Denise Koch

Denise Koch 175x131 L (2)Viewers turn to Denise Koch when they want credible news reports presented by one of the most veteran news reporters and anchors in Baltimore.

The Emmy Award–winning journalist has traveled to China, West Africa and Jamaica to report the news.  She’s also covered the homefront from around the U.S. and from every corner of our state, bringing local, national and world events into sharp focus for WJZ viewers.

Even sports fans went with Denise as she covered Baltimore’s search for an NFL team in Chicago to the Ravens’ quest for the Super Bowl trophy in Tampa.

Denise’s first introduction to WJZ viewers was on “Evening Magazine” where she was known as “Daring Denise,” tackling sports from hang gliding to scuba.

She joined the newsroom as a lifestyle reporter, reviewing plays and films and filing stories twice a day on the arts and creative side of life.

For a number of years, viewers were given an intimate portrait of fascinating Marylanders on her interview program “Get To Know.”

She followed struggling high school students for four years as they participated in the “Futures” program. That series earned her both a Maryland State Teachers Award and a National Angels Award. And it was with high school students she traveled to Senegal to discover the roots of slavery. That series was later shown at museums and at the National Post Office in the nation’s capital.

Her work has garnered Denise a host of awards in addition to the aforementioned Emmy. Her reporting has been nominated for Emmys six times. The Society of Professional Journalists awarded her a prize for her documentary on Baltimore teachers in China, “Baltimore East.”

Denise, a California native, attended UCLA where she earned the prestigious Natalie Wood Award for her talents. She graduated from California Institute of the Arts and then received her master’s from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Her acting career took her to theatres around the country and even to the soap opera “Another World,” eventually bringing her to Center Stage where she also served as literary manager. She has taught at UMBC, University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin.

For more than two decades, Denise has been on WJZ’s anchor desk, one of the most respected broadcast journalists in town and also one of the most versatile.

Her work in the community is very important to her. She’s been on the advisory boards of the Hospice Network of Maryland, Success in Style (clothing women re-entering the workforce) and the Maryland Committee for the Children. She is on the president’s advisory council for the University of Notre Dame, Maryland. For 10 years she was a member of the Howard County Arts Council and is currently a board member of the United Way of Central Maryland as well as a member of their women’s leadership council.

Denise and her husband live in Owings Mills.

Capital Gazette Shooting Suspect Indicted On 23 Counts

Anne Arundel County prosecutors filed a 23-count indictment against the man accused of opening fire at the Capital Gazette.


Whimpering Puppy Found In Mounds Of Trash

When a landlord in the Kenilworth Park neighborhood went to check on his rental property, he arrived to find no tenant, piles of trash and debris and a sound of an undetectable whimpering animal.


Superheroes Make Appearance At Pediatric Hospital To Raise Patients’ Spirits

On an excruciatingly hot day like Monday, you’d have to be a ‘superhero’ to work outside washing windows.


Security Expert On Capital Gazette Gunman: ‘All Of The Early Warning Signs Were There’

WJZ’s Denise Koch asks a security expert what can be done in a case like this?


Son Of Baltimore’s Heavyweight Champion Boxing At Martin’s West

For the first time in three, there will be boxing again Friday night at Martin’s West — and the card features the sons of Baltimore’s world heavyweight champion Hasin “The Rock: Rahman.


Refugees Turn Passion For Making Dishes From Homelands Into Livelihood In Md.

A group of women who immigrated to Baltimore is working together, using their skills in the kitchen to survive. 


24-Hour Lacrosse Tournament Raises Money For Veterans

What started as a local fundraiser six years ago to raise money for veterans has turned into a national effort as teams play lacrosse for 24 hours straight – all for a good cause.


Viral Video Shows Toddler Climbing Locked Pool Ladder

The video shows two-year-old Cody climbing the outside of a locked pool ladder and almost making it to the top.


Saddle Up: Md. Races Ahead As Leader In Caring For Horses

There are more horses per square mile in Maryland than in any other state, and the state is a national leader when it comes to regulating the care of the animals.


