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, The 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
AZ Hospital Visitation Policies Must Comply With ADA Kathy Ritchie July 20, 2020
Arizona To Start COVID-19 Testing Assisted Living Facilities Kathy Ritchie July 17, 2020
Disability Advocacy Groups Call On Ducey To Ensure All Arizonans Treated Equally In ER Kathy Ritchie July 2, 2020
What Would It Take To Ease Restrictions In Nursing Homes? Kathy Ritchie July 1, 2020
Long-Term Care Facilities Given $10,000 To Help Older Adults Connect With Family Kathy Ritchie June 30, 2020
ADA Warns Against Fake Face Mask Exempt Cards Kathy Ritchie June 30, 2020
Some Long-Term Care Residents Losing Will To Live Kathy Ritchie July 1, 2020
AARP Director To Congress: Nursing Homes Need COVID-19 Plan Kathy Ritchie June 26, 2020
Survey: Assisted Living Facilities Lack Sufficient PPE Kathy Ritchie June 19, 2020
Families Must Wait Even Longer To Visit Nursing Homes Kathy Ritchie June 18, 2020
Justice In Aging: Broaden Definition Of Compassionate Care Visit Kathy Ritchie June 17, 2020
AARP Arizona Wants More Nursing Homes Transparency Kathy Ritchie June 16, 2020
Nursing Home Advocates Not Allowed Inside Facilities Kathy Ritchie June 16, 2020
Guadalupe's COVID-19 Rate More Than 4 Times Higher Than County's Kathy Ritchie June 12, 2020
Group Seeks Federal Dollars To Help Assisted Living Facilities Kathy Ritchie June 10, 2020
Study: People With Intellectual, Developmental Disability More Likely To Die From COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie June 10, 2020
Many Caregivers Could Grapple With Cost Of Health Care Kathy Ritchie June 8, 2020
CMS Releases Names Of Nursing Homes' Coronavirus Numbers Kathy Ritchie, Ben Giles June 4, 2020
AARP Director: AZ Has 'Done Nothing' To Address Concerns Kathy Ritchie June 4, 2020
When Will Families Be Able To Visit Loved Ones In Long-Term Care? Kathy Ritchie June 4, 2020
Curfew Does Not Take Homeless Population Into Account Kathy Ritchie June 2, 2020
Data On COVID-19 In Nursing Homes In Arizona, U.S. Released Kathy Ritchie, Steve Goldstein June 2, 2020
AARP Arizona Will Continue Fight For Nursing Home Transparency Kathy Ritchie June 2, 2020
Mesa, Chandler And Tempe Open Hotel For Homeless Kathy Ritchie May 28, 2020
Emergency Medicine Doctor: Nursing Homes Need Support, Not Blame Kathy Ritchie May 26, 2020