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.
Baltimore City Police say they’ve nabbed the leader of a lucrative drug cartel doing significant business in West Baltimore. Police found drugs and more than a half million dollars total stashed through several homes.
Baltimore City Police are looking to hire 300 officers by the end of summer in hopes of fighting crime.
A Baltimore man is behind bars after stealing more than $200,000 worth of women’s handbags.
A brutal robbery on the street in Canton sends a man to the hospital. He is now in need of dental work and is in pain. Baltimore City Police are now looking for the suspect.
The murder rate in Baltimore City has already reached an alarming high. In just two weeks, 14 people have been killed. The mayor and police commissioner are committed to curbing the violence and held another neighborhood walk-through to reach out to residents—but some question the motives behind it.
A small dog is recovering in the hospital after being attacked by the neighbor’s American bulldog. According to the owners, it’s the third time the dog has attacked their pet.
We already have unsettling murder numbers in Baltimore City. Now mothers who have lost their sons to violence speak out for change.
A million dollar lawsuit has been slapped on the desk of the Baltimore City Police Department from the family of a man shot more than a dozen times by officers outside of a night club in 2011. The lawsuit not only lists the police department but also the night club and its promoters.
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