2 Teens Arrested For Attempted ‘Terrorism’ At Va. High School Prom

Police arrested two teens who were planning a terrorist attack at a Virginia Beach high school prom last weekend.


World-Renowned Baltimore Actor Doesn’t Forget Roots In Return To Charm City

World-renowned Baltimore actor doesn’t forget his roots as he returns to Charm City to perform.


‘My Heart Is Broken’: 3 Md. Students Not Allowed To Graduate After Counselor’s Mistake

At least three Maryland students are being deprived of the honor of graduation because of a simple mistake by a guidance counselor.


Baltimore Man Becomes International Internet Sensation For Handmade Sweaters Featuring Landmarks

Sam Barsky has become internationally famous for knitting sweaters featuring landmarks and then posing in front of them.


Woman Who Lost Son To Opioid Epidemic Turns Heartbreak Into Action

One woman’s son went to rehab seven times in five years before he overdosed and died. Now she’s working to save the lives of others.


Holocaust Play ‘Book of Joseph’ Coming To Baltimore

A play about to open at Everyman Theatre shows how the horror of the Holocaust can reverberate for generations.


Police Find Lost Pig In Harford County; Search For Owner

Is this your pig? Havre de Grace Police Officers say they found him in the area of Union Avenue and Congress Avenue.


Drones Whip Through The Sky In Light City’s 2nd Drone Prix

Don’t be surprised if you hear buzzing overhead at Light City as drones are once again part of the festival.


The Maryland Zoo’s 1000th African Penguin Gets Her Name

The Maryland Zoo needed some help naming its newest penguin chick, and following a public vote, the name has been chosen.


Long Day Of Football Practice, Work May Have Resulted In Fatal Crash Of Md. Athlete

An early morning crash in Howard County took the life of a promising young man.


Blind 3-Time Cancer Survivor, 11-Year-Old May Be Biggest Orioles Fan

What Mo Gabba lacks in stature, he’s makes up with his big voice, infectious laugh and delightful personality.


Orioles Offering Kid-Friendly Games, Food And More

Opening Day at Camden Yards is just two days away, and many kids are just as excited as their parents. 


Md. Students Showcase Bridge Projects For National Civil Engineering Competition

With a national shortage of civil engineers — a profession historically dominated by men — a new program is out to change all of that.


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‘The Silent Killer’: March Is National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month.  Around 30 million Americans live with kidney disease and most are unaware they are ill.


Teen With Kidney Disease Becomes Judge For A Day Thanks To Make-A-Wish Foundation

Victor’s dream came true Monday as he became judge for a day, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


How Are Local Women Being Empowered On International Women’s Day?

On Thursday, all over the world, women were celebrated, empowered, and supported on International Women’s Equality Day.


Did Some Nuns, Teachers Know Of Child Sex Abuse In Baltimore Catholic Schools?

WJZ investigates child sex abuse at the hands of priests, police and a teacher back in the 1960s and 1970s.


2017 Proved Baltimore’s Widespread Bloodshed Can Touch Any Family

When we talk about 2017’s 340+ murders in Baltimore, we’re not just talking about numbers. We’re talking about victims.


Baltimore Theatres Collaborate For Rock Opera Shows Centered Around African-American Histroy

Arena Players and Baltimore Rock Opera Society are staging two short, original rock operas – each with a historical African-American person at the center.


National Portrait Gallery’s Obama Portraits Unveiled, Michelle’s Was Done By Baltimore Artist

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, including one painted by a Baltimore-based artist.


CURE Program Bridges Pathway To Science, Medicine For Baltimore Students

The CURE program is aimed at giving new opportunities to the young boys and girls who live in the schools in West Baltimore.


Bel Air Girl Fighting Rare Disease Gets Special Visit, Gift From Miss Maryland

For months WJZ has been following the story of a young Bel Air girl who competed in Miss Teen Maryland despite some serious health problems.


Senior Husky From Baltimore To Compete In First-Ever ‘Dog Bowl’

This year, Animal Planet has added even more cuteness to its Super Bowl weekend lineup: “Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Bowl.”


