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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.

Hot Car

New Technology Aims To Stop Growing Number Of Hot Car Deaths

Left to die. Hundreds of children have been forgotten in hot cars across the country, including here in Maryland. Now new technology aims to stop the growing problem.

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rally

Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine Rallies Held In Baltimore Wednesday

Tensions are sparking right here in Baltimore. In light of the violence in the Middle East, two rallies took place Wednesday night at Penn Station, where protesters on both sides spilled into the streets.

07/30/2014

ShopRite

Howard Park Gets First Grocery Store In 15 Years

It’s been 15 years since Howard Park had a major grocery store. That will all change Thursday when Shop-Rite opens its doors on Liberty Heights Avenue. City officials say the opening is part of a bigger plan in getting more supermarkets into the city, specifically in urban communities.

07/29/2014

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Md. Couple Caught In Deadly Va. Tornado Share Their Dramatic Story

A powerful tornado leaves a New Jersey couple dead and their children injured after making landfall Thursday on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

07/26/2014

helene murtha

Baltimore Catholic School Teacher Admits To Allegations Of Sexual Abuse

A former school teacher admits to inappropriate relations with three students decades ago. Now the Catholic community is in shock.

07/25/2014

stepfather death

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.

07/24/2014

land, rockville parents

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

immigrants

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

Hot Car

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

group home

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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