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(s) Publication Date
No Changes To Phoenix Pension Plans — Yet Al Macias Oct. 22, 2013
Happy Birthday, Celia Cruz Al Macias Oct. 21, 2013
Gosar: Immigration Reform Not A Priority Al Macias Oct. 17, 2013
City Council Votes To End Food Tax Al Macias Oct. 16, 2013
State Parks Crowded With Campers Al Macias Oct. 14, 2013
Arizona Medical Board Executive Director Fired Al Macias Oct. 14, 2013
The Frito Pie Flap Al Macias Oct. 1, 2013
Median Household Income Drops For Another Year Al Macias Sep. 17, 2013
Death Toll Climbs In Mexican Train Crash Al Macias Aug. 26, 2013
Could There Be A Critical Mass Of GOP Support For Immigration Reform? Al Macias Aug. 14, 2013
More Millenials Living At Home With Their Parents Al Macias Aug. 1, 2013
A Newsman Tours The Newseum Al Macias Jun. 14, 2013
When The Headlines Fade, The Story Goes On Al Macias May. 7, 2013
A Reminder That War Is Personal Al Macias Jan. 30, 2013
Four Decades Of Change In Puerto Peñasco Al Macias Jan. 14, 2013
In Phoenix, This Is Cold Al Macias Dec. 18, 2012
There's No Place Like Al Macias Nov. 30, 2012
Flake Defeats Carmona To Join McCain As Arizona Senator Al Macias Nov. 7, 2012
Election Night: The Closest Race In Years? Jude Joffe-Block, Al Macias, Michel Marizco Nov. 4, 2012
Spanish-Language Voter Awareness Campaign Launched To Combat Arizona Errors Al Macias, John Rosman Oct. 30, 2012
Three Indications The Newsroom Is Shifting Al Macias Oct. 23, 2012
Thank Goodness I Don't Live In Ohio Al Macias Oct. 15, 2012
When Politicians Mislead About Being Misleading Al Macias Sep. 19, 2012
Judge: Arizona can enforce "show your papers" provision of SB 1070 Jude Joffe-Block, Al Macias, Peter O'Dowd Sep. 5, 2012
Election Hangover Al Macias Aug. 30, 2012