Kathy Ritchie

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Senior Field Correspondent - Tempe

Kathy Ritchie began her public radio career in 2014, when she joined KJZZ. She regularly covers breaking news, as well as issues affecting people with disabilities and older Americans. Ritchie also contributes stories to NPR and WBUR’s Here & Now.

Ritchie has more than 15 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and regional publications, including Child, SMITH, Arizona Highways and asap, the AP’s multimedia storytelling service and she loves finding unique ways to tell stories that matter to KJZZ listeners.

Ritchie’s work was also featured in the book “The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure.” She also chronicled her experience as a caregiver in a blog called “My Demented Mom.”

Before coming home to Arizona in 2009, Ritchie lived in New York City. She got her start at ABC News and FOX News after earning her master’s degree from New York University. Ritchie earned her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.

Title Author(s) Publication Date
Bills Moving Through AZ Legislature Could Impact Disability Community Kathy Ritchie Feb. 24, 2021
What Happens When COVID-19 Invades The Brain Kathy Ritchie Feb. 22, 2021
Valley Of The Sun YMCA, Uber Partner To Help Older Adults Get Vaccinated Kathy Ritchie Feb. 18, 2021
An Arizona Nurse, Chaplain Talk About What It's Like To Watch People Die From COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie Feb. 18, 2021
Bill To Ban Conversion Therapy Facing Hurdles Kathy Ritchie Feb. 15, 2021
Nursing Homes Restricted Visitors Almost A Year Ago. Where Are Things Now? Kathy Ritchie Feb. 15, 2021
Could Loss Of Smell Lead To Health Challenges Later In Life? Kathy Ritchie Feb. 15, 2021
Study: Patients With Dementia Appear To Be At Increased Risk For COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie Feb. 15, 2021
Study: LGBT Adults More Likely To Experience Adverse COVID-19 Effects Kathy Ritchie Feb. 12, 2021
Bill To Allocate $5M For Homeless Seniors Moves Through AZ Legislature Kathy Ritchie Feb. 11, 2021
Arizona Aging Advocates: Rural Homebound Seniors Being Left Behind In Vaccine Rollout Kathy Ritchie Feb. 9, 2021
Sun Heath Offers Staff $250 To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Kathy Ritchie Feb. 8, 2021
Arizona Bill Would Make It Harder To Sue Nursing Homes Kathy Ritchie Feb. 4, 2021
Disability Advocates Ask For Higher Vaccine Priority Kathy Ritchie Feb. 4, 2021
Ability 360 Expanding Home Care Services To The West Valley Kathy Ritchie Feb. 2, 2021
Minimum Wage Increase A Catch-22 For Disability Community Kathy Ritchie Feb. 1, 2021
Disability Advocates Call For More Accessible Right To Speak Kathy Ritchie Feb. 1, 2021
Ad Hoc Abuse And Neglect Task Force Move Bills 2 Years After Hacienda Kathy Ritchie Jan. 29, 2021
AARP Arizona Urges Ducey To Prioritize Seniors In Vaccine Rollout Kathy Ritchie Jan. 29, 2021
Advocates Worry People With Disabilities Who Live At Home Struggle To Get Vaccine Kathy Ritchie Jan. 29, 2021
A 'Bad Death': Families Struggle With Complicated Grief After Loved Ones Lost To COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie Jan. 28, 2021
New Report Details 'Devastating Effect' Of Long-Term Care Closures Kathy Ritchie Jan. 22, 2021
Advocates: Legislature Excluding People With Disabilities, Older Adults Kathy Ritchie Jan. 21, 2021
Arizona Mom: People With Disabilities Not Being Protected Kathy Ritchie Jan. 19, 2021
Why Long-Term Care Struggles To Get Residents, Staff Vaccinated Lauren Gilger, Kathy Ritchie Jan. 14, 2021