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 -- 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. 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.

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 was responsible for 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 (FTD) and what life is like after dementia. The final episode was nominated for a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

Her latest podcast aims to set the record straight when it comes to menopause. Period, The End (But Not Really) debuted in September 2023.

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
Former Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel dies at 45 Kathy Ritchie, Sky Schaudt, Vaughan Jones, Lauren Gilger April 30, 2022
If you're high-risk, what options do you have at mask-optional places? Kathy Ritchie April 30, 2022
COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in Arizona Kathy Ritchie April 26, 2022
Teen Lifeline says calls have increased 50% since pandemic began Kathy Ritchie April 26, 2022
Medicare allows people with Down syndrome to access Alzheimer's drug Kathy Ritchie April 23, 2022
Report says AZ leading the way in building a paid caregiver workforce Kathy Ritchie April 22, 2022
Kids who lost parents to COVID-19 are now being raised by grandparents Kathy Ritchie April 22, 2022
Cases of syphilis in newborns is on the rise in Arizona, nationwide Kathy Ritchie April 20, 2022
Longtime Arizona TV anchor Kent Dana dies at age 80 Kathy Ritchie April 20, 2022
Transgender kids and parents say Arizona lawmakers shouldn't be legislating their health care Kathy Ritchie April 20, 2022
Bill that would force teachers to post curriculum online fails — for now Kathy Ritchie April 19, 2022
Hospitals are also struggling to fill jobs across Arizona Kathy Ritchie April 15, 2022
British national involved in the death of Kayla Mueller convicted Kathy Ritchie
Associated Press
April 15, 2022
Sen. Kelly hears from Arizonans about how to fix high cost of prescription drugs for seniors Kathy Ritchie April 12, 2022
As COVID-19 mandates end, how do older adults and people with disabilities feel? Kathy Ritchie April 12, 2022
Youth center in Phoenix a safe (and fun) haven for LGBTQ kids Kathy Ritchie April 9, 2022
As more unmask, are people getting sick with the common cold? Kathy Ritchie April 6, 2022
Verde Valley nonprofit helps older adults keep their pets in their own home Kathy Ritchie April 4, 2022
Probation department launches trauma-informed training for officers Kathy Ritchie April 4, 2022
Bruce Willis steps away from acting due to aphasia. What is it and what causes this condition? Kathy Ritchie March 31, 2022
Nonprofit seeks to help Spanish-speaking, LGBTQ and veteran family caregivers Kathy Ritchie March 30, 2022
AZ man appointed to Biden's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities Kathy Ritchie March 30, 2022
Silver Alerts a valuable tool to find missing people with dementia or disabilities Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2022
Human Services Campus opens 100-bed overnight shelter Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2022
The Arizona Legislature banned abortion after 15 weeks. Now what? Kathy Ritchie March 29, 2022