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’s been doing that for KJZZ listeners since 1996.    

“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.

Contact Dennis Lambert at 480-774-8237, or dlambert@rioradio.org or by way of Twitter @KJZZlambert.

Title Author Publication Date
Southern Arizona Hit By Monsoon Storm Dennis Lambert August 21, 2015
Judge Denies Glory Johnson Spousal Support From Brittney Griner Dennis Lambert August 20, 2015
Excessive-Heat Warning Until Saturday Night For Metro Phoenix Dennis Lambert August 13, 2015
Arizona Among States To Block Federal Water Rule Associated Press August 10, 2015
Finger Rock Fire Grows To 500 Acres North Of Tucson Dennis Lambert August 06, 2015
Ducey Has No Plans To Cancel Bids For More Arizona Private Prisons Dennis Lambert July 21, 2015
Ducey Defends Plan To Fund Arizona Schools Dennis Lambert July 16, 2015
Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Has Impact On Health Insurance Dennis Lambert July 06, 2015
Monsoon Moisture Could Bring Dust Storms To Phoenix Dennis Lambert June 24, 2015
Thinning, Prescribed Burn Projects Planned For N. Arizona Forests Dennis Lambert June 23, 2015
Soldier From Oro Valley Dies In South Korea During Army Training Dennis Lambert June 19, 2015
Arizona Among 13 States To Share $10 Million To Cut Land Wildfire Risks Dennis Lambert June 12, 2015
Pima Community College Raising Taxes To Cover Budget Cuts Dennis Lambert June 11, 2015
APS: Mylar Balloons Can Cause Power Outages Dennis Lambert May 22, 2015
Record Snowfall Possible In Northern Arizona This Weekend Dennis Lambert May 14, 2015
Plague Found In Sick Cat Near Jerome Dennis Lambert May 08, 2015
Pima County Considers Buying $22 Million In Solar Electricity Dennis Lambert May 05, 2015
Aggressive Bear At Huachuca Canyon Put Down, Area Reopens Dennis Lambert May 01, 2015
Mesa City Council Plans To Sell $43.7M In Bonds Dennis Lambert April 27, 2015
Valley Metro Operations Facility Goes Solar Dennis Lambert April 22, 2015
Arizona GOP Won't Challenge Independents Voting In Primary Elections Dennis Lambert April 21, 2015
More Renovations Planned For Arizona House Dennis Lambert April 16, 2015
Duck In New Mexico Tests Positive For H5N2 Strain Of Bird Flu Dennis Lambert April 15, 2015
Arizona Nonprofit To Stop Medicaid-Funded Mental Health Service In S. New Mexico Dennis Lambert April 14, 2015
Whistleblower Doctor Disappointed By Continued Phoenix VA Wait Times Dennis Lambert April 10, 2015

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