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, The 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
Hacienda Ex CEO, CFO Indicted On Fraud And Racketeering Charges Kathy Ritchie Sept. 2, 2020
More Arizonans Died In June And July 2020 Than In Previous Years Kathy Ritchie Sept. 2, 2020
How Some Nursing Home Residents Can Get Help Voting Kathy Ritchie Sept. 1, 2020
Is COVID-19 On Track To Be Third Leading Cause Of Death In AZ? Kathy Ritchie Aug. 31, 2020
Families Will Soon Be Allowed Back Inside Long-Term Care Facilities Kathy Ritchie, Mark Brodie, Steve Goldstein Aug. 26, 2020
Survey: Long-Term Care Facilities Worry About Staying In Business Kathy Ritchie Aug. 25, 2020
Older, Homeless Adults Struggle Even More Due To Heat And Virus Kathy Ritchie Aug. 24, 2020
Sinema Probes Post Master General DeJoy Over Fears Of Mail Delays Kathy Ritchie Aug. 21, 2020
Advocates Worry COVID-19 Cases At Intermediate Care Facilities Are Underreported Kathy Ritchie Aug. 18, 2020
AARP Wants Trump To Clarify Plans On Social Security Kathy Ritchie Aug. 17, 2020
Long-Term Care Facilities Still Reeling From COVID-19 Now Prepping For Flu Kathy Ritchie Aug. 14, 2020
Delays In Cancer Screenings Could Lead To Uptick In Deaths Kathy Ritchie Aug. 14, 2020
Arizona Nursing Home Task Force Meets For The First Time Kathy Ritchie Aug. 10, 2020
This Photo Studio Holds 80 Years Of AZ History Inside An Old Bank Vault Kathy Ritchie Aug. 7, 2020
Number Of COVID-19 Cases Among People With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities On Rise Kathy Ritchie Aug. 6, 2020
Testing Woes In Nursing Homes Continue As Trump Administration Provides Limited Testing Kathy Ritchie Aug. 6, 2020
Task Force Will Develop Recommendations To Reopen Nursing Homes Kathy Ritchie July 30, 2020
Demand Drops As Arizonans Experience Long Waits For COVID Results Lauren Gilger, Steve Goldstein, Kathy Ritchie July 28, 2020
Nonprofit Director: Coronavirus Exposes Deep-Seated Ageism Kathy Ritchie July 28, 2020
Maricopa County Changes How It Defines Long-Term Care Kathy Ritchie July 28, 2020
Study: Moms Reduced Work Hours More Than Dads During Pandemic Kathy Ritchie July 27, 2020
Feds Give Nursing Homes $5 Billion; Assisted Living Facilities Left Out Kathy Ritchie July 24, 2020
Grandparents Raising Grandkids Worried About Going Back To School Kathy Ritchie July 24, 2020
Disability And Civil Rights Groups: Crisis Standards Of Care Plan Discriminates Kathy Ritchie, Lauren Gilger July 22, 2020
Testing At Long-Term Care Facilities Not Happening The Way It Should Kathy Ritchie July 21, 2020