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
Jeff Flake steps into new job as ambassador to Turkey Al Macias Jan. 26, 2022
Bisbee school of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! fame is for sale Al Macias Dec. 28, 2021
O'Halleran announces he'll be running in newly drawn CD2 Al Macias Dec. 23, 2021
Yavapai sheriff pleads guilty to operating a boat while under the influence Al Macias Dec. 2, 2021
Juul to pay $14.5 mil to settle AZ vaping lawsuit Al Macias Nov. 23, 2021
Bullhead City man convicted of threatening to kill Pelosi Al Macias Nov. 19, 2021
ADOT picks developer for $446M I-17 widening project Al Macias Oct. 28, 2021
Pfizer seeks emergency authorization for COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 Al Macias Oct. 8, 2021
Want to participate in PXU sports? You'll need a vaccine Al Macias Oct. 1, 2021
County Supervisor Resigns After Audit Comments Leak Jill Ryan, Al Macias
The Associated Press
Sept. 22, 2021
Recorder's Office Asks AG To Investigate Posting Of Voting Records Al Macias Sept. 16, 2021
Arizona Audit Results Scheduled To Be Released Next Week Al Macias Sept. 16, 2021
AZ Among Top States For Sports Bets As NFL Kicks Off Al Macias, Steve Goldstein
Associated Press
Sept. 13, 2021
Cardinals-Saints Game In New Orleans Canceled Al Macias Aug. 27, 2021
4 Hospitalized After Explosion At Chandler Business Al Macias, Matthew Casey Aug. 26, 2021
Road Reopens After Flood Damage Shuts U.S. 60 Al Macias, Jill Ryan Aug. 11, 2021
Private School Principal Accused Of Sexual Conduct With Minors Al Macias Aug. 3, 2021
Several AZ National Forests Lifting Fire Restrictions Al Macias July 16, 2021
Judge Says Public Has Right To Know Who Is Paying For Election Audit Al Macias July 15, 2021
4 AZ Communities Keep Metropolitan Designation Al Macias, Mark Brodie July 13, 2021
Idaho To Send 5 Troopers To Arizona Border Al Macias July 2, 2021
Kingman's Computer System Still Not Fully Operational After Cyberattack Al Macias March 8, 2021
Ducey Seeks Federal Money For Bridge Over Tonto Creek Al Macias Jan. 8, 2020
Some Parts Of Valley Report More Than 2 Inches Of Rain Al Macias Dec. 27, 2019
Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Resigns Al Macias Dec. 3, 2019