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
Yuma County Loses Appeal Over Marijuana Seizure Dennis Lambert March 31, 2014
Yavapai County GOP Celebrating Goldwater Anniversary Dennis Lambert September 02, 2014
Workplace safety and the threat of violence February 01, 2013
Workers Suffer Electrical Burns Dennis Lambert November 13, 2013
Woods Watch To Train Wildfire Spotters Dennis Lambert April 09, 2014
Woman Steals Credit Card From Mailbox Dennis Lambert November 01, 2013
Woman Recovers After Javelina Attack September 02, 2013
Woman dies while hiking Grand Canyon July 02, 2013
Woman Arrested For Allegedly Giving Drugs To Inmate Dennis Lambert November 06, 2013
With Marriage Issue Decided, What's Next For Gay Rights In Arizona? Dennis Lambert October 21, 2014
Winter Storm Expected To Slowly Move Across State Dennis Lambert February 28, 2014
Winter rains could produce dry grass for fire season March 20, 2013
Winners, losers of Super Bowl ads February 04, 2013
Williams Declares Level Four Water Crisis Dennis Lambert March 05, 2014
Wildfire Season Season Ending In Coconinco National Forest Dennis Lambert September 29, 2014
Wildfire risk shifts through summer season March 25, 2013
Wildfire in southern Ariz. stopped, but concerns rise March 19, 2013
Wildfire In Coronado National Forest KJZZ News June 20, 2014
Wildfire expert discusses the Gladiator Fire May 17, 2012
Wilderness Society Honors Arizona Federal Land Managers Dennis Lambert December 23, 2013
Wild Horses Up For Adoption As Groups Seek Solution To Large Horse Population Dennis Lambert January 24, 2014
Wild Burros Shot Near Lake Pleasant Dennis Lambert January 30, 2014
Why did the governor call a special session? June 12, 2013
Whooping Cough Outbreak Hits Colorado City July 30, 2013
Whiting Fire In Eastern Arizona Rare For Late October Dennis Lambert October 30, 2013