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
647,000 Arizonans could lose AHCCCS coverage on April 1 Kathy Ritchie March 10, 2023
New gun violence report finds men over 85 are at high risk of suicide Kathy Ritchie March 9, 2023
AZ hospitals continue to struggle with staffing, negative operating margins Kathy Ritchie March 7, 2023
Barrow conducts FTD study, the same dementia affecting actor Bruce Willis Kathy Ritchie March 6, 2023
Republican lawmakers want a chaplain program in all nursing homes Kathy Ritchie Feb. 21, 2023
There are lots of options to screen for colon cancer Kathy Ritchie Feb. 21, 2023
Legislature debates concealed guns for college students Kathy Ritchie Feb. 20, 2023
Department of Developmental Disabilities could get more money Kathy Ritchie Feb. 17, 2023
Bill to up monthly stipend for kinship families moves forward Kathy Ritchie Feb. 16, 2023
Bill to separate state hospital operations from ADHS gains traction Kathy Ritchie Feb. 16, 2023
Food waste will likely be a big problem at the Super Bowl. One organization hopes to change that Kathy Ritchie Feb. 11, 2023
Slew of aging-related bills move through the Arizona Legislature Kathy Ritchie Feb. 9, 2023
Bill would create dementia program, update AZ Alzheimer’s State Plan Kathy Ritchie Feb. 6, 2023
Bill would allow nursing homes to use a third party for annual inspections Kathy Ritchie Feb. 6, 2023
Baseball memory support groups help people with Alzheimer's Kathy Ritchie Feb. 4, 2023
Group says consumers need better info on nursing home ownership Kathy Ritchie Feb. 4, 2023
Uterine cancer rates are on the rise among women of color Kathy Ritchie Feb. 3, 2023
Arizona ranks near the middle for support of paid caregiving workforce Kathy Ritchie Jan. 31, 2023
Older LGBTQ people in rural AZ struggle to find services Kathy Ritchie Jan. 30, 2023
Some viral illnesses could increase chances of developing Alzheimer’s Kathy Ritchie Jan. 27, 2023
Children’s Action Alliance: Proposed tampons, diaper tax exemptions a cause for concern Kathy Ritchie Jan. 25, 2023
Why LGBTQ people could benefit from a death doula Kathy Ritchie Jan. 23, 2023
This team investigates Maricopa County's unexplained deaths Kathy Ritchie Jan. 24, 2023
Organization aims to support Native American dementia caregivers on Navajo Nation Kathy Ritchie Jan. 17, 2023
Banner Alzheimer's Institute doctor is hopeful for new drug Kathy Ritchie Jan. 10, 2023