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 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 oversaw 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, Recovering Caregiver, based on her own personal experience with her mother who had frontotemporal degeneration and focuses on life after caregiving. 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
90% of people with Down syndrome are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease Kathy Ritchie May 20, 2022
Women forced to carry pregnancy to term often struggle with mental health Kathy Ritchie May 17, 2022
Report: Nursing homes lost 145,000 workers from 2020-21 Kathy Ritchie May 16, 2022
Report: People 65+ are skipping out on COVID boosters Kathy Ritchie May 16, 2022
Millions are not saving for retirement. Here's how much will you need Kathy Ritchie May 10, 2022
AZ libraries offer literacy workshops for non-parental caregivers Kathy Ritchie May 9, 2022
Study: People with dementia who live at home suffer symptoms similar to those in nursing homes Kathy Ritchie May 9, 2022
Mom caring for kids with disabilities wants understanding, not pity Kathy Ritchie May 9, 2022
Phoenix district passes resolution to ban discrimination vs. transgender youth Kathy Ritchie May 6, 2022
AZ could extend AHCCCS to cover postpartum women up to a year after childbirth Kathy Ritchie May 4, 2022
Trey McBride is the first NFL player with same-sex parents Kathy Ritchie May 5, 2022
State study benefits of allowing work and save IRAs Kathy Ritchie May 4, 2022
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