The region mourns the loss of news anchor

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and others across Washington, Maryland and Virginia are mourning the loss of WRC anchor Wendy Rieger.

The Virginia native and long time WRC Washington metro reporter and anchor Wendy Rieger passed away on Saturday morning.

Rieger began her career in journalism in the 1970’s reading news for a local radio station out of Norfolk.

She graduated from American University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Rieger has worked for CNN’s Washington bureau, WAMU American University Radio,WLTT and as an anchor for WTOP.

In 1988 she began working for WRC as a weekend street reporter.

In 1996 she began anchoring weekend evening news going on to anchor the afternoon newscast in 2001.

In July Rieger announced that she underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor and was undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with Glioblastoma.

Several months later she had open heart surgery to fix two heart conditions.

She announced her retirement in December.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared December 17 as Wendy Rieger Day in the District of Columbia.

The local Emmy Award winning journalist was 65.

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