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
CDC advises whooping cough vaccine for the elderly February 23, 2012
CDC Warns Against Kissing Chickens As Salmonella Outbreaks Increase Al Macias September 19, 2016
Cellphone Bill Aimed At Teen Drivers Al Macias March 03, 2014
Census already making changes for 2020 August 08, 2012
Census Bureau Preparing For 2020 Census Al Macias October 06, 2014
Census data shows growth of tribal numbers January 25, 2012
Census Numbers Show More Are Moving To Arizona Al Macias May 20, 2015
Center For Arizona Policy Spearheads Right-To-Refuse Bill Al Macias March 05, 2014
Central Arizona Project canal has a leak October 04, 2012
Chandler will be home to new General Motors IT Innovation Center March 06, 2013
Chase Field May Have Newly Repaired Roof Before Diamondbacks Home Opener Al Macias February 03, 2015
City crews working overtime to fill potholes January 28, 2013
City Of Phoenix And Maricopa County Services Combine At City Hall Al Macias January 31, 2014
Closing Arguments Begin In Doody Trial Al Macias January 10, 2014
Coconino National Forest Expands Closure Through Holiday Weekend Al Macias July 01, 2014
Cold Temps Beneficial For Yuma Crops Al Macias January 01, 2015
College Football Game Dubbed The Cactus Bowl Al Macias July 10, 2014
Community college enrollment down September 11, 2012
Community College IT Breach Could Cost Up To $14 Million Al Macias December 11, 2013
Community colleges tobacco ban takes effect June 29, 2012
Connection Between Loop 303, I-10 Now Open Al Macias August 18, 2014
Consolidation Of Tucson Postal Facility Postponed Al Macias May 26, 2015
Consumer Confidence Among Arizonans Is Back To Close To Pre-Recession Levels Al Macias October 26, 2016
Cost of Powerball tickets doubling January 14, 2012
County court tower finally a reality February 14, 2012