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
Ability 360 Plans To Host Vaccination Event For People With Disabilities Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2021
More Older Adults Slipping Into Poverty Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2021
Program Connects Lonely AZ Seniors Using Tech Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2021
Report: Human Rights Watch Exposes Nursing Home Neglect Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2021
In Long-Term Care, Some Good News After Painful Start To Year Kathy Ritchie March 26, 2021
People With Disabilities, Their Caregivers Can Now Get Vaccine Kathy Ritchie March 25, 2021
Advocates: 'Unprecedented' Election-Related Bills Could Hurt Disability Community Kathy Ritchie March 15, 2021
New Report Looks At COVID-19, Negative Effects On Brain Kathy Ritchie March 15, 2021
Ducey Hosts Tele-Town Hall To Answer Questions About COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie March 12, 2021
Federally Regulated Nursing Homes Open To Visitors Kathy Ritchie March 12, 2021
A Year After Nursing Homes Shut Down, Visits Are Once Again Allowed Kathy Ritchie March 11, 2021
Entire Arizona Highways Magazine Archive Available Online Kathy Ritchie March 11, 2021
Report: More Work Needed To Prevent Abuse Of People With Disabilities Kathy Ritchie March 9, 2021
Latinos Continue To Be Disproportionately Hit By COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie March 8, 2021
Child Therapist Shares Tips To Raise Motivated, Confident Girls Kathy Ritchie March 8, 2021
Arizona Parents Of Kids With Disabilities Plead For Vaccine Kathy Ritchie March 5, 2021
Kelly Talks About His $1.5B Plan To Help Aging Services Providers Kathy Ritchie March 5, 2021
Report Reveals COVID-19's Impact On Those With Alzheimer's Kathy Ritchie March 3, 2021
Bills Moving Through AZ Legislature Could Impact Disability Community Kathy Ritchie Feb. 24, 2021
What Happens When COVID-19 Invades The Brain Kathy Ritchie Feb. 22, 2021
Valley Of The Sun YMCA, Uber Partner To Help Older Adults Get Vaccinated Kathy Ritchie Feb. 18, 2021
An Arizona Nurse, Chaplain Talk About What It's Like To Watch People Die From COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie Feb. 18, 2021
Bill To Ban Conversion Therapy Facing Hurdles Kathy Ritchie Feb. 15, 2021
Nursing Homes Restricted Visitors Almost A Year Ago. Where Are Things Now? Kathy Ritchie Feb. 15, 2021
Could Loss Of Smell Lead To Health Challenges Later In Life? Kathy Ritchie Feb. 15, 2021