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
Yuma's mayor suing the city council February 22, 2013
Tempe council sets limits on panhandling February 22, 2013
Tribe calls for criminal investigation into freeway development group February 21, 2013
Maricopa County faces multi-million dollar budget crunch February 19, 2013
Mergers of airlines, large and small, is nothing new February 15, 2013
GOP-led committee holds hearing on driver's licenses for DACA immigrants February 14, 2013
Governor's sales tax proposal may not add up February 11, 2013
Volunteers needed to help clean Salt River February 08, 2013
Paradise Valley Community College under investigation February 08, 2013
Text spam bill passes Arizona House committee February 07, 2013
ASU baseball moving to Phoenix Muni Stadium February 06, 2013
Frigid temps blamed for fish deaths February 06, 2013
Mexican Gray Wolf population grows by 25 percent February 06, 2013
Election bills making way through state legislature February 06, 2013
Four shot, one fatally, in South Phoenix February 01, 2013
Recent rains good for reservoir system February 01, 2013
Mark Grace takes plea, will work for D'backs again January 31, 2013
Homeless population increased during recession January 30, 2013
Bill targeting bath salts, spice compounds introduced January 29, 2013
City crews working overtime to fill potholes January 28, 2013
Arizona National Guard unit deploys to Afghanistan January 28, 2013
Obama to announce immigration reform plan next week January 25, 2013
Avondale unveils yet-to-be-filled industrial complex January 23, 2013
Arizona leads nation in high school dropout rate, despite improvement January 22, 2013
Scottsdale advertising on New York City subways January 18, 2013