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 media 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. Ritchie was also responsible for Next Avenue's 2022 series entitled Aging with Disabilities in America. 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 was responsible for 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 (FTD) and what life is like after dementia. 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
Be Nice On Phoenix-Area Hiking Trails This Holiday Weekend Kathy Ritchie July 1, 2015
Tonto National Forest Will Lift Its Fire Restrctions Kathy Ritchie July 1, 2015
Surprise Police: 2 Men Arrested In Aluminum Thefts Kathy Ritchie June 26, 2015
Record Heat Grounded Planes In Phoenix 25 Years Ago Today Katherine Fritcke, Kathy Ritchie June 26, 2015
City of Phoenix Continues To Make Progress On Bike Lanes Kathy Ritchie June 15, 2015
Phoenix Making Progress On Bike Lane On 12th Street Kathy Ritchie June 12, 2015
Tempe Taking Steps To Solve The City's Feral Cat Problem Kathy Ritchie June 12, 2015
June 15 Is Officially The Start Of Arizona's Monsoon Season Kathy Ritchie June 15, 2015
Guadalupe Fire Burning In New Mexico Will Benefit Environment Kathy Ritchie June 4, 2015
Top Officials No Longer With Arizona Health Department Kathy Ritchie June 4, 2015
McCain, Flake Push For End To Military Paying NFL To Honor Troops Associated Press, Kathy Ritchie June 4, 2015
Chiropractic Care For The Smallest Of Patients Kathy Ritchie June 4, 2015
Phoenix A Step Closer To Creating Entertainment District Kathy Ritchie June 3, 2015
Senator Flake Says Removing Cuba From Terror Blacklist Will Help Normalize Relations Kathy Ritchie May 29, 2015
APS Builds 110-Mile Power Line To Yuma Kathy Ritchie May 29, 2015
Islamic Community Center Of Phoenix Finds Support In Community Amid Controversy Kathy Ritchie May 29, 2015
ASU And Arizona Western College Form Partnership To Offer Degrees Kathy Ritchie May 28, 2015
Tucson Meat Company Recalls Ground Beef Due To E-Coli Concerns Kathy Ritchie May 27, 2015
Granite Mountain Hotshot Movie Still In The Works Kathy Ritchie May 27, 2015
Volunteers Place Flags On Gravesites At National Cemetery Kathy Ritchie May 25, 2015
Your Flag Might Be Made In America, But Some Components Sourced Overseas Kathy Ritchie May 25, 2015
Tempe Passes Ban On Smoking With Kids In Car Kathy Ritchie May 22, 2015
Oak Tree Fire North Of Sonoita 50 Percent Contained Kathy Ritchie May 22, 2015
Human-Caused Oak Tree Fire Burns 2,000 Acres In Southern Arizona Kathy Ritchie May 21, 2015
Historic Preservation Office Enacts Policy To Deal With Conservation Easements Kathy Ritchie May 20, 2015