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
Vandalizing Campaign Signs Could Mean Jail Time Kathy Ritchie Oct. 28, 2020
COVID-19 May Have Slowed Leafy Green Industry, But Not For Long Kathy Ritchie Oct. 27, 2020
Officials Reach Out To Voters In Long-Term Care, Hospitals Kathy Ritchie Oct. 23, 2020
Could Single Rooms Curb COVID-19 In Nursing Homes? Kathy Ritchie Oct. 20, 2020
Some Nursing U.S. Homes On The Brink Due To Coronavirus Kathy Ritchie, Lauren Gilger Oct. 20, 2020
Feds Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan For Nursing Homes Kathy Ritchie Oct. 19, 2020
Study: Wages Of Direct Care Workforce Lagging In AZ, Nationwide Kathy Ritchie Oct. 14, 2020
Domestic Violence Shelter Still At Reduced Capacity Due To COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie Oct. 14, 2020
Older Adults More Apt To Share Misinformation Kathy Ritchie Oct. 5, 2020
Can People Diagnosed With Dementia Vote? Kathy Ritchie, Lauren Gilger Oct. 2, 2020
Sears Fire Burns 9,200 Acres; Zero Percent Contained Kathy Ritchie Sept. 28, 2020
Disability Advocates Worried Some Voters Could Be Disenfranchised Kathy Ritchie Sept. 28, 2020
Ducey: People In Long-Term Care Will Have Chance To Vote Kathy Ritchie Sept. 25, 2020
UA To Study Immunity Of Front-Line Workers Kathy Ritchie Sept. 25, 2020
AZ Long Term Care Task Force Updates Recommendations Kathy Ritchie Sept. 23, 2020
Disability Groups Working To Ensure People With Disabilities Can Vote Kathy Ritchie Sept. 23, 2020
Arizona Nursing Homes Cautiously Allowing Visitors Kathy Ritchie Sept. 20, 2020
Record Summer Heat Topples Hikers — And Cacti Kathy Ritchie Sept. 18, 2020
Need To Renew Your Passport? Expect Delays Kathy Ritchie Sept. 13, 2020
County Sees Jump In COVID-19 Cases As UA Starts Kathy Ritchie Sept. 13, 2020
Wildfire Season More Devastating Than In Previous Years Kathy Ritchie Sept. 13, 2020
First Responders Adapt In An Age Of COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie Sept. 13, 2020
COVID-19 Could Cause Permanent Heart Damage In Young People Kathy Ritchie Sept. 13, 2020
Some Long Term Care Facilities Worry About Staying In Business Kathy Ritchie Sept. 13, 2020
Nursing Home Operator Talks About Risks, Benefits Of Reopening Kathy Ritchie Sept. 9, 2020