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
Sponsor of 1994 assault weapons ban says bipartisan support needed for new laws December 20, 2012
Special elections to replace Giffords could start in April January 23, 2012
Sparring at hearing on immigration seen as 'political theater' April 24, 2012
Snowflake paper mill closure will cost hundreds of jobs Associated Press September 21, 2012
Slide Rock remains off-limits for swimming July 31, 2012
Sky Harbor Anticipates Holiday Vehicle Traffic Al Macias November 26, 2013
Seven fires burning in Tonto Forest as of Friday August 10, 2012
Senator Kyl to begin final Congressional session Monday September 10, 2012
Senate To Hold Field Hearing In Gilbert On VA Health Care Al Macias December 13, 2015
Senate Appropriations Committee To Vote On Child Safety Funding Al Macias January 28, 2014
Sen. Flake Intends To Change Americans With Disabilities Act Al Macias October 03, 2016
Second Coconino County Resident Infected With Hantavirus July 10, 2013
SCOTUS won't hear Arizona partner benefits case December 10, 2012
SCOTUS to hear SB 1070 arguments April 25 February 03, 2012
SCOTUS To Hear Gilbert Church's Arguments Monday Al Macias January 11, 2015
Scottsdale Tourism Agency's Campaign Uses Warm Temperatures To Lure Visitors Al Macias November 24, 2014
Scottsdale City Council Considering Changing Public Safety Ordinance After Club Stabbings September 09, 2013
Scottsdale advertising on New York City subways January 18, 2013
Schweikert Believes Congress May Address Immigration Reform Al Macias December 16, 2013
School Districts Say Millions At Stake In Case Against Legislature July 23, 2013
Saturday's Powerball could be the largest jackpot ever May 16, 2013
San Juan Fire Spreading Rapidly Through Northern Arizona Al Macias June 26, 2014
Ron Barber to hold first event at a Tucson Safeway June 21, 2012
Report: Focus on border security has cost U.S. tourism dollars April 13, 2012
Report: Clinton Sending More Organizers, Funds To Arizona Al Macias August 09, 2016