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
Prosecutors Use Report To Lobby Against Marijuana Legalization Dennis Lambert October 31, 2014
Chandler Upgrading Facilities To Accommodate More Bus Riders Dennis Lambert October 30, 2014
2 Drivers Sue Valley-Based Company Over Red Light Cameras Dennis Lambert October 29, 2014
Big Weather Changes Coming To The Valley Dennis Lambert October 29, 2014
Groups Prepare To Assist With Next ACA Open-Enrollment Period Dennis Lambert October 27, 2014
Arizona Gas Prices Close To 3-Year Low Dennis Lambert October 24, 2014
County Employee Transferred After Refusing To Issue Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples Dennis Lambert October 24, 2014
MCSO Officer Ordered To Stay Home After Trip To Africa Dennis Lambert October 22, 2014
With Marriage Issue Decided, What's Next For Gay Rights In Arizona? Dennis Lambert October 21, 2014
Fall Colors At Peak In Many Southwest Spots Dennis Lambert October 20, 2014
Episcopal Church Welcomes Same-Sex Couples Hoping To Marry In Arizona Dennis Lambert October 20, 2014
Health Director: More Time Needed To Confirm Peoria Student's Cause Of Death Dennis Lambert October 17, 2014
Peoria First Grader Dies After Battling Respiratory Illness Dennis Lambert October 15, 2014
Border Patrol Rescues Migrants West Of Arivaca Dennis Lambert October 15, 2014
Giffords Launches Nine-State Tour For Tougher Gun Laws Dennis Lambert October 14, 2014
Diamondbacks Name Chip Hale As New Manager Dennis Lambert October 13, 2014
ADOT: Highway Connecting Phoenix, Las Vegas Could Boost Economic Development Dennis Lambert October 13, 2014
Arizona Gas Prices Continue To Decline Dennis Lambert October 10, 2014
State Prison In Tucson Locked Down After Fight Dennis Lambert October 10, 2014
Convictions Upheld For Former Arizona Congressman Dennis Lambert October 09, 2014
U.S. Army Awards $80M In Helicopter Contracts To Mesa Company Dennis Lambert October 08, 2014
Remnants Of Another Tropical Storm Hit Parts Of Arizona Dennis Lambert October 08, 2014
Arizona Fall League Fires Up, Tests New Rules Dennis Lambert October 07, 2014
Cooler Temperatures On The Way After Warm Weekend Dennis Lambert October 03, 2014
SCOTUS To Hear Arizona Redistricting Case Dennis Lambert October 02, 2014