The Emmy Award–winning journalist has traveled to China, West Africa and Jamaica to report the news. She’s also covered the homefront from around the U.S. and from every corner of our state, bringing local, national and world events into sharp focus for Channel 13 viewers.
Even sports fans went with Denise as she covered Baltimore’s search for an NFL team in Chicago to the Ravens’ quest for the Super Bowl trophy in Tampa.
Denise’s first introduction to WJZ viewers was on “Evening Magazine” where she was known as “Daring Denise,” tackling sports from hang gliding to scuba.
She joined the newsroom as a lifestyle reporter, reviewing plays and films and filing stories twice a day on the arts and creative side of life.
For a number of years, viewers were given an intimate portrait of fascinating Marylanders on her interview program “Get To Know.”
She followed struggling high school students for four years as they participated in the “Futures” program. That series earned her both a Maryland State Teachers Award and a National Angels Award. And it was with high school students she traveled to Senegal to discover the roots of slavery. That series was later shown at museums and at the National Post Office in the nation’s capital.
Her work has garnered Denise a host of awards in addition to the aforementioned Emmy. Her reporting has been nominated for Emmys six times. The Society of Professional Journalists awarded her a prize for her documentary on Baltimore teachers in China, “Baltimore East.”
Denise, a California native, attended UCLA where she earned the prestigious Natalie Wood Award for her talents. She graduated from California Institute of the Arts and then received her master’s from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Her acting career took her to theatres around the country and even to the soap opera “Another World,” eventually bringing her to Center Stage where she also served as literary manager. She has taught at UMBC, University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin.
For more than two decades Denise has been on WJZ’s anchor desk, one of the most respected broadcast journalists in town and also one of the most versatile.
Her work in the community is very important to her. She’s been on the advisory boards of the Hospice Network of Maryland, Success in Style (clothing women re-entering the workforce) and the Maryland Committee for the Children. She is on the president’s advisory council for the University of Notre Dame, Maryland. For 10 years she was a member of the Howard County Arts Council and is currently a board member of the United Way of Central Maryland as well as a member of their women’s leadership council.
Denise, her husband and twin daughters live in Owings Mills.
More Stories by Denise Koch
Twin tragedy. A Columbia teen is killed; the suspect is his identical twin brother. It’s an amazing story of murder, imprisonment and now freedom.
A Maryland toddler nearly drowns in the family bathtub. She might have died if not for a calm 911 operator who talked the child’s grandmother through CPR. And now, WJZ learns the life-saving voice on the other end of the line was none other than ‘The Voice of the Baltimore Orioles’.
It’s bullying taken to a whole new level. Cyberbullying allows millions of people to witness someone’s humiliation on the Internet.
There’s new information in the foiled al-Qaeda plot to blow up a U.S.-bound plane. There’s word that the person who was supposed to sneak on board with an underwear bomb was actually working for the CIA as a double agent.
Imprisoned in Cuba. A Maryland man has been in police custody for two and a half years for a crime he says he didn’t commit. With no end in sight, Alan Gross opens up about the accusations against him.
One year later. On the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of Navy SEALs, President Barack Obama makes a surprise visit to Afghanistan.
When is the right time to turn off your personal computer?
Rumors swirl around the person who holds the winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Baltimore County and worth $105 million after tax. The Southwest Baltimore woman at the center of those rumors spoke to WJZ.
Another blow in the war of words between actress Jada Pinkett Smith and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Pinkett Smith wants the mayor to monitor elephant care when the circus comes to town. The mayor questions the actress’s priorities. Now, Pinkett Smith fires back.
Horse racing is a game of odds, and one Maryland horse has beaten those odds by winning every single race for more than a year. With 22 victories, Maryland-owned Rapid Redux has broken the modern U.S. record for consecutive wins.
What if you need a certain medicine, maybe one that would save your life, and you can’t get it? WJZ investigates prescription drug shortages.
Police make an arrest in a series of violent home invasions. Victims were tied up and sexually assaulted in two Maryland counties.