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Rick Ritter

Ritter Rick 175x131 (3) Rick Ritter joined WJZ Eyewitness News in May 2014 as a reporter.

Born and raised in Philadelphia and South Jersey, Rick is thrilled to come back to the Northeast!

Before moving to Baltimore, Rick was the Collier County bureau chief reporter at WBBH in Naples, Fla. He was there for nearly two years and covered major stories, such as a violent string of statewide home invasions and an FBI crackdown on Medicare fraud. He also pitched in with the station’s investigative unit on several pieces and exposed a county administrator caught drinking alcohol and driving his county vehicle.

Rick started his career at WMGM-TV in Atlantic City, N.J., where he was a news and sports reporter/anchor.

He graduated from Widener University in Pennsylvania with a degree in communications. During college, he started all four years for the university’s football team as a wide receiver and was selected to play in a national all-star game in Salem, Va.

Rick lives in the city with his fiancée. They love spending time with their family, friends and uncovering everything Baltimore has to offer!

Please feel free to contact Rick via email at rritter@wjz.com and Twitter @RickRitterWJZ.

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Baltimore Catholic School Teacher Admits To Allegations Of Sexual Abuse

A Baltimore high school teacher admits to sexually abusing her former students.

51 mins ago

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11 & 14-Year-Old Among 3 Brothers Charged In Stepfather’s Murder

Maryland State Police investigate a horrifying crime that’s rocked a small Cecil County community. Three brothers are charged with killing their stepfather.

18 hours ago

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Rockville Parents Accused Of Locking Adult Autistic Twin Sons In Filthy Basement

A Maryland couple is arrested, accused of keeping their autistic 22-year-old twin sons locked in a basement room at night. Even worse, Montgomery County Police say the room had no furniture and only a tiny window for light.

07/23/2014

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Coast Guard Investigates Hoax Distress Calls On The Bay

Nothing but a hoax! Since June, more than a dozen distress calls were made on the Chesapeake Bay and now the Coast Guard wants answers.

07/22/2014

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Baltimore Mayor Addresses Child Immigration Crisis

There are new comments from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on the child immigration crisis. With hundreds of Central American immigrants streaming into Maryland, she says she’s open to the idea of turning vacant federal buildings into shelters—this, just a day after Governor Martin O’Malley spoke out against the idea.

07/19/2014

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Mother Out On Bail After Child Left In Hot Car

Rick Ritter reports, a Rockville mother is out on bond after police say she left her 7-year-old son and puppy inside a sweltering hot car.

07/18/2014

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Maryland Authorities Tighten Up On Water Jet Pack Safety

If you’ve been to Ocean City this summer, you’ve probably seen the new thrill hundreds of tourists are trying on the water.

07/16/2014

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Md. Officials Want Investigation Into Child’s Death At Group Home

A 10-year-old foster child died at his Anne Arundel County group home, even as state officials were taking action to shut that facility down. Now Maryland lawmakers and child advocates are calling for an investigation into the oversight of the home.

07/15/2014

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Camp Director Recalls Night Falling Trees Killed 12-Year-Old Boy

Heartbreak and questions still linger in Carroll County after a powerful storm topples trees, killing a 12-year-old boy and injuring several other kids at a popular Christian camp.

07/12/2014

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Mayor And City Police March Through The Streets To Reduce Crime

Marching against violence. Hundreds march through city streets to bring attention to and reduce crime.

07/11/2014

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NIH Worker: Never Notified About Smallpox Vials Found In Storage Room

There is new fallout over forgotten vials of the deadly smallpox virus found at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. N.I.H. employees tell WJZ they were never notified about the mistake.

07/10/2014

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Hopkins Caregivers Reach Tentative Agreement On Wage Hike

Union workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital celebrate a victory Tuesday. After months of negotiations, the hospital reached a new contract with its labor union.

07/08/2014

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