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
Sandhill Cranes Among Last Of The Snowbirds To Arrive In Arizona This Year Dennis Lambert December 17, 2015
Santa Cruz River Homeless Camp Residents Removed Dennis Lambert March 18, 2014
SB 1062 Supporters Urge Governor To Sign Bill Dennis Lambert February 26, 2014
Scam Asks People To Pay Utility Bills Over The Phone September 20, 2013
School bond provision in state budget sparks debate July 04, 2013
School bus collides with SUV, sparks investigation June 18, 2013
Scottsdale Police Commander accepts Casa Grande police chief job March 18, 2013
Scottsdale Schools Locked Down For Package In Tree Dennis Lambert March 19, 2014
SCOTUS decision on gay marriage could impact Arizona domestic benefits ruling March 26, 2013
SCOTUS Declines To Hear Arizona Abortion Law Appeal Dennis Lambert February 24, 2014
SCOTUS To Hear Arizona Redistricting Case Dennis Lambert October 02, 2014
Search And Rescue Officials Busy In Yavapai County Dennis Lambert April 14, 2014
Sec. of State Bennett: Officials are still tallying ballots November 14, 2012
Second Reddington Pass Fire sparks stage two fire restrictions June 24, 2013
Sen. John McCain On Economy, Job Creation Dennis Lambert November 27, 2014
Sen. McCain Urges Use Of Beetle To Eradicate Saltcedar Tamarisk Trees Dennis Lambert September 24, 2014
Senate committee looks to restrict eligibility for jobless benefits March 11, 2013
Senate Education Committee Wants To Eliminate Common Core Dennis Lambert February 21, 2014
Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Series Of Gun Bills Dennis Lambert March 18, 2014
Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill to outlaw synthetic drugs March 05, 2013
Senate Looks To Block Use Of Electronic Data Obtained Without Warrant Dennis Lambert February 04, 2014
Senate Panel Approves Virtual Border Fence Dennis Lambert March 26, 2014
Senate Panel Unanimously Approves Farm Animal Cruelty Bill Dennis Lambert March 20, 2014
Senate Passes Budget That Addresses Governor's Priorities, Leaves Dems In The Cold Dennis Lambert March 21, 2014
Senate To Vote On Amendment To Give Congress, States Power Over Campaign Spending Limits Dennis Lambert September 08, 2014