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
Hearing Set For Man Convicted Of Negligent Homicide In Sweat Lodge Deaths Al Macias Jan. 30, 2017
Navajo Nation Postpones Considering Proposal To Change Name Al Macias Jan. 27, 2017
Jimmy Carter In Phoenix To Receive O'Connor Justice Prize Al Macias Jan. 27, 2017
Arizona's Top Teachers Ask Ducey To Spend Education Money On Raises Al Macias Jan. 23, 2017
Upcoming Rain, Winds Postpone Arizona Balloon Classic Al Macias Jan. 18, 2017
McKesson To Pay $150 Mil Settlement Over Suspicious Orders Al Macias Jan. 17, 2017
National Park Attendance Breaks Record Third Year In A Row Al Macias Jan. 17, 2017
Judge Orders Return Of Handgun To Man Once Charged In Freeway Shootings Al Macias Jan. 16, 2017
Phoenix South Central Light Rail Extension To Be Completed By 2023 Al Macias Jan. 13, 2017
Phoenix Flood Control Project Completed Near South Mountain Al Macias Dec. 8, 2016
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Agrees To Pay $200,000 Settlement To Former Inmate Al Macias Nov. 21, 2016
Battle Over Ballot Harvesting Continues in Arizona Al Macias Oct. 31, 2016
Consumer Confidence Among Arizonans Is Back To Close To Pre-Recession Levels Al Macias Oct. 26, 2016
Arizona Treated To Cooler Fall Temps Al Macias Oct. 4, 2016
Sen. Flake Intends To Change Americans With Disabilities Act Al Macias Oct. 4, 2016
ADOT Seeks Public Input On South Mountain Freeway Design Al Macias Sept. 26, 2016
Judge Halts More Than 1,000 ADA Lawsuits Al Macias Sept. 23, 2016
Valley Metro Pays Former CEO $180K To Settle Lawsuit Al Macias Sept. 22, 2016
CDC Warns Against Kissing Chickens As Salmonella Outbreaks Increase Al Macias Sept. 19, 2016
Report: Clinton Sending More Organizers, Funds To Arizona Al Macias, Mark Brodie Aug. 9, 2016
Trump's VP Pick Pence Coming To Phoenix Tuesday Al Macias Aug. 1, 2016
Tucson Terrorism Suspect Pleads Not Guilty Al Macias July 12, 2016
Tucson's Bernard Lagat Earns Fifth Trip To Olympics Al Macias July 11, 2016
Pinal County Sexual Assault Suspect Eligible For Bond Al Macias July 8, 2016
Arizona Getting Cut Of $30 Million CDC Grant To Prevent Violence, Injuries Al Macias July 7, 2016