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
Tempe votes to negotiate with Coyotes on arena project Phil Latzman, Kathy Ritchie
Associated Press
June 3, 2022
Q&AZ: Could more babies be given up under the Safe Haven Law? Kathy Ritchie June 6, 2022
AZ ranks 44th in U.S. when it comes to suicide among older adults Kathy Ritchie May 31, 2022
How 'period poverty' has huge impact on lives of menstruating people Kathy Ritchie May 31, 2022
Report: AZ hasn't fixed nursing home complaints system Kathy Ritchie May 25, 2022
Caregiving has always been challenging — then came COVID-19 Kathy Ritchie May 24, 2022
If abortion becomes illegal, could period apps be used against women? Kathy Ritchie May 23, 2022
New registry launched to ensure LGBTQ people are represented in Alzheimer’s studies Kathy Ritchie May 23, 2022
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