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
A new report offers insights into nation’s growing direct-care workforce Kathy Ritchie Sept. 16, 2022
Family caregiving comes at a hefty cost for those providing unpaid care Kathy Ritchie Sept. 14, 2022
More older Arizona adults are food insecure — and they're often turning to food banks for help Kathy Ritchie Sept. 9, 2022
Number of Valley homeless seniors is on the rise Kathy Ritchie Sept. 7, 2022
St. Mary’s Food Bank needs volunteers urgently Kathy Ritchie Sept. 5, 2022
Arizona organization is trying to build the nursing home workforce Kathy Ritchie Aug. 30, 2022
Study: Reproductive health providers hampered by Trump-era policies Kathy Ritchie Aug. 30, 2022
UA studies memory in young people with Down syndrome Kathy Ritchie Aug. 29, 2022
Volunteers with disabilities needed to talk about COVID-19 experiences Kathy Ritchie Aug. 24, 2022
Recruiting people to participate in Alzheimer's studies is tough Kathy Ritchie Aug. 24, 2022
Valley nonprofit helps grandparents caring for grandkids who've experienced trauma Kathy Ritchie Aug. 23, 2022
Over-the-counter hearing aids are coming — and many could benefit Kathy Ritchie Aug. 23, 2022
Tourism is on the upswing in Arizona Kathy Ritchie Aug. 22, 2022
Tempe officers to carry water rescue bags after drowning Bridget Dowd, Kathy Ritchie Aug. 22, 2022
Sen. Kelly joins AARP to celebrate changes to Medicare prescription drugs Kathy Ritchie Aug. 17, 2022
New report looks at social media's role in amplifying LGBTQ+ hate Kathy Ritchie Aug. 17, 2022
As AZ population of people living with developmental disabilities ages, where will they live? Kathy Ritchie Aug. 17, 2022
LGBTQ elders worried about long-term care inclusivity Kathy Ritchie Aug. 15, 2022
Survivors of gun violence can often struggle with guilt Kathy Ritchie Aug. 15, 2022
Older adults very likely to get updated COVID-19 booster, poll shows Kathy Ritchie Aug. 10, 2022
Changes coming to Medicare, including ability to negotiate drug prices Kathy Ritchie Aug. 10, 2022
What you need to know about monkeypox Kathy Ritchie Aug. 9, 2022
Loss of smell due to COVID-19 could be a predictor for dementia Kathy Ritchie Aug. 9, 2022
Monkeypox disproportionately affects gay and bisexual men, but anyone can get it Kathy Ritchie Aug. 3, 2022
One of the oldest independent record labels in the country is in Tempe Kathy Ritchie Aug. 3, 2022