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
Rep. David Schweikert Unhappy With Proposed Budget Deal Al Macias December 11, 2013
Released Mexican gray wolf doing well in the wild January 16, 2013
Reform Bills Passed For Veterans Affairs Scandal Al Macias June 24, 2014
Red flag warnings issued for Arizona's forests April 29, 2013
Recount underway in Congressional District 4 primary September 10, 2012
Record power consumption matches record temperatures August 14, 2012
Record Number Of People Using Public Transit August 16, 2013
Recent rains good for reservoir system February 01, 2013
Rate of early voting causes reduction in polling places August 10, 2012
Ram roundup expected to help wildlife after Wallow Fire December 30, 2011
Public, charter schools preapring for Common Core Standards June 14, 2012
Public Comment Period For Bears Ears Ends Friday Al Macias May 22, 2017
Printing Error Affects A Thousand Early Ballots Al Macias October 15, 2014
President Obama To Visit Phoenix Tuesday August 01, 2013
President Obama Expected To Sign Bill Lowering College Student Loan Rates August 09, 2013
Prescribed Burn Planned For Grand Canyon's South Rim Al Macias April 26, 2015
Powerball Players Checking Winning Numbers Crash Arizona Lottery Website Al Macias January 07, 2016
Power plant changes could strain Navajo Nation budget August 10, 2012
Pinal County Sexual Assault Suspect Eligible For Bond Al Macias July 08, 2016
Pima County Supervisors select legislative replacement for Patterson April 23, 2012
Phoenix-Bound Flight Turns Back To Houston Due To Heat Al Macias June 20, 2016
Phoenix Woman Identified As Hilary Clinton Shoe Thrower Al Macias April 11, 2014
Phoenix Woman Accused Of Shoe Throwing Remains In Jail Al Macias April 25, 2014
Phoenix was last month's highest-performing housing market April 05, 2012
Phoenix VA Subject Of Washington Hearing Monday Al Macias June 09, 2014