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 — a decade of it has been spent in public media.

Ritchie joined KJZZ in 2014 — and it’s here where she has spent most of her public media career. In 2017, Ritchie began reporting on aging issues, almost exclusively, for KJZZ. 

Over the years, she has reported on the myriad challenges facing LGBTQ elders, the topic of aging and intimacy, senior homelessness, ambiguous loss and grief, grandfamilies, long-term care and costs of aging, and what it means to age in our society. 

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, Ritchie reported on the struggles facing families, older adults and caregivers in long-term care. That work led her to create a miniseries called, Caring in Crisis, in which she documented the experiences of “the helpers.”

Ritchie was also responsible for the station’s largest newsroom collaboration, a 10-part series The State of Aging in the Valley

She has gone on to produce a four-part podcast about life after dementia. The Recovering Caregiver was based on her own personal experience with her mother who had frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and what life was like after. The final episode was nominated for a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award. 

In 2023, Ritchie produced a second podcast, this time on the topic of menopause. Period, The End (But Not Really) aims to set the record straight about this often misunderstood, yet normal, stage of life. Her work has also been featured on the Hear Arizona podcast.

Besides serving KJZZs audience, many of Ritchie’s stories have also aired NPR and NPR’s national magazine show, Here & Now.

In addition to her public radio work, Ritchie served as the health and caregiving editor at Next Avenue, a national digital publication geared towards 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.

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 FOX News in New York City.

Title Author(s) Publication Date
Mayes suing to invalidate secrecy clauses in long-term care Kathy Ritchie May 20, 2024
Heat doesn't just kill alone — it can make heart attack, strokes, dementia and menopause worse Kathy Ritchie May 20, 2024
Drownings rising in the U.S. In Phoenix, the numbers are down slightly Kathy Ritchie May 17, 2024
Work violence among factors driving AZ nursing shortage Kathy Ritchie May 13, 2024
CASS considers installing foot baths to help older adults cool off this summer Kathy Ritchie May 13, 2024
Alzheimer's Association launches new awareness campaign targeting rural, underserved areas Kathy Ritchie May 12, 2024
As cities prepare for dangerous heat, Mesa is increasing help for seniors Kathy Ritchie May 10, 2024
Delayed shelter for older adults may open by summer Kathy Ritchie May 10, 2024
Tempe organizations give out free pads, tampons to fight period poverty Kathy Ritchie May 7, 2024
Health insurer agrees to settlement over LGBTQ+ fertility coverage Kathy Ritchie, Associated Press May 3, 2024
Free behavioral health expo in Phoenix on May 4 Kathy Ritchie May 3, 2024
Federal rule bolsters protections for people with disabilities in health care settings Kathy Ritchie May 3, 2024
Arizona's 143 nursing homes are subject to new federal staffing mandate. What happens now? Kathy Ritchie April 30, 2024
69 people arrested for setting up pro-Palestinian encampment on ASU's Tempe campus Kirsten Dorman, Kathy Ritchie April 26, 2024
Mayes: Receiver appointed for Mesa assisted living facility facing fraud, abuse suit Kathy Ritchie April 26, 2024
This organization is already supporting unhoused people 55 and older Kathy Ritchie April 26, 2024
1st ever staffing rules finalized for federally funded nursing homes Kathy Ritchie April 25, 2024
New report: Racial and ethnic health care disparities are dramatic in AZ Kathy Ritchie April 22, 2024
Some women 65 and older can safely use hormone therapy to treat menopause symptoms Kathy Ritchie April 22, 2024
Veterinarians are in demand at animal shelters Kathy Ritchie April 15, 2024
Refugees in Tempe are learning to be caregivers. More immigrants could help the shortage Kathy Ritchie April 19, 2024
Arizona is facing a shortage of primary care physicians. Rural communities are often hit hardest Kathy Ritchie April 10, 2024
Law will hold long-term care facilities accountable for failing to keep residents safe Kathy Ritchie April 9, 2024
Can home health companies continue without hiring more migrant workers? Many say no Kathy Ritchie April 9, 2024
It's rattlesnake season in Arizona. Here's what you need to know Kathy Ritchie April 6, 2024