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.
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.
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.
Dozens are evacuated from a hotel near BWI after elevated carbon monoxide levels are detected.
The winter storm brought lots of snow to Carroll County.
The best attendance out of 150 middle and high schools. The competition is all part of the “Get Schooled” initiative.
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.
As temperatures go down, the danger on frozen waterways goes up.
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.
Another person has been sentenced Thursday in the contraband smuggling operation at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
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.
The murder sent shock waves through Highlandtown. Now two teen boys are in custody, charged with the crime.
Get ready for another round of winter weather. A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect overnight for most of Central Maryland.