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
State Board Of Education Chooses New Test Dennis Lambert November 03, 2014
State Board Of Education Gets A New Executive Director Dennis Lambert November 28, 2013
State Budget Talks Stall As Republican Group Negotiates Dennis Lambert March 27, 2014
State Campaign Finance Limits To Remain In Place Dennis Lambert November 27, 2013
State Dry Spell To End Dennis Lambert February 27, 2014
State Economist Wants Feds To Keep Spending Levels High Dennis Lambert November 18, 2013
State Fair Attracted 24,000 More Visitors Than Last Year Dennis Lambert November 08, 2013
State Health Officials Believe Respiratory Virus Present In Arizona Dennis Lambert September 17, 2014
State Must Decide By Wednesday Whether To Keep Grand Canyon Open Dennis Lambert October 15, 2013
State Officials Hope For A Refund After Keeping Grand Canyon Open Dennis Lambert October 18, 2013
State Officials Stopped $31 Million Of Tax Return Fraud August 07, 2013
State Parks Prepare For Influx Of Visitors October 01, 2013
State Parks To Hire Homeless Veterans Dennis Lambert November 14, 2013
State Prison In Tucson Locked Down After Fight Dennis Lambert October 10, 2014
State Prison Visitors Required To Pay One-Time Fee Dennis Lambert January 09, 2014
State Road 89-A Switchbacks To Be Closed Most Of The Summer Dennis Lambert April 15, 2014
State Sees More Money From Tribal Gaming Dennis Lambert January 31, 2014
State Tax Bracket Adjustment Bill Back In Committee Dennis Lambert January 22, 2015
State To Add 59,000 Jobs In 2014 Dennis Lambert November 08, 2013
State to begin accepting medical marijuana dispensary applications April 12, 2012
State To Keep Grand Canyon Open Dennis Lambert October 16, 2013
State Wants Input About Drivng Through Dust Storms Dennis Lambert June 13, 2014
State's Rising Jobless Rate Fuels Debate In Gubernatorial Campaign Dennis Lambert September 19, 2014
Steve Nash?s Ex-Wife Asks Court For More Child Support Money July 24, 2013
Still Using Windows XP? Time To Upgrade Dennis Lambert April 09, 2014

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