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
EPA To Hold Public Meeting On Air Quality Rule Changes Al Macias Nov. 12, 2015
Loop 303 Roadwork To Delay West Valley Traffic Al Macias Nov. 10, 2015
Ex-Customs Agent Accused Of Drug Smuggling Rearrested Al Macias Nov. 3, 2015
Voters In 28 Arizona School Districts To Decide Bonds, Budget Overrides Tuesday Al Macias Nov. 2, 2015
New Phoenix Bike Signs Will Discourage Wrong-Way Cycling Al Macias, Mark Brodie Sep. 30, 2015
Jury Selection To Begin For Agent Killed During Fast And Furious Gun Sting Al Macias Sep. 21, 2015
NAU Students Head Back To Class Al Macias Aug. 31, 2015
Black Bear Shot By Officials As It Was Breaking Into Cabins In Northern Arizona Al Macias Aug. 21, 2015
LDS Church Appoints Women To Certain Leadership Positions For The First Time Al Macias Aug. 19, 2015
Arizona To Receive $2.2M In Drug Company Settlement Al Macias Aug. 18, 2015
ADOT To Begin Blasting Work On US 60 Near Superior Al Macias Aug. 12, 2015
New Data System Will Save Arizona Schools Money Al Macias Aug. 10, 2015
Willow Fire In Northwestern Arizona Causes Evacuations Al Macias, Associated Press, Katherine Fritcke Aug. 10, 2015
Finger Rock Fire Causes Smoke Advisory In Tucson Al Macias Aug. 6, 2015
Fort Huachuca Scout Stops Print Edition After 61 Years Al Macias Jul. 28, 2015
Arizona Facing Shortage Of Public-School Superintendents Al Macias, Keerthi Vedantam Jul. 27, 2015
ASU Team Will Help NASA Study Jupiter Moon Europa Al Macias Jun. 5, 2015
Arizona Abortion Providers Sue State, Claim New Law Violates First Amendment Al Macias Jun. 4, 2015
Arizona Has Lowest Rate Of State Spending On Education Al Macias Jun. 3, 2015
Consolidation Of Tucson Postal Facility Postponed Al Macias May. 26, 2015
Census Numbers Show More Are Moving To Arizona Al Macias May. 20, 2015
Oak Creek Canyon Recovering From Slide Fire, But May Be At Risk For Floods Al Macias May. 19, 2015
Maricopa County Budget Will Go Up About 1 Percent In Fiscal 2016 Al Macias May. 18, 2015
Pew Study Shows Number Of Christians In The US Has Declined Al Macias May. 12, 2015
Unusual Warm Water 'Blob' Studied Off Coast Of California Al Macias May. 11, 2015

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