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.
Residents in the Philippines are still sorting through the wreckage of their homes left after Typhoon Haiyan. Now, local organizations here in Baltimore are doing their part to help.
Sex and smuggling behind bars. This week, WJZ investigates the long-term corruption inside the Baltimore City Detention Center. The man at the top tells WJZ he has made major changes to clean up the jail.
Police raids continue across Baltimore as the mayor puts the pressure on gang members and others she says are terrorizing the streets with drugs and crime.
Baltimore City Police are turning up the heat as they crack down on a number of suspects wanted for murder and several shootings across the city.
The devastation is tremendous in the Philippines, where thousands of people are presumed dead after the biggest storm in history swept through the area. The need is dire in that area and Catholic Relief Services here in Baltimore already has people on the ground to help.
Baltimore City Police say a prank caller is responsible for shutting down Under Armour for hours as the SWAT team searched the building.
A troubling milestone for Baltimore City. A woman killed Thursday morning marks the 200th murder in Baltimore so far this year.
The former husband of a popular R&B singer is charged with operating a marijuana growing operation inside his Anne Arundel County home.
A Georgia man is behind bars for killing a man who made headlines here in Maryland after being accused of murdering his twin brother in Howard County. Wael Ali was charged in his brother’s death but was later released after a mistrial.
A disabled woman was mauled to death by her pit bull early Saturday morning. Baltimore City Health Department officials say the dog attacked the owner and her grandson in April.
A disabled Baltimore woman is dead after being attacked by her own dog. But this isn’t the first time the dog has attacked.
What we don’t know about African-American history. Lost documents reveal a new and never told story about the rich legacy and history of America, and now, a part of that story is here in Baltimore in the form of documents, artifacts and art.