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
Golfers Now Banned From Throwing Items To Fans At Phoenix Open Al Macias Jan. 13, 2015
SCOTUS To Hear Gilbert Church's Arguments Monday Al Macias Jan. 12, 2015
Navajo Presidential Election Now Set For August Al Macias Jan. 11, 2015
Heard Museum Director Steps Down Al Macias Jan. 6, 2015
Cold Temps Beneficial For Yuma Crops Al Macias Jan. 2, 2015
ACLU Defendant Receives Settlement From Pinal County Sheriff's Department Al Macias Dec. 18, 2014
Optometrists Recommend Protective Eyewear Even On Cloudy Winter Days Al Macias Dec. 15, 2014
Arizona State Transportation Board Approves $15M For I-11 Environmental Study Al Macias Dec. 12, 2014
Gov. Brewer Files Appeal To Block Court Order To Grant Driver's Licences To Young Immigrants Al Macias Dec. 11, 2014
High Costs For Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Racial Profiling Monitor Al Macias Dec. 9, 2014
Longest-Held Civilian POW in Vietnam War Dies Al Macias Dec. 9, 2014
Loop 303 Construction To Begin In The Northwest Valley Al Macias Dec. 8, 2014
Tempe Police Department 'Run From The Cops' 5K Canceled Al Macias Dec. 5, 2014
Valley Student To March In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Al Macias Nov. 27, 2014
Scottsdale Tourism Agency's Campaign Uses Warm Temperatures To Lure Visitors Al Macias Nov. 24, 2014
Amy Van Dyken-Rouen Named Fiesta Bowl Parade Grand Marshal Al Macias Nov. 12, 2014
Glen Canyon Release Will Flood Colorado River, Distribute Sediment Al Macias Nov. 10, 2014
Ground-Breaking Ceremony For ASU Law School Set For Nov. 13 Al Macias Nov. 5, 2014
Officials Look Into Grand Canyon Sighting Of Animal Resembling Gray Wolf Al Macias Oct. 31, 2014
Valley Light Rail Extension Set To Open In 2016 Al Macias Oct. 28, 2014
FAA Officials Meet With Community Members About Recent Flight Pattern Changes Al Macias Oct. 17, 2014
Printing Error Affects A Thousand Early Ballots Al Macias Oct. 15, 2014
Methane Gas Hot Spot Found Over Four Corners Area Al Macias Oct. 9, 2014
Census Bureau Preparing For 2020 Census Al Macias Oct. 6, 2014
Phoenix And Tucson Creates Water Conservation Agreement Al Macias Oct. 1, 2014