Kathy Ritchie

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Senior Field Correspondent - Tempe

Kathy Ritchie has nearly 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local news organizations, including asap, AP’s digital storytelling platform, CHILD magazine and Arizona Highways.

Ritchie joined KJZZ in 2014 as a general assignment reporter, covering breaking and spot news. She began focusing on aging issues in 2017 when she produced a two-part series about aging and intimacy. She was later asked to oversee the 10-part series “The State of Aging in the Valley.” At the time, it was one of the largest newsroom collaborations and culminated in a sit-down interview with Dr. Pauline Boss, author of “Loving Someone Who Has Dementia.”

Since then, she has reported on the many challenges facing LGBT elders; oral health care in long-term care facilities; senior homelessness; women in poverty; ambiguous loss and grief; grandfamilies (grandparents raising grandchildren); and what it means to age in our society. In 2019, Ritchie produced a four-part podcast called the Recovering Caregiver, which explored life after dementia. The final episode was nominated for an Edward R. Murrow Award.

More recently, Ritchie's work has focused on the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on older adults and people with disabilities.

Over the years, her work on aging has aired on NPR's Here & Now.

Ritchie got her start in television at ABC News and later at FOX News in New York City. She earned her master’s degree from New York University in 2001 and her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in 1999.

Title Author(s) Publication Date
Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Are Missing In Arizona Kathy Ritchie April 12, 2021
Q&AZ: How Can A Homebound Senior Get The Vaccine? Kathy Ritchie April 9, 2021
Nursing Home-Pharmacy Partnership For COVID-19 Vaccine To End Kathy Ritchie April 8, 2021
Disability Organization To Host Vaccine Event This Weekend Kathy Ritchie April 6, 2021
'Working Daughters' Have Long Made Personal Sacrifices To Care For Their Aging Parents Kathy Ritchie April 6, 2021
Arizona Organization Making COVID-19 Vaccine House Calls Kathy Ritchie April 5, 2021
Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials Lagging Kathy Ritchie April 5, 2021
New Website Helps Rural Older Adults Get Rides To Get Vaccinated Kathy Ritchie April 2, 2021
Ability 360 Plans To Host Vaccination Event For People With Disabilities Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2021
More Older Adults Slipping Into Poverty Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2021
Program Connects Lonely AZ Seniors Using Tech Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2021
Report: Human Rights Watch Exposes Nursing Home Neglect Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2021
In Long-Term Care, Some Good News After Painful Start To Year Kathy Ritchie March 26, 2021
People With Disabilities, Their Caregivers Can Now Get Vaccine Kathy Ritchie March 25, 2021
Advocates: 'Unprecedented' Election-Related Bills Could Hurt Disability Community Kathy Ritchie March 15, 2021
New Report Looks At COVID-19, Negative Effects On Brain Kathy Ritchie March 15, 2021
Ducey Hosts Tele-Town Hall To Answer Questions About COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie March 12, 2021
Federally Regulated Nursing Homes Open To Visitors Kathy Ritchie March 12, 2021
A Year After Nursing Homes Shut Down, Visits Are Once Again Allowed Kathy Ritchie March 11, 2021
Entire Arizona Highways Magazine Archive Available Online Kathy Ritchie March 11, 2021
Report: More Work Needed To Prevent Abuse Of People With Disabilities Kathy Ritchie March 9, 2021
Latinos Continue To Be Disproportionately Hit By COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie March 8, 2021
Child Therapist Shares Tips To Raise Motivated, Confident Girls Kathy Ritchie March 8, 2021
Arizona Parents Of Kids With Disabilities Plead For Vaccine Kathy Ritchie March 5, 2021
Kelly Talks About His $1.5B Plan To Help Aging Services Providers Kathy Ritchie March 5, 2021

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