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
Kingman Council Deadlocked On HandHeld Devices While Driving Kathy Ritchie Nov. 5, 2015
San Diego Active Shooter Situation Affects At Least One Flight At Sky Harbor Kathy Ritchie Nov. 4, 2015
Construction On Phoenix Northwest Extension Of Light Rail 90 Percent Complete Kathy Ritchie Nov. 4, 2015
City Of Phoenix Looks Ahead With Canalscape Projects Kathy Ritchie Oct. 29, 2015
Phoenix Gets $10M Grant For Grand Canalscape Project Kathy Ritchie Oct. 28, 2015
Arizona Rep. David Schweikert On The Next Speaker Of The House Kathy Ritchie Oct. 28, 2015
Study: Doctors Not Doing Enough To Make Sure Adolescents Get HPV Vaccine Kathy Ritchie Oct. 26, 2015
Popular Fossil Creek Considers Online Reservation System Kathy Ritchie Oct. 22, 2015
Phoenix 'Missing In Arizona' Event Focuses On Thousands Of Cold Cases Kathy Ritchie Oct. 19, 2015
Uber Drivers Urged To Strike This Weekend Kathy Ritchie, Phil Latzman Oct. 16, 2015
Survey: Arizona Teens Engage In Risky Driving Behaviors Kathy Ritchie Oct. 15, 2015
Phoenix Lifts Fire Ban At Mountain, Desert Preserves Kathy Ritchie Oct. 15, 2015
Maricopa County To Lift Fire Ban At Parks On Friday Kathy Ritchie Oct. 8, 2015
Arizona Newborn Screening Now Includes Test For Critical Congenital Heart Defect Kathy Ritchie Oct. 5, 2015
National Weather Service Issues Red Flag Warning For Northeastern Arizona Kathy Ritchie Oct. 2, 2015
National Forests Start Prescribed Burns To Avoid Devastating Wildfire Kathy Ritchie Oct. 1, 2015
Tempe To Vote On Ordinance That Would Ban Texting While Driving Kathy Ritchie Sept. 25, 2015
Town Of Jerome Sued By Short-Term Rental Owners Over Zoning Dispute Kathy Ritchie Sept. 23, 2015
Flu Is Already In Arizona; CDC, ADHS Say Get The Vaccine Kathy Ritchie Sept. 18, 2015
Yuma, Kingman Consider Ban On Hand-Held Devices While Driving Kathy Ritchie Sept. 18, 2015
Arizona Health Officials Launch Course To Address Perinatal Mood And Anxiety Disorder Kathy Ritchie Sept. 14, 2015
For-Profit School Students More Likely To Default On Loans, Study Says Kathy Ritchie Sept. 10, 2015
Phoenix Set To Open New Dog Park Kathy Ritchie Sept. 10, 2015
Phoenix City Councilmembers Consider Drone Ordinance Kathy Ritchie Sept. 9, 2015
Big Changes Coming To Metrocenter Mall In Phoenix Kathy Ritchie Sept. 7, 2015