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
Arizona Gas Prices Up Slightly Dennis Lambert December 13, 2013
Arizona GMO Labeling Initiative Trying To Get On Ballot Dennis Lambert February 12, 2014
Arizona GOP Won't Challenge Independents Voting In Primary Elections Dennis Lambert April 21, 2015
Arizona Group Helps Veterans Year-Round, Not Just On Veterans Day Dennis Lambert November 11, 2013
Arizona Headed To Court Again Over 'Revenge Porn' Bill Dennis Lambert April 09, 2015
Arizona High School Football Player Dies From Brain Injury Dennis Lambert November 12, 2013
Arizona Highways seeks centennial photo submissions February 09, 2012
Arizona Home Prices Continue Slow Rise Dennis Lambert November 26, 2014
Arizona Home Sales Down 13 Percent Dennis Lambert November 26, 2013
Arizona Home Sales Volume Decreases, Home Prices Increase September 26, 2013
Arizona House Approves State Budget For 2015 Dennis Lambert March 28, 2014
Arizona House Debates On State Budget Dennis Lambert March 24, 2014
Arizona House Still Discussing Budget Dennis Lambert March 26, 2014
Arizona Housing Crisis May Be Over Dennis Lambert December 12, 2013
Arizona Lawmakers May End The Idea Of Building A Border Fence Dennis Lambert November 07, 2013
Arizona legislature receives low marks for online access March 12, 2013
Arizona Man Rescued After Rock Climbing Fall September 04, 2013
Arizona Man Sentenced For Defrauding Former Employer Dennis Lambert January 07, 2014
Arizona Motor Vehicle Division Displays Wait Times Online Dennis Lambert February 10, 2014
Arizona Negotiates $310 Million Settlement For Memory Chips Dennis Lambert March 05, 2014
Arizona Newspapers To Keep Incorporation Revenue Dennis Lambert March 07, 2014
Arizona Nonprofit To Stop Medicaid-Funded Mental Health Service In S. New Mexico Dennis Lambert April 14, 2015
Arizona On Track To End Chronic Homelessness Among Vets Dennis Lambert November 12, 2013
Arizona Petition Could Affect Public Employee Pensions September 10, 2013
Arizona Public Schools May Settle State Funding Lawsuit Dennis Lambert March 17, 2014

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