Al Macias

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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
College Football Game Dubbed The Cactus Bowl Al Macias Jul. 10, 2014
Witnesses Testify About Retaliation At Phoenix VA Hospital Al Macias Jul. 8, 2014
Coconino National Forest Expands Closure Through Holiday Weekend Al Macias Jul. 1, 2014
Latino Voters Could Impact Arizona Politics Sooner Than Expected Al Macias Jun. 26, 2014
San Juan Fire Spreading Rapidly Through Northern Arizona Al Macias Jun. 26, 2014
Inaugural Pat Tillman Award To Go To Purple Heart Recipient Al Macias Jun. 25, 2014
Reform Bills Passed For Veterans Affairs Scandal Al Macias Jun. 24, 2014
Head Of Homeland Security To Visit Nogales Wednesday Al Macias Jun. 24, 2014
Glendale Votes To Extend A Sales Tax Indefinitely Al Macias Jun. 23, 2014
Arizona's Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate Down Al Macias Jun. 19, 2014
How You Unknowingly Start Wildfires Al Macias Jun. 16, 2014
Judge Wants Members Of Polygamous Sect Evicted Al Macias Jun. 13, 2014
DHS Secretary Responds To Surge Of Unaccompanied Child Immigrants Al Macias Jun. 13, 2014
Phoenix VA Subject Of Washington Hearing Monday Al Macias Jun. 9, 2014
County May Streamline Restaurant Inspections Al Macias Jun. 9, 2014
Marie Lopez Rogers Named New County Supervisor Al Macias Jun. 4, 2014
Maricopa County To Appoint New Supervisor Wednesday Al Macias Jun. 3, 2014
After 40 Years, Maricopa County In Compliance With Clean Air Act Al Macias Jun. 2, 2014
Arne Duncan Delivers Commencement Address At ASU Al Macias May. 13, 2014
CBP Finds Pot In Pepper Load Al Macias May. 9, 2014
Phoenix Cuts Wages To Balance Budget Al Macias May. 8, 2014
American Airlines Signs Five-Year Lease In Tempe Al Macias May. 6, 2014
Vote Will Determine Partnership Between ASU, Papago Golf Course Al Macias, Annika Cline May. 6, 2014
Phoenix City Council, Some Unions At Impasse Al Macias May. 5, 2014
Phoenix Woman Accused Of Shoe Throwing Remains In Jail Al Macias Apr. 25, 2014