Date Lab: When NBC4 news anchor Wendy Rieger plays matchmaker


(Photograph courtesy daters)
June 13, 2013

In our ongoing quest to offload some work (kidding!), we sweet-talked NBC4 news anchor Wendy Rieger into picking a date for Taylor. Rieger sorted through a few candidates, dismissing one because: “She’s looking for a tall, handsome, 30-year-old Master of the Universe. I fear she would be eyeing the exits before the appetizers arrived.” Rieger ultimately decided on Katie, whose interests, she told us, intersect with Taylor’s enough to make it a promising match on paper. “More importantly, they both write with similar voices.” But would a love of sports and a comparable way with words be enough? We sent them to Firefly in Dupont Circle to find out.

Katie: I’d say he’s pretty on par with the type of guy that I would date. So I was pleasantly surprised.

Taylor: I thought she was very pretty. That was definitely the first thought that ran into my head. Definitely my type.

Katie: We shook hands. We started talking about things we’d done this weekend and started getting into what we do and what schools we went to.

Taylor: There was that first-date awkwardness that we definitely waded through — but it wasn’t uncomfortable. She’s an LSU fan, and I’m a big football fan, so that was a good common starting point.

(PHOTOGRAPHS OF SHARK BY ISTOCKPHOTO; SLOTH BY BIGSTOCK; CLINTON, LEFT, BY ASSOCIATED PRESS/GENEVIEVE DE MANIO PHOTOGRAPHY/BARBARA KINNEY; JINDAL BY REUTERS/DAVID RAE MORRIS; SAM NEILL IN “JURASSIC PARK” COURTESY OF AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT/UNIVERSAL PICTURES; MAYA RUDOLPH, LEFT, AND KRISTEN WIIG IN “BRIDESMAIDS” BY ASSOCIATED PRESS/UNIVERSAL PICTURES/SUZANNE HANOVER; JAMES GANDOLFINI, LEFT, IN “THE SOPRANOS” BY ASSOCIATED PRESS/HBO/BARRY WETCHER; TY BURRELL IN “MODERN FAMILY” COURTESY OF ABC/BOB D’AMICO; RIEGER COURTESY OF NBC)

Katie: I have a lot of nonprofit work that I’ve done before, and he works for a nonprofit, so that was similar. I feel like we did have a decent amount of things in common.

Taylor: She’s about a year or two older than me, but she graduated college probably three years ahead of me. So we’re just off by a little bit, nothing crazy but probably a half-step off in stages of life, I guess. She’s probably not the kind of person I’d pick out at a bar, but she was definitely cool, and I definitely warmed up to her as the evening went on.

Katie: He seemed more nervous than I. I don’t know if that’s his personality; maybe he’s a little more reserved or quiet. I’d say I had a little more command of the conversation.

Taylor: I’d say that’s a fair comment. It was probably a little first-date jitters and the whole experience of going into it not knowing what to expect.

Katie: It was friendly but nothing overly flirtatious. I usually like someone that’s a little more assertive and outgoing, but I did feel like we had a lot of things in common. I was probably cracking more jokes than he was, but I’d say we got along in that sense.

Taylor: I made her laugh a couple of times, so I think that was a good sign. We decided to nix the dessert, so we went to Buffalo Billiards to watch the end of the Capitals game. It was probably 9 or a little after. She [suggested] Buffalo Billiards. If she hadn’t said it, I would have.

Katie: We watched some of the end of the game, and we had a beer or two. Then we left there maybe at 10:15. We ended up hugging goodbye, and then he ended up asking for my number, which I was a little taken aback [by] — just with the assertive factor. That’s when he said he would be in touch with me. I think I would consider [going out again], but then again, I don’t know.

Taylor: I’ll probably give her a call sometime next week. It was a good time; she was cool.

RATE THE DATE

Katie: I’d [rate the date] a strong 3 [out of 5]. Overall I think it went well for what it was.

Taylor: Can I go with a 31 / 2? Definitely bordering on the romantically interested but still kind of unsure.

UPDATE: Taylor says he has been really busy and is seeing a few other people, so
“it just didn’t work out.” Katie confirmed she hasn’t heard from Taylor. “I’m not completely surprised. I think we could both kind of tell it was a nice time, but I think there was definitely something missing.”

Wendy Rieger says: “This date ranks up there with the Golf Channel when it comes to fireworks. [But] give it time. I predict these two will meet again in the future after they’ve dated awhile in D.C. and will leap into each other’s arms. Trust me.”

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