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.
Anne Arundel County prosecutors filed a 23-count indictment against the man accused of opening fire at the Capital Gazette.
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.
On an excruciatingly hot day like Monday, you’d have to be a ‘superhero’ to work outside washing windows.
WJZ’s Denise Koch asks a security expert what can be done in a case like this?
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.
A group of women who immigrated to Baltimore is working together, using their skills in the kitchen to survive.
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.
The video shows two-year-old Cody climbing the outside of a locked pool ladder and almost making it to the top.
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.
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 his roots as he returns to Charm City to perform.
At least three Maryland students are being deprived of the honor of graduation because of a simple mistake by a guidance counselor.
Sam Barsky has become internationally famous for knitting sweaters featuring landmarks and then posing in front of them.
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.
A play about to open at Everyman Theatre shows how the horror of the Holocaust can reverberate for generations.
Is this your pig? Havre de Grace Police Officers say they found him in the area of Union Avenue and Congress Avenue.
Don’t be surprised if you hear buzzing overhead at Light City as drones are once again part of the festival.
The Maryland Zoo needed some help naming its newest penguin chick, and following a public vote, the name has been chosen.
An early morning crash in Howard County took the life of a promising young man.
What Mo Gabba lacks in stature, he’s makes up with his big voice, infectious laugh and delightful personality.
Opening Day at Camden Yards is just two days away, and many kids are just as excited as their parents.
With a national shortage of civil engineers — a profession historically dominated by men — a new program is out to change all of that.
March is National Kidney Month. Around 30 million Americans live with kidney disease and most are unaware they are ill.
Victor’s dream came true Monday as he became judge for a day, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
On Thursday, all over the world, women were celebrated, empowered, and supported on International Women’s Equality Day.
WJZ investigates child sex abuse at the hands of priests, police and a teacher back in the 1960s and 1970s.
When we talk about 2017’s 340+ murders in Baltimore, we’re not just talking about numbers. We’re talking about victims.
Arena Players and Baltimore Rock Opera Society are staging two short, original rock operas – each with a historical African-American person at the center.
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.
The CURE program is aimed at giving new opportunities to the young boys and girls who live in the schools in West Baltimore.
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.
This year, Animal Planet has added even more cuteness to its Super Bowl weekend lineup: “Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Bowl.”
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?”
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.
The Equus Film Festival is coming to the horse auction pavilion at the Timonium Fairgrounds.
Sepsis one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. More than 1 million people are hospitalized for it every year.
The FDA has given final approval of a targeted cancer treatment machine developed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
The first Anne Arundel County student to use a robot is being honored.
“The Nutcracker” is coming to the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric — but only for one day.
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.
O, little town of Bethlehem, Maryland.
A stranded golden retriever is alive tonight because of the heroic efforts of a Prince George’s County firefighter.
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.
“The Revolutionists” is a fantasy/comedy about four historical women and this may be the exact right time for it to be produced.
Another giraffe has died at Baltimore’s zoo, making it the second one to perish at the facility this year.
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.
A kitten came into the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter two weeks ago with burns on more than 80 percent of her body.
Could a nearly 50-year-old secret be behind the murders of several Baltimore teenagers?
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.
An Elkridge family is creating a lasting legacy for the son they lost to cancer.
Nearly 300 girls from 33 area high schools converged on Notre Dame of Maryland University to be inspired to become their very best selves.
Shock Trauma now has a new program to help domestic violence victims recover.
We all know it’s healthy to exercise, but could you manage an hour a day, every day, for two solid weeks?
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.
The city’s Arabbers, or horse cart vendors, have been selling fruits and vegetables in city neighborhoods for more than 200 years.
Students at the University of Maryland College Park were alerted early Sunday morning about yet another break-in and burglary near the campus.
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.
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.
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.
There have been more than 250 murders in Baltimore this year. More than 215 were committed by a handgun.
78 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. Many become addicted after a doctor prescribes the drugs for a medical condition.
Right now, there are well over 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a kidney transplant. Many will die waiting.
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is offering new correctional officers $5,000 to join the department.
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.
People living in one picturesque corner of Fells Point are shaken by news of an attack on one of their own.
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.
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.
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.
How many young people in our city, with extraordinary talent, never get the opportunity to have it developed?
Cirque Du Soleil performers are headed to town for a string of shows at Royal Farms Arena.
One of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security experts said the attack in Barcelona is unique.
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.
The Maryland Food Bank helps feed the needy. Now it’s also helping train a new generation of food professionals.
Aberdeen Police have released a updated age progression composite sketch of the man suspected of kidnapping Cal Ripken’s mother, Violet.
Macey Brietenback, who was born with an extremely rare disease, will soon compete for the title of “Miss Teen Maryland.”
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is starting a new cadet program to train young men and women interested in law enforcement.
Only 6 percent of practicing physicians in the U.S. are minorities.
It was the second annual ‘Four for the Fourth’ race. About 500 runners celebrated their nation and their good health.
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.
Men and women who need help with professional clothing are getting a big boost thanks to the women of Exelon and BGE.
A party is going on at the University of Maryland’s ‘Center for Health and Homeland Security as it celebrates an anniversary.
Anne Arundel County Schools has begun using robots to help students who, for any number of reasons, cannot physically attend class.
Did you know children, even babies, can have strokes? It happens. More than you may realize.
Young, pregnant teenage girls in Baltimore have lost a tremendous advocate in Dr. Rosetta Stith, who has died.
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.
WJZ’s Denise Koch visited the B’More Clubhouse, where the men and women who attend are learning and growing together.
Biologists are predicting an explosion of ticks in Maryland, which could mean higher cases of Lyme disease.
Baltimore’s mayor says she wants to explore removing the city’s Confederate monuments.
One of the darkest chapters in Baltimore’s history is now being viewed by people around the world.
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.
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.
National Children’s Mental Health Day brought out some superstars, ready to share how human they really are.
Nearly 50 years ago, the body of Sister Cathy Cesnik was found in a ditch.
Nearly 50 years ago, the body of sister Cathy Cesnik was found in a ditch.
City police tell WJZ that since 2015, 41 children and teens have died in shootings.
The man at the center of one of the biggest political corruption cases in our area in recent history speaks out.
A controversial Netflix series is causing school districts across the country, and in Maryland, to warn parents about the risks of teen suicide.
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.
A Maryland family that has recently been criticized for some of the pranks posted on their YouTube channel has issued an apology.
In the 60s and 70s, Father Joseph Maskell, a counselor at Archbishop Keough High School, was accused of molesting dozens of students — mostly women.