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.
Family targeted. A terrible act of violence on this Thanksgiving holiday. A suspects knocks on a door and then opens fire.
The protests continue in Baltimore City as a result of the decision by a grand jury in Ferguson not to indict an officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old. The protests have left the streets and are now in the classrooms. Wednesday, schools in Baltimore City held assemblies to allow their students to raise their concerns over police brutality and injustice.
Protests are taking place throughout Baltimore City following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo.
City police are involved in a crash following a pursuit with a suspect in Baltimore City.
Calling for peace. People are anxiously awaiting a decision from the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo.
Immigration overhaul. The president is set to unveil sweeping new policies. The plan could spare up to five million immigrants from the threat of deportation and make them eligible to work in the U.S.
Path of destruction. A Baltimore County school is closed after a car comes crashing through the cafeteria.
The Baltimore City Council has passed a bill to make city police officers wear body cameras despite the mayor’s warning that she will veto it.
Not giving up. It’s been more than two months since two children went missing from their Montgomery County home after their mother claims to have dropped them off at a daycare center.
New information on the death of a Baltimore City firefighter found dead in a vacant home hours after being dispatched to a scene.
Caught on camera. An assistant football coach and former NFL player is out of a job after video surfaces of him slamming a student to the ground at Bowie State University.
Members of Baltimore City Council moves forward with a bill that would require all of Baltimore’s nearly 3,000 police officers to wear body cameras, but the decision comes with backlash from the mayor.