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
County hospital won't be up for bond vote in November July 20, 2012
County May Streamline Restaurant Inspections Al Macias June 09, 2014
County recorder's office faces criticism for Spanish-language mistakes October 24, 2012
County recorder's office hopes Spanish-language awarness program corrects mistakes October 26, 2012
County Will Need More Courtrooms For Projected Population Growth Al Macias August 25, 2014
Court hastens disbarment for former assistant county attorney May 30, 2012
Court rules against parking fees in national park February 10, 2012
Court Rules Arizona Prison Officials Violated Death-Row Inmate's Rights Al Macias August 11, 2014
Credit card parking meters coming to Downtown Phoenix October 04, 2012
Cruise bookings down after ship wreck in Italy January 31, 2012
David Cavazos Officially Gets The Santa Ana Job August 07, 2013
Debra Milke Back In Court Friday August 23, 2013
Debra Milke Granted Bail While Awaiting Retrial September 05, 2013
Debra Milke Ordered To Stand Trial Again Al Macias January 22, 2014
Deliberations Resume Tuesday In Prophet Cartoon Contest Attack Trial Al Macias March 14, 2016
DHS Secretary Responds To Surge Of Unaccompanied Child Immigrants Al Macias June 13, 2014
DHS targets teen tobacco use June 08, 2012
Disbarment recommended for former County Attorney Andrew Thomas January 31, 2012
DOJ to Arpaio: Stop stalling the investigation January 17, 2012
DOJ: Can't trust communication with MCSO, will likely end up in court April 12, 2012
Dozens Arrested In Tempe Child Prostitution Sting Al Macias April 24, 2014
Dr. Daniel Caruso Of Arizona Burn Center Dies At 53 Al Macias August 28, 2017
Drivers rejoice: Time spent stuck in traffic is down May 22, 2012
Drought blamed for wild horse deaths on Navajo Nation August 06, 2012
E. Coli Found In Water Near Broken Pipe In Santa Cruz County Al Macias July 27, 2017