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
Arizona Motor Vehicle Division Displays Wait Times Online Dennis Lambert February 10, 2014
Arizona Negotiates $310 Million Settlement For Memory Chips Dennis Lambert March 05, 2014
Arizona Newspapers To Keep Incorporation Revenue Dennis Lambert March 07, 2014
Arizona Nonprofit To Stop Medicaid-Funded Mental Health Service In S. New Mexico Dennis Lambert April 14, 2015
Arizona On Track To End Chronic Homelessness Among Vets Dennis Lambert November 12, 2013
Arizona Petition Could Affect Public Employee Pensions September 10, 2013
Arizona Public Schools May Settle State Funding Lawsuit Dennis Lambert March 17, 2014
Arizona Rainfall Already Exceeds Average Total July 26, 2013
Arizona Ranks Poorly In Personal Financial Security Dennis Lambert January 31, 2014
Arizona ranks second to last in child well-being June 24, 2013
Arizona Ranks Third In Solar Jobs, But Other States Surging Dennis Lambert February 12, 2015
Arizona Receives Ranking For Last Month's Foreclosure Filings Dennis Lambert December 12, 2013
Arizona Rep. Eager For New Year With GOP In Control Of Congress Dennis Lambert January 02, 2015
Arizona Rep. Martha McSally Speaks Out On San Bernadino Shooter Investigation Dennis Lambert December 15, 2015
Arizona Retailers Anticipate Slight Increase In Spending Dennis Lambert November 26, 2013
Arizona Senate Committee Approves 'Revenge Porn' Bill Dennis Lambert March 20, 2014
Arizona Senate Panel OKs Abortion Clinic Bill Dennis Lambert March 13, 2014
Arizona Senate Reviews Altered Budget Proposal Dennis Lambert March 31, 2014
Arizona Senators Call For Economic Sanctions In Ukraine Crisis Dennis Lambert March 17, 2014
Arizona Snowbowl Closes For The Season Dennis Lambert March 24, 2014
Arizona Snowbowl's First Year Of Snowmaking Saves Its Season Dennis Lambert March 11, 2014
Arizona students to participate in earthquake drill October 17, 2012
Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Begins Plans For Next Year Dennis Lambert February 06, 2014
Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Introduces Business Connect Program Dennis Lambert February 20, 2014
Arizona To Help With Repair Costs For Mojave County Fish Hatchery Dennis Lambert December 30, 2014