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
Study: Patients With Dementia Appear To Be At Increased Risk For COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie Feb. 15, 2021
Study: LGBT Adults More Likely To Experience Adverse COVID-19 Effects Kathy Ritchie Feb. 12, 2021
Bill To Allocate $5M For Homeless Seniors Moves Through AZ Legislature Kathy Ritchie Feb. 11, 2021
Arizona Aging Advocates: Rural Homebound Seniors Being Left Behind In Vaccine Rollout Kathy Ritchie Feb. 9, 2021
Sun Heath Offers Staff $250 To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Kathy Ritchie Feb. 8, 2021
Arizona Bill Would Make It Harder To Sue Nursing Homes Kathy Ritchie Feb. 4, 2021
Disability Advocates Ask For Higher Vaccine Priority Kathy Ritchie Feb. 4, 2021
Ability 360 Expanding Home Care Services To The West Valley Kathy Ritchie Feb. 2, 2021
Minimum Wage Increase A Catch-22 For Disability Community Kathy Ritchie Feb. 1, 2021
Disability Advocates Call For More Accessible Right To Speak Kathy Ritchie Feb. 1, 2021
Ad Hoc Abuse And Neglect Task Force Move Bills 2 Years After Hacienda Kathy Ritchie Jan. 29, 2021
AARP Arizona Urges Ducey To Prioritize Seniors In Vaccine Rollout Kathy Ritchie Jan. 29, 2021
Advocates Worry People With Disabilities Who Live At Home Struggle To Get Vaccine Kathy Ritchie Jan. 29, 2021
A 'Bad Death': Families Struggle With Complicated Grief After Loved Ones Lost To COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie Jan. 28, 2021
New Report Details 'Devastating Effect' Of Long-Term Care Closures Kathy Ritchie Jan. 22, 2021
Advocates: Legislature Excluding People With Disabilities, Older Adults Kathy Ritchie Jan. 21, 2021
Arizona Mom: People With Disabilities Not Being Protected Kathy Ritchie Jan. 19, 2021
Why Long-Term Care Struggles To Get Residents, Staff Vaccinated Lauren Gilger, Kathy Ritchie Jan. 14, 2021
Nursing Home Caregiver Talks About Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine Kathy Ritchie Jan. 11, 2021
Homebound Seniors Largely Forgotten When It Comes To Vaccine Kathy Ritchie Jan. 11, 2021
ASU's Intergenerational Community Mirabella Welcomes First Residents Kathy Ritchie Jan. 11, 2021
Some Nursing Home Staff Not Getting COVID-19 Vaccine Kathy Ritchie Jan. 7, 2021
Volunteers Trained By National Guard Begin COVID-19 Vaccinations Kathy Ritchie Jan. 7, 2021
Hobbs: Trump Call To Georgia Official 'Not Normal Or OK' Kathy Ritchie Jan. 5, 2021
What Has Changed Since Incapacitated Woman Gave Birth Kathy Ritchie Jan. 4, 2021