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
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
Town Of Jerome Wants To Ban Short-Term Vacation Rentals Kathy Ritchie May 18, 2015
Snow In Northern Arizona, Rain Likely In Phoenix Area Kathy Ritchie, Will Stone May 15, 2015
Phoenix Marine On Helicopter That Crashed In Nepal Kathy Ritchie May 15, 2015
Amid State Cuts, NAU Looking To Other Revenue Streams Kathy Ritchie May 7, 2015
Got A Song Stuck In Your Head? Arizona Researchers Want To Know Why Kathy Ritchie May 7, 2015
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office To Start Using Body Cameras Kathy Ritchie May 6, 2015
Citrus Quarantine Expanded To Parts Of Maricopa County Kathy Ritchie April 23, 2015
More Flight Path Changes Possible At Airports Across The Valley Kathy Ritchie April 23, 2015
Auditor General's Report Critical Of State Revenue Department Kathy Ritchie April 17, 2015
Free Entrance To Arizona's National Parks This Weekend Kathy Ritchie April 17, 2015
Phoenix Mayor And Councilman React To FAA Flight Path Report Alexandra Olgin, Kathy Ritchie April 15, 2015
New Section Of Hatcher Road A Model Of Phoenix's 'Complete Street' Project Kathy Ritchie April 13, 2015
Yuma Council Takes First Steps To Ban Texting While Driving Kathy Ritchie April 9, 2015
Republican Voters Sue City Of Tucson Over City Council Election Process Kathy Ritchie April 8, 2015