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.
Five men from Baltimore are killed when a church van crashes on an Illinois highway.
A Baltimore City police officer who is accused of shooting and killing his son’s mother remains in jail. WJZ has now obtained the 911 calls made after police say he fired a single shot from a second floor window, killing the woman instantly.
Just days after a major raid on a cigarette smuggling ring along the East Coast, WJZ has learned two brothers arrested are from Ocean City.
It’s a scramble for lottery tickets, as the Powerball jackpot reaches a record high. Six-hundred million dollars are up for grabs, and that number could get even higher before Saturday night’s drawing.
The president had a tight schedule during his Friday visit to Baltimore. One stop: a community center in Baltimore Friday.
A federal agency’s recommendation to lower the legal limit is drawing some opposition. The National Transportation Safety Board says the recommendation could cut the number of DUI deaths but not everyone is on board.
A lover’s quarrel may have turned deadly in Howard County and now a man is under arrest. Howard County police say a woman found shot to death in front of her home had a troubled past that followed her to Maryland.
An MTA bus driver is remembered by family, friends and coworkers after being shot by her lover, a Baltimore City police officer.
The 2014 race for governor of Maryland begins now. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown announces his candidacy at a picnic in Prince George’s County.
Murder too close to home. The cousin of Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is shot and killed during a home invasion robbery.
Youtube fights are all too common these days but now one Baltimore County student is in trouble with the law after an assault was videotaped near Woodlawn High School.
Helping a friend. A Baltimore County woman who lost her leg after the Boston Marathon bombing is getting some much needed financial help for the mounting medical bills.
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