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

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
Report shows nursing home residents' health worsened during pandemic Kathy Ritchie Sept. 27, 2022
Pollsters say AZ politicians should pay attention to voters over 50 Kathy Ritchie Sept. 26, 2022
The big question about abortion is who defines life of the mother Kathy Ritchie Sept. 27, 2022
Area Agencies on Aging struggling to meet growing demand for help Kathy Ritchie Sept. 20, 2022
Daily multivitamin could slow cognitive decline, study shows Kathy Ritchie Sept. 20, 2022
A new report offers insights into nation’s growing direct-care workforce Kathy Ritchie Sept. 16, 2022
Family caregiving comes at a hefty cost for those providing unpaid care Kathy Ritchie Sept. 14, 2022
More older Arizona adults are food insecure — and they're often turning to food banks for help Kathy Ritchie Sept. 9, 2022
Number of Valley homeless seniors is on the rise Kathy Ritchie Sept. 7, 2022
St. Mary’s Food Bank needs volunteers urgently Kathy Ritchie Sept. 5, 2022
Arizona organization is trying to build the nursing home workforce Kathy Ritchie Aug. 30, 2022
Study: Reproductive health providers hampered by Trump-era policies Kathy Ritchie Aug. 30, 2022
UA studies memory in young people with Down syndrome Kathy Ritchie Aug. 29, 2022
Volunteers with disabilities needed to talk about COVID-19 experiences Kathy Ritchie Aug. 24, 2022
Recruiting people to participate in Alzheimer's studies is tough Kathy Ritchie Aug. 24, 2022
Valley nonprofit helps grandparents caring for grandkids who've experienced trauma Kathy Ritchie Aug. 23, 2022
Over-the-counter hearing aids are coming — and many could benefit Kathy Ritchie Aug. 23, 2022
Tourism is on the upswing in Arizona Kathy Ritchie Aug. 22, 2022
Tempe officers to carry water rescue bags after drowning Bridget Dowd, Kathy Ritchie Aug. 22, 2022
Sen. Kelly joins AARP to celebrate changes to Medicare prescription drugs Kathy Ritchie Aug. 17, 2022
New report looks at social media's role in amplifying LGBTQ+ hate Kathy Ritchie Aug. 17, 2022
As AZ population of people living with developmental disabilities ages, where will they live? Kathy Ritchie Aug. 17, 2022
LGBTQ elders worried about long-term care inclusivity Kathy Ritchie Aug. 15, 2022
Survivors of gun violence can often struggle with guilt Kathy Ritchie Aug. 15, 2022
Older adults very likely to get updated COVID-19 booster, poll shows Kathy Ritchie Aug. 10, 2022