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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.

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Social Media Plays Important Role In Ending Amber Alert Case

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.

03/08/2014

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Baltimore City Police Officer Charged With Beating And Choking Girlfriend’s 7-Month-Old Puppy To Death

A shocking case of animal cruelty out of Montgomery County, where a Baltimore City cop is accused of choking his girlfriend’s dog to death.

03/05/2014

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Another Death Leads To Renewed Push For Cordless Blinds

Another child has died in Maryland after being hanged by the cords of window treatments. Now there is a strong push for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require manufacturers to have cordless blinds.

03/04/2014

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Martial Arts Instructor Charged With Having Sex With His 14-Year-Old Student

An Anne Arundel County martial arts instructor is facing very serious charges after he’s accused of having sexual relations with a teenaged student.

02/26/2014

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Man Killed In 4-Car Crash In West Baltimore

A driver who Baltimore City Police say is responsible for a deadly car crash in West Baltimore could face multiple charges after hitting a car so hard it went airborne, killing the driver.

02/24/2014

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1 Dead, Several Others Hurt After Multi-Car Crash In West Baltimore

One person is dead and several others are seriously injured after a traumatic accident in West Baltimore.

02/23/2014

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Westin BWI Hotel Under Heavy Criticism After High Carbon Monoxide Levels

Nine people hospitalized after being exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide at the Westin BWI Hotel are back home. Now the hotel is under heavy fire by lawmakers and attorneys.

02/18/2014

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Powerful Blend Of Heroin Makes Its Way Through Maryland

A powerful street drug is making its way through Maryland and police say it’s contributing to a number of crimes in Anne Arundel County.

02/17/2014

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Faulty Pipe In Laundry Room Cause Of CO Leak, Evacuation At Westin Hotel At BWI

Dozens are evacuated from a hotel near BWI after elevated carbon monoxide levels are detected.

02/17/2014

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Winter Storm Dumps Almost 2 Feet Of Snow In Westminster

The winter storm brought lots of snow to Carroll County.

02/13/2014

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Trey Songz Visits Baltimore City School With The Highest Attendance Record

The best attendance out of 150 middle and high schools. The competition is all part of the “Get Schooled” initiative.

02/12/2014

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911 Calls Of 2 Teens Trapped On Thin Ice In Md. Serve As A Warning

The cold winter weather has already created a number of dangerous situations, including two boys trapped on a floating slab of ice in Anne Arundel County. WJZ now has the 911 calls made by the two teens after they walked out onto a frozen patch of the Magothy River and were unable to make it back to shore.

02/11/2014

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