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
Nearly 50 Arrested In Mesa Police Crackdown On Shoplifting Dennis Lambert November 26, 2014
Negative Equity Means Arizona Homeowners Staying Put Longer Dennis Lambert April 17, 2014
Nevada Governor Eyeing I-11 As Political Litmus Test Dennis Lambert March 03, 2014
New App Allows Users To Join In Search For Child Predators September 13, 2013
New Arizona Law Requires Snack-Sale Waivers For Schools Dennis Lambert April 02, 2015
New ASU outreach center opens in California March 25, 2013
New Bill Could Allow Homeowners To Raise Chickens Dennis Lambert January 23, 2014
New Bill Would Make Trampoline Parks Safer Dennis Lambert March 20, 2014
New Cold Case Partnership Solves 32-Year-Old Murder Case Dennis Lambert November 01, 2013
New Common Core Standards Are More Rigorous Than AIMS Standards August 05, 2013
New Contract Allows For Advertisement At Rest Stops Dennis Lambert October 15, 2013
New Details In Yuma Plane Crash That Killed Marine Dennis Lambert March 25, 2015
New DHS Enforcement Priorities Lead To Release Of 200 From Immigration Custody In Arizona Dennis Lambert December 31, 2014
New Legislation: Federal Agencies Must Register With Local Sheriff Dennis Lambert January 30, 2014
New legislative gifts law makes only minor restrictions April 13, 2012
New Mexico Officials Argue Against Deregulation Of Utilities August 27, 2013
New Mexico Rocket Launch Visible In Arizona Dennis Lambert February 25, 2015
New Mexico, Arizona Vying To Win Tesla Factory Dennis Lambert March 18, 2014
New Navajo Route 20 will provide easier travel around US Highway 89 June 18, 2013
New Online Tool Determines Whether Users Should Be Screened For Lung Cancer Dennis Lambert December 03, 2013
New Pinal County medical marijuana dispensary permit approved April 26, 2013
New Planet Discovered By U Of A Astronomers Dennis Lambert December 06, 2013
New playoff system for college football championship expected in 2014 June 27, 2012
New Regulations Could Follow Hep C Exposure Dennis Lambert December 10, 2013
New Report Shows Migratory Birds Are Struggling July 11, 2013