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
When Politicians Mislead About Being Misleading Al Macias March 26, 2018
Judge: Arizona can enforce "show your papers" provision of SB 1070 Jude Joffe-Block, Al Macias, Peter O'Dowd March 26, 2018
Election Hangover Al Macias March 26, 2018
Shutting Off Al Macias March 26, 2018
It's So Hot, The Cactus Are Burning Al Macias March 26, 2018
Applauding An Investigative Look At Arpaio's Posse Al Macias March 26, 2018
Former Navy SEAL Sentenced For Gun Trafficking Al Macias March 26, 2018
The Desert's Air Freshener Al Macias March 26, 2018
Sparring At Hearing On Immigration Seen As 'Political Theater' Al Macias March 26, 2018
Justice Officials End Negotiations With Sheriff Joe Arpaio Al Macias March 26, 2018
Census: Asian Population Booming In Western U.S. Al Macias March 26, 2018
Key Hearing Set In Giffords Shooting Case Al Macias March 26, 2018
Court Ruling On Russell Pearce Recall Election May Come This Week Al Macias March 26, 2018
Families Hope Mass Graves In Mexico Yield Clues About Relatives Al Macias, Hernán Rozemberg March 26, 2018