The Show Staff
Phil Latzman - Host/Producer
Phil Latzman is an award-winning digital journalist and broadcast professional who comes to KJZZ as a producer/host after spending more than two decades covering both news and sports in South Florida on a multitude of platforms. Most recently, he was a reporter and columnist for the Tribune Company's South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
For a decade he served as morning news anchor and reporter for Florida's largest NPR station, WLRN. While there, Latzman was part of WLRN's groundbreaking collaboration with the Miami Herald and was host and creator of WLRN's weekly public affairs program, The Florida Roundup. Latzman has interviewed some of the world's most interesting people, from political circles to the entertainment world, while hosting a variety of talk shows, ranging from hard news to sports.
His work has been honored numerous times by the Florida Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists for newscasts, and for feature reporting on such topics as elections, Cuba, hurricanes and sports. He also served as a Florida network correspondent covering everything from hurricanes to politics for NPR and other national media outlets.
Prior to coming to the WLRN, Latzman was sports director for WIOD and WINZ, where he hosted a nightly sports-talk show and anchored coverage of Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes and Miami Heat broadcasts. His was the first voice heard on WQAM when it became South Florida’s first all-sports radio station in 1992. Latzman is a New York native who spent his formative years in broadcasting at WABC Radio, where he produced, edited and screened various talk shows in addition to New York Yankees baseball broadcasts.
Latzman is married and lives in Scottsdale with his fantastic wife, Jill. They are proud parents of Mitchell and Marisa.
Sarah Ventre - Senior Producer
Sarah Ventre grew up in Tempe and joined KJZZ after working at NPR headquarters in Washington as a producer and editor for a number of shows, desks, podcasts and the national newscast.Her reporting has been featured on Weekend Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, and on member station WAMU. She also writes about pop culture and whatever else strikes her fancy for several blogs. She holds a degree in anthropology from Arizona State University.
Ventre is a really loud laugher and will do almost anything in pursuit of a good story. She also loves seeing live music and watching reality TV (and is unashamed of it). Before her days as a producer, she's worked as an archaeological research assistant and a terrible cocktail waitress. (Really terrible.)
Ventre loves the desert, chile relleno and amaretto sours, and has volunteered with Girls Rock! DC, a nonprofit music camp for girls, and performed at the live storytelling event SpeakeasyDC.
Jimmy Jenkins - Senior Producer
Jimmy Jenkins joins the station as a Senior Producer for KJZZ’s Original Productions, including The Show and Here and Now.
Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in Criminology from Indiana State University.
Like many journalists, Jenkins supplemented his writing habit with a career in the service industry working as a bartender, server and manager.
After spending a decade as a newspaper and magazine freelance reporter, he returned to school and earned his master’s degree in Journalism from Indiana University.
His masters studies led to a job at NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana where Jenkins was a reporter and producer for two years. Already an NPR fan, he found his voice on public radio and hasn’t looked back since.
Law enforcement runs in Jenkins' family and much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. As a feature reporter covering the Indiana Statehouse, Jenkins detailed a major re-haul of Indiana’s Felony Criminal Code. His other reporting has dealt with methamphetamine use, designer-drug legislation and the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Jenkins also enjoys covering energy policy, politics and the environment.
In his free time, he likes to read, travel and listen to his ever-growing vinyl record collection — but NPR is always on in the background. He is looking forward to learning the Phoenix area and falling in love with the Southwest.
Annika Cline - Producer
Annika Cline was born in Germany, raised in California, and transplanted to Arizona. She is studying at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and it was here she discovered a love for radio and multimedia reporting.
In addition to her work for KJZZ, she is the Director of Audio for the Downtown Devil, a student-run online news source. Cline also volunteers with teenage girls at a Phoenix shelter, helping with their monthly art parties.
Regina Revazova - Producer
Born and raised in small mining town in Siberia, a place where professional journalism opportunities are slim, Regina Revazova moved to Russia’s Caucasus to study journalism at the age of 17. She worked as a print reporter from the region, writing for BBC and several other media outlets on corruption, human rights violations and ethnic conflicts in the North Caucasus.
Revazova moved to the United States and in 2013 she completed her masters in journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she focused on visual and audio storytelling. After graduation she interned with NPR’s nationally syndicated talk show Tell Me More in Washington, D.C., and upon completion stayed at the headquarters, continuing to produce radio segments for Weekend Edition.
She then moved to Nevada Public Radio in Las Vegas, covering the state and surrounding regions and handling all technical aspects of the daily show, including live board operation, audio mixing and show planning.
Revazova joined KJZZ in 2015 as a producer for The Show, where her goal is to bring new voices and fresh ideas to the table.
Domenico Nicosia - Digital Media Assistant
Domenico Nicosia joined the KJZZ digital team in 2015. He is an Arizona State University alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communication from the Cronkite School.
In the past, Nicosia has worked in various journalism and media roles including breaking news, digital production and social media.
He has a passion for thought-provoking stories that delve deep and visually engaging graphic elements. Outside of the office, Nicosia enjoys fly fishing, racquetball and searching out dining gems.
Tiara Vian - Production Assistant
Tiara Vian is responsible for updating the music used on-air during continuity breaks; writing, voicing and producing promo pieces for local programs; interviewing members; producing fund drives; being a fill-in host for weekday and Saturday midday; and completing any and all other duties as assigned.
She grew up on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson and attended Northern Arizona University where she earned a bachelor's in electronic media and film (in layman's terms, a broadcasting degree). Vian has worked for a news-talk radio station in Tucson, a commercial music station in Phoenix, and currently enjoys her work for public radio.
Al Macias - 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 KJZZ's news director in January 2015.
Tracy Greer - Managing Editor
Tracy Greer serves as KJZZ's Managing Editor. She previously served as the station's Digital Media Editor, a position which satisfied both her inner tech geek and her passion for journalism. She previously held a similar position for the North County Times in San Diego County, California.
Before switching to the news side, Greer earned her stripes with more than a decade of experience in sports media. She covered everything from high school kids to pros and worked in print, television, publishing, sports information and for a youth sports nonprofit.
She holds journalism degrees from New Mexico State University and Northwestern University, and is a member of the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM).