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Rochelle Ritchie

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Rochelle Ritchie joined WJZ Eyewitness News in June 2012.

Prior to WJZ, Rochelle worked as a reporter at WPTV News Channel Five in West Palm Beach, Fla., shooting, writing and editing her own material. Rochelle says the highlight of her career at WPTV was when she received national recognition for doing an inspiring story about black women deciding to wear their hair natural. Rochelle took the brave step of going natural, cutting off her relaxed hair on television. Rochelle and her story were featured in Essence Magazine, USA Today and on national radio programs NPR and “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.” She continues to receive recognition for that story.

Rochelle began her career in Lawton, Okla., reporting for KSWO-TV. She then moved to the Northwest and reported for KREM 2 News in Spokane, Wash.

Rochelle is a 2004 graduate of Western Kentucky University and spent a summer abroad studying in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Hungary and Russia.

Over her career she has been privileged to interview such people as Donald Trump, Don King and First Lady Michelle Obama, among many others.

Rochelle is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Born in Chicago, Rochelle considers Lexington, Ky. her second home and is a true University of Kentucky Wildcat fan. When she is not working, Rochelle enjoys a good book, a little shopping, relaxing and chocolate chip cookies.

Rochelle is very fond of crab and the color purple, so she’ll fit right in in Baltimore!

Rochelle loves hearing from her viewers so she wants to hear from you, whether it’s to say hello or tell your story!

You can follow Rochelle on Twitter @rochelleritchie.

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New details are released in the case of alleged brutality at the hands of police. Cell phone cameras caught the brutal beating of a man who claims excessive force.

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Local Pastor Arming People With Better Ways To Communicate With Officers

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Another troubling, random attack on Baltimore City streets. Police need your help finding the people who beat and robbed a wedding photographer, leaving him unconscious in the street.

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2 Alleged Gang Members Arrested In Double Murder That Killed Shock Trauma Worker

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More Ravens controversy after an ESPN article makes several shocking allegations against the NFL and Ravens management.

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A three-alarm fire rips through a church in Northeast Baltimore.

09/18/2014

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Eyes Body Cameras For Officers

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09/17/2014

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Baltimore Police Investigating Brutality Lawsuit After Video Surfaces

Baltimore police have opened an internal investigation after surveillance video showed an officer repeatedly punching a man as another officer held his right arm.

09/16/2014

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Man Files Multi-Million Dollar Police Brutality Suit Against Officer

A Baltimore City man is seeking $5 million after he says a police officer beat him up for no reason at all—but he may get less than that if he wins.

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Mayor Rawlings-Blake Discharged From Hospital

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is recovering at home after being hospitalized late Saturday night.

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911 Tapes Give Insight Into Toddler Murders

A Prince George’s County mother charged with first-degree murder in the suffocation deaths of her two toddlers tried to revive them and sobbed over their lifeless bodies, a newly released 911 recording has revealed.

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