Rick Ritter

Ritter Rick 175x131 (3) Rick Ritter joined WJZ in May 2014.

Born and raised in Philadelphia and South Jersey, Rick’s thrilled to be working in the Northeast.

Since coming to Baltimore, he’s covered some of the biggest stories throughout the city and our region, including the death of Freddie Gray, the riots and protests that followed and the trials of the officers initially charged in Gray’s death. He was also on scene for the tragic workplace shooting in Harford County and the F2 tornado that ripped through parts of the Eastern Shore. Rick has played a key role in the coverage of several sports-related stories — including the Ray Rice scandal and the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem.

Before moving to Baltimore, Rick was the chief reporter for the Collier County bureau at WBBH in Fort Myers/Naples, Florida.

Rick started his career at WMGM-TV in Atlantic City where he was a news and sports anchor/reporter.

He graduated from Widener University in Pennsylvania where he started all four years for the university’s football team as a wide receiver and was selected to play in a national all-star game in Salem, Va.

Rick lives in the city with his wife. They love spending time with their family and friends, and uncovering everything Baltimore has to offer.

You can follow Rick on Twitter & Facebook, or e-mail him:

Twitter: @RickRitterWJZ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RickJRitter/

Email: rritter@wjz.com

Viewing Held For Baltimore Mother, 2 Daughters Killed In Fire

A steady stream of mourners paid their respects Thursday at the viewing for a Northeast Baltimore woman and her two daughters who were killed in a house fire last week. 


Baltimore Officials Make Recommendations For Safer Art Workplaces

A year after after a deadly fire in an Oakland warehouse, Baltimore city officials are finding local artists new spaces and new homes.


Experts Say ‘It’s Inexcusable’ Positive Train Control Isn’t In Place Nationwide

For many, it’s hard to fathom how “positive train control,” which some say could have helped prevent the derailment, is available, yet not in place nationwide.


Officer Indicted In Baltimore PD Gun Unit Scandal Investigated Back In 2009

New details show one of the officers involved in a Baltimore PD scandal was at the center of an internal affairs investigation with similar allegations years before.


Police Warning Baltimore Co. Residents After Uptick In Car Thefts

A string of stolen cars has many people on edge in Dundalk, Maryland, where nearly 15 vehicle thefts have been reported since the beginning of December.


Funeral Held For Md. Fire Marshal Struck On Highway While Helping FBI Agent

Thousands came to say goodbye to Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Sander Cohen, who was killed along I-270 when he stopped to help a vehicle that crashed.


Gov. Hogan Urges Congress To Restore Children’s Health Insurance Program

Jimmy Kimmel blasted Congress in an emotional plea on Monday, urging them to restore and improve the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Now, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is backing him up.


Fire Officials Continue To Investigate Back-To-Back Baltimore County Home Explosions

Fire officials are continuing to investigate what caused two Baltimore County explosions just hours apart. 


Fire Officials: No Obvious Signs Of Arson In Lochearn Explosion; 13 Residents Displaced

Baltimore County fire officials say there are no obvious signs of arson in Tuesday’s home explosion in Baltimore County.


GoFundMe Page Started For Brothers Who Lost Everything In House Explosion

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a massive explosion that rocked a house in the Baltimore Highlands off of its foundation Monday.


Harford County Experiencing Record Number Of Opioid Deaths

The epidemic is far worse than just a year ago. By the end of 2017, more people will die of a heroin or opioid overdose in Harford County than ever before.


14-Year-Old Arrested Twice In 2 Weeks For Illegal Handgun Possession

A 14-year-old who was arrested two weeks ago for illegal possession of a handgun has been arrested again for the same thing.


Baltimore And The Police Department Sued For Civil Rights Violations Of 15 People

The Baltimore police department and the city are being sued for significant civil rights violations of 15 individual residents.


Police Still Holding Scene Where Detective Was Murdered

Five days later, the scene where a Baltimore police detective was fatally shot is still an active crime scene.


