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
New Contract Allows For Advertisement At Rest Stops Dennis Lambert October 15, 2013
Report Finds Arizona Medical Board Cut Corners In Licensing Doctors October 11, 2013
Treating, Providing Services For Mental Illness Poses Challenge In Low-Income Areas October 11, 2013
Three Overdue Hikers Are Okay October 11, 2013
Interior Department Considers Offers To Re-Open Park But Releases Few Details October 11, 2013
Election Law Referendum One Step Closer To Ballot October 10, 2013
Arizona Carries Out First Of Two October Executions October 09, 2013
2 Arrested In Connection To Sale Of Knockoff Merchandise October 09, 2013
As Storm Moves Into Arizona Temperatures Drop, Winds Increase October 09, 2013
Brewer Continues To Push For Re-Opening Of The Grand Canyon October 09, 2013
Food Prices Up, Chicken Shows Greatest Cost Increase October 09, 2013
Maricopa Among Counties Responsible For Most Of Country’s Death Penalty Sentences October 09, 2013
ASU In-State Undergraduate Students Will Not Pay More Next Year October 08, 2013
Shutdown Halts Mortgage Lending October 08, 2013
People Will Protest Tuesday To Have The Grand Canyon Re-Opened October 08, 2013
Brewer Agrees To Allocate State Dollars To Cover Funding Shortfalls For TANF Families October 08, 2013
Grand Canyon Water Pipeline In Trouble October 07, 2013
Arizona Chamber Of Commerce Calls On Officials To End Shutdown October 07, 2013
ASU Report Shows Housing Market Has Improved Quickly October 07, 2013
The Affordable Care Act Will Help Women With Breast Cancer October 07, 2013
Only 61 Percent Of Recycling Centers Are Paying Customers Properly October 07, 2013
Prescott Stockbroker Convicted Of Killing Ex-Wife October 04, 2013
Despite Shutdown, Lake Pleasant Stays Open October 04, 2013
Challenge To Law Banning Abortions Based On Race Or Sex Of The Child Thrown Out October 04, 2013
Gas Prices Likely To Continue Dropping Through The End Of The Year October 04, 2013