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
Maricopa County Board Of Supervisors To Appoint New State Senator September 10, 2013
Scottsdale City Council Considering Changing Public Safety Ordinance After Club Stabbings September 09, 2013
Debra Milke Granted Bail While Awaiting Retrial September 05, 2013
NAU President To Retire In 2015 September 05, 2013
Maricopa County Community College District Board To Add Two New Members September 04, 2013
Tablets Could Replace Signature Books At Polling Places September 02, 2013
Hundreds Of Desert Tortoises May Be Euthanized August 30, 2013
GAO Study: No Measure Of Aircraft Effectiveness Against Wildfires August 29, 2013
Waring, DiCiccio Re-Elected, Other Races Go To Run-Off August 28, 2013
Tempe Police's Safe And Sober Campaign Has A Busy Second Weekend August 26, 2013
Debra Milke Back In Court Friday August 23, 2013
Tempe Police's Safe And Sober Campaign Continues Through Saturday August 23, 2013
U.S. Forest Service Short On Firefighting Funds August 22, 2013
Maricopa County Board Of Supervisors To Appoint New County Assessor August 19, 2013
MLB To Consider Instant Replay August 16, 2013
Record Number Of People Using Public Transit August 16, 2013
U.S. Requests Rearrest Of Mexican Drug Lord August 15, 2013
Valley Man Convicted Of Buddhist Temple Murders Granted Retrial August 12, 2013
President Obama Expected To Sign Bill Lowering College Student Loan Rates August 09, 2013
David Cavazos Officially Gets The Santa Ana Job August 07, 2013
Phoenix Coyotes Get A New Owner And Name August 05, 2013
Arizona Schools Are Making The Grade August 02, 2013
More Millenials Living At Home According To Study August 02, 2013
President Obama To Visit Phoenix Tuesday August 01, 2013
Grand Canyon University Announces New Mesa Campus July 31, 2013