Posted: Mar 20, 2013 5:00 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2013 3:22 PM
Tina Marie Macias joined KATC as an investigative producer in March 2013. She moved to television news after a career as a newspaper journalist.
A native of Houston, Texas, Macias moved to Lafayette in 2008 and spent nearly five years covering education, business and St. Landry Parish for The Daily Advertiser and The Daily World newspapers. During her tenure, she was honored with several awards from the Louisiana Press Association and Gannett Company, including recognition for watchdog journalism, news reporting and outstanding writing.
Before making Acadiana her home, she interned for the Houston Chronicle, where she wrote human-interest stories, and the Los Angeles Times, where she covered Congress from the newspaper's Washington Bureau.
Macias became a professional journalist at 16 when she began writing freelance entertainment columns for the Houston Chronicle. During the same time, she first understood the power of journalism after she and the Student Press Law Center fought her high school administration when they attempted to bar a series of her news articles from running in her high school newspaper.
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Macias earned a Bachelor of Journalism with an emphasis in print journalism in 2008. Prior to attending the University of Missouri, Macias spent a few semesters at the University of Houston, where she served as the news editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Cougar. She began writing for another student newspaper, The Maneater, after she transferred to the University of Missouri.
Macias also covered higher education and state government in Jefferson City, Missouri, for the Columbian Missourian, the city newspaper run by the Missouri School of Journalism. During her final semester at the University of Missouri, Macias helped start the first student chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and served as the chapter's vice president. She remains a member of the organization today.
When Macias is not digging into public records and investigating public entities, she can be found bicycling around Lafayette, knitting and enjoying live music.