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Julia Ritchey | Journalist

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About Me

I’m a Nashville-based writer, editor, podcaster and occasional baker with an interest in local politics, climate change and popular culture. I’ve worked on the award-winning podcast Drilled, an investigative series on climate change, and more recently for The Indicator, NPR’s daily economics program. Other work has appeared through outlets such as NPR, Planet Money, The Associated Press, High Country News, 1AHere & Now, Carolina Public Press, Savannah Morning News and Voice of America. I originally hail from Western North Carolina.

A few work highlights are below, as well as a link to my newsletter Meat ‘n Three.

When I am not out reporting, you can find me procrastibaking. If you’re ever in Salt Lake City, check out Bread Riot Bakehouse, an artisan bakery I helped open. If you’re ever in Hendersonville, N.C., my hometown, check out Underground Baking Company, another bakery close to my heart.  

Audio Samples

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all police departments in the state to reinvent and modernize their policies and procedures. But efforts in Potsdam, a predominantly white community in upstate New York, have not gone smoothly after an advisory committee’s only two Black members resigned. The two members said the group was not tackling the issues of race and policing head on. NCPR, January 2021
President Trump has been sued for blocking his critics on Twitter, but increasingly even state and local politicians are doing the same. One Utah Republican state senator is asked to talked to the person he blocked to explain why. NPR, October 2017
A new social media campaign called #BlackBirdersWeek is highlighting black scientists, birders and other outdoor enthusiasts enjoying nature and being outside. NCPR, June 2020.
45 Days Podcast: On your mark, get set, #utpol. 45 Days takes you behind the scenes of the Utah Legislature’s fast and furious annual session. Each week, reporters Julia Ritchey and Nicole Nixon highlight critical bills and how they could affect you. KUER, March 2019.

Other projects

Produced and scripted three audio slideshows featuring mental health workers and patients for the dedication ceremony of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute. (First slideshow timestamp from 0:00-2:22). Jan. 2021

I have a newsletter called Meat ‘n Three. Let me send you email.

Work With Me

Currently available for freelance editing, reporting, producing, tape syncs and other creative consults.

Praise For Me

Recipient of four regional Edward R. Murrow awards and 12 local SPJ awards, including best reporter, best use of sound and best political reporting. Also a Charles Kuralt fellow at Voice of America and recipient of a Nevada Humanities grant.

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