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
A bill that defines memory care is moving through the Legislature Kathy Ritchie Feb. 16, 2024
Goodyear skilled nursing facility fined after resident alleges she was raped, impregnated Kathy Ritchie Feb. 9, 2024
Another push to get kinship foster families more money to care for kids Kathy Ritchie Feb. 9, 2024
Senior center aims to reduce isolation in Latinos Kathy Ritchie Feb. 12, 2024
The cost of long-term care could squeeze millions of middle-income Americans into poverty Kathy Ritchie Feb. 13, 2024
Immigrants are key to Arizona long-term care workforce, says head of health association Kathy Ritchie Feb. 5, 2024
Doctors trained in other countries could soon practice medicine in Arizona Kathy Ritchie Feb. 2, 2024
High schooler helps get period poverty bill moving through AZ Legislature Kathy Ritchie Feb. 2, 2024
1 in 5 women deaths are from heart attacks. Their symptoms are not obvious Kathy Ritchie Jan. 30, 2024
LGBTQ organization receives $1.9M to serve more homeless youth Kathy Ritchie Jan. 29, 2024
Sen. Kelly asks about the state of assisted living in America Kathy Ritchie Jan. 25, 2024
Younger Latinos are struggling with mental health. Nonprofit offers help Kathy Ritchie Jan. 29, 2024
Adults who rely on AZ's Medicaid program may get expanded coverage Kathy Ritchie Jan. 22, 2024
The newest section of light rail in northwest Phoenix is set to open Saturday Kathy Ritchie Jan. 22, 2024
Pima Council on Aging updates its LGBTQ training to include home health caregivers and peers Kathy Ritchie Jan. 22, 2024
Hobbs' budget means 2,000 clients won't get as much help to age at home, county agency says Kathy Ritchie Jan. 19, 2024
Affordable housing for older adults to be built in Goodyear Kathy Ritchie Jan. 17, 2024
Reports of abuse in long-term care may lead to legislative action Kathy Ritchie Jan. 15, 2024
4 killed, 1 injured in hot air balloon crash near Eloy Kathy Ritchie
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Jan. 14, 2024
Sky Harbor hosts dementia air travel training workshop for caregivers Kathy Ritchie Jan. 16, 2024
Hobbs addresses health-care licensing issues in long-term care during State of the State Kathy Ritchie Jan. 10, 2024
Today marks 13 years since Tucson mass shooting that killed 6, injured 13 Kathy Ritchie Jan. 8, 2024
Firing a gun in celebration could result in a felony charge Kathy Ritchie Dec. 29, 2023
Banner University now offers specialized unit for older adults Kathy Ritchie Dec. 29, 2023
Police submit charges against 7 in the death of teen Kathy Ritchie Dec. 29, 2023