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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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2 Teens Rescued From Ice On Magothy River

As temperatures go down, the danger on frozen waterways goes up.

02/10/2014

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6-Year-Old Dies After Window Blind Accident

Freak accident. A 6-year-old girl is dead after being hung in her own home. According to police, cords attached to the blinds somehow got wrapped around her neck.

02/09/2014

Tyrone Thompson

Drug Supplier Sentenced To 2 Years In Baltimore City Prison Scandal

Another person has been sentenced Thursday in the contraband smuggling operation at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

02/06/2014

John Mosley

Essex Man, 65, Charged With Setting His Neighbor’s House On Fire After Dispute

A Baltimore County man is in jail, charged with attempted murder after police say he firebombed his neighbor’s house in Essex that injured a woman, police officer and firefighter.

02/05/2014

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Teens Charged With Highlandtown Murder

The murder sent shock waves through Highlandtown. Now two teen boys are in custody, charged with the crime.

02/03/2014

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State Highway Crews Prepare For Winter Weather Monday

Get ready for another round of winter weather. A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect overnight for most of Central Maryland.

02/02/2014

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Shooting Victim’s Grandfather: No Connection To Columbia Mall Gunman

Brianna Benlolo’s grandfather spoke out by phone to the Associated Press, saying his granddaughter was so happy to be working again and says she had no connection to Darion Aguilar.

01/29/2014

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New Details Come Out About The Shotgun Aguilar Used In Mall Shooting

WJZ is learning more about how the 19-year-old shooter in Saturday’s shooting at the Mall in Columbia got hold of such a deadly weapon.

01/28/2014

Darion Aguilar

People Who Knew Mall Shooter Search For Answers

The tragedy at the Mall in Columbia still seems unreal. There is new information coming out about the life of the mall shooter.

01/27/2014

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Mall In Columbia Gunman Had No Criminal Record, Expressed Unhappiness In Journal

The 19-year-old Maryland mall gunman was a skateboarding enthusiast who took a taxi to the mall, carrying a 12-gauge shotgun he’d purchased legally a month earlier, plenty of ammunition and some crude homemade explosives inside a backpack, authorities said.

01/26/2014

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Witnesses Come Face-To-Face With Gunman At Columbia Mall

As you might imagine, a number of people at The Mall in Columbia have incredible stories about what they saw and what they heard.

01/25/2014

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Frigid Temps Causing Major Transportation And Health Problems

There’s no escaping the deep freeze. It was another day of bitter cold temperatures.

01/24/2014

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