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
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Phoenix mayor to visit Mexico February 27, 2012
CDC advises whooping cough vaccine for the elderly February 23, 2012
Lovas appointed to fill House vacancy February 21, 2012
County court tower finally a reality February 14, 2012
Court rules against parking fees in national park February 10, 2012
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Obama gets a kick out of Phoenix kid's marshmallow cannon February 07, 2012
SCOTUS to hear SB 1070 arguments April 25 February 03, 2012
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Cruise bookings down after ship wreck in Italy January 31, 2012
State Supreme Court to hear appeal of candidate's proficiency January 30, 2012
Antenori first to announce campaign for Giffords' seat January 27, 2012
Census data shows growth of tribal numbers January 25, 2012
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DOJ to Arpaio: Stop stalling the investigation January 17, 2012
Cost of Powerball tickets doubling January 14, 2012
New year means new minimum wage in Arizona January 01, 2012
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Arpaio says his office will cooperate with DOJ December 21, 2011
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