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
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
Bill mandating training for Arizona memory care facilities goes to Hobbs Kathy Ritchie April 4, 2024
Many people living with dementia will become combative, expert says Kathy Ritchie April 3, 2024
Do you know your measles vaccine status? Kathy Ritchie April 1, 2024
Advocate says Arizona pronoun use in schools bill could cause serious consequences for students Kathy Ritchie March 28, 2024
Dementia Friendly Tempe lecture series features geropsychologist Kathy Ritchie March 25, 2024
AG asking court to take control of assisted living facility Kathy Ritchie March 24, 2024
New report: 11% of Arizonans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's Kathy Ritchie March 20, 2024
Survey: Support for same-sex marriage, other LGTBQ+ protections has declined Kathy Ritchie March 20, 2024
Nonbinary teen's death was ruled a suicide. Arizona advocate says it's murder Kathy Ritchie March 19, 2024
Bill to define memory care is in Arizona Senate after bill on long-term care cameras fails Kathy Ritchie March 19, 2024
Survey says nursing homes don't have enough staff Kathy Ritchie March 11, 2024
Bill would set staff training hours for memory care Kathy Ritchie March 5, 2024
Arizona advocate: LGBTQ+ youths are scared after death of Oklahoma nonbinary teen Kathy Ritchie March 5, 2024
Meet the team that delivers health care to homeless patients on the streets of Phoenix Kathy Ritchie March 11, 2024
Women who experience homelessness struggle to access menstrual products Kathy Ritchie Feb. 27, 2024
More and more people under age 18 are identifying as unpaid family caregivers Kathy Ritchie Feb. 27, 2024
Teen girls experience higher rates of sexual violence compared to male peers Kathy Ritchie Feb. 18, 2024
Lawmakers take up long-term care bills Kathy Ritchie Feb. 19, 2024
Many older middle-income earners, called 'the forgotten middle,' can't afford long-term care Kathy Ritchie Feb. 19, 2024
A bill that defines memory care is moving through the Legislature Kathy Ritchie Feb. 16, 2024