Washington, DC news anchor Wendy Rieger passed away on April 16 from an aggressive form of brain cancer at age 65.
Rieger, who co-anchored the 5 p.m. NBC4 news broadcast in Washington, D.C. for 30 years, died a year after she was diagnosed with glioblastoma.
Georgia news anchor Jovita Moore died in 2021, three months after she was diagnosed with the same aggressive brain cancer. She was 54.
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Rieger announced her diagnosis and retired from the news station in December.
“We lost our smart, vibrant, wonderful Wendy Rieger today,” NBC4 News announced in a statement. “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.”
The statement continued: “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.”
Glioblastoma kills more than 10,000 Americans every year. Treatment includes surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Glioblastoma cases have increased since 2020. It isn’t clear why.