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
New Mexico Officials Plan Pronghorn, Turkey Trade Al Macias Jan. 9, 2014
Federal Court Ruling Approved Al Macias Jan. 9, 2014
Brewer Announces Landmark Mental Health Settlement Al Macias Jan. 8, 2014
Maricopa County Supervisors To Elect New Chair Al Macias Jan. 8, 2014
American Airlines To Keep Old Logo Al Macias Jan. 3, 2014
Better Odds: Mega Millions Or Asteroid? Al Macias Dec. 16, 2013
Schweikert Believes Congress May Address Immigration Reform Al Macias Dec. 16, 2013
Community College IT Breach Could Cost Up To $14 Million Al Macias Dec. 11, 2013
Rep. David Schweikert Unhappy With Proposed Budget Deal Al Macias Dec. 11, 2013
Airline Merger Will Be Completed Monday Al Macias, Peter O'Dowd Dec. 8, 2013
HS Football Player Died Of Blunt Force Trauma Al Macias Dec. 5, 2013
Arizona State Forestry Division Fined For Handling Of Yarnell Hill Fire Al Macias, Alexandra Olgin Dec. 4, 2013
Phoenix Airline Passenger Tests Negative For TB Al Macias Dec. 3, 2013
Capitol Hill Staffer Quits Job To Fight Mother's Deportation Al Macias Dec. 3, 2013
Texas Prosecutors Indict Former Mexican Governor Al Macias, David Martin Davies Dec. 3, 2013
US Airways Plane Experiences Tuberculosis Scare Al Macias Dec. 2, 2013
Sky Harbor Anticipates Holiday Vehicle Traffic Al Macias Nov. 26, 2013
Gilbert Public Schools Board To Vote Al Macias Nov. 15, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court Rules Prosecutors Must Turn Over Evidence Al Macias Nov. 15, 2013
Net Metering Vote Allows Marginal Rate Increase For Solar Power Customers Al Macias Nov. 14, 2013
Arizona Corporation Commission Holds Hearing Al Macias Nov. 13, 2013
Two Past Hopi Tribe Vice Chairmen To Face Each Other Al Macias Nov. 7, 2013
Forest Thinning Project Could Start Up Again Soon Al Macias Oct. 28, 2013
Judge To Decide Outcome Al Macias Oct. 23, 2013
No Changes To Phoenix Pension Plans — Yet Al Macias Oct. 22, 2013

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