Where’s The Casino Money That Was Supposed To Fund Md. Schools?

When WJZ viewers saw freezing children and broken down city classrooms– suddenly everybody asked “what happened to all the casino money that was supposed to help the schools?”


Girl Who Spent More Than 600 Days At Hopkins Receives Life-Saving Kidney Transplant

Reese Burdette, who was badly burned in a house fire and hospitalized for 664 days, finally went home to her family farm last year where she faced yet another health crisis.


Equus Film Festival Coming To Timonium Fairgrounds

The Equus Film Festival is coming to the horse auction pavilion at the Timonium Fairgrounds.


WJZ Employee Survives Near-Fatal Bacterial Infection

Sepsis one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. More than 1 million people are hospitalized for it every year.


FDA Approves Targeted Cancer Treatment Tech Developed In Maryland

The FDA has given final approval of a targeted cancer treatment machine developed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


Md. School Honors 1st Student To Use Robot With 2nd Generation Machine

The first Anne Arundel County student to use a robot is being honored.


‘The Nutcracker’ Hits The Stage In Baltimore This Weekend

“The Nutcracker” is coming to the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric — but only for one day.


Baltimore Teen Brings Culinary Skills To ‘Top Chef Junior,’ Competes in Top 5

There is a top chef in Baltimore, whose name you don’t know and whose restaurant you haven’t visited yet, because he’s only 13-years-old.


Bethlehem, Maryland Post Office Gets Busy During Christmas Season

O, little town of Bethlehem, Maryland.


If No Owner Comes Forward, Md. Firefighter Wants To Adopt Dog He Saved

A stranded golden retriever is alive tonight because of the heroic efforts of a Prince George’s County firefighter.


Horse Deaths In California Fires Have Md. Racing Community Talking About Safety

The Lilac Fire in San Diego last week killed at least 46 elite horses and injured three workers at a training facility owned by The Stronach Group.


This May Be The Perfect Time For Everyman Theatre’s ‘The Revolutionists’

“The Revolutionists” is a fantasy/comedy about four historical women and this may be the exact right time for it to be produced.


For 2nd Time This Year, Giraffe Dies At The Maryland Zoo

Another giraffe has died at Baltimore’s zoo, making it the second one to perish at the facility this year.


Former Students Of Sykesville Colored Schoolhouse Made Most Of Circumstances

At the turn of the last century, segregated African American children in Sykesville had only one place to get an education, but the one-room school got the job done, judging by two former students.


Donations Needed, Kitten At Baltimore Shelter Burned Over 80% Of Body

A kitten came into the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter two weeks ago with burns on more than 80 percent of her body.


Could Murder Of Sister Cathy Be Connected To Other Killings?

Could a nearly 50-year-old secret be behind the murders of several Baltimore teenagers?


Photo Series Capturing All Of Baltimore’s 2016 Murder Scenes Exactly One Year Later

There have been more than 300 murders in Baltimore already this year. Last year, 318 were killed. It’s a staggering number of lives lost.


Fundraiser, Music Fest Celebrates Musician Who Died From Rare Form Of Bone Cancer

An Elkridge family is creating a lasting legacy for the son they lost to cancer.


Notre Dame Of Md. University Hosts Festival For Empowering Young Woman

Nearly 300 girls from 33 area high schools converged on Notre Dame of Maryland University to be inspired to become their very best selves.


Domestic Violence Survivors Inspire Dance That Will In Turn Benefit Survivor Program

Shock Trauma now has a new program to help domestic violence victims recover.


Md. School Gets Visit From Ravens Players As Part Of NFL’s ‘Play 60’ Campaign

We all know it’s healthy to exercise, but could you manage an hour a day, every day, for two solid weeks?


Signs Of Progress A Year After Noah’s Law Is Put In Place

It was one year ago when Noah’s Law put an ignition interlock device on every convicted first time drunk driver. It’s working, but drunk drivers are still making our roads far too dangerous.


