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
ASU’s Cronkite School Reflects On Namesake’s Delivery Of Kennedy News Dennis Lambert November 22, 2013
Failure Rate Of Gas Stations? Nozzle Accuracy Increases By 3 Percent July 29, 2013
Saturday Sign-Up Event Targets Those Eligible For ACA Dennis Lambert February 28, 2014
'Blackfish' Documentary Opens in Arizona On Aug. 9 July 29, 2013
'Greater Arizona' To See Behavioral Health Changes Dennis Lambert April 08, 2014
'Operation Justice' targets those with outstanding felony warrants April 22, 2013
1 Dead, 8 Rescued After Being Abandoned By Human Smuggler July 23, 2013
1,200 CPS Cases Assigned, 451 Children Have Been Seen Dennis Lambert December 17, 2013
11 Tucson School Buses Vandalized Dennis Lambert March 11, 2014
12 Juveniles, 6 Adults Charged In Underage Party Bust Dennis Lambert December 24, 2013
155,000 Arizonans Signed Up On Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Dennis Lambert December 23, 2015
2 Arrested For Allegedly Trying To Smuggle Weapons Into Mexico Dennis Lambert November 01, 2013
2 Arrested In Connection To Sale Of Knockoff Merchandise October 09, 2013
2 Drivers Sue Valley-Based Company Over Red Light Cameras Dennis Lambert October 29, 2014
2 Elderly Hikers Rescued After Getting Lost Overnight Dennis Lambert February 19, 2014
21 Detained, 850 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized In Separate Incidents Dennis Lambert December 17, 2013
3 Inches Of Rain In Eloy July 23, 2013
30 Desert Bighorn Sheep Relocated To Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area Dennis Lambert November 18, 2013
39 Arrested From Compassion Clubs, Grow Houses Busts Dennis Lambert March 14, 2014
4 Arrested Outside Phoenix McDonald's In Fast Food Workers' Protest Dennis Lambert September 05, 2014
4 Gay Couples Seek The Right To Marry Legally In Arizona Dennis Lambert January 07, 2014
40-Year-Old Woman Rescued Off Mountain In Scottsdale September 02, 2013
7 In 10 Arizona Fourth Graders Read Below Grade Level Dennis Lambert January 28, 2014
8 Hospitalized For Heat Illness After Paying To Be Transported To Phoenix By U-Haul July 09, 2013
A Camelback Mountain trail to be closed for several months January 25, 2013