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
Schools and nursing homes relied on volunteers and unpaid caregivers. Then COVID-19 hit Kathy Ritchie March 9, 2022
AZ education-related bills have school administrators worried Kathy Ritchie March 8, 2022
Biden's 1st State of the Union touches on state of long-term care in U.S. Kathy Ritchie March 7, 2022
Study: Deaths among adults with Alzheimer's surged during early pandemic Kathy Ritchie March 7, 2022
New CDC masking guidance doesn't apply to long-term care facilities Kathy Ritchie March 1, 2022
UA Health Sciences unveils consortium to create pandemic-free future Kathy Ritchie March 1, 2022
Art helps people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities tell their own stories Kathy Ritchie Feb. 28, 2022
AZ lawmakers again considering bills to help grandparents raising grandkids Kathy Ritchie Feb. 18, 2022
Nursing homes say staffing agencies are price gouging Kathy Ritchie Feb. 15, 2022
ASU studies non-drug treatments to prevent Alzheimer's Kathy Ritchie Feb. 14, 2022
Bill moving through Legislature could help people save for retirement Kathy Ritchie Feb. 11, 2022
Women, migrants make up long-term care workers, face workforce inequities Kathy Ritchie Feb. 8, 2022
Staffing shortages exist outside of nursing homes, and it's hurting Arizona's older adults Kathy Ritchie Feb. 9, 2022
Older adults still struggling with mental health 2 years into COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie Feb. 7, 2022
AZ lawmakers move 3 bills aimed at improving oversight of group homes Kathy Ritchie Feb. 3, 2022
2 years after COVID-19, what does long-term care look like? Kathy Ritchie Feb. 2, 2022
Report: AZ crisis response failing people with disabilities Kathy Ritchie Jan. 26, 2022
Many nursing home residents vaccinated, not boosted Kathy Ritchie Jan. 27, 2022
Medicare limits coverage of new Alzheimer's drug Kathy Ritchie Jan. 24, 2022
Program Aims To Give Free Hearing Aids To Lower-Income Arizonans Kathy Ritchie June 7, 2021
Experience Corps Pairs Older Adults, Kids For Learning Experience Kathy Ritchie June 1, 2021
Virtual Caregiving: The Struggle To Find Support Kathy Ritchie May 27, 2021
People With 'Criminal Issues' Considered For Nursing Home Licenses Kathy Ritchie May 24, 2021
Older Adults Don't Have Enough Wealth Saved To Pay For Care They Want Kathy Ritchie May 21, 2021
Program Helps Expectant Moms Struggling With Addiction Kathy Ritchie May 17, 2021