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
Volunteers To Watch Campers For Fire Violations Dennis Lambert April 07, 2014
The $25, 18-Inch Corn Dog Hits Home Run Dennis Lambert April 04, 2014
Food Costs 5 Percent More Than Last Year Dennis Lambert April 04, 2014
Standoff Over State Budget Pushes Final Passage Until At Least Monday Dennis Lambert April 04, 2014
Pair Of Mexican Gray Wolves Released In The Wild Dennis Lambert April 03, 2014
Home Prices In Metro Phoenix Decreased Last Month Dennis Lambert April 03, 2014
Arrest Made In Fake Vehicle Air Bag Case Dennis Lambert April 03, 2014
Brewer Refuses To Sign Other Legislation Until Budget Is Acceptable Dennis Lambert April 02, 2014
Grand Canyon Trying To Manage Bison Herds Dennis Lambert April 02, 2014
National Parks May See Small Budget Increase Dennis Lambert April 02, 2014
Police Actions To Stop Riot Lead To Internal Affairs Complaints Dennis Lambert April 01, 2014
Children Of Color Will Be Majority By 2018 Dennis Lambert April 01, 2014
Budget Approval May Depend On Funding For Child Welfare Dennis Lambert April 01, 2014
Audit Shows Many Arizona Tobacco Retailers Overcharge Dennis Lambert March 31, 2014
Tucson Police Arrest At Least 12 After Basketball Loss Dennis Lambert March 31, 2014
Tempe Police Investigate ASU Student's Fatal Fall Dennis Lambert March 31, 2014
Arizona Senate Reviews Altered Budget Proposal Dennis Lambert March 31, 2014
Yuma County Loses Appeal Over Marijuana Seizure Dennis Lambert March 31, 2014
Voting Rights Groups File Registration Form Appeal Dennis Lambert March 28, 2014
Suspect Who Allegedly Made 54 Beer Runs Arrested Dennis Lambert March 28, 2014
Undocumented Immigrant Rescued From Dry Well Dennis Lambert March 28, 2014
Advocates For Child Welfare Say Budget Allocations Are Not Enough Dennis Lambert March 28, 2014
An Extension Allows Users To Complete Applications For Health Care Until Mid-April Dennis Lambert March 28, 2014
Arizona House Approves State Budget For 2015 Dennis Lambert March 28, 2014
Grijalva And Colleagues Push For House Immigration Reform Vote Dennis Lambert March 27, 2014

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