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
Sky Harbor Anticipates Holiday Vehicle Traffic Al Macias November 26, 2013
Gilbert Public Schools Board To Vote On Apple Tax Break Al Macias November 15, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court Rules Prosecutors Must Turn Over Evidence Al Macias November 15, 2013
Net Metering Vote Allows Marginal Rate Increase For Solar Power Customers Al Macias November 14, 2013
Arizona Corporation Commission Holds Hearing On Net Metering Al Macias November 13, 2013
Two Past Hopi Tribe Vice Chairmen To Face Each Other In General Election Al Macias November 07, 2013
Forest Thinning Project Could Start Up Again Soon Al Macias October 28, 2013
Judge To Decide Outcome For Johnathan Doody Case Al Macias October 23, 2013
No Changes To Phoenix Pension Plans — Yet Al Macias October 22, 2013
Gosar: Immigration Reform Not A Priority Al Macias October 17, 2013
Phoenix City Council Votes To End Food Tax, Eventually Al Macias October 16, 2013
State Parks Crowded With Campers Al Macias October 14, 2013
Arizona Medical Board Executive Director Fired Al Macias October 14, 2013
Grand Canyon National Park Will Open Saturday October 13, 2013
Former Fiesta Bowl Lobbyist Indicted For Campaign Contributions October 10, 2013
Early Winter Storm Will Bring Snow And Low Temperatures To Flagstaff October 10, 2013
Arizona Medical Board Broke The Law, Under Investigation October 10, 2013
State's Rainy Day Fund Could Help Families Affected By Shutdown October 07, 2013
Study: Tucson Has Some Of Nation's Worst Streets October 05, 2013
Illegal Immigration Numbers Shift To Texas October 04, 2013
Phoenix Parking Lots May See Fewer Charity Boxes October 04, 2013
Judge Orders Court-Appointed Monitor To Oversee Sheriff Arpaio's Office October 02, 2013
Economists Say Arizona's Recovery Has Moved From Mediocre To Okay September 27, 2013
Arizona Corrections Health System Broken, Says Former Service Provider September 25, 2013
99-Year-Old Arizona Music Icon Shares His Memories September 13, 2013