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
Ton Of Pot Found In Jalapeño Shipment Al Macias May 09, 2014
Tombstone loses a water rights battle in court May 15, 2012
Three more F-35 squadrons assigned to Luke Air Force Base June 28, 2013
The Head Of An Arizona Utility Company Steps Down After Indictment Al Macias May 29, 2017
The American Community Survey stirs up controversy July 19, 2012
Text spam bill passes Arizona House committee February 07, 2013
Tempe Vote Amends Charter To Prevent Discrimination Al Macias August 26, 2014
Tempe traffic stop led to big drug bust December 20, 2011
Tempe Police's Safe And Sober Campaign Wraps Up Its First Weekend Al Macias August 25, 2014
Tempe Police's Safe And Sober Campaign Has A Busy Second Weekend August 26, 2013
Tempe Police's Safe And Sober Campaign Continues Through Saturday August 23, 2013
Tempe Police Department 'Run From The Cops' 5K Canceled Al Macias December 04, 2014
Tempe council sets limits on panhandling February 22, 2013
Teacher's Association Calls For Resignation Of Scottsdale District Board President Al Macias March 02, 2018
Tablets Could Replace Signature Books At Polling Places September 02, 2013
Sweat Lodge Host James Arthur Ray To Be Released From Prison July 12, 2013
Surgeries Resume At Phoenix VA Hospital After Technical Difficulties Al Macias February 22, 2016
Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Arizona Regulatory Boards Al Macias March 16, 2015
Study: Tucson Has Some Of Nation's Worst Streets October 05, 2013
State's Rainy Day Fund Could Help Families Affected By Shutdown October 07, 2013
State's first medical marijuana dispensary will open December 06, 2012
State Supreme Court to hear appeal of candidate's proficiency January 30, 2012
State Parks Crowded With Campers Al Macias October 14, 2013
State Bar of Arizona investigating attorney general December 03, 2012
Stalled land exchange forces copper mine layoffs November 30, 2012