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
Valley Metro Pays Former CEO $180K To Settle Lawsuit Al Macias September 22, 2016
Valley Metro helping small businesses affected by new light rail construction April 25, 2013
Valley Metro fare hike hits Friday February 27, 2013
Valley Man Convicted Of Buddhist Temple Murders Granted Retrial August 12, 2013
Valley Light Rail Extension Set To Open In 2016 Al Macias October 28, 2014
Use of loose tobacco on the rise in the wake of cigarette taxes August 02, 2012
Upper Iowa University fifth school to commit to Mesa September 13, 2012
Upcoming Rain, Winds Postpone Arizona Balloon Classic Al Macias January 18, 2017
Unusual Warm Water 'Blob' Studied Off Coast Of California Al Macias May 11, 2015
UA Administrators Propose New Athletics Fee As Part Of Tuition Proposal Al Macias March 20, 2017
U.S. Requests Rearrest Of Mexican Drug Lord August 15, 2013
U.S. Forest Service Short On Firefighting Funds August 22, 2013
U.S. Forest Service budget cuts could cost Arizona money May 03, 2013
U.S. Census Report Tracks Maricopa County Migration Al Macias February 06, 2014
U.N. recognizes ASU professor's research June 04, 2012
Two Past Hopi Tribe Vice Chairmen To Face Each Other In General Election Al Macias November 07, 2013
Two Arizona cities make the list of fastest growing cities May 22, 2013
Tucson's Bernard Lagat Earns Fifth Trip To Olympics Al Macias July 11, 2016
Tucson Terrorism Suspect Pleads Not Guilty Al Macias July 12, 2016
Trump's VP Pick Pence Coming To Phoenix Tuesday Al Macias August 01, 2016
Truck driver imprisoned in Mexico since April returns to U.S. November 24, 2012
Truck carrying 280,000 rounds of ammo to Phoenix makes a wrong turn in Juarez April 19, 2012
Tribe calls for criminal investigation into freeway development group February 21, 2013
Trespassing conviction upheld in obscene T-shirt case August 06, 2012
Too much rain could actually be a problem August 23, 2012