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
Coconino County Cuts Snow Plowing In Unincorporated Areas Dennis Lambert October 30, 2013
Department Of Health Services Hears Testimony From Medical Marijuana Patients Dennis Lambert October 29, 2013
Phoenix Temperatures Drop About 10 Degrees Dennis Lambert October 29, 2013
Cement Plant Malfunctions, Injures Four Dennis Lambert October 29, 2013
Phoenix Conference To Address Homelessness Dennis Lambert October 29, 2013
County Attorney To Appeal Immigration Law Ruling Dennis Lambert October 28, 2013
Horne Confident In Re-Election Bid Despite Legal Issues Dennis Lambert October 28, 2013
Flu Spreads To Coconino County Dennis Lambert October 28, 2013
Inspectors Say Roller Coasters At State Fair Are Safe Dennis Lambert October 28, 2013
Northern Arizona Businesses Offer Discounts To Attract Visitors, Offset Losses Dennis Lambert October 22, 2013
Boy Scouts, Leaders Rescued From Oak Creek Canyon Dennis Lambert October 22, 2013
Teens Have More Car Crashes Than Any Other Group Dennis Lambert October 22, 2013
McCain: Cruz Strategy Was Wrong Dennis Lambert October 21, 2013
Group Pushes To Make Purchasing Guns In Private Sales More Difficult For Criminals Dennis Lambert October 21, 2013
Effort Seeks Cattle Donations For South Dakota Dennis Lambert October 21, 2013
Audit Reveals Many Packages Of Tortillas Are Short Weight, Missing Tortillas Dennis Lambert October 21, 2013
IRC Asks Courts To Dismiss Redistricting Case Between Lawmakers, Independent Panel Dennis Lambert October 21, 2013
State Officials Hope For A Refund After Keeping Grand Canyon Open Dennis Lambert October 18, 2013
Credit Card Skimmer Found Attached To Gas Pump Dennis Lambert October 18, 2013
Investigation Shows Horne Illegally Coordinated 2010 Win Dennis Lambert October 18, 2013
Former Phoenix Police Officer To Be Retried On Two Counts Dennis Lambert October 18, 2013
Use Of Stun Guns Can Trigger Tougher Sentences Dennis Lambert October 17, 2013
State To Keep Grand Canyon Open Dennis Lambert October 16, 2013
Temporary Highway On Navajo Nation Completed Dennis Lambert October 16, 2013
Roadblocks Removed For Marijuana Dispensary Dennis Lambert October 16, 2013

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