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
Phoenix Woman Identified As Hilary Clinton Shoe Thrower Al Macias April 11, 2014
Report Gives Arizona B Grade For Spending Transparency Al Macias, Annika Cline April 21, 2014
Abortion Drug Restrictions Back On Hold Al Macias April 3, 2014
Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project Approved Al Macias April 1, 2014
Maricopa County Population Grew, Cochise County Declined In 2013 Al Macias March 28, 2014
Center For Arizona Policy Spearheads Right-To-Refuse Bill Al Macias March 5, 2014
Latino Leaders Urge Sinema To Stay In District 9 Al Macias March 4, 2014
Cellphone Bill Aimed At Teen Drivers Al Macias March 3, 2014
Phoenix Medal Of Honor Recipient Remembered Al Macias Feb. 24, 2014
Phoenix Council Approves Changes To Labor Agreement After Heated Debate Al Macias Feb. 19, 2014
Zuercher Named New Phoenix City Manager Al Macias Feb. 19, 2014
Phoenix City Council To Approve Labor Group Agreement Al Macias Feb. 19, 2014
Phoenix City Council To Select New City Manager Al Macias Feb. 19, 2014
Yarnell Memorial Gets Hearing Al Macias Feb. 17, 2014
Maricopa City Judge Ordered Out Al Macias Feb. 11, 2014
Arguments Begin In Federal Voter Registration Forms Case Al Macias Feb. 11, 2014
U.S. Census Report Tracks Maricopa County Migration Al Macias Feb. 6, 2014
City Of Phoenix And Maricopa County Services Combine Al Macias Feb. 3, 2014
Phoenix Fire Chief Retires Al Macias Jan. 30, 2014
Senate Appropriations Committee To Vote Al Macias Jan. 28, 2014
Immigration Reform And The State Of The Union Al Macias March 26, 2018
California Utility To Pay Fine For Role In Power Outage Al Macias March 26, 2018
California Utility To Pay Fine Al Macias Jan. 23, 2014
Milke Ordered To Stand Trial Again Al Macias Jan. 22, 2014
ASU Fraternity Suspended Al Macias, Jude Joffe-Block Jan. 21, 2014