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
Zuercher Named New Phoenix City Manager Al Macias February 19, 2014
Zack Greinke Taking Mound For Dbacks Season Opener Al Macias April 04, 2016
Yuma's mayor suing the city council February 22, 2013
Young Texas housewives arrested on weapons smuggling charges February 09, 2012
Young Americans are driving less, using public transit more April 05, 2012
Yarnell Memorial Gets Hearing On Presidents Day Al Macias February 17, 2014
Wrong-way Arizona driver causes trouble in Oregon March 29, 2012
Witnesses Testify About Retaliation At Phoenix VA Hospital Al Macias July 08, 2014
With the paper mill gone, what's next for Snowflake? September 24, 2012
Winds pushing smoke from wildfires into Phoenix May 15, 2012
Willow Fire In Northwestern Arizona Causes Evacuations Al Macias August 10, 2015
Wildlife Service Will Work To Sterilize Tortoises Al Macias August 18, 2014
Why Interstate 17 Accidents Like This Weekend Are Troublesome July 16, 2013
Warped Tour heat concerns June 27, 2013
Waring, DiCiccio Re-Elected, Other Races Go To Run-Off August 28, 2013
Wallow Fire area at risk for flooding July 20, 2012
Voters In 28 Arizona School Districts To Decide Bonds, Budget Overrides Tuesday Al Macias November 02, 2015
Voter registration won't change despite Court of Appeals ruling April 17, 2012
Voter registration for primary election ends Monday July 30, 2012
Volunteers needed to help clean Salt River February 08, 2013
Valley-Bound US Airways Plane Experiences Tuberculosis Scare Al Macias December 02, 2013
Valley's population still growing, but not as quickly March 14, 2013
Valley's homebuilding industry showing signs of life September 03, 2012
Valley Student To March In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Al Macias November 25, 2014
Valley schools back in session this week August 06, 2012