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Wendy Rieger anchors News4 at 5. She also reports on environmental issues in her long-running, weekly series called Going Green.
Rieger joined News4 in 1988 as a general assignment reporter. She began anchoring the weekend evening newscasts in 1996, then News4 at 5 in 2001.
Rieger has covered news in the Washington area for almost 30 years. She started at WAMU Radio as a writer then worked her way up to host of Morning Edition. She later anchored newscasts for NPR and WTOP Radio. Her television career began in CNN’s Washington Bureau.
In 2005, Rieger’s first Going Green segment aired about a woman who became allergic to her own house and the eco-ways she found to counteract her bad reactions. Since then, these eco-stories have focused on topics ranging from “green” building materials to environmentally friendly products, gifts, and the local food movement. Rieger’s reports air on NBC stations around the country. These stories have also inspired NBC Nightly News and several other NBC stations to produce their own series on environmental issues.
In April 2008, Washingtonian magazine readers presented Rieger with one of its inaugural Green Awards in recognition of her dedication to “preserving our environment through education.” She has also received three EMMY awards, including one for a special report she shot in Vietnam on home video twenty years after the war.
A native of Norfolk, Rieger graduated from American University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Her community involvement has spanned many local organizations, including Children and the Arts and groups benefiting from the DC AIDS Ride, in which she participated three times.
Rieger and her two cats, Buddy and Rudy, divide their time between Chevy Chase and her Annapolis-area home.