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.
An arrest warrant is issued for a man suspected of attacking a pregnant woman in a Guilford neighborhood.
Dozens of Baltimore City police officers could soon be outfitted with some new gear, thanks to Under Armour—but the city says, not so fast.
Winter blast on the horizon. Emergency personnel across the state are preparing for several inches of snowfall.
Hundreds of people across Baltimore came in droves to remember Martin Luther King at the annual parade in his honor.
Final farewell. Hundreds gather for a funeral of a Bel Air volunteer firefighter who died trying to help someone else.
It was supposed to be a day of protest against police violence, but it turned into a hostile discussion between the protest organizers and the protestors.
Baltimore County police say they need the public’s help in finding the person responsible for the murder of a 22-year-old man in Woodlawn. Police say the man was shot to death in the parking lot of a bar and so far, no arrests have been made.
Baltimore police say they aren’t giving up on finding the person responsible for the death of a three-year-old girl, shot and killed outside her home over the summer. A man thought to have been involved in the shooting is now out of jail while the real shooter walks the streets.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she is honored after being chosen to speak at a policing task force put together by President Barack Obama.
Freezing rain could pose a problem for the Monday morning commute.
Officials with the Johns Hopkins University say they will spend $15-million next year to improve safety for bicyclists, joggers and other pedestrians. The project involves the construction of a pedestrian bridge. Rochelle Ritchie has the details.
Black flags are flying at fire stations across Harford County after an EMT and volunteer firefighter is tragically killed trying to help a patient. WJZ”s Rochelle Ritchie has the details.