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
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
Gannett, GateHouse Approve Merger To Form Largest U.S. Newspaper Company Al Macias Nov. 14, 2019
Barbara Barrett Confirmed As Next Air Force Secretary Al Macias Oct. 16, 2019
Arizona Cardinals Owner Bill Bidwill Dies At 88 Al Macias, Steve Goldstein Oct. 2, 2019
Apache Junction Man Rescued From Flood Waters Thanks Officers Al Macias Sept. 27, 2019
United Airlines Moving 14 737 MAX Jets To Arizona Al Macias Aug. 29, 2019
DEA: More Than 1M Fentanyl Pills Seized In Arizona This Year Al Macias Aug. 22, 2019
Crews Battle Brush Fire In North Phoenix Al Macias Aug. 21, 2019
President Of Kalil Bottling George Kalil Dies At 81 Al Macias July 12, 2019
Maricopa County Reports First West Nile Death This Year Al Macias, Lauren Gilger July 11, 2019
Judge: McSally Can Hold Onto Seat Until 2020 Election Al Macias June 27, 2019
Trump Nominates Barbara Barrett For Air Force Secretary Al Macias May 21, 2019
Alliance Of American Football Shuts Down Al Macias, Steve Goldstein April 2, 2019
David Cook Gets 24 Hours In Jail For Drunken Driving Al Macias March 8, 2019
Report: MCCCD Repeal Of Policies Politically Motivated Al Macias March 7, 2019
Winter Storm Dumping Heavy Snowfall, Rain Across Arizona Holliday Moore, Lauren Gilger, Steve Goldstein, Laurel Morales, Mythili Gubbi, Jimmy Jenkins, Isabella Hulsizer, Al Macias, Kerry Fehr-Snyder
Associated Press
Feb. 21, 2019
Nestle Bottling Plant In South Phoenix Set To Close Al Macias Feb. 11, 2019
Ex-Elections Director To Lead Stringer Probe Al Macias Feb. 4, 2019