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
New Study Examines Domestic Violence In Latino Community Al Macias May. 4, 2015
Prescribed Burn Planned For Grand Canyon's South Rim Al Macias Apr. 26, 2015
California Condor 'Feared Dead' Spotted In Colorado Al Macias Apr. 20, 2015
Cactus League Has Best Spring Training Season Ever Al Macias Apr. 6, 2015
Arizona Pediatrician Sentenced To 14 Years In Child-Porn Case Al Macias, Sky Schaudt Mar. 31, 2015
Judicial Advisory Panel Rules Arizona Judges Must Perform Same-Sex Marriages Al Macias Mar. 16, 2015
Kevin Harvick Wins Fourth Straight NASCAR Race At PIR Al Macias Mar. 16, 2015
Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Arizona Regulatory Boards Al Macias Mar. 16, 2015
ASU Gammage To Raise $16M For Improvements Al Macias Mar. 10, 2015
Phoenix Tax Increase For Transportation Will Be Up To Voters Al Macias Mar. 3, 2015
Chase Field May Have Newly Repaired Roof Before Diamondbacks Home Opener Al Macias Feb. 3, 2015
Google Fiber Still May Consider Coming To Phoenix Al Macias Jan. 27, 2015
Gas Prices Hit Five-Year Low In Arizona Al Macias Jan. 19, 2015
Golfers Now Banned From Throwing Items To Fans At Phoenix Open Al Macias Jan. 13, 2015
SCOTUS To Hear Gilbert Church's Arguments Monday Al Macias Jan. 11, 2015
Navajo Presidential Election Now Set For August Al Macias Jan. 11, 2015
Heard Museum Director Steps Down Al Macias Jan. 6, 2015
Cold Temps Beneficial For Yuma Crops Al Macias Jan. 1, 2015
ACLU Defendant Receives Settlement From Pinal County Sheriff's Department Al Macias Dec. 18, 2014
Optometrists Recommend Protective Eyewear Even On Cloudy Winter Days Al Macias Dec. 15, 2014
Arizona State Transportation Board Approves $15M For I-11 Environmental Study Al Macias Dec. 12, 2014
Gov. Brewer Files Appeal To Block Court Order To Grant Driver's Licences To Young Immigrants Al Macias Dec. 11, 2014
High Costs For Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Racial Profiling Monitor Al Macias Dec. 9, 2014
Longest-Held Civilian POW in Vietnam War Dies Al Macias Dec. 9, 2014
Loop 303 Construction To Begin In The Northwest Valley Al Macias Dec. 8, 2014

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