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
Arizona To Help With Repair Costs For Mojave County Fish Hatchery Dennis Lambert December 30, 2014
Judge Seems Skeptical Of Arpaio's Challenge To President's Immigration Plan Dennis Lambert December 22, 2014
Measure To Block Tribal Casino Near Glendale Fails Dennis Lambert December 22, 2014
Multi-Agency Effort Nets 197 Arrests Of Fugitives In Arizona Dennis Lambert December 19, 2014
Arpaio Disbands Unit Investigating Immigration ID Theft Dennis Lambert December 18, 2014
AAA Predicts Near-Record Travel For Holidays Dennis Lambert December 17, 2014
Catholic Diocese In New Mexico Issues "Accused Clergy" List Dennis Lambert December 16, 2014
Health Watch, No-Burn Day Issued For Phoenix Area Friday Dennis Lambert December 12, 2014
Pipeline Break At Grand Canyon Affects Services At Phantom Ranch Dennis Lambert December 12, 2014
McSally Appointed To House Armed Services Committee Dennis Lambert December 10, 2014
Court: Amazon Does Not Have to Pay Workers for Security Checks Dennis Lambert December 09, 2014
Border Patrol Agent Injured In Assault Near Ajo Dennis Lambert December 08, 2014
Sheriff: Arizona City Burglaries Targeted Seasonal Visitors, Deceased Dennis Lambert December 05, 2014
Vaccine Less Effective For Mutated Flu Strain Dennis Lambert December 05, 2014
McCain Blocking Deputy Secretary Of State Confirmation Dennis Lambert December 04, 2014
Goldwater Institute To Defend Teacher Opposed To Common Core Dennis Lambert December 02, 2014
Supreme Court Denies Arizona Appeal In Death Penalty Case Dennis Lambert December 01, 2014
Sen. John McCain On Economy, Job Creation Dennis Lambert November 27, 2014
Phoenix Walmart Workers Plan Black Friday Protest Dennis Lambert November 27, 2014
Judge Strikes Down Tucson Bidding Preferences Ordinance Dennis Lambert November 26, 2014
Nearly 50 Arrested In Mesa Police Crackdown On Shoplifting Dennis Lambert November 26, 2014
Arizona Home Prices Continue Slow Rise Dennis Lambert November 26, 2014
Syrian Man Accused Of Providing Explosives To Jihadist Group To Stand Trial In Arizona Dennis Lambert November 25, 2014
Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf Seen At Grand Canyon For The First Time In 70 Years Dennis Lambert November 24, 2014
Unemployment Declines, But Wage Growth Remains Slow In Arizona Dennis Lambert November 24, 2014