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
Plague Found In Fleas Near Popular Hiking Spot In N. Arizona Kathy Ritchie April 3, 2015
Arizona Legislature OKs Voluntary REAL ID Driver's Licenses Kathy Ritchie April 3, 2015
Bill Aims To Help Arizona's Feral Cats Kathy Ritchie April 2, 2015
ADOT: Delays Expected On US 93 Near Wikieup Kathy Ritchie April 2, 2015
Sky Harbor Officials Update City On FAA Developments Kathy Ritchie April 1, 2015
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center And ASU To Study And Prevent Falling Among Older Adults Kathy Ritchie March 27, 2015
Cesar Chavez Park To Get A New Look Over The Next Year Kathy Ritchie March 27, 2015
2 Arizona Bills Would Make It Harder For Neighborhoods To Block Liquor Stores Kathy Ritchie March 27, 2015
ADHS Part of Nationwide Initiative To Increase Colorectal Screening Rates Kathy Ritchie March 18, 2015
Tucson Crowd-Control Ordinance To Be Rewritten Kathy Ritchie March 18, 2015
FAA Flight Path Noise May Impact Historical Phoenix Homes Kathy Ritchie March 16, 2015
Arizona's Unemployment Numbers Above National Rate Kathy Ritchie March 12, 2015
Census: 40 Percent Of Arizonans In Lake Havasu, Prescott Have Remarried Kathy Ritchie March 12, 2015
Authorities Take Down Drug Organization With Ties To Sinaloa Cartel Kathy Ritchie March 5, 2015
Arizona Senate Approves Bill Allowing ADOT To Issue REAL ID Licenses Kathy Ritchie March 5, 2015
Phoenix Bike Share Program Expanding Kathy Ritchie March 4, 2015
ADOT Says No Major Accidents After Monday's Heavy Snow Fall Kathy Ritchie March 3, 2015
Northern Trust Building New Office In Tempe, Promising 1,000 Jobs Kathy Ritchie Feb. 27, 2015
New Ambulance Company To Compete With Rural Metro In Maricopa County Kathy Ritchie Feb. 26, 2015
City Of Phoenix Set To Accept Bids For Historic Carousel Operator Kathy Ritchie Feb. 26, 2015
Phoenix City Council Meets To Discuss FAA Flight Path Changes Kathy Ritchie Feb. 25, 2015
Apple Tax Credits Moving Fast Through Legislature Kathy Ritchie Feb. 25, 2015
NAU Establishes Scholarship To Honor Kayla Mueller Kathy Ritchie Feb. 20, 2015
Progress Being Made On Valley Metro's Light Rail Extension Kathy Ritchie Feb. 20, 2015
Westbound Sky Harbor Road Closed Friday, Saturday Kathy Ritchie Feb. 20, 2015