The Show Staff
Marcus Charleston - Senior Producer
Marcus Charleston is an award-winning public radio producer and writer who joined KJZZ in May 2017. He has spent a large part of his career producing daily public affairs programming for the leading public broadcasters in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. His work has also been heard on the BBC, CBC and CBS Radio.
In addition to his broadcast work, Charleston is a freelance writer. His articles have appeared in a number of magazines including Men’s Health, Main Line Today, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Urbanite.
A native of central New York, Charleston received his bachelor’s degree in communications/liberal arts and and master’s degree in student personnel services from Rowan University in New Jersey. Prior to his career in journalism, he worked in higher education, retail management and factory work. His interests include health and fitness, travel and reading.
Annika Cline - Producer
Annika Cline was born in Germany, raised in California, and transplanted to Arizona. She studied at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Cline also volunteers teaching art to foster children.
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.
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.
Kaely Monahan - Producer
Kaely Monahan joined KJZZ Original Productions as a producer in December 2016.
Monahan is a native, and growing up in the East Valley gave her an intimate familiarity with the Valley of the Sun. Eager to experience a new city, she left Phoenix for Tucson to earn her degree in classical studies from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in mythology. Several years later, her focus transitioned from history to history-in-the-making and news. Monahan went on to earn her master’s degree in international journalism from City University of London.
In London, Monahan worked with CBS News and The Times covering international news. On her return to Arizona, Monahan was the art and entertainment editor for the East Valley Tribune, before moving into broadcasting where she worked in commercial radio as an anchor and reporter.
Outside of work, Monahan spends her time reading historical novels, exploring new restaurants in the Valley, and watching movies. Her love of film led her to create a movie review podcast and website. Monahan is also a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle.
Contact her at email@example.com, or on Twitter @KaelyMonahan.
Paige Phelps - Senior Producer
Phelps is new to Arizona, having arrived by way of Houston's "Houston Matters," the daily talk show on KUHF. Prior to that, she learned radio at KRTS in Marfa, Texas, and covered subjects from water issues in the high desert, to rural healthcare, to hermit monks inhabiting a ghost town.
She began her journalism career in print, first with a community newspaper in Dallas and later, the Dallas Morning News.
She has a dog and a cat and an undying (and wholly unironic) love for Dolly Parton.
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.
Tiara Vian - Host/Producer
Tiara Vian is a producer and host for the KJZZ news team, producing and voicing station promotional pieces and helping draft new ideas for future promos. She’s also helping the team by designing custom station promos for fund drives.
Vian edits stories from the Arizona Storytellers Project for air, produces local commentaries, books weekly guests for the KJZZ's Friday NewsCap and provides production support for Original Productions. She is the voice you hear hosting Saturday afternoons and occasionally during the week.
Vian has hands-on experience in audio editing, producing, board operating, call screening, voice work and hosting — including work as a producer and call screener for KQTH News/Talk radio in Tucson.
Tucson is the place Vian called home for a long time. She earned a bachelor's degree in electronic media and film from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in 2010.
When Vian is not working, she enjoys vlogging about natural hair and fashion on her YouTube channel. She lived with her husband and their in Mesa.