Al Macias has built and managed news teams in four Phoenix newsrooms over the past 30 years. After earning a journalism degree from ASU, Macias was an assignment editor for KTVK-TV, before spending 13 years in news room management positions at KPNX-TV. In 1994, Macias moved over to KNXV-TV, where he oversaw the rapid growth of a newsroom from 20 to more than 60 people in less than a year after the station became an ABC affiliate.
Macias takes great pride in his public service work. He is a founding board member of the Arizona Latino Media Association and is part of the Raul H. Castro Institute Advisory Committee. He also served as Maricopa County’s communications director and spent time as a Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau.
Today, Macias is the News Director of KJZZ-FM, the NPR station in Phoenix. Macias not only oversees the daily operations of KJZZ’s newsroom, but also the Fronteras: the Changing America Desk, which has bureaus in Hermosillo and Mexico City, and covers the giant swath of desert that ranges from southern Utah all the way to Sinaloa, Mexico, an area nearly 50,000 square miles that is home to more than 14 million people.