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
U of A Cuts Nonresident Law School Tuition By 30 Percent Dennis Lambert May 26, 2014
Study: Arizona Ranked Low For Military Retirees Dennis Lambert May 22, 2014
Four People Killed In I-10 Bus Crash Near State Line Dennis Lambert May 21, 2014
Albuquerque VA May Have Had Secret List Similar To Phoenix Dennis Lambert May 20, 2014
Pilot Killed In Grand Canyon Helicopter Accident Dennis Lambert May 19, 2014
Grand Canyon Pipe Break Points To Larger Problem Dennis Lambert May 16, 2014
Judge May Allow White House To Hold Back Fast And Furious Documents Dennis Lambert May 15, 2014
Tucson Student Who Fell To His Death Was Intoxicated Dennis Lambert May 14, 2014
Cop In 'Sexting' Case Keeps Her Job Dennis Lambert May 13, 2014
Goodyear Woman Charged With Stealing Scholarship Money KJZZ News May 09, 2014
Burning Weeds Creates House Fire Risk Dennis Lambert May 07, 2014
Court: Scottsdale Can't Prosecute Public Drunkenness Dennis Lambert May 06, 2014
Valley Fever Fungus Found In Washington State Dennis Lambert May 05, 2014
San Tan Valley Sexual Assault Suspect Back In Custody Dennis Lambert May 02, 2014
Group Formed By Robert Redford Helps Craft Wild Horse Agreement Dennis Lambert May 01, 2014
TUSD Audit Reveals 'Brutal' Findings Dennis Lambert April 30, 2014
Pit Bull Mickey Remanded To Sheriff's Shelter Dennis Lambert April 29, 2014
Congress Is Back, But Likely Won't Tackle Major Issues Dennis Lambert April 28, 2014
Fort Huachuca Getting Military's Largest Solar Array Dennis Lambert April 25, 2014
Saguaro National Park Going After Buffelgrass Dennis Lambert April 24, 2014
Lawsuit Against State's Medicaid Expansion Revived Dennis Lambert April 22, 2014
Easter Items Check Out At Checkout Dennis Lambert April 18, 2014
Negative Equity Means Arizona Homeowners Staying Put Longer Dennis Lambert April 17, 2014
State Road 89-A Switchbacks To Be Closed Most Of The Summer Dennis Lambert April 15, 2014
Meteor Spotted Across Arizona And West Texas Dennis Lambert April 14, 2014