Violent Crime Continues To Scar Baltimore After Murder Of Police Officer

The neighborhood where a Baltimore police detective was shot and later died, is notorious for gun violence.


Baltimore Mayor Reacts To Crime: ‘I Am Deeply Disturbed’

Last week the Baltimore police commissioner was fired up at a press conference, Wednesday, the mayor responded to those who are lashing out at her. They say she doesn’t take the violence seriously.


Police Investigate Posts In ‘Confederate Lives Matter’ Group That Target Transgender Student

Police investigating a group of students accused of posting threatening and discriminatory comments aimed at a transgender student.


Baltimore Leaders Recommend Stiffer Penalties, ‘Rehabilitation’ For Teen Criminals

A stretch of teen violence is showing no signs of slowing down. From vicious attacks at the Inner Harbor to carjackings in quiet communities. A crisis Baltimore is struggling to get a hold on.


Baltimore Parishioners Prepare For Shooting Incidents After Texas Church Shooting

Baltimore churches are now preparing for what was once the unimaginable after the Texas church shooting.


Baltimore Mayor Implements ‘Daily Morning Huddle’ To Combat Youth Violence; Commissioner Blast Criminal Justice System

From attacks at the Inner Harbor to carjackings throughout the City, police say crime involving teenagers is simply out of control.


Police Investigating Double Shooting On Lange Street In Dundalk

Police were on the scene of a double shooting in Dundalk Wednesday afternoon.


Residents In West Baltimore Disappointed After Van Driver In Freddie Gray Case Found Not Guilty

Within minutes of the van driver in Freddie Gray’s arrest being found not guilty by a police disciplinary board, the news hit the rainy streets of west Baltimore.


3 Shot, 1 Dead Near Baltimore Police NW District Station

Three people were shot Monday morning near the Baltimore Police northwest district station. One has died.


Baltimore’s Annual Homicide Count Hits 300 Again, 2nd Ceasefire Planned

As the annual homicide rate for Baltimore has reached 300 for the third year in a row, another ceasefire is being planned for this weekend.


Safety Concerns Remain In Baltimore In Wake Of Assaults; Gov. Hogan Speaks

For numerous times in just days, teens assaulted citizens at the Inner Harbor.


Another Victim Randomly Attacked By Group Of Teens At Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

A series of attacks at the Inner Harbor have many on edge, and the victims speaking out.


Maryland Pleads For Help As Opioid-Related Deaths Surge In Wake Of Presidential Emergency Declaration

Last year two people a day died from overdosing in Baltimore City, a number that’s only expected to rise when the stats are in for the end of this year.


One Of The Most Lethal Drug Trafficking Organizations Now Off Baltimore Streets

13 alleged gang members have been charged with running a large drug trafficking operation out of Baltimore beginning in 2012.


AACo. Sheriff’s Stepson Linked To Opioid Abuse Charged With Threatening To Kill Him

The stepson of Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman has been charged with threatening to kill him.


Report: Hate, Bias Incidents Have Surged In Maryland

Reports of hate and bias incidents have surged in Maryland, according to a new report from state police.


Commissioner Davis On Police-Involved Shooting Of Robbery Suspect: ‘This Is A Dime A Dozen Scenario’

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says officer involved in fatal-shooting of an armed robbery suspect did what he was trained to do.


State’s Atty: Tessier Will Not Face Murder Charge For Slain Girlfriend’s Unborn Baby

Tyler Tessier, the man charged with murdering his pregnant girlfriend in September, will not face a murder charge for the unborn child.


Former Maryland School Employee Accused Of Sending Naked Photo To Student

A former employee at Dundalk High School, who was once a Baltimore County police officer, is under fire after being accused of sending naked photos to a student.


Possible Return For Sports Betting At Maryland Casinos For 2018 Agenda

The issue of casino gambling could return to Maryland’s General Assembly in 2018. That’s according to our media partners at The Baltimore Sun. 


