Kathy Ritchie

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Senior Field Correspondent - Tempe

Kathy Ritchie has nearly 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local news organizations, including asap, AP’s digital storytelling platform, CHILD magazine and Arizona Highways.

Ritchie joined KJZZ in 2014 as a general assignment reporter, covering breaking and spot news. She began focusing on aging issues in 2017 when she produced a two-part series about aging and intimacy. She was later asked to oversee the 10-part series “The State of Aging in the Valley.” At the time, it was one of the largest newsroom collaborations and culminated in a sit-down interview with Dr. Pauline Boss, author of “Loving Someone Who Has Dementia.”

Since then, she has reported on the many challenges facing LGBT elders; oral health care in long-term care facilities; senior homelessness; women in poverty; ambiguous loss and grief; grandfamilies (grandparents raising grandchildren); and what it means to age in our society. In 2019, Ritchie produced a four-part podcast called the Recovering Caregiver, which explored life after dementia. The final episode was nominated for an Edward R. Murrow Award.

More recently, Ritchie's work has focused on the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on older adults and people with disabilities.

Over the years, her work on aging has aired on NPR's Here & Now.

Ritchie got her start in television at ABC News and later at FOX News in New York City. She earned her master’s degree from New York University in 2001 and her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in 1999.

Title Author(s) Publication Date
Many Older Adults With Hearing Loss Aren't Getting The Care They Need Kathy Ritchie May 13, 2021
Sandra Day O'Connor Honored By Alzheimer's Foundation Kathy Ritchie May 10, 2021
AARP Arizona Calling For An Audit Of State's Long-Term Care System Kathy Ritchie May 7, 2021
Group Resumes Delivery Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine To Homebound Seniors Kathy Ritchie May 7, 2021
More Older Adults Experiencing Food Insecurity, Not Applying For Food Stamps Kathy Ritchie May 6, 2021
Ducey Shuts Nursing Home Administrators Board Kathy Ritchie May 5, 2021
Study: COVID-19 Survivors Face Increase Risk Of Death, Health Problems Kathy Ritchie May 3, 2021
How Childhood Trauma Can Lead To Poor Health Outcomes Later In Life Kathy Ritchie May 3, 2021
What Was Phoenix Like 50 Years Ago? Here's A Look Back Christina Estes, Nicholas Gerbis, Kathy Ritchie May 3, 2021
COVID-19 Changed The Trajectory Of Some NAU Nursing Students Kathy Ritchie April 26, 2021
Alcohol Use Among Older Adults Increasing During Pandemic Kathy Ritchie April 22, 2021
Effort To Phase Out Subminimum Wage Could Impact Some Arizonans With Disabilities Kathy Ritchie April 19, 2021
Long-Term Care Staffing Levels Still Low Kathy Ritchie April 19, 2021
American Sign Language Is Just One Of Many Signed Languages Kathy Ritchie April 19, 2021
Vaccination Site For Disability Community Offered Accommodations Kathy Ritchie April 16, 2021
New Funds For Older Americans Act Will Help Rural AZ Seniors Kathy Ritchie April 16, 2021
Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Are Missing In Arizona Kathy Ritchie April 12, 2021
Q&AZ: How Can A Homebound Senior Get The Vaccine? Kathy Ritchie April 9, 2021
Nursing Home-Pharmacy Partnership For COVID-19 Vaccine To End Kathy Ritchie April 8, 2021
Disability Organization To Host Vaccine Event This Weekend Kathy Ritchie April 6, 2021
'Working Daughters' Have Long Made Personal Sacrifices To Care For Their Aging Parents Kathy Ritchie April 6, 2021
Arizona Organization Making COVID-19 Vaccine House Calls Kathy Ritchie April 5, 2021
Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials Lagging Kathy Ritchie April 5, 2021
New Website Helps Rural Older Adults Get Rides To Get Vaccinated Kathy Ritchie April 2, 2021
Ability 360 Plans To Host Vaccination Event For People With Disabilities Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2021