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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Baltimore Police Officer Stable, Recovering After Being Shot

A Baltimore City police officer is in the hospital after being shot during a traffic stop. Rochelle Ritchie has the details.

12/14/2014

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Woman Who Shot Cell Phone Video Speaks To WJZ

Cell phone video captured intense moments between a woman recording an arrest and a Baltimore City police office her attorneys say use offensive language towards the woman; they also say she was Tasered two times. Now we hear for the first time the woman’s account of that night and her demand for the officers to be fired.

12/10/2014

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Cell Phone Footage Captures Alleged Altercation With Baltimore City Police

A disturbing video shows another possible case of police brutality at the ends of Baltimore City police. The incident happened in March and it is hard to watch.

12/09/2014

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Baltimore Officials Pleased With Lower Crime Stats

The mayor and Baltimore City police commissioner say they have made good on a year-long promise to reduce crime across the city and build better relationships between police and the community they serve and they have numbers to prove their strategic plan is working.

12/08/2014

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Drug Suspect Wanted After Escaping Roof Collapse

Rochelle Ritchie reports on a bizarre scene in Southwest Baltimore after a man jumps onto the roof of a Baltimore home to avoid arrest after police said he was caught selling dope.

12/07/2014

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Alleged BGF Ringleader Takes The Stand In Notorious Trial

Rampant corruption. The historic case against eight defendants—including five correctional officers accused of letting the Black Guerilla Family take over the Baltimore City jail continues Monday.

12/01/2014

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Family Increasing Reward A Year After Man Found Shot To Death In Car

It’s been one year since a Baltimore County man was found shot to death in his car. The family is refusing to give up on justice. Now they are increasing the reward money for tips leading to his killer.

11/30/2014

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Police: Man Critically Injured In Columbia Shooting

Family targeted. A terrible act of violence on this Thanksgiving holiday. A suspects knocks on a door and then opens fire.

11/27/2014

Students sit-in at Western High School in Baltimore, Md. on Nov. 26, 2014. (photo credit: Moraa Nyamboga)

Poly Tech, Western Students ‘Sit-in’ To Protest Ferguson Decision

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.

11/26/2014

Protests take to the streets of downtown Baltimore.

Baltimore Residents Protest Ferguson Decision

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.

11/25/2014

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Police Chase Ends In Crash; Officer In Critical Condition

City police are involved in a crash following a pursuit with a suspect in Baltimore City.

11/24/2014

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Peace Encouraged As Baltimore Braces For Ferguson Ruling

Calling for peace. People are anxiously awaiting a decision from the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo.

11/23/2014

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