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
Bill Targets Arizona Law-Enforcement Officers Accused Of Sexual Assault Dennis Lambert March 12, 2015
New Strategy Unveiled For Fighting Wildfires In Western US Dennis Lambert March 10, 2015
Train Derails Near Williams After Hitting Boulder Dennis Lambert March 02, 2015
Coolidge Schools Vote For Four-Day Week Dennis Lambert February 27, 2015
Interior Secretary Requests More Money For National Park Upkeep Dennis Lambert February 26, 2015
New Mexico Rocket Launch Visible In Arizona Dennis Lambert February 25, 2015
Fight Over Tucson Homeless Park Goes To Federal Appeals Court Dennis Lambert February 20, 2015
Department of Public Safety Starts Campaign To Stop Distracted Driving Dennis Lambert February 19, 2015
Cold Weather Back East Causing Valley's Temperature Spike Dennis Lambert February 18, 2015
Arizona Ranks Third In Solar Jobs, But Other States Surging Dennis Lambert February 12, 2015
Davis-Monthan Base Prepares For Multiple Deployments Dennis Lambert January 28, 2015
LED Lights At Super Bowl Could Help Officials Get Calls Right Dennis Lambert January 27, 2015
Upcoming Jobs Forecast Predicts Some Strong Sectors In Arizona Dennis Lambert January 26, 2015
Digital Advertising Coming To School Hallways Dennis Lambert January 23, 2015
State Tax Bracket Adjustment Bill Back In Committee Dennis Lambert January 22, 2015
More Than Ten Tons Of Medical Marijuana Sold At Arizona Dispensaries Last Year Dennis Lambert January 16, 2015
Glendale's City Bond Ratings Upgraded Dennis Lambert January 14, 2015
Flagstaff Council Looks At Plastic Bag Ordinance Dennis Lambert January 13, 2015
High Court Seems Likely To Side With Gilbert Church Dennis Lambert January 12, 2015
Court Rules In Favor Of Car Leins For Repairs Dennis Lambert January 09, 2015
Flagstaff Looks To Build Housing For Vets Dennis Lambert January 08, 2015
Goldwater Institute Sues FAA For Shutting Down Start-Up Business Dennis Lambert January 06, 2015
Arizona Rep. Eager For New Year With GOP In Control Of Congress Dennis Lambert January 02, 2015
Arizona Farm Bureau: Cost Of Food Could Continue To Rise In 2015 Dennis Lambert January 02, 2015
New DHS Enforcement Priorities Lead To Release Of 200 From Immigration Custody In Arizona Dennis Lambert December 31, 2014