Kathy Ritchie

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Senior Field Correspondent - Tempe

Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local outlets. Nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.

Most recently, she was the health and caregiving editor at Next Avenue, a national digital publication geared toward people 50-plus. While there, she oversaw a team of contributors, identified opportunities for new feature stories and series, and oversaw the completion of the 2021 John A. Hartford Foundation grant, one of Next Avenue’s largest active grants to date. Next Avenue is part of the Twin Cities PBS system.

Ritchie has spent most of her public media career in radio as a senior field correspondent at NPR member station, KJZZ in Phoenix. While there, Ritchie oversaw the station’s largest newsroom collaboration, a 10-part series The State of Aging in the Valley. She also pitched and produced a four-part podcast, Recovering Caregiver, based on her own personal experience with her mother who had frontotemporal degeneration and focuses on life after caregiving. The final episode was nominated for a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

Over the years, Ritchie has reported on the challenges facing LGBT elders, the topic of aging and intimacy, senior homelessness, ambiguous loss and grief, grandfamilies, and what it means to age in our society. Many of these stories have aired on NPR’s national magazine show, Here & Now.

And throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, Ritchie reported on the myriad challenges facing families, older adults and caregivers. That work led her to create a miniseries called, Caring in Crisis, in which she documented the experiences of “the helpers.”

Besides her professional experience in the aging space, Ritchie wrote about her mother’s journey living with dementia in a blog

Ritchie got her start in television at ABC News and later at FOX News in New York City.

Title Author(s) Publication Date
Transgender kids and parents say Arizona lawmakers shouldn't be legislating their health care Kathy Ritchie April 20, 2022
Bill that would force teachers to post curriculum online fails — for now Kathy Ritchie April 19, 2022
Hospitals are also struggling to fill jobs across Arizona Kathy Ritchie April 15, 2022
British national involved in the death of Kayla Mueller convicted Kathy Ritchie
Associated Press
April 15, 2022
Sen. Kelly hears from Arizonans about how to fix high cost of prescription drugs for seniors Kathy Ritchie April 12, 2022
As COVID-19 mandates end, how do older adults and people with disabilities feel? Kathy Ritchie April 12, 2022
Youth center in Phoenix a safe (and fun) haven for LGBTQ kids Kathy Ritchie April 9, 2022
As more unmask, are people getting sick with the common cold? Kathy Ritchie April 6, 2022
Verde Valley nonprofit helps older adults keep their pets in their own home Kathy Ritchie April 4, 2022
Probation department launches trauma-informed training for officers Kathy Ritchie April 4, 2022
Bruce Willis steps away from acting due to aphasia. What is it and what causes this condition? Kathy Ritchie March 31, 2022
Nonprofit seeks to help Spanish-speaking, LGBTQ and veteran family caregivers Kathy Ritchie March 30, 2022
AZ man appointed to Biden's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities Kathy Ritchie March 30, 2022
Silver Alerts a valuable tool to find missing people with dementia or disabilities Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2022
Human Services Campus opens 100-bed overnight shelter Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2022
The Arizona Legislature banned abortion after 15 weeks. Now what? Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2022
Grief groups for LGBTQ people are few and far between. But they are desperately needed Kathy Ritchie March 24, 2022
New AZ law prevents convicted felons from running nursing homes Kathy Ritchie March 21, 2022
Disability-related bills gain momentum in AZ Legislature Kathy Ritchie March 21, 2022
Nursing homes had until March 15 to get staff vaccinated. How'd they do? Kathy Ritchie March 21, 2022
There are only 92 geriatricians in all of Arizona Kathy Ritchie March 21, 2022
Study: Even mild COVID-19 can cause brain to shrink in size Kathy Ritchie March 14, 2022
Study: Even mild COVID-19 can cause brain shrinkage Kathy Ritchie March 12, 2022
Sinema meets with Supreme Court nominee Jackson Kathy Ritchie March 12, 2022
2 nonprofits to receive funds to prevent spread of HIV among Latino men Kathy Ritchie March 9, 2022