Wendy Rieger Biography
Wendy Rieger is an American journalist who is working at NBC 4/WRC-TV as a news anchor for News4 at 5. This is the no. 1 newscast in Washington at 5 p.m.
She is a Norfolk native and she attended American University where she graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism. She lives in the Annapolis area with her cat.
She is heavily involved in the community and due to this, she has spanned may local organizations, including those dedicated to fighting cancer, protecting animals and promoting human rights. She joined her colleagues in participating in 3 D.C AIDS Rides.
Wendy Rieger Age
She is 62 years old as of 2019.
Wendy Rieger, Is She Married?
There is no information about her marital life and thus we can only assume that she is single.
Wendy Rieger Career | Wendy Rieger WRC-TV | Wendy Rieger NBC 4
Wendy joined News4 back in 1988 as a general assignment reporter. She mostly covered breaking news for News4 at 11 pm. She then began anchoring the weekend evening newscasts in 1996 and then moved to News4 at 5 in 2001.
Before her career in TV, she was a rising star on the radio because of her voice and writing style. She was a short tenure writer at WAMU, Washington’s NPR station. She then became a host of the station’s Morning Edition. Wendy later became an anchor for newscasts at NPR and WTOP Radio.
She began her TV career in CNN’S Washington bureau. Apart from being an anchor, she is also a well-established reporter.
Her Going Green segments were so popular and were aired in all NBC stations across the country. This inspired the series, Nightly News. Wendy has received 3 Emmy Awards including one that she got for a special report she shot while in Vietnam on home video 20 years after the war.
Reminiscing Jim Vance: Rieger’s memories
Wendy celebrates 25 years at NBC4 her way: No makeup and dirty hair
Okay, Wendy Rieger is way blonder than she was as a rookie TV reporter. “I’ve been out in the sun a lot more,” the Channel 4 anchor explained to her co-workers Wednesday.
Ha! Rieger started her television career as a “mousy dishwater blonde” because no one told the former radio journalist to color it. Soon enough, she was sporting the rich golden locks of other TV glamour girls.
Other than that, Rieger hasn’t changed much in her 25 years at the station. There was a short on-air tribute to mark the occasion Wednesday; on Thursday — her actual anniversary at NBC4 — she was traveling to Norfolk for a story on the USS Arlington and celebrating Rieger-style.
“I’m not wearing any makeup or washing my hair today,” she told us by phone. “I’m giving my whole body a break. And my cameraman is buying me a drink tonight.”
The Virginia native, 56, started in 1988 and quickly developed a loyal fan base with her free-wheeling personality and ability to give the impression that she’s having a ball. She’s been the 5 p.m. anchor for 11 years, but gained a cult following with some legendary reports in the field — notably last fall’s coverage from Rehoboth Beach of Hurricane Sandy.
Huddled next to the hotel, she finished one live shot with, “Note to self: Waterproof mascara.” Later, she explained her love-hate relationship with the storm: “Just when it starts getting me all excited and I start thinking it’s a wonder to behold, then it just does this” — she pointed to the tiny waves — “it goes all flat… .kinda like my dating life.”
The boyfriend thing has been a running gag for the past two-plus decades. Lots of dates, no Mr. Right. Her last relationship with an Irish doctor lasted five years; nothing serious since they broke up. “My love life has really been flat for three years,” she said with a laugh. “But I have my career.”
That includes her on-air family at NBC4. “Being there a long time is the norm. We all go way back; we’re a loose group of people.” There’s lots of joking around — in January, Rieger inadvertently dropped an expletive coming back from a commercial break. She apologized on air and received her first-ever official reprimand: “There’s a letter in my file.”
Not that she’s planning on changing much at this point in her career. “The one thing I tell new people: ‘You’ve got to be yourself.’”