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
Mom Who Left Kids In Car For Job Interview Avoids Prosecution Dennis Lambert July 18, 2014
Mom Who Left Kids In Car For Job Interview Avoids Prosecution Dennis Lambert July 18, 2014
Homeless Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Priest Dennis Lambert July 17, 2014
Forest Officals To Hold Public Meetings On Thinning Dennis Lambert July 15, 2014
Repairs To US 89 Will Begin Later This Month Dennis Lambert July 14, 2014
Modest Results Will Curb Mexico Repatriation Program Dennis Lambert July 11, 2014
Something Tickles: Live Parrots Smuggled In Elmo Doll Dennis Lambert July 10, 2014
Tucson PD Actions Deemed Appropriate Following Basketball Ruckus Dennis Lambert July 03, 2014
Prescott Will Challenge Retirement Benefit Ruling For Hotshot Family Dennis Lambert July 02, 2014
Feds: Wild Horse Removal Can't Be Accelerated Dennis Lambert June 26, 2014
New System Causes Some Drivers To Get Incorrect Photo On License Dennis Lambert June 25, 2014
More Than 60 Arrests In Statewide Prostitution Sting Dennis Lambert June 24, 2014
Decline Of Private Sector Jobs KJZZ News June 20, 2014
Maricopa County's First Heat-Related Death Of The Year KJZZ News June 20, 2014
Wildfire In Coronado National Forest KJZZ News June 20, 2014
Commercial Flight From Phoenix Target Of Laser Strike Dennis Lambert June 20, 2014
Board Of Regents Approves New NAU President Dennis Lambert June 18, 2014
SRP To Buy More Geothermal Energy From California Dennis Lambert June 17, 2014
MVD Changes Aimed At Preventing Identity Theft Dennis Lambert June 16, 2014
State Wants Input About Drivng Through Dust Storms Dennis Lambert June 13, 2014
Flight Diverted To Phoenix For Unruly Passenger Dennis Lambert June 11, 2014
Former ASU QB Settles Likeness Lawsuit With NCAA Dennis Lambert June 09, 2014
U Of A Apologizes For Graduation Issues Dennis Lambert May 29, 2014
Community College District Approves Tax Hike Dennis Lambert May 28, 2014
Vigil, Memorial Planned For Fallen Salt River Officer Dennis Lambert May 27, 2014