Shooting At Local Walmart Leaves Shoppers In The Line Of Fire

Frightening moments in Howard County, where gunfire erupted at an Ellicott City Walmart, leaving one man injured.


Volunteers Join In Civic Works Day Of Service To Improve The City

Hundreds of volunteers scattered throughout Charm City Saturday to help improve it’s image as a part of Civic Works 15th Annual Ricky Myers Day of Service.


1 Killed, 6 Others Hurt In Thursday Night Shootings

A bloody night in Baltimore, as seven people are shot and one person is killed in gunfire throughout the city.


Baltimore Closer To Hosting Some FIFA World Cup Games In 2026

Baltimore is one step closer to hosting a few FIFA World Cup matches at M&T Bank Stadium.


Baltimore County Police Say 1,400 Now Have Body-Worn Cameras

Baltimore County police say they’ve finished training and equipping about 1,400 officers with body-worn cameras.


Police Investigating Possible Abuse Of Special Needs Children At Baltimore School

A substitute teacher for the Baltimore City Public Schools system has been fired after they reportedly physically abused at least one student.


Family Member: Sounded Like ‘Bomb’ Went Off After Fire Pit Explosion

A frightening ordeal, as a fire pit explosion rocks a Baltimore County neighborhood, leaving one family injured, including a 2-year-old girl.


ICE Arrest Hundreds During Operation ‘Safe City’ Immigration Crackdown; 28 Arrested in Md.

ICE conducted a nationwide sweep called operation “Safe City” that resulted in hundreds of people being arrested, including more than two dozen in Maryland.


Russian Hackers Purchased Facebook Ads Targeting Baltimore, Ferguson, Black Lives Matter

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– More than 3,000 ads were purchased by Russians during the presidential election and at least one of the ads specifically targeted Baltimore. Congressional investigators are still trying to get a handle on how widespread the Russian operation was. They believe the goal of the ads was to create chaos and unrest not only in Baltimore, […]


Ravens Won’t Disclose Planned Action For National Anthem

The Baltimore Ravens have decided against disclosing their planned course of action during the national anthem this Sunday at home against Pittsburgh.


Annapolis Using Drones To Help Solve Traffic Problem

It’s been a problem for decades in Annapolis, as complaints continue over traffic throughout the area.


More Maryland Crews Head South In Wake Of Hurricane Maria

More crews from Maryland are heading south to help in the wake of Maria and the other deadly hurricanes this season. 


Police Arrest 2 Teens Accused Of Shooting At Cars

Two teens are now behind bars after police say they fired shots at multiple vehicles back in August.


Marylanders Prepared To Help Caribbean Again With Maria Looming

Islands in the Caribbean already look like a war zone from Irma and for some they are in tears wondering how much more they can take.


Vatican Recalls Priest From D.C. Embassy, Launches Child Porn Investigation

A local diplomat has been pulled from the United States after prosecutors say he’s the center of a child pornography investigation Friday morning.


Maryland Volunteers Continue Heading Down To Help After Irma

The Red Cross continues to send volunteers from our region to help the millions who are dealing with damage and darkness left by Hurricane Irma.


Local Units Mobilize To Help Caribbean Islands Affected By Irma

Local aid is being mobilized to Caribbean Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.


Local Relief Groups At The Ready To Assist After Hurricane Irma

It battered the Caribbean, destroying just about everything in sight, but Hurricane Irma is far from over.


Lewis: Ravens Didn’t Sign Kaepernick Because Of Girlfriend’s Tweet

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is shining new light on the Colin Kaepernick deal that never came to be.


Police Offer Reward For Information About Murder Of Fmr. UMD Coach’s Son

Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information about the fatal shooting of the son of former Maryland coach Mike Locksley.


Police Departments Team Up To Crack Down On Illegal ATV & Dirt Bike Riders

Over the holiday weekend, Maryland State Police and another department teamed up to put a stop to the rise in illegal dirt bike and ATV riders.


