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
Doctor Says Allergy Season Could Be Severe Kathy Ritchie Feb. 19, 2015
South Mountain To Reopen Friday Kathy Ritchie Feb. 19, 2015
Republican Representatives Oppose Proposed Monument Near Grand Canyon Kathy Ritchie Feb. 19, 2015
Glendale Appoints Temporary City Manager Kathy Ritchie Feb. 19, 2015
Measles In Arizona Contained — For Now Kathy Ritchie Feb. 18, 2015
Warm, Dry Weather Could Increase Fire Risk Kathy Ritchie Feb. 16, 2015
Tempe Town Lake Beaver Released Into Wild Kathy Ritchie Feb. 13, 2015
Temperatures Predicted To Remain Above Normal Kathy Ritchie Feb. 13, 2015
City of Phoenix Launches Pay-By-Phone Parking App Kathy Ritchie Feb. 12, 2015
Former Republican Lawmaker Rick Renzi Asks To Put Off Prison Sentence Kathy Ritchie Feb. 12, 2015
St. Mary’s Basilica Celebrates 100 Years Kathy Ritchie Feb. 11, 2015
Some Parents Choosing Alternative Vaccine Schedule Kathy Ritchie Feb. 5, 2015
Many Parents Use Personal Belief Exemption Form To Opt Out Of Vaccines Kathy Ritchie Feb. 4, 2015
Elementary Parents In Paradise Valley Warned Of Possible Measles Risk Kathy Ritchie Feb. 4, 2015
Kindergartners In Yavapai County At Highest Risk For Measles Kathy Ritchie Feb. 2, 2015
ADOT Says Wet Driving Conditions Plus Extra Traffic Makes For Slow Commute Kathy Ritchie Jan. 30, 2015
ADOT Makes Several Freeway Improvements Ahead Of Super Bowl Kathy Ritchie Jan. 29, 2015
Committee Passes Bill To Reward Teachers Who Stop Child Abuse Kathy Ritchie Jan. 29, 2015
Measles Outbreak May Take Financial Toll Kathy Ritchie Jan. 28, 2015
More Parents Signing Personal Belief Vaccine Exemptions Kathy Ritchie Jan. 28, 2015
City of Phoenix To Offer Pay-By-Phone Parking Options Kathy Ritchie Jan. 28, 2015
New International Symbol Of Access Approved By City Of Phoenix Kathy Ritchie Jan. 26, 2015
City of Phoenix Says FAA Could Create New Flight Path To Curb Noise Kathy Ritchie Jan. 23, 2015
Maricopa County Woman Contracted Measles From Disneyland Visit Kathy Ritchie Jan. 22, 2015
Helicopters To Measure Radiation In Parts Of The Valley Kathy Ritchie Jan. 21, 2015