Rochelle Ritchie

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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.

Matthew Thomas

Murder/Suicide Leaves 11-Year-Old Boy Dead

There have been five murders in just five days across Baltimore City. One of the victims was an 11-year-old boy found shot to death Sunday morning.

01/05/2015

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Ravens Fans Confident Moving Into Foxborough

The Ravens beat the Steelers, moving them into the divisional round of the playoffs, where they will take on the New England Patriots.

01/04/2015

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This Year’s NYE Fireworks Bigger And Better In Baltimore

We are just 24 hours away from the start of the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Baltimore and the fireworks are expected to be bigger and better this year. Rochelle Ritchie has details on what people can expect.

12/30/2014

Kevin Hayes speaks to WJZ about his lawsuit.

Bowie State Student Sues Frat For Hazing

A renowned fraternity is in hot water, facing a $3 million lawsuit after a Bowie State student says he was hazed while he was pledging—and he has pictures of the abuse to prove it.

12/29/2014

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FBI Agent Could Face Charges For Shooting Dog

An FBI agent could face charges after he used his service weapon to shoot and kill a large dog that went after his pet—and it all happened right in front of a four-year-old child.

12/29/2014

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Suspect Injured After Burglary Ends In Police-Involved Shooting

A man remains in the hospital after being shot by Baltimore police during a burglary.

12/28/2014

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Vigil Planned For Grandmother Slain

A shocking murder in Frederick County just three days before Christmas. The victim was a grandmother. Now a family member sits behind bars–charged in her death.

12/25/2014

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Marylanders Welcome Home Troops For The Holidays

Well a special arrival at BWI-Marshall Tuesday afternoon as soldiers return home for the holidays.

12/23/2014

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Police Interview Owings Mills Woman Shot By Suspect In NYPD Murders

Rochelle Ritchie reports on what Baltimore County police are saying about the suspect and the shooting victim in Owings Mills.

12/22/2014

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Ray Rice Taking Steps To Repair Image

For the first time since being reinstate, Ray Rice took time to talk with WJZ at the Toys For Tots event held at Jimmy’s Seafood in Dundalk. Rochelle Ritchie has more on how Rice is taking the right steps to repairing a tainted image.

12/18/2014

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Marylanders React To Alan Gross’ Release

After five years, Maryland native Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison Wednesday morning, just in time for the Hanukkah.

12/17/2014

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Man Who Reportedly Shot Baltimore Officer Faces A Judge

Frantic moments Sunday night after a Baltimore police officer was shot. That officer is still recovering as his alleged shooter faces a judge.

12/16/2014

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