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
A dry 2012 in the Phoenix area January 02, 2013
A Little More Bipartisanship In The State Capitol? Dennis Lambert January 13, 2014
AAA Predicts Near-Record Travel For Holidays Dennis Lambert December 17, 2014
AARP Report: Increased "Under Observation" Patient Status Raises Questions Dennis Lambert November 18, 2013
AARP To Expand State Fraud Programs Dennis Lambert March 06, 2014
AARP Wants Method For Calculating Cost-Of-Living To Remain The Same October 02, 2013
Abortions Have Decreased In Arizona According To Annual Report August 02, 2013
Abuse of fireworks could mean petty offense February 26, 2013
ACA Insurance Options Vary Across The Country Dennis Lambert November 13, 2013
Adopt A Valley Family This Holiday Season Dennis Lambert November 25, 2013
ADOT 5-year plan released despite challenges with budget June 27, 2013
ADOT Aims To Hire Veterans September 20, 2013
ADOT Asks Motorists To Obey Speed Limits In Construction Zones Dennis Lambert April 08, 2014
ADOT Prepared For Rain And Snow Storms Dennis Lambert November 22, 2013
ADOT Prepares Snow Plow Drivers For The Winter Dennis Lambert November 14, 2013
ADOT Requests Information For South Mountain Loop 202 Construction Dennis Lambert February 06, 2014
ADOT Seeks Public Opinion On Phoenix-To-Tucson Rail Line Dennis Lambert March 05, 2014
ADOT unveils system upgrades September 17, 2012
ADOT Warns Of Strong Winds And Blowing Dust Dennis Lambert November 15, 2013
ADOT, DPS Prepare For Labor Day Traffic August 30, 2013
ADOT: Highway Connecting Phoenix, Las Vegas Could Boost Economic Development Dennis Lambert October 13, 2014
Advocates For Child Welfare Say Budget Allocations Are Not Enough Dennis Lambert March 28, 2014
After Budget Signing, Pressure Is On To Finish 2014 Session Dennis Lambert April 14, 2014
AG Horne Warns Of Super Bowl Rental Scams Dennis Lambert November 21, 2014
Agency seeks to treat poverty like an illness May 28, 2013