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Capitol Communicator reports that American University will honor the late NBC4, WTOP alum Wendy Rieger through a journalism scholarship.

AU honors late NBC4, WTOP alum Wendy Rieger with scholarship

by | Apr 19, 2024

It has been two years since the death of Wendy Rieger, a longtime fixture in the world of D.C. journalism who spent decades as a beloved NBC4 anchor before dying of cancer at age 65. She is now being commemorated via a new scholarship at her alma mater, reports WTOP.

The American University School of Communication announced that the Wendy Rieger Memorial Scholarship Fund had been created in memory of the Emmy Award-winning journalist.

According to WTOP, “Rieger began her studies at American in 1976, receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1980. Post-graduation, she briefly worked as an anchor at WTOP. She also worked at other local radio stations before starting at NBC Washington in 1988 as a reporter.

“Throughout her robust journalism career, Rieger was known for employing her quick wit, as well as capturing the hearts and attention of viewers who forged personal connections with her through her people-focused storytelling.

“Rieger was diagnosed with glioblastoma and subsequently underwent brain surgery in 2021, before officially retiring in December 2021. She died on April 16, 2022.”

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