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 Publication Date
ADOT unveils system upgrades September 17, 2012
Light rail expansion under way in Mesa September 17, 2012
Las Vegas flooding leaves residents, cars stranded September 12, 2012
National Weather Service: Below normal temps expected through Tuesday September 10, 2012
Phoenix water rates lower than expected August 21, 2012
Water official says dry conditions are no cause for concern August 20, 2012
Mesa installs electric car chargers August 16, 2012
Ford shows off a greener vehicle in Scottsdale August 16, 2012
The plan for shade in Phoenix August 14, 2012
AZDHS to hold lottery for medical marijuana dispensary licenses August 07, 2012
Survivor of Mesa Sikh murder calls for gun control August 06, 2012
How an excessive heat warning is determined August 06, 2012
Maricopa County Recorder discusses early voting August 01, 2012
Officials looking to reduce suicides on Hoover Dam bypass bridge July 27, 2012
Free swimming lessons aimed at preventing child drownings July 20, 2012
Senator Kyl defends Romney on Bain Capital issue July 16, 2012
Discussion of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold healthcare act June 28, 2012
Supreme Court upholds most of the Affordable Care Act June 28, 2012
New playoff system for college football championship expected in 2014 June 27, 2012
Obama Administration: Gov. to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants, grant work permits June 15, 2012
Goldwater Institute challenges Glendale hockey deal June 14, 2012
Glendale to vote on Coyotes deal June 08, 2012
Education Secretary discusses the cost of college June 07, 2012
Excessive heat could cause illness May 31, 2012
Luring manufacturing jobs back to Arizona May 29, 2012

Pages