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.
Maryland State Police are looking for answers after a 72-year-old man is found dead nside his home on the Eastern Shore.
A couple visiting friends in a Dundalk neighborhood were shot while sitting in their car. Baltimore County Police say it’s a case of mistaken identity.
A Baltimore City attorney is cracking down on what he calls “slumlords” plaguing the city.
An evening bike ride for a cyclist turned violent after he was attacked by a group of teenagers–and it’s caught on camera.
A man remains in the hospital after he was shot while kayaking. Now police look for the person or people responsible.
Back at sea. The Grandeur of the Seas has departed after travelers waited several hours for the ship to be decontaminated. Hundreds of passengers on the previous cruise became severely ill.
The search continues for the whereabouts of Relisha Rudd, an 8-year-old who disappeared from a Washington, D.C. homeless shelter more than a month ago.
Gone but not forgotten. A city employee tragically killed in front of City Hall last year is remembered by city officials and family members. Matthew Hersl was killed after being violently hit by a driver high on drugs.
An 82-year-old man has been charged with killing his wife and dog in their Baltimore County home.
Anne Arundel County Police make an arrest in an armed robbery at Maryland Live! Casino.
Baltimore City firefighters are in Boston to pay their respects to two firemen killed while responding to an intense fire at an apartment building.
Threatening a Columbine incident, a Carroll County man faces charges after police say he forced a high school into a lockdown that lasted for hours.