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
Female Caregivers On Frontlines Of The Coronavirus Fight Kathy Ritchie April 13, 2020
Long-Term Care Facility Confirms More Coronavirus Infections Kathy Ritchie April 13, 2020
What Ducey's Self-Quarantine Order Means For Travelers Lauren Gilger, Kathy Ritchie April 9, 2020
Ducey Signs New Executive Orders As AZ Prepares Rocio Hernandez, Kathy Ritchie April 8, 2020
Parenting In A Pandemic: How To Survive Kathy Ritchie April 6, 2020
It's National Census Day — And Here's How Many Arizonans Have Been Counted So Far Kathy Ritchie April 1, 2020
24 Tucson Nursing Home Residents Test Positive For The Coronavirus Kathy Ritchie March 30, 2020
Rural AZ Communities Getting Creative To Care For Older Arizonans Kathy Ritchie March 30, 2020
Tips For Caregivers And People Living With Dementia Amid Coronavirus Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2020
Domestic And Sexual Violence Groups Operating Despite Pandemic Kathy Ritchie, Lauren Gilger March 28, 2020
Arizona's Older Adults Facing Challenges With Food And Scams Kathy Ritchie March 28, 2020
Amid A Pandemic, How Are Grandparents Raising Kids Coping? Kathy Ritchie March 26, 2020
Coronavirus Takes Toll On Homebound Seniors And Army Of Volunteers Kathy Ritchie March 23, 2020
How Will the Coronavirus Affect Phoenix's Homeless Population? Kathy Ritchie March 20, 2020
CASS Seeks Alternate Shelter Solution For Homeless Seniors Kathy Ritchie March 18, 2020
Bashas' Opens Early So Arizona Seniors Can Shop Kathy Ritchie March 18, 2020
Despite Coronavirus Fears, Some Workers Need Child Care Kathy Ritchie March 17, 2020
Coronavirus Impacts People With Disability And Their Caregivers Kathy Ritchie March 16, 2020
High School Seniors Get Hands-On Nursing Training Kathy Ritchie March 13, 2020
AZ Lawmakers Vote To Require Warning Labels On Medical Marijuana Kathy Ritchie March 11, 2020
Corrections Officer Who Exposed Broken Locks Has Died Kathy Ritchie
Associated Press
March 10, 2020
ADHS Confirms 3rd Coronavirus Case In Arizona Scott Bourque, Kathy Ritchie March 6, 2020
What Care Facilities Are Doing To Keep Residents Safe From Coronavirus Kathy Ritchie March 4, 2020
Survey: Arizona Ranks In Top 10 Of Best Places To Retire Kathy Ritchie March 4, 2020
KJZZ Explains: Presidential Preference Election Katie Campbell, Amanda Luberto, Kathy Ritchie March 2, 2020