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
Aggressive Bear At Huachuca Canyon Put Down, Area Reopens Dennis Lambert May 01, 2015
Airlines For America: Outdated Technology Costs Travelers $30B Annually Dennis Lambert November 13, 2015
Airport restaurant fire causes scare March 11, 2013
Al Melvin plans to form exploratory committee, may run for governor April 23, 2013
Albuquerque Hosts Hearing On Mexican Gray Wolf Future Dennis Lambert November 20, 2013
Albuquerque VA May Have Had Secret List Similar To Phoenix Dennis Lambert May 20, 2014
Alligator swims with prosthetic tail March 11, 2013
Amendment To Farm Bill May Eradicate Animal Fighting July 24, 2013
American Indian Veterans National Memorial at the Heard Museum November 30, 2012
American, US Airways Pull Listings Off Orbitz Dennis Lambert August 26, 2014
An Extension Allows Users To Complete Applications For Health Care Until Mid-April Dennis Lambert March 28, 2014
Annual Homeless Count Takes Place Tuesday Dennis Lambert January 27, 2014
Another arrested on suspicion of looting evacuated Yarnell homes July 16, 2013
Another Bighorn Sheep Dies After Santa Catalina Mountains Relocation Dennis Lambert March 18, 2014
Appeals Court Weighing State Election Changes Dennis Lambert November 13, 2013
Appellate Panel Decides Man Should Not Have to Arbitrate His Claims Against A Nursing Home July 31, 2013
APS Buys Shares Of Four Corners Power Plant Dennis Lambert December 31, 2013
APS Replacing Old Power Line On Mount Elden In Flagstaff Dennis Lambert November 12, 2015
APS: Mylar Balloons Can Cause Power Outages Dennis Lambert May 22, 2015
Ariz. Lawmakers Divided On ?Stand Your Ground? Law July 23, 2013
Arizona Adult Obesity Rate Is 29th Highest In US Dennis Lambert September 21, 2015
Arizona Agencies Can't Charge For Public Record Inspection Dennis Lambert December 04, 2013
Arizona Among 13 States To Share $10 Million To Cut Land Wildfire Risks Dennis Lambert June 12, 2015
Arizona Among States To Block Federal Water Rule Associated Press August 10, 2015
Arizona asks to execute death row inmate March 04, 2013