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.
Deadly home invasion. Police say a suspect shot a man, woman and teenage girl. The woman is dead and the other two victims remain hospitalized.
Baltimore County is spending millions of dollars to protect elementary school students. The county has installed the cameras to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.
A Glen Burnie man is a million dollars richer after winning Saturday’s Powerball. It’s the fourth major lottery win in Maryland this year.
A year-long criminal investigation into the Johns Hopkins gynecologist accused of recording patients during exams comes to an end.
New details have emerged in the shooting of a Baltimore City police sergeant who remains in critical condition. Police are now releasing new evidence linking their suspect to the crime.
Less than 24 hours after a man dubbed Public Enemy No. 1 turned himself into police for the shooting of a Baltimore City police officer, his father says people shouldn’t rush to judge his son until all the facts of the case are known.
In custody. The man accused of shooting a Baltimore City cop turns himself in–and says he is innocent. WJZ speaks exclusively to the suspect moments before he surrenders.
Twenty-four hours after the release of new details about the Mall in Columbia shooting, the sole witness to the rampage speaks out.
It’s been almost two months since the tragic shooting at the Mall in Columbia. Residents in the area say they will always remember the victims, but they have to move forward.
Anne Arundel County Police still need help in finding the driver who hit cyclists Lynn Kristianson and Maile Neel and fled the scene.
Two people are dead and two others are injured after a home erupted into a ball of fire on North Pulaski Street.
Baltimore County Police say it was not only quick police and FBI action that helped in finding Caitlyn Virts in a matter of 48 hours.