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
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EPA Fines BIA For Drinking Water Violations September 24, 2013
Giffords Given Medal From Scripps College September 24, 2013
Teen Arrested For Threatening Arpaio And Family September 24, 2013
Group Kicks Off Effort To Encourage Affordable Care Act Enrollment September 24, 2013
Investigators Look Into Cause Of Weekend Helicopter Crash September 24, 2013
Campaign Finance Law Comes With A Surprise September 23, 2013
Teen Childbirth Rates In Arizona Drop To Historic Lows September 23, 2013
DPS Officer Recovering After Being Shot Over The Weekend September 23, 2013
Scam Asks People To Pay Utility Bills Over The Phone September 20, 2013
Bill Could Force Logging On Public Forestland September 20, 2013
Failed Beauty Shop Inspections Risk Public Health September 20, 2013
Gas Prices Edge Down September 20, 2013
Bennett Almost Ready To Announce Run For Governor September 20, 2013
ADOT Aims To Hire Veterans September 20, 2013
U.S. House Passes Bill To Sharply Increase National Forest Logging September 20, 2013
Immigration Reform Activists Plan Phoenix March For Oct. 5 September 18, 2013
Brewer To Stop Issuing Driver's Licenses For Anyone In Deferred Action Programs September 18, 2013
Three Students Sick From Cough Medicine September 18, 2013
Two Bitten By Rattlesnakes, Officials Warn Of Increasing Danger September 17, 2013
Arizona Borrows $200 Million To Privately Pay Off Federal Debt September 17, 2013
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