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
Reform Group Urges The State To Overhaul Prison Health Care System Dennis Lambert November 07, 2013
Remnants Of Another Tropical Storm Hit Parts Of Arizona Dennis Lambert October 08, 2014
Renzi Asks For Delay In Prison Start Date Dennis Lambert January 01, 2014
Rep. Plans To Introduce Measure To Make CPS A Separate Agency Dennis Lambert January 13, 2014
Rep. Salmon Opposes Jobless Benefits Extension Dennis Lambert January 06, 2014
Repairs To US 89 Will Begin Later This Month Dennis Lambert July 14, 2014
Report Finds Arizona Medical Board Cut Corners In Licensing Doctors October 11, 2013
Report Shows Abortions Down Among 18-, 19-Year-Olds Dennis Lambert September 12, 2014
Report: Arizona's Economy Is Showing Signs Of Life September 09, 2013
Report: Climate Change Creates 'Mascot Madness' Dennis Lambert March 18, 2014
Report: Flipping Houses Down In Arizona Last Year Dennis Lambert January 30, 2014
Report: Home Prices Have Peaked Dennis Lambert March 06, 2014
Report: I-11 Connecting Phoenix, Las Vegas Not In Interests Of Taxpayers Dennis Lambert September 24, 2014
Report: Medicaid Expansion Will Add 1.1 Million People To Program Dennis Lambert December 10, 2013
Report: Most Arizona Jobs Are In Lower-Paying Positions July 19, 2013
Report: One out of six Arizona teens use tobacco products March 25, 2013
Report: renters are paying more than half of income on housing May 13, 2013
Report: Some Arizona Residential Properties Are Deeply Underwater Dennis Lambert January 09, 2014
Report: Work With Children, Parents Together To End Poverty Cycle Dennis Lambert November 12, 2014
Republican congressmen call for further investigation of scandals May 21, 2013
Republican Former School Superintendents Endorse Garcia Dennis Lambert September 05, 2014
Republican Lawmakers Push For Medicaid Restrictions Dennis Lambert February 07, 2014
Republican Party Censures Arizona Sen. John McCain Dennis Lambert January 27, 2014
Republicans Work To Speed Up Return Of Central American Children Dennis Lambert July 23, 2014
Resolution to establish Arizona sovereignty passed through Senate March 05, 2013

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