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
Nearly 1 in 4 suicides in AZ involve a person 65 and older Kathy Ritchie Nov. 14, 2022
Phoenix voters share their worries as they cast their ballots Kathy Ritchie Nov. 9, 2022
Caring for children with disabilities can lead to depression. This organization aims to change that Kathy Ritchie Nov. 4, 2022
Legalizing marijuana could have a positive impact for nursing homes Kathy Ritchie Nov. 4, 2022
Why the growing cost of aging and long-term care should be political issues Kathy Ritchie Oct. 31, 2022
We're getting older and sicker. The solutions are there, but will we make the investments? Kathy Ritchie Oct. 31, 2022
The number of LGBTQ voters is projected to increase dramatically. What does that mean for Arizona? Kathy Ritchie Oct. 31, 2022
Groups address housing concerns for people aging on the spectrum Kathy Ritchie Oct. 27, 2022
From Gen X to Z, everyone is navigating the caregiving journey their own ways Kathy Ritchie Oct. 24, 2022
Promising new Alzheimer's drug leaves out people with Down syndrome Kathy Ritchie Oct. 17, 2022
Over-the-counter hearing aids are available. Make sure you know what you're buying Kathy Ritchie Oct. 17, 2022
More than a million Arizonans will benefit from Social Security cost of living adjustment Kathy Ritchie Oct. 13, 2022
After abortion ruling, what does this loss of bodily autonomy mean for women? Kathy Ritchie Oct. 11, 2022
How the Area Agency on Aging supports older adults living with HIV Kathy Ritchie Oct. 10, 2022
Placing a loved one in long-term care? Be sure to read the fine print Kathy Ritchie Oct. 3, 2022
Annual pap smears are no longer recommended. Here's why Kathy Ritchie Oct. 3, 2022
Pandemic led to health delays, but waiting rooms are getting busy again Kathy Ritchie Oct. 3, 2022
When older adults have new sex partners, it's important to consider STIs Kathy Ritchie Sept. 30, 2022
Doctor: Abortion comes down to doing what's right vs doing what's best Kathy Ritchie Sept. 30, 2022
Brnovich wants Ducey to call Legislature back for special session on abortion Kathy Ritchie Sept. 29, 2022
Why some seek out abortion care in the second or third trimester Kathy Ritchie Sept. 29, 2022
Abortion-access advocate says total bans delay care, increase costs Kathy Ritchie Sept. 28, 2022
Report shows nursing home residents' health worsened during pandemic Kathy Ritchie Sept. 27, 2022
Pollsters say AZ politicians should pay attention to voters over 50 Kathy Ritchie Sept. 26, 2022
The big question about abortion is who defines life of the mother Kathy Ritchie Sept. 27, 2022