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
Phoenix Zoo To Reopen Friday Kathy Ritchie Sept. 3, 2015
Construction Of New Wal-Mart Begins At Phoenix Metrocenter Mall Kathy Ritchie Sept. 3, 2015
Phoenix Zoo Closed Again Thursday Due To Storm Damage Kathy Ritchie Sept. 2, 2015
CDC Recommends Meningitis B Vaccine, Especially For College Students In Dorms Kathy Ritchie Aug. 28, 2015
Willow Fire Impacts Animals In Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Kathy Ritchie Aug. 28, 2015
Phoenix Working On Safety For Hikers Kathy Ritchie Aug. 27, 2015
Accreditation Body To UA Medical School: Fix Noncompliance Issues Kathy Ritchie Aug. 26, 2015
Hospice Of The Valley's 11th Hour Companions Help Comfort Those In Their Last Days Kathy Ritchie Aug. 25, 2015
ASU Launches Its First Science Massive Open Online Course Kathy Ritchie Aug. 21, 2015
Mesa Light Rail Extension Starts Running Ahead Of Schedule Kathy Ritchie Aug. 21, 2015
Tempe Police Expects Delays As ASU Students Come Back To School Kathy Ritchie Aug. 18, 2015
Tempe To Promote Meatless Mondays, Some School Districts Follow Suit Kathy Ritchie Aug. 14, 2015
Arizona Sends Firefighters To California, Oregon To Fight Wildfire Kathy Ritchie Aug. 11, 2015
Taking A Cue From Pope Francis, Phoenix-Area Priests Use Social Media To Connect With Their Flock Kathy Ritchie Aug. 11, 2015
Tempe Feral Cat Program Working, Vice Mayor Says Kathy Ritchie Aug. 7, 2015
What's Next For Phoenix's Complete Streets Kathy Ritchie Aug. 5, 2015
Tonto National Forest Receives More Funding To Thin Ponderosa Kathy Ritchie Aug. 3, 2015
Light-Rail Work Closes 19th Avenue And Glendale Intersection Kathy Ritchie July 27, 2015
Arizona Anti-Vaccination Doctor Keeps His License Kathy Ritchie July 24, 2015
UPPA Baby Recalls 71,000 Strollers, Seats Kathy Ritchie July 24, 2015
Foliage Disease Affecting Trees In Oak Creek Canyon Kathy Ritchie July 23, 2015
Report: Older Adults Who Stop Driving Are More Prone To Depression Kathy Ritchie July 23, 2015
Coconino County Detention Facility To Use High-Tech Wristbands To Track Inmates Kathy Ritchie July 17, 2015
Chandler Unified School District Students Head Back To School Monday Kathy Ritchie July 17, 2015
Airplane Flying Out Of Sky Harbor Hit With Handheld Laser Kathy Ritchie July 17, 2015