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
More frequent hot flashes during menopause linked to heart disease Kathy Ritchie Oct. 20, 2023
Banner Alzheimer’s is hosting a caregiver conference for Native Americans Kathy Ritchie Oct. 16, 2023
Phoenix breaks heat record; triple digits forecast through Saturday Kathy Ritchie Oct. 16, 2023
AARP ranks Arizona No. 22 for long-term care systems Kathy Ritchie Oct. 14, 2023
CMS to cover cost of PET scans used to detect Alzheimer's disease Kathy Ritchie Oct. 13, 2023
Nursing home director fears how staffing mandates will affect facility Kathy Ritchie Oct. 2, 2023
Hearing aids can help slow cognitive decline in older adults, NIH study confirms Kathy Ritchie Oct. 2, 2023
It will still be hot in Phoenix — but lows might drop into 60s by weekend Kathy Ritchie Sept. 25, 2023
Nearly 30% of Arizona teacher vacancies remain unfilled Kathy Ritchie Sept. 25, 2023
Depression is not a normal part of aging. The CDD says seniors at risk Kathy Ritchie Sept. 25, 2023
LGBTQ elders are at high risk of social isolation, loneliness and suicide Kathy Ritchie Sept. 22, 2023
How supporting migrants can meet direct-care worker need Kathy Ritchie Sept. 18, 2023
Rising HOA fees, rules can be burden on older adults Kathy Ritchie Sept. 18, 2023
Disability advocate stresses importance of Hacienda HealthCare case Kathy Ritchie Sept. 15, 2023
Arizona Humane Society team returns from Maui Kathy Ritchie Sept. 8, 2023
Study: Alcohol-related deaths on rise among women Kathy Ritchie Sept. 11, 2023
AG: Older adults being targeted in bitcoin scams Kathy Ritchie Sept. 8, 2023
Nonprofits offer up to $1,200 in support per year for veteran family caregivers Kathy Ritchie Sept. 4, 2023
Medicaid program allows parents of minors to be their paid caregivers Kathy Ritchie Sept. 2, 2023
The federal government will soon dictate staffing levels at nursing homes Kathy Ritchie Sept. 3, 2023
Surge in heat deaths means medical examiner staff working more hours and additional shifts Kathy Ritchie Aug. 28, 2023
Arizona Humane Society sends rescue team to Maui Kathy Ritchie Aug. 19, 2023
Seniors Helping Seniors aims to provide care, employment Kathy Ritchie Aug. 18, 2023
This Sun City senior is making ends meet. Others on fixed incomes aren't so lucky Kathy Ritchie Aug. 16, 2023
Area Agency on Aging receive $5M to help seniors with housing costs Kathy Ritchie Aug. 14, 2023