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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.

anthony batts

Baltimore Police Commissioner Eyes Body Cameras For Officers

Shock and outrage from City Hall all the way down to the police department after an officer was caught on surveillance camera beating up a citizen. The controversial video now has the mayor and police commissioner calling for a new addition to police uniforms.

09/17/2014

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Baltimore Police Investigating Brutality Lawsuit After Video Surfaces

Baltimore police have opened an internal investigation after surveillance video showed an officer repeatedly punching a man as another officer held his right arm.

09/16/2014

brutality video

Man Files Multi-Million Dollar Police Brutality Suit Against Officer

A Baltimore City man is seeking $5 million after he says a police officer beat him up for no reason at all—but he may get less than that if he wins.

09/15/2014

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Discharged From Hospital

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is recovering at home after being hospitalized late Saturday night.

09/14/2014

sonya spoon

911 Tapes Give Insight Into Toddler Murders

A Prince George’s County mother charged with first-degree murder in the suffocation deaths of her two toddlers tried to revive them and sobbed over their lifeless bodies, a newly released 911 recording has revealed.

09/11/2014

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City Leaders Want To Improve Residents-Police Relationship

It’s been more than a month since the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson. The shooting sparked outrage and nationwide protests. Now city leaders in Baltimore, including the mayor, are coming together to try and create a better relationship between citizens and the police.

09/10/2014

Sonya Spoon

Father Tried To Get Custody From Woman Who Smothered Her Toddlers

The details in the murder of two toddlers in Prince George’s County get more gruesome by the day. We’ve now learned the father of one of the children tried to get full custody.

09/09/2014

sonya spoon

Police Arrest Md. Mom In Deaths Of Her 2 Children

We are learning more disturbing details surrounding the deaths of two children in Prince George’s County. Police say their mother admits to killing them and now we know how.

09/08/2014

sonya spoon

Cheverly Woman Charged With Murdering Her 2 Children

Two children are pronounced dead after they were found having difficulty breathing at a home in Prince George’s County. Now police say the children were murdered.

09/07/2014

Patrick McLaw

Md. Teacher Who Wrote School Shooting Book Speaks Out From Mental Institution

For the first time we are hearing from a Dorchester County school teacher placed on administrative leave and admitted to a mental health facility after police say he wrote a fictional book depicting a school shooting.

09/04/2014

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Bus Catches Fire On 95; No Injuries Reported

A Metro bus went up in smoke early Wednesday afternoon while being towed to another location.

09/03/2014

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Worker Found Beaten To Death Inside Brooklyn Park Popeyes

Searching for a killer. An employee was found dead inside a popular fast food restaurant in Anne Arundel County. Now police have made an arrest.

09/01/2014

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