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
Small Business Owners Strained by Light Rail Construction Kathy Ritchie Dec. 11, 2014
Airport Sky Train Extends Service To Terminal 3 Kathy Ritchie Dec. 8, 2014
50 Percent Of People Who Go To St. Mary’s Food Bank Are Underemployed Kathy Ritchie Nov. 27, 2014
St. Vincent de Paul Brings Home-Cooked Meals To Those In Need Year Round Kathy Ritchie Nov. 26, 2014
Arizona Game And Fish Stocking Lakes And Ponds With Rainbow Trout Kathy Ritchie Nov. 24, 2014
Tempe Looks To Become 'Dementia Friendly' City Kathy Ritchie Nov. 24, 2014
Tempe Is Only Valley City To Offer Smart911 Service Kathy Ritchie Nov. 13, 2014
Unmanned Drone Spotted Near Sky Harbor Airport Kathy Ritchie Nov. 13, 2014
Wanted: A Few Good Applicants To Join The Governor-Elect's Administration Kathy Ritchie Nov. 13, 2014
Heavy Construction On US 89 Continues Kathy Ritchie Nov. 12, 2014
St. Mary's Food Bank Needs Volunteers Kathy Ritchie Nov. 13, 2014
Effort Underway To Recall Diane Douglas Kathy Ritchie Nov. 12, 2014
Mesa Recycles Cooking Oil Year Round Kathy Ritchie Nov. 10, 2014
A Brief History of Mudslinging Kathy Ritchie Nov. 5, 2014
Valley Residents Encouraged To Recycle Election Campaign Signs Kathy Ritchie Nov. 3, 2014
Mosquito That Can Carry Dengue Disease Found in Arizona Kathy Ritchie Oct. 30, 2014
Number Of Returned Early Ballots Still Low Kathy Ritchie Oct. 29, 2014
Early Ballots Due October 30 Kathy Ritchie Oct. 24, 2014
Arizona Sees First Confirmed Case Of Enterovirus D68 Kathy Ritchie Oct. 23, 2014
Arizona Game And Fish To Improve Habitats Of Two Native Species Kathy Ritchie Oct. 22, 2014
Mesa Police Department Educating Officers On Signs Of Alzheimer's Kathy Ritchie Oct. 20, 2014
Residents React To Meeting With FAA Kathy Ritchie Oct. 17, 2014
NAU May Ban Tobacco Products On Campus Kathy Ritchie Oct. 10, 2014
Early Voting Ballots Mailed For November Election Kathy Ritchie Oct. 9, 2014
Heavy Rain Creates Flooding In Apache Junction Kathy Ritchie Oct. 9, 2014