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
First Steps Taken Toward An Arizona Film Office Dennis Lambert January 30, 2014
Three People Arrested For Identity Theft Dennis Lambert January 30, 2014
Wild Burros Shot Near Lake Pleasant Dennis Lambert January 30, 2014
Influenza Claims A Pediatric Victim In Yuma Dennis Lambert January 30, 2014
Illegal Drug Production May Have Sparked SUV Explosion Dennis Lambert January 30, 2014
Voter Registrations Up, But Mostly Without Party Affiliation Dennis Lambert January 29, 2014
Sinema Looks Ahead To House Immigration Reform Prospects Dennis Lambert January 29, 2014
Lawmakers Debate Spending Millions Of State Tax Dollars To Fund 2015 Super Bowl Dennis Lambert January 29, 2014
Committee Approves Spending $100,000 On Legal Costs Of Lawmakers Supporting SB 1070 Dennis Lambert January 29, 2014
Glendale Has A Chance At Hosting NCAA's Final Four Dennis Lambert January 29, 2014
Measure Would Allow Religion As A Justification For Actions Dennis Lambert January 28, 2014
Small Plane Crashes On Ranch Near Wikieup Dennis Lambert January 28, 2014
7 In 10 Arizona Fourth Graders Read Below Grade Level Dennis Lambert January 28, 2014
Lawmakers Push To Remove Ban On Growing Hemp Dennis Lambert January 28, 2014
Annual Homeless Count Takes Place Tuesday Dennis Lambert January 27, 2014
New Security Procedures In Effect For Phoenix Open Dennis Lambert January 27, 2014
Bill Could Limit Media Access To Autopsy Photos, Information Dennis Lambert January 27, 2014
Documentary Airing Monday Aims To Provide Insight Into Arizona Dennis Lambert January 27, 2014
Republican Party Censures Arizona Sen. John McCain Dennis Lambert January 27, 2014
Lawmaker Wants State To Reimburse Ranchers For Cattle Killed By Wolves Dennis Lambert January 27, 2014
NAU Student Hospitalized With Suspected Meningitis Dennis Lambert January 24, 2014
Arizona Entourage To Attend Super Bowl For Hosting Tips Dennis Lambert January 24, 2014
Wild Horses Up For Adoption As Groups Seek Solution To Large Horse Population Dennis Lambert January 24, 2014
Arizona Gas Prices Increase While National Average Drops Dennis Lambert January 24, 2014
Bill Limiting Lobbyist Gifts Moves To Floor Of State Senate Dennis Lambert January 24, 2014

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