Volunteers Help Overhaul Stable Where Baltimore’s Famous Arabber Horses Are Kept

The city’s Arabbers, or horse cart vendors, have been selling fruits and vegetables in city neighborhoods for more than 200 years.


Students Concerned After UMD College Park Break-Ins Continue

Students at the University of Maryland College Park were alerted early Sunday morning about yet another break-in and burglary near the campus.


Baltimore School Sends Every Student To College Every Year

Baltimore’s Seed School is a middle/high school that was founded nine years ago with the goal of having every student attend college after they graduate.


American Cancer Society, JCPenney Team Up To Give Patients New Hairstyles

Across the country the American Cancer Society has what it calls “Hope Lodges,” which is a free place for cancer patients and their caregivers to stay.


New Drug Gives ALS Patients Hope

Patients with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, go through what is often known as a death sentence. There is a new drug called Radicava available that offers some hope.


Photo Project Puts Faces To Names Of Those Affected By Baltimore Gun Violence

There have been more than 250 murders in Baltimore this year. More than 215 were committed by a handgun.


Maryland Hospitals Working To Cut Down Over-Prescribing Opioids

78 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. Many become addicted after a doctor prescribes the drugs for a medical condition.


Many Will Die Waiting For A Kidney, But Donation Is Easier Than Ever Thanks To Univ. of MD

Right now, there are well over 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a kidney transplant. Many will die waiting.


Incentives Offered To New Corrections Officers In Maryland

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is offering new correctional officers $5,000 to join the department.


Documentary Explores The Life Of Baltimore Native Jean Albert Renaud

It may not be making a big Emmy splash, but a local documentary is winning its own awards, and it features a fascinating Baltimore man.


Jabali Coffee Shop Owner Attacked, Stabbed In Fells Point

People living in one picturesque corner of Fells Point are shaken by news of an attack on one of their own.


Baltimore’s Madonnari Festival Takes Over Streets Of Little Italy

Some of the finest artists in the world are in Baltimore, but they won’t be in any museum — instead, they’ll be right on the streets of Little Italy.


Maryland Shelters Helping Dozens Of Animals Left Homeless By Harvey Floods

While the stories of people affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey fill the news and social media, there are also tens of thousands of animals left stranded, lost and homeless.


Bus Driver Charged In I-95 Field Trip Bus Crash

Authorities have charged the bus driver involved in a crash that sent dozens of students to the hospital after the bus overturned on I-95 back in May.


From Latrobe Homes To NYC Dance Co.: Teen Says He ‘Always Knew’ He Was Meant To Dance

How many young people in our city, with extraordinary talent, never get the opportunity to have it developed?


As Cirque du Soleil Heads To Baltimore, A Look At Their Traveling Kitchen

Cirque Du Soleil performers are headed to town for a string of shows at Royal Farms Arena.


Md. Homeland Security Expert: Barcelona Terrorist Attack Is Unique

One of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security experts said the attack in Barcelona is unique.


Taney Statue In Annapolis To Be Removed After Almost 150 Years

The statue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney has stood at the State House for almost 150 years and it’s coming down.


Food Bank Program Helps Feed The Needy While Training Chefs

The Maryland Food Bank helps feed the needy. Now it’s also helping train a new generation of food professionals.


Police Release New Age Progression Picture Of Vi Ripken Kidnapper

 Aberdeen Police have released a updated age progression composite sketch of the man suspected of kidnapping Cal Ripken’s mother, Violet.


Md. Girl With Rare, Incurable Disease Leaving ‘Bubble’ To Compete In Miss Teen Maryland

Macey Brietenback, who was born with an extremely rare disease, will soon compete for the title of “Miss Teen Maryland.”


Son Of Slain Deputy Becomes 1st Member Of Harford County Cadet Program

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is starting a new cadet program to train young men and women interested in law enforcement.


UMB’s CURE Scholars Program Helps Inner City Kids Get Interested In Science

Only 6 percent of practicing physicians in the U.S. are minorities.