Md. AmeriCorps Volunteers Sent On 21-Day Deployment To Houston

Maryland volunteers were deployed to Houston for 21 days. They’ve seen the aftermath and say the videos and pictures don’t do it justice.


Md. University Comes Together For Slain College Student; Possible Hate Crime

It was a somber day in College Park, Maryland, where hundreds held a moment of silence for Richard Collins III just feet from where he was murdered.


Police Searching For Gunman Responsible For Shooting Several Cars, Including Cop Cruiser

Multiple cars were shot at in Baltimore County Thursday, blowing out windows and nearly hitting drivers and passengers in a broad daylight.


Army-Navy Game Leaving Baltimore; Won’t Be Back In Near Future

With a chance to try something different, Army and Navy instead choose to stick with tradition.


Md. Community Mourns Death Of Murdered Girl Weeks Before 16th Birthday

Police found and identified the body of a 15-year-old girl in Harford County after she was reported missing.


Md. Couple Arrested For Attempted Murder And Robbery; Lured Victims With Prostitution

A Dundalk couple has been arrested for allegedly luring Hispanic men to a street for sex and robbing them at gunpoint.


Judge Denies New Sentencing Hearing For DC Sniper

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge has denied a new sentencing hearing for convicted sniper Lee Malvo.


Trump Responds After UA CEO Kevin Plank Resigns From Manufacturing Council

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is distancing himself from the president by giving up his seat on the White House’s American Manufacturing Council.


Local Doctors Accused Of Running Pill Mills, Flooding Streets With Oxycodone

Eleven people in Maryland have been indicted for their alleged roles in illegally prescribing addictive drugs.


Reactions Amid Backlash Over Ravens Potentially Signing Colin Kaepernick

Sparks continue to fly in Baltimore as the Ravens consider signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick. It’s the continuing controversy that’s now become the talk of sports throughout the country.


Deportation Of 2 Illegal Md. Immigrants Sparks Outrage; No Criminal History

Two local brothers have been sent back to their native country, after appearing at a regular check-in with immigration officials.


MDTA Officer Accused Of Shooting, Killing Federally Protected Birds While Boating

A Maryland Transportation officer has had his police powers suspended after being accused of shooting and killing federally protected birds while on a boat near the Key Bridge.


As Ravens Weigh Pros And Cons Of Kaepernick, Fans Weigh In

Colin Kaepernick is the most controversial player in the NFL right now. And the Ravens have a need for a quarterback.


Fire Causes ‘Extensive Damage’ To Coconut Charlie’s In Pasadena

A two-alarm fire caused “extensive damage” to Coconut Charlie’s on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena.


Baltimore Implements Crime Plan After Hitting 200 Homicide Benchmark

Baltimore City has hit the dark benchmark of 200 homicides more than halfway into the year.


Wrong Way Crash Kills 2 On Route 50 In Annapolis

All lanes of westbound Route 50 at Bay Dale Drive were closed for several hours Wednesday morning after two people were killed in a crash.


Social Justice, Civil Right Policies In Discussion At NAACP Convention In Baltimore

Thousands of people have come to Baltimore for the national NAACP convention.


Police Arrest Stabbing Suspect; Rapper Posted Aftermath On Facebook Live

City police have made an arrest in a stabbing where the victim posted the aftermath of the incident on Facebook Live.


Baltimore Rapper Who Went Live On Facebook After Stabbing Forgives Alleged Attacker

A local rapper who turned to Facebook Live just moments after being stabbed in Northeast Baltimore says people need to push to clean up the violence.


Baltimore Rapper Recovering, Goes Live On Facebook After Stabbing

A Baltimore rapper who turned to Facebook Live just moments being stabbed in northeast Baltimore is now recovering after thinking he was close to death.


Baltimore Officials Want Mandatory Sentencing For Illegal Guns

Baltimore officials are proposing a mandatory one-year sentence for illegal gun possession within 100 yards of a school, park, church or public building.


