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
Mesa Man In Possession Of 42 Pipe Bombs Indicted By Grand Jury Al Macias Sep. 19, 2018
Lake Mead's Imminent Shortage May Result In Cutbacks By Late 2019 Al Macias Aug. 15, 2018
Court: Emergency Manager Should Take Over Johnson Utilities Al Macias Jul. 13, 2018
Phoenix Area Now 11th Largest U.S. Metro, Surpassing Bay Area Al Macias May. 25, 2018
Teacher's Association Calls For Resignation Of Scottsdale District Board President Al Macias Mar. 2, 2018
Phoenix Punishes 5 More Employees Over Burton Barr Library Flood Al Macias Jan. 31, 2018
Scottsdale District CFO Placed On Administrative Leave Al Macias Jan. 25, 2018
Arizona Gov. Ducey Says He Needs More Details On Tax Plan Al Macias Nov. 6, 2017
Ducey Appoints Justin Olson To Arizona Corporation Commission Al Macias Oct. 17, 2017
Hamilton Officials Reassigned Amid Hazing Investigation Al Macias Sep. 22, 2017
Arizona School Voucher Law Blocked, Will Be Put On Ballot In 2018 Al Macias Sep. 5, 2017
McCain Will Be Back To Work In Washington Next Week Al Macias Aug. 30, 2017
Dr. Daniel Caruso Of Arizona Burn Center Dies At 53 Al Macias Aug. 28, 2017
ADOT To Rebuild Section Of I-40 West Of Williams Al Macias Aug. 7, 2017
E. Coli Found In Water Near Broken Pipe In Santa Cruz County Al Macias Jul. 27, 2017
63,000 Students Head Back To School In East Valley Districts Al Macias Jul. 24, 2017
Expect Delays On Arizona State Route 87 For Several Months Al Macias Jul. 10, 2017
Aerial Survey Recording Burro Population In Northwest Phoenix Area Al Macias Jun. 19, 2017
Maricopa County: Elections System Untouched By Russian Hackers Al Macias Jun. 6, 2017
The Head Of An Arizona Utility Company Steps Down After Indictment Al Macias May. 29, 2017
ADOT Reducing Speed Limit On I-17 This Weekend Al Macias May. 26, 2017
Public Comment Period For Bears Ears Ends Friday Al Macias May. 22, 2017
Former CEO Of Chicanos Por La Causa Pete Garcia Dies Al Macias May. 4, 2017
Fire Crews Make Progress On Cactus Fear Near Mesa Al Macias, Stina Sieg Apr. 28, 2017
Arizona Rep. Lovas Resigns From House Al Macias Apr. 11, 2017

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