‘Four For The Fourth’ Race Takes Off In Towson For Independence Day

It was the second annual ‘Four for the Fourth’ race. About 500 runners celebrated their nation and their good health.


‘The Pride of Maryland’ In Horse Racing Is Officially Retiring

Eleven may seem young to retire. But not when you’re a race horse and not when you’ve won more than $2.6 million in your career.


Local Businesses Help Women & Men Get ‘Suited To Succeed’

Men and women who need help with professional clothing are getting a big boost thanks to the women of Exelon and BGE.


UMD Celebrates 15 Years Of Center For Health and Homeland Security

A party is going on at the University of Maryland’s ‘Center for Health and Homeland Security as it celebrates an anniversary.


AACo. Schools Use Robots For Students Who Can’t Physically Attend Class

Anne Arundel County Schools has begun using robots to help students who, for any number of reasons, cannot physically attend class.


Baltimore Toddler Recovering From Pediatric Stroke, Which Is More Common Than You Might Think

Did you know children, even babies, can have strokes? It happens. More than you may realize.


Former Principal Of Baltimore School For Pregnant Teenagers Passes

Young, pregnant teenage girls in Baltimore have lost a tremendous advocate in Dr. Rosetta Stith, who has died.


Blind 5th Grader With Cancer Graduates From Glen Burnie Elementary School

It’s graduation season, and in Glen Burnie on Thursday, a fifth grader who’s faced more than most of us will ever have to overcome received his diploma. 


B’More Clubhouse Helping Their Members Build Meaningful Lives

WJZ’s Denise Koch visited the B’More Clubhouse, where the men and women who attend are learning and growing together.


Lyme Disease Due To Be On Rise This Spring

Biologists are predicting an explosion of ticks in Maryland, which could mean higher cases of Lyme disease.


Baltimore Mayor To Consider Removing Confederate Monuments

Baltimore’s mayor says she wants to explore removing the city’s Confederate monuments.


Director Of Documentary On Murdered Nun: ‘It’s Not Too Late To Get Justice’

One of the darkest chapters in Baltimore’s history is now being viewed by people around the world.


What Happens To Thousands Of Thoroughbred Horses That Don’t Win?

Baltimore is center stage in the world of racing this week in preparation the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple Crown.


WJZ EXCLUSIVE: A Nun Murdered; Allegations Of Police Sex Abuse

There are shocking new allegations from a woman who told only WJZ she was sexually abused by a Baltimore County police officer and a priest when she was just 11 years old.


Phelps Opens Up About Depression For ‘Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day’

National Children’s Mental Health Day brought out some superstars, ready to share how human they really are.


Police: Exhuming Priest’s Body For DNA ‘Absolutely Something That We Had To Do’

Nearly 50 years ago, the body of Sister Cathy Cesnik was found in a ditch.


Priest’s Body Exhumed As Part Of Decades Old Baltimore Nun Murder Investigation

Nearly 50 years ago, the body of sister Cathy Cesnik was found in a ditch.


Outrage Grows As 100+ Young Victims Caught In Crossfire Over 2 Years

City police tell WJZ that since 2015, 41 children and teens have died in shootings.


Former Va. Gov On Bribery Scandal: “My Job Was Just To Connect People With Government”

The man at the center of one of the biggest political corruption cases in our area in recent history speaks out.


Concern Over Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’ Glorifying Teen Suicide

A controversial Netflix series is causing school districts across the country, and in Maryland, to warn parents about the risks of teen suicide.


Firetruck Artist Donates Special Piece to Hampden Firehouse

There’s a new addition at the Hampden firehouse and it’s unveiling was so important to Engine 21’s history it brought firefighters from across the City to Roland Avenue to show their appreciation.


Md. Family Criticized For YouTube Prank Videos Issues Apology

A Maryland family that has recently been criticized for some of the pranks posted on their YouTube channel has issued an apology.


Victim Of Notorious Baltimore Priest Says Police Were In On Sexual Abuse

In the 60s and 70s, Father Joseph Maskell, a counselor at Archbishop Keough High School, was accused of molesting dozens of students — mostly women.