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
Valley Metro Pays Former CEO $180K To Settle Lawsuit Al Macias Sep. 22, 2016
CDC Warns Against Kissing Chickens As Salmonella Outbreaks Increase Al Macias Sep. 19, 2016
Report: Clinton Sending More Organizers, Funds To Arizona Al Macias, Mark Brodie Aug. 9, 2016
Trump's VP Pick Pence Coming To Phoenix Tuesday Al Macias Aug. 1, 2016
Tucson Terrorism Suspect Pleads Not Guilty Al Macias Jul. 12, 2016
Tucson's Bernard Lagat Earns Fifth Trip To Olympics Al Macias Jul. 11, 2016
Pinal County Sexual Assault Suspect Eligible For Bond Al Macias Jul. 8, 2016
Arizona Getting Cut Of $30 Million CDC Grant To Prevent Violence, Injuries Al Macias Jul. 7, 2016
Phoenix-Bound Flight Turns Back To Houston Due To Heat Al Macias Jun. 20, 2016
Hundreds Of Firefighters Continue Battling Juniper Fire In Tonto National Forest Al Macias Jun. 6, 2016
Home Evacuations Lifted Near Northwestern Arizona Fire Al Macias May. 23, 2016
Arizona Farmer Could Face Fines Over Blowing Dust That Shut Down I-10 Al Macias May. 17, 2016
Maricopa County Supervisors Set To Tentatively Approve Another $13 Million For Arpaio's Legal Costs Al Macias May. 16, 2016
Big Pot Busts Up At Nogales Border Crossing Al Macias May. 16, 2016
Nevada Wildlife Officials Wait For Results Of Bighorn Sheep Slaughter Al Macias May. 9, 2016
Hundreds Of Greyhounds Going Up For Adoption With Impeding Closure Of Tucson Track Al Macias May. 2, 2016
Next Stop Phoenix For Solar Impulse 2 'Round-The-World Aircraft Al Macias Apr. 25, 2016
Arizona Attorney General: Primary Lawsuit Can't Stand Al Macias Apr. 19, 2016
Canyon De Chelly Navajo Remains Case Sent Back To US District Court Al Macias Apr. 11, 2016
Zack Greinke Taking Mound For Dbacks Season Opener Al Macias Apr. 4, 2016
Deliberations Resume Tuesday In Prophet Cartoon Contest Attack Trial Al Macias Mar. 14, 2016
Kevin Harvick Wins Eighth Sprint Cup In Narrow Victory At Phoenix International Raceway Al Macias Mar. 14, 2016
Flagstaff Could Build Filtration System To End Water Feud With Hopi Tribe Al Macias Mar. 7, 2016
Surgeries Resume At Phoenix VA Hospital After Technical Difficulties Al Macias Feb. 22, 2016
Powerball Players Checking Winning Numbers Crash Arizona Lottery Website Al Macias Jan. 7, 2016

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