Al Macias

News Director

KJZZ’s News Director Al Macias is part of an elite class of trusted, veteran journalists who have covered Arizona news for more than 30 years.

Macias helps oversee daily operations for the KJZZ newsroom and Fronteras: the Changing America Desk. This is second nature for Macias, who is a National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Society member and an inductee of the Society of Professional Journalists Order of the Silver Key Society.

Macias began serving the KJZZ news team in October 2010, helping the station launch Fronteras: The Changing America Desk as the project's managing editor. He became the news director in January 2015. Macias, who has an extensive television background, is helping Fronteras Desk reporters disseminate reports using a multimedia platform that includes radio, web, video and social media tools to engage listeners across the globe.

He also is no stranger to building a news team from the ground up. Macias was part of the management team that launched the KNXV newsroom in 1994 and oversaw its growth from a staff of twenty to more than sixty in less than a year.  Additionally, he served in managerial roles at KPNX from 1981-1994 and as an assignment editor and manager for KTVK.

During his television career, Macias won two Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards for spot news coverage and public service programming.

Macias takes great pride in his public service work, as well. He is a founding board member of the Arizona Latino Media Association and is part of the Raul H. Castro Institute Advisory Committee. In addition, he served Maricopa County’s communications department and spent time as a Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau.

A Phoenix native, Macias earned a journalism degree from Arizona State University. He has been married since 1978 and has two adult daughters.

Title Author Publication Date
63,000 Students Head Back To School In East Valley Districts Al Macias July 24, 2017
Aerial Survey Recording Burro Population In Northwest Phoenix Area Al Macias June 19, 2017
Ducey Appoints Justin Olson To Arizona Corporation Commission Al Macias October 17, 2017
Hamilton Officials Reassigned Amid Hazing Investigation Al Macias September 22, 2017
Jimmy Carter In Phoenix To Receive O'Connor Justice Prize Al Macias January 27, 2017
Phoenix Punishes 5 More Employees Over Burton Barr Library Flood Al Macias January 31, 2018
Scottsdale District CFO Placed On Administrative Leave Al Macias January 25, 2018
"Diving Lady" returns to Mesa April 02, 2013
"Serial Shooter" found dead in cell June 20, 2013
14 apply to replace Wilson on Maricopa County Board of Supervisors March 12, 2013
1st District field narrowing before primary August 06, 2012
2010 Census extremely accurate, but Latinos still undercounted May 22, 2012
99-Year-Old Arizona Music Icon Shares His Memories September 13, 2013
Abortion Drug Restrictions Back On Hold Al Macias April 03, 2014
ACLU Defendant Receives Settlement From Pinal County Sheriff's Department Al Macias December 18, 2014
ADOT Reducing Speed Limit On I-17 This Weekend Al Macias May 26, 2017
ADOT Seeks Public Input On South Mountain Freeway Design Al Macias September 26, 2016
ADOT To Begin Blasting Work On US 60 Near Superior Al Macias August 12, 2015
ADOT To Rebuild Section Of I-40 West Of Williams Al Macias August 07, 2017
ADOT To Renovate Salt River Canyon Rest Stop Al Macias July 17, 2014
After 40 Years, Maricopa County In Compliance With Clean Air Act Al Macias June 02, 2014
After delay, supervisors agree on settlement for inmate death November 20, 2012
Air Force Doing Reset On Training Exercises In Tucson Al Macias March 13, 2017
Airline Merger Will Be Completed Monday Al Macias December 08, 2013
Airline performance up on schedules, baggage August 09, 2012