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
Mesa, Cubs to break ground during All-Star Break May 10, 2012
Methane Gas Hot Spot Found Over Four Corners Area Al Macias October 09, 2014
Mexican Gray Wolf population grows by 25 percent February 06, 2013
Minorities to become the majority for Democratic caucus in U.S. House April 13, 2012
MLB To Consider Instant Replay August 16, 2013
Money problems force City of Glendale layoffs May 18, 2012
Monsoon Season Means A Smaller Possibility of Wildfires July 17, 2013
Montgomery looking for appeals court ruling on medical marijuana December 14, 2012
More Millenials Living At Home According To Study August 02, 2013
National Park Attendance Breaks Record Third Year In A Row Al Macias January 17, 2017
National Parks Service looks to protect places of Cesar Chavez March 30, 2012
NAU President To Retire In 2015 September 05, 2013
NAU Students Head Back To Class Al Macias August 31, 2015
Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project Approved Al Macias April 01, 2014
Navajo Nation Police Officer Shot And Killed, Suspect In Custody Al Macias March 13, 2017
Navajo Nation Postpones Considering Proposal To Change Name Al Macias January 27, 2017
Navajo Nation takes Urban Outfitters to court February 29, 2012
Navajo Presidential Election Now Set For August Al Macias January 11, 2015
Navajo Supreme Court To Hear Language Fluency Arguments Al Macias September 25, 2014
Net Metering Vote Allows Marginal Rate Increase For Solar Power Customers Al Macias November 14, 2013
Nevada Wildlife Officials Wait For Results Of Bighorn Sheep Slaughter Al Macias May 09, 2016
New commercial terminal planned for Grand Canyon Airport April 05, 2012
New Data System Will Save Arizona Schools Money Al Macias August 10, 2015
New Mexico governor signs legislation to save spaceport April 03, 2013
New Mexico Officials Plan Pronghorn, Turkey Trade Al Macias January 09, 2014