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
UPS Facility In Tucson Faces Coronavirus Outbreak Kathy Ritchie May 25, 2020
As More Nursing Homes Test For COVID-19, Facilities Could Lose Staff Kathy Ritchie May 25, 2020
Christ: Assisted Living Facilities Will Eventually Be Tested Kathy Ritchie May 22, 2020
Long-Term Care Facility Glencroft Releases Daily COVID-19 Numbers Kathy Ritchie May 22, 2020
KJZZ Explains: Citizen Initiatives Katie Campbell, Kathy Ritchie May 19, 2020
LGBTQ Elders See Shades Of AIDS Crisis In COVID-19 Response Kathy Ritchie May 18, 2020
COVID-19 Testing Of Nursing Home Residents, Staff Underway Kathy Ritchie May 18, 2020
Arizona Not Ready To Allow Visitors In Nursing Homes Kathy Ritchie May 13, 2020
More Than 1,000 In Nursing Homes Infected With COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie May 13, 2020
Libertarians Want Supreme Court To Void AZ Signature Law. Hobbs Is Pushing Back Kathy Ritchie
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
May 13, 2020
Families Of Nursing Home Residents Worry About Loved Ones Kathy Ritchie May 11, 2020
Some AZ Disability Providers Say They Can't Get PPE Kathy Ritchie May 11, 2020
Nursing Homes Must Now Tell Families About COVID-19 Cases Kathy Ritchie May 5, 2020
Another Long-Term Care Facility Confirms Multiple COVID-19 Infections Kathy Ritchie, Mark Brodie May 3, 2020
Assisted Living Facilities Won't Receive PPE From FEMA Kathy Ritchie May 1, 2020
AZ Cites New Reason For Withholding Nursing Home Names Kathy Ritchie May 1, 2020
Learning How To Say Goodbye In A Pandemic Kathy Ritchie April 27, 2020
Long-Term Care Facilities Face Staffing Shortages Amid Coronavirus Kathy Ritchie April 24, 2020
County Reports First Long-Term Care Worker Death From COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie April 24, 2020
Area Agency On Aging Gets Record Calls From Seniors Lauren Gilger, Kathy Ritchie April 24, 2020
Fountain Hills Fountain Turns 50 This Year Kathy Ritchie April 20, 2020
Fountain Hills Residents Reach Out To Older Neighbors With Cards Kathy Ritchie April 20, 2020
Maricopa County Encourages Long-Term Care Facilities To Tell Families About Infections Kathy Ritchie April 16, 2020
Attention Long-Term Care Workers, Clients: We Want To Hear From You Kathy Ritchie April 15, 2020
AZ Won't ID Long-Term Care Facilities With Coronavirus Kathy Ritchie April 15, 2020