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
Grief groups for LGBTQ people are few and far between. But they are desperately needed Kathy Ritchie March 24, 2022
New AZ law prevents convicted felons from running nursing homes Kathy Ritchie March 21, 2022
Disability-related bills gain momentum in AZ Legislature Kathy Ritchie March 21, 2022
Nursing homes had until March 15 to get staff vaccinated. How'd they do? Kathy Ritchie March 21, 2022
There are only 92 geriatricians in all of Arizona Kathy Ritchie March 21, 2022
Study: Even mild COVID-19 can cause brain to shrink in size Kathy Ritchie March 14, 2022
Study: Even mild COVID-19 can cause brain shrinkage Kathy Ritchie March 12, 2022
Sinema meets with Supreme Court nominee Jackson Kathy Ritchie March 12, 2022
2 nonprofits to receive funds to prevent spread of HIV among Latino men Kathy Ritchie March 9, 2022
Schools and nursing homes relied on volunteers and unpaid caregivers. Then COVID-19 hit Kathy Ritchie March 9, 2022
AZ education-related bills have school administrators worried Kathy Ritchie March 8, 2022
Biden's 1st State of the Union touches on state of long-term care in U.S. Kathy Ritchie March 7, 2022
Study: Deaths among adults with Alzheimer's surged during early pandemic Kathy Ritchie March 7, 2022
New CDC masking guidance doesn't apply to long-term care facilities Kathy Ritchie March 1, 2022
UA Health Sciences unveils consortium to create pandemic-free future Kathy Ritchie March 1, 2022
Art helps people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities tell their own stories Kathy Ritchie Feb. 28, 2022
AZ lawmakers again considering bills to help grandparents raising grandkids Kathy Ritchie Feb. 18, 2022
Nursing homes say staffing agencies are price gouging Kathy Ritchie Feb. 15, 2022
ASU studies non-drug treatments to prevent Alzheimer's Kathy Ritchie Feb. 14, 2022
Bill moving through Legislature could help people save for retirement Kathy Ritchie Feb. 11, 2022
Women, migrants make up long-term care workers, face workforce inequities Kathy Ritchie Feb. 8, 2022
Staffing shortages exist outside of nursing homes, and it's hurting Arizona's older adults Kathy Ritchie Feb. 9, 2022
Older adults still struggling with mental health 2 years into COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie Feb. 7, 2022
AZ lawmakers move 3 bills aimed at improving oversight of group homes Kathy Ritchie Feb. 3, 2022
2 years after COVID-19, what does long-term care look like? Kathy Ritchie Feb. 2, 2022