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
FTC Warns Of Coronavirus Vaccine Scams Kathy Ritchie Dec. 23, 2020
Staying Connected With Homebound Seniors Means Thinking Outside The Box Kathy Ritchie Dec. 29, 2020
Sojourner Center Helps Victims Of Domestic Violence Create New Holiday Traditions Kathy Ritchie Jan. 4, 2021
Long-Term Care Facilities Gearing Up For COVID-19 Vaccine Kathy Ritchie Dec. 18, 2020
Children's Books Can Help Kids Understand New COVID-19 Realities Kathy Ritchie Dec. 21, 2020
Nursing Home On The Brink Due To Costs Associated With COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie Dec. 18, 2020
AZDHS: Nursing Homes To Get Vaccine Week Of Dec. 27 Kathy Ritchie Dec. 11, 2020
Lesko Asks CMS For Clarification On Long-Term Care Family Visits Kathy Ritchie Dec. 11, 2020
Justa Center: Some Homeless Seniors Falling Through COVID-19 Testing Cracks Kathy Ritchie Dec. 10, 2020
Long Term Care Community CEO Says They're Preparing Staff And Families For Vaccine Kathy Ritchie Dec. 7, 2020
Metrocenter Memorabilia Hitting Auction Block Kathy Ritchie Dec. 3, 2020
Are You Ageist? How Ageism And Ageist Language Hurts Everyone Kathy Ritchie Dec. 4, 2020
People With Disabilities In Group Settings Will Have To Quarantine If They Leave Kathy Ritchie Nov. 25, 2020
9 Months Into COVID-19 Pandemic, How Are Arizona Kids Doing? Kathy Ritchie Nov. 27, 2020
Arizona Reports Over 4K New COVID-19 Cases For 2nd Day In A Row Kathy Ritchie
Associated Press
Nov. 20, 2020
Coronavirus Led To Additional Deaths Due To Alzheimer's Disease Kathy Ritchie Nov. 16, 2020
Valley Fever And COVID-19 Share Similar Symptoms Kathy Ritchie Nov. 16, 2020
Long-Term Care Ask Residents To Stay Put This Holiday Season Kathy Ritchie Nov. 16, 2020
Family Caregivers Are Struggling With Burnout And Isolation Kathy Ritchie Nov. 16, 2020
The Importance Of Talking Politics With Our Kids Kathy Ritchie Nov. 9, 2020
Kids Contract COVID-19 But More Research Needs To Be Done On Possible Long-Term Effects Kathy Ritchie Nov. 6, 2020
What Is 'COVID-Like Illness' And Should We Rely On It When It Comes To Schools? Kathy Ritchie Nov. 6, 2020
Could AZ See Another Wave Of COVID-19 Infections In Nursing Homes? Kathy Ritchie Nov. 3, 2020
Democrat Mark Kelly Wins Arizona's U.S. Senate Race Ben Giles, Kathy Ritchie Nov. 4, 2020
Economic Alphabet Soup: Are We In A V-Shaped or K-Shaped Recovery? Kathy Ritchie Nov. 2, 2020