It is my nature. And I’ve had a blast. But a stillness has come over me that is profound and potent. I didn't know I could be this quiet. Life is not always a test. It is a teaching. I must learn this lesson with grace.  And I will." 
  • Due to her brain cancer, she retired from her career in December 2021.

How Did Wendy Rieger Die?

Longtime news anchor, Wendy Rieger died from brain cancer on 16 April 2022. She first noticed in May 2021 that she was becoming more sensitive to the lighting and other surroundings in the studio. She began suffering from routine headaches and hallucinations. She sought medical attention which showed a large mass in her brain. She underwent brain surgery to remove the glioblastoma. The 99.999% of the tumor from her right temporal lobe was removed from her brain.

However, her cancer returned in aggressively in 2022. This time, she lost her battle and passed away on 16 April 2022.

The News4 team paid its tribute to Rieger. Its statement reads, 

"We lost our smart, vibrant, wonderful Wendy Rieger today. Wendy loved live as much as it loved her. She had so many passions and lived life sharing them with everyone she could. For more than 30 years, NBC4 Washington viewers benefited from her unique style that blended humor, intelligence and compassion, and we are all better for knowing her.

Wendy was diagnosed with brain cancer almost a year ago. She had surgery and treatment, then retired in December with an intent to savor the rest of her life and start a new chapter. Her cancer returned aggressively several weeks ago, and she died this morning, holding the hand of her husband, Dan.

We send our love to Dan, who was a colleague of ours for decades, and to her brothers, nieces and nephews, and many many friends."

Who is Wendy Rieger Husband?

Wendy Rieger was a married woman. She was married to her husband, Dan. More details about her personal life, husband, and family will be updated here.

How Tall was Wendy Rieger?

Wendy Rieger stood around the height of around 1.6 m i.e. 5 feet and 4 inches tall. She had a balanced body weight. Her eye color was brown and her hair color was blonde. Her sexual orientation was straight.

What is Wendy Rieger Net Worth?

Wendy Rieger was one of the most beloved journalists from Washington. She spent over five decades in journalism, over three decades with NBC4. For her service, she was paid a handsome salary before retiring in 2021 due to health issues. Her net worth was estimated at around $1 million at the time of her death.

Did You Know?

  • Before starting in radio, she was an actress in her hometown of Norfolk, Virginia.
  • She had open-heart surgery twice.