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
ASU Cancer Biomarker Research Getting National Attention Dennis Lambert January 15, 2014
ASU In-State Undergraduate Students Will Not Pay More Next Year October 08, 2013
ASU Report Shows Housing Market Has Improved Quickly October 07, 2013
ASU Study: Slow Home Price Growth Could Be Related To Shutdown Dennis Lambert November 06, 2013
Attack Ads Signal Start Of Election Year Dennis Lambert January 08, 2014
Attack On Prison Worker Is Second In A Week Dennis Lambert January 31, 2014
Audit Reveals Many Packages Of Tortillas Are Short Weight, Missing Tortillas Dennis Lambert October 21, 2013
Audit Shows Many Arizona Tobacco Retailers Overcharge Dennis Lambert March 31, 2014
Authorities Stress Importance Of Child Car Seats September 16, 2013
Auto loan document preparation fees barred July 01, 2013
Automated electric train makes debut at Sky Harbor May 11, 2012
Average Arizona Gas Price Rises To $3.58 July 26, 2013
Average State Gas Prices Considerably Less Than National Average September 06, 2013
AZ Highways feature on bike-coffee shop at the Grand Canyon October 05, 2012
AZ Legislature Cuts Number Of Income Tax Brackets Dennis Lambert December 13, 2013
AZDHS to hold lottery for medical marijuana dispensary licenses August 07, 2012
Babeu drops out of congressional race, will run again for Pinal County Sheriff May 11, 2012
Babeu: Highway Funds Need To Be Used For Highway Improvements Dennis Lambert January 03, 2014
Ban On Wood-Burning Fireplaces And Stoves In Effect For Christmas Eve Dennis Lambert December 24, 2013
Bank Robber Killed In Exchange Of Gunfire With Officers Dennis Lambert December 30, 2013
Barrow Opens Treatment Center For Lou Gehrig's Disease Dennis Lambert January 15, 2014
Be Aware Of Rabid Skunks Dennis Lambert February 12, 2014
Bears Spotted Near Sierra Vista Dennis Lambert March 04, 2014
Bedbugs Found At U Of A Library September 30, 2013
Bennett Aims To Reduce Income Tax, Expand Sales Tax Dennis Lambert November 13, 2013