Bowie State Student’s Alleged Killer Indicted On Murder Charge

The man accused of stabbing a Bowie State student to death on the UMD College Park campus in May has been formally charged with murder.


Police Hope Newly Renovated Station Eases Tension In West Baltimore Community

City police are overhauling their western district police station in a desperate attempt to ease tensions with the community.


Family Of Mother Killed During Police Pursuit Sues Transportation Authority

The Maryland Transportation Authority and some of its officers are being blamed for a police pursuit that left two people dead.


Community Remembers Man Killed While Assisting Disabled Vehicle

A 51-year-old volunteer firefighter who was working as a tow truck driver was struck and killed along I-95 after responding to help another vehicle.


A Sneak Peak Into Maryland’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

From controversy to reality. There’s been a huge step forward for medical marijuana in Maryland.


BPD Officers Charged With More Crimes, Including Stealing Drugs, Organizing Home Invasion For Cash

It’s one of the largest corruption cases Baltimore has seen in years, and it continues to unravel.


Crews See Recent Spike In Number Of Rescues On Billy Goat Trail

More than a dozen rescue calls at a popular Maryland trail, caused by an epidemic of injured and stranded hikers.


Police Ramp Up Response Into Holiday Weekend Following Triple Shooting

Police are responding in droves leading up to the holiday weekend, as three people were shot Friday morning in south Baltimore.


City Police ‘Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Is’ In Building Transparency

Baltimore City police released body-cam footage from three different officer-involved shootings this month.


Big Shakeup At Baltimore Based Under Armour; New President Announced

The Baltimore based Under Armour is bringing in a new president, meaning Kevin Plank is taking a step back from that role.


Itn’l Study: Approval Ratings Down For Pres. Trump, United States

A new survey shows just months into office, favorable ratings for President Trump and the United States are down drastically. The numbers include citizens from our nation’s closest allies.


Maryland County Among Those Affected By Nationwide Hack

One Maryland county was among the government websites across the country that were shut down for hours after being hacked.


Confederate Monuments Removed Across The Country Sparks Debate In Baltimore

Whether or not Confederate monuments should be removed in cities across the country has ignited debate and Baltimore could be next.


Time Magazine: Russian Election Hack Worse Than Initially Thought

Time Magazine reports that a Russian cyber attack in more than 20 states is worse than initially thought.


Police Continue Search For Answers In Towson Hit-And-Run That Killed Cyclist

Baltimore County Police crash investigators continue to search for answers about the crash that killed cyclist Aaron Laciny.


Police Seek Driver In Baltimore Co. Hit And Run That Killed Bicyclist

The search is on for the driver who police say hit a 20-year-old cyclist and left him to die in the middle of a Towson road.


Potential Impact Of ‘Game Changing’ Move As Amazon Buys Whole Foods

The deal is being called a “game changer,” as Amazon takes over Whole Foods, for nearly $14 billion dollars.


New Plans Being Put In Place To Develop Harbor, Rash Field

Big changes are coming to one of Baltimore’s hottest summer spots at the Inner Harbor.


Investigation Continues Into Congressional Baseball Practice Gunman

The FBI has swarmed the Illinois home of James Hodgkinson, combing through evidence.


Baltimore Nearing 160 Homicides Less Than Halfway Through 2017

The number of murders continues to sky rocket in Baltimore after six people are killed in less than 24 hours.


Residents Seek Solution To ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ Oil Trains In Area

Dozens of people are raising concerns about the dangers of oil trains traveling through Baltimore.


Baltimore City Council & Mayor Catherine Pugh Agree On School Budget

After hundreds of students and teachers voiced concerns about education the Baltimore City Council and the mayor have agreed on a budget.


Baltimore’s Hilton Hotel Continues To Lose Money

The deficits for the Baltimore City-owned Hilton Hotel are piling up, after another down year.


Suspect In Patapsco State Park Incident Turns Himself In

A suspect in the Tuesday incident at Patapsco State Park in which a driver rammed a Natural Resources Police officer with a vehicle has turned himself in.