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 Splash And Dash Race Cancelled Kathy Ritchie Sept. 18, 2014
Tucson Mail Processing Center To Close In April Kathy Ritchie Sept. 17, 2014
APS To Close Generator At Cholla Power Plant Kathy Ritchie Sept. 15, 2014
USPS Plans To Fully Close Tucson Mail Processing Center Kathy Ritchie Sept. 12, 2014
Phoenix Recovery Centers Open For Residents Affected By Floods Kathy Ritchie Sept. 11, 2014
Two Phoenix Neighborhoods Deal With Separate Water Main Breaks Kathy Ritchie Sept. 11, 2014
9-11 Remembrance Events In The Valley Kathy Ritchie Sept. 11, 2014
Mesa Opens Temporary Relocation Center To Help Residents With Flood Damage Kathy Ritchie Sept. 10, 2014
Tempe Sinkhole Indicative Of Larger Pipe Problems Kathy Ritchie Sept. 8, 2014
DCS Expects Increase In Families Receiving Services Kathy Ritchie Sept. 3, 2014
Valley Metro Bus Falls Into Tempe Sinkhole Kathy Ritchie Sept. 3, 2014
Tesla Chooses Nevada For New Factory Site Kathy Ritchie Sept. 3, 2014
Changes To Light Rail Will Improve Access For People With Disabilities Kathy Ritchie Sept. 1, 2014
Mesa Police Department To Start Accepting Applications For New Recruits Kathy Ritchie Sept. 1, 2014
Tucson-based Group Files Petition To Protect Monarch Butterfly Kathy Ritchie Aug. 29, 2014
In Schools Race, Democrat Garcia Gets A Bump From Moderate Republicans Kathy Ritchie Aug. 28, 2014
Attack Ads Start In Arizona Governor's Race Kathy Ritchie Aug. 28, 2014
Flood Information Center To Open In New River Al Macias, Kathy Ritchie Aug. 27, 2014
State's First Public Veterinary School To Open Next Fall Kathy Ritchie Aug. 25, 2014
Phoenix PD Receives Hundreds Of Applications Kathy Ritchie Aug. 22, 2014
Monsoons Bring Mosquitoes, And Mosquitoes Bring Disease Kathy Ritchie Aug. 21, 2014
South Mountain Clean-Up Continues From Tuesday's Storm Kathy Ritchie Aug. 14, 2014
Stolen Bell Returned To Kingman Church Kathy Ritchie Aug. 7, 2014
Gilbert The Latest Valley City To Consider Ban On E-Cigs Kathy Ritchie Aug. 6, 2014