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PHOENIX -- Newsrooms may cause stress. Okay, that’s like saying water is wet.

If your world is made up of deadlines and the never-ending need to feed the “news beast,” there will come a time when you need to get away.

News can be almost addictive. That “need to know” is a powerful feeling.

In my early days as a television journalist I was consumed by news. I’d show up in the newsroom on my days off just to see what was going on. That was before marriage and children took care of the "free time" concept.

These days I’ve learned to shut off the newsroom. With emails, texts and other communication tools, it’s easy to stay in touch all the time. But sometimes you just need to power down.

I admit to occasionally checking my emails on the weekend, but usually it’s just to clean out some of the spam that I may face on Monday morning. I’m not ashamed to say, “No I didn’t see your email over the weekend, I was off.”

That may be heresy to some but I also believe it allows me to keep work and life in perspective. I figure if something really important happens I’ll get a call or a text.

And when that message comes, I’ll head back to the newsroom and begin feeding the beast.

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.