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
Poll: 57 Percent Favor Moving Away From Coal Power Plants Dennis Lambert February 18, 2014
Poll: 65 percent of Arizona residents favor immigration reform June 17, 2013
Polygamist Sect Leader Jeffs Hospitalized In Texas Dennis Lambert March 17, 2014
Possible Rain And Snow Showers Expected In Northern Arizona Dennis Lambert March 13, 2014
Prescott Stockbroker Convicted Of Killing Ex-Wife October 04, 2013
Prescott Will Challenge Retirement Benefit Ruling For Hotshot Family Dennis Lambert July 02, 2014
Private Donations And State Funds Are Unable To Reopen Grand Canyon October 04, 2013
Private Donations For Border Fence Still Sitting In Fund Dennis Lambert December 11, 2013
Pronghorn Antelope Relocation Completed Dennis Lambert January 16, 2014
Proposed budget may cut all funding to Children?s Advocacy Centers in Arizona April 29, 2013
Proposed entertainment district for downtown Mesa October 24, 2012
Prosecutors Use Report To Lobby Against Marijuana Legalization Dennis Lambert October 31, 2014
PUHSD Enrollment Increases August 05, 2013
Qualifications for service animals to be restricted February 26, 2013
Quiet Technology Air Tours Increasing At Grand Canyon Dennis Lambert February 05, 2014
Rabies Cases Increase In Santa Cruz County Dennis Lambert April 07, 2014
Racehorse Killed Following I-10 Accident Dennis Lambert December 05, 2013
Raid At Phoenix Janitorial Business Results In 20 Arrests For Identity Theft October 01, 2013
Rare Bird Spotted In Southwest July 23, 2013
Rare Spinal Surgery Allows MLB Player To Return In Time For Spring Training In Arizona Dennis Lambert February 25, 2014
Raul Grijalva criticizes ?path to citizenship? as too long April 23, 2013
Reaction To Brewer's CPS Plan Muted Dennis Lambert January 15, 2014
Reagan Exploring Secretary Of State Candidacy August 28, 2013
Realty Trac: Institutional Investors Leave Arizona Dennis Lambert February 27, 2014
RealtyTrac: Arizona Foreclosure Filings Down In 2014 Dennis Lambert April 10, 2014