Dennis Lambert photoIn the wee small hours of the morning, when most of us are working on REM sleep, Morning Edition host and reporter, Dennis Lambert busily prepares the news and information KJZZ listeners hear as they prepare for the day. He did that for KJZZ listeners from 1996 to 2016. Dennis retired in 2016.   

“While I realize the importance of providing listeners with updates on traffic, weather and breaking news, I really enjoy the ability to focus on complex, more obscure stories with in-depth coverage,” said Lambert.  “That's not always possible in commercial radio, and I have KJZZ and its listeners to thank for that.”

Throughout his award-winning career, which he began in 1969, Lambert has covered everything from plane crashes to bribery scandals as well as late night and early morning legislative sessions. There have also been celebrity interviews, a few wildlife escapades with sand cranes and bighorn sheep and many adventures in between.

Lambert calls the impeachment of former Arizona Governor Evan Mecham the most memorable story he has covered. He was KTAR’s News Director at the time, and the station won a Peabody Award for its live coverage.

Lambert has won just about every award the Associated Press and the Phoenix Press Club had at one time or another. As a KJZZ reporter, he has won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and several Associated Press awards. He won national Murrow and Scripps Howard awards for coverage of the Meacham impeachment.

He was honored in 2010 with the Order of the Silver Key from the Phoenix Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for 25 years of broadcast excellence.

A Michigan native, Dennis worked as a radio reporter in Lansing and Detroit before coming to Arizona in 1984. He has a degree in Communication Arts from Michigan State University.

An avid Arizona Diamondbacks fan, Lambert has been a member of the Sunday Hackers season ticket group since the franchise began. 

Lambert has been married since 1969 and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

Title Author Publication Date
Judge Denies Imprisoned Former Arizona Congressman's Bid For New Trial Dennis Lambert December 30, 2015
Navajo Nation To Build Utility-Scale Solar Farm Near Monument Valley Dennis Lambert December 29, 2015
Harlem Globetrotter Favorite Meadowlark Lemon Dies In Scottsdale At 83 Dennis Lambert December 28, 2015
Underground Cancer Center Opening Beneath Phoenix Mayo Clinic Campus In March Dennis Lambert December 24, 2015
155,000 Arizonans Signed Up On Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Dennis Lambert December 23, 2015
Sandhill Cranes Among Last Of The Snowbirds To Arrive In Arizona This Year Dennis Lambert December 17, 2015
Arizona Rep. Martha McSally Speaks Out On San Bernadino Shooter Investigation Dennis Lambert December 15, 2015
Replacement Named For Beleaguered New Mexico Secretary of State Dennis Lambert December 15, 2015
Judge Allows Case Over Arizona Death Row Executions To Continue Dennis Lambert December 14, 2015
Contrail Spotted In Phoenix After Missile Launch In North New Mexico Dennis Lambert December 10, 2015
Missile Launch In New Mexico Could Leave Vapor Trail In Arizona Sky Dennis Lambert December 09, 2015
Defeated Tucson Council Candidates Lose Election Challenge Dennis Lambert December 08, 2015
Tucson Police Officially Throw Out Controversial Phone-Tracking System Dennis Lambert December 07, 2015
Tucson Hospital Network Laying Off 3 Percent Of Workforce Dennis Lambert December 04, 2015
Flagstaff Considering New Parking Permit Plan Dennis Lambert December 03, 2015
Tucson Considering Moving Certain Inmates To Nogales Jail To Save Money Dennis Lambert December 02, 2015
Dark Money Contributors Against Former Arizona Attorney General Named After Lengthy Legal Battle Dennis Lambert December 01, 2015
US Forest Service Cleaning Up Abandoned Mine In Southern Arizona Dennis Lambert November 30, 2015
Arizona Attorney General's Office Warns Consumers Of New Scam Dennis Lambert November 26, 2015
Pinal County Arizona Sheriff's Deputies Getting Non-Lethal Guns Dennis Lambert November 25, 2015
Home Prices Up Again For US, Phoenix Dennis Lambert November 24, 2015
As Temps Plunge Around Phoenix, Docs On Wheels Expand Outreach Dennis Lambert November 23, 2015
Phoenix Police Vigilant About Stadium Security Ahead Of Cards Game Dennis Lambert November 19, 2015
Phoenix Hiker Rescue Complicated By Nightfall Dennis Lambert November 18, 2015
McCain Doubts Kerry's Claims Of Nearing Cease-Fire In Syria Dennis Lambert November 17, 2015