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.
In just a few hours from now the Horseshoe Casino will open its doors to the public.
Tragedy strikes Morgan State University after a freshman football player dies two weeks after collapsing during practice.
Two different stories from a West Baltimore neighborhood involving an accident during a police arrest.
We are just five days away from the first day of school and the mayor, along with school board and Department of Transportation officials are making it a joint effort to bring new, innovative ways to make sure kids walking and biking to school can do so safely.
An Anne Arundel County teenager could face time in juvenile detention after police say he posted sexually explicit and nude photos of teenage girls from various high schools across several counties.
It’s an incredible case of animal hoarding in a Charles Village neighborhood. More than 30 animals are now in Animal Control’s custody after they were found thin and matted inside of a two-story home.
The heroic efforts of a Maryland State Trooper give another man a second chance at life after he kept him from jumping off the Tydings Bridge. The entire incident was caught on dash camera.
What was supposed to be a nice bike ride nearly turned fatal for one man who was hit by a fast-moving vehicle in a rural part of Montgomery County. Now the search is on for the driver who hit him and took off.
Splitting the bill! City officials and representatives have agreed to split the $15 million construction costs to rebuild 26th Street after a major collapse back in April displaced residents for weeks and swallowed cars onto the CSX tracks.
Turn of terror. Passengers on board a roller coaster were trapped for hours after the ride got stuck nearly 100 feet in the air.
Tense moments at Six Flags after a high-speed roller coaster suddenly comes to an abrupt stop, trapping dozens of people for hours.
Curfew controversy. The ACLU is raising concerns as the new curfew law in Baltimore City gets ready to go into effect.