Retired NBC Washington anchor Wendy Rieger in hospice

Wendy Rieger, who anchored NBC Washington’s afternoon broadcast for more than 25 years until her retirement last December, has entered hospice care.

Anchor Jim Handly gave an update during Friday’s broadcast on Rieger, who was diagnosed with glioblastoma last summer.

“She is being well taken care of now in hospice. She is relaxed, comfortable and with her closest loved ones,” NBC Washington reported. “Things got harder for Wendy this week.”

When she retired late last year, Rieger said her retirement had been in the works for a couple years, and she was looking forward to what the future holds. She talked about her farm in Rappahannock County and pondered what to do with that land.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser honored Rieger on her retirement by proclaiming Dec. 17, 2021 as Wendy Rieger Day in the District.

Those who worked with Rieger and knew her expressed their sadness at the news.

Her former colleague Doreen Gentzler shared a photo of the two of them from October 2020 at Rieger’s Rappahannock County home.

“She’s surrounded by love and support right now and I hope she can see beautiful blue skies ahead,” Gentzler wrote.

Fox 5 meteorologist Sue Palka, who recently retired, tweeted that “words aren’t sufficient.”

Rieger’s former colleague Aimee Cho recalled the beloved anchor as one of the “kindest, strongest & funniest” people she knows.

Storm Team4 meteorologist Amelia Draper said Rieger is an inspiration to her on many levels. Fellow Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell provided his own statement on Rieger’s condition.

Before her television career, which began at CNN’s Washington Bureau, Rieger worked at WAMU as a writer and host. She also worked as an anchor at WTOP.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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