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
Flying with a loved one living with dementia? Sky Harbor offers a workshop to help families Kathy Ritchie Dec. 28, 2023
Most AZ nursing home residents haven't gotten COVID booster Kathy Ritchie Dec. 28, 2023
Alzheimer's Association hears from caregivers about experiences with memory care Kathy Ritchie Dec. 21, 2023
Lesko, Grijalva co-sponsor bill to increase study of menopause Kathy Ritchie Dec. 21, 2023
Older incarcerated women are often forgotten when we talk about menopause Kathy Ritchie Dec. 26, 2023
Phoenix employment office says age discrimination cases are on the rise Kathy Ritchie Dec. 15, 2023
Mayes: Judge's arbitration order in older adult abuse suit violates law Kathy Ritchie Dec. 15, 2023
Vet tech travels to Navajo Nation, other tribal communities and treats 500 pets a weekend Kathy Ritchie Dec. 18, 2023
Families can share their experiences with long-term care Kathy Ritchie Dec. 11, 2023
Doctor talks about helping women connect with their intimate anatomy Kathy Ritchie Dec. 4, 2023
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, dies at age 93 Phil Latzman, Kathy Ritchie Dec. 1, 2023
Music could help sleep problems during menopause, study shows Kathy Ritchie Nov. 27, 2023
Report: Grandfamilies face heightened mental health concerns due to trauma Kathy Ritchie Nov. 24, 2023
Only 6% of nursing home residents got COVID boosters Kathy Ritchie Nov. 20, 2023
Phoenix program finds success preventing diabetes in Latino communities Kathy Ritchie Nov. 20, 2023
Menopause adds up to $1.8 billion in lost workdays, study shows Kathy Ritchie Nov. 18, 2023
Blood tests that detect Alzheimer's are on the horizon Kathy Ritchie Nov. 15, 2023
AZ veteran caregivers spend more than other family caregivers Kathy Ritchie Nov. 13, 2023
Aging with a serious mental illness adds to difficulties of finding care Kathy Ritchie Nov. 13, 2023
If you're unhoused and have dementia or serious mental illness, there's almost nowhere to go Kathy Ritchie Nov. 9, 2023
Medicare enrollment now open; 2024 plans will include new negotiated drug prices Kathy Ritchie Nov. 6, 2023
Emergency homeless shelter screens older residents for dementia. 91% don't pass Kathy Ritchie Nov. 8, 2023
Temporary shelter for homeless adults 55+ opens in Phoenix Kathy Ritchie Oct. 31, 2023
Agencies to review assisted living complaints response Kathy Ritchie Oct. 25, 2023
Get help with living wills, health care power of attorney at free Phoenix event on Oct. 28 Kathy Ritchie Oct. 25, 2023