Stephanie Lecci

Lake Effect Web Producer

Stephanie joined WUWM in September 2008 as the Coordinating Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

Stephanie began her career as an editorial assistant at her hometown newspaper, The Oyster Bay Guardian, on Long Island, NY. She fell in love with radio while working in the news department of Northwestern University’s campus radio station, WNUR. Later Stephanie interned at WALK-FM on Long Island, NY, the Daily Herald in Elgin, IL, WGN Radio in Chicago, IL, and at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio.

Prior to joining WUWM, she worked as a freelance reporter and news producer at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio where she reported on religion and arts stories and helped prepare the local newscasts during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Stephanie also held the position of associate producer of the nationally syndicated political radio show, Beyond the Beltway with Bruce DuMont.

Stephanie holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Stephanie lives on the East Side and loves oldies music, movies and anything by Aaron Sorkin.

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Project Milwaukee
10:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Former Milwaukee Inmates: 'I Am More Than My Record'

Carl Fuller of Milwaukee is a father of six, including two “lovely boys” and four “beautiful, beautiful” daughters. His necklace is a picture of a young Carl, and represents his attempt to return to “that innocence.” Fuller was found guilty of felony and misdemeanor cocaine possession, felony firearm possession, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, and misdemeanor battery, and spent time behind bars.
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WUWM's Mitch Teich talks with Ann-Elise Henzl, Stephanie Lecci and Michelle Maternowski about More Than My Record and hears a few men's stories.

Tens of thousands of black men living in Milwaukee have criminal records. In many people’s eyes, the men’s records define them. We asked how they define themselves. 

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Poetry
11:06 am
Tue June 17, 2014

After Loss of Grandsons, Wisconsin Musician Turns to Poetry

Poet Mary Jo Balistreri memorializes her grandsons in her collection of poetry, Gathering the Harvest.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Wisconsin author, musician and poet Mary Jo Balistreri.

Wisconsin writer Mary Jo Balistreri’s poetry collection, Gathering the Harvest, is as much about contradictions as it is about allusions to nature and the cycles of life.

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Dining
4:22 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Craft Brews Get Their Due at Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival

An attendee at last year's Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival samples a craft brew from a local brewery.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Sprecher Brewery president Jeff Hamilton about the Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival.

Milwaukee has long been known as Brew Town, and though many big beer brands have left in the last several decades, the city still represents when it comes to craft beer.

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Essay
12:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

If You Had Dementia, What Songs Would Be on Your Playlist?

Wisconsin's Music and Memory program is providing personalized music playlists for dementia patients in 100 nursing homes across the state to aid with memory retrieval and behavioral issues.
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Lake Effect essayist Dr. Jung Kwak talks about her research into the use of music therapy with dementia patients, and describes what playlist she would create for herself.

A UW-Milwaukee gerontologist looking at the impact of music on patients with dementia finds an unexpected connection:

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

What Is It Like to Grow Up Living in a Work of Art?

Carousel, 2011 Courtesy of the Artist
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Artist Leo Saul Berk, INOVA Director Sara Krajewski, and Third Coast Percussion member Robert Dillon talk with Bonnie North.

“Can a house make you who you are?” That’s the central question of The Uncertainty of Enclosure, the newest exhibit from Seattle-based artist Leo Saul Berk. 

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Dining
6:05 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

5 Great Milwaukee Spots to Imbibe the Perfect Summer Drink

Refreshing alcoholic drinks can be found around Milwaukee this summer. Claire Hanan has the scoop on the drink that hits the spot.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci speaks with Claire Hanan.

Each summer, Milwaukee Magazine compiles its list of what’s what in town, and among this year’s offerings is a guide to the best places for a refreshing – and alcoholic – drink this summer.

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Arts & Culture
5:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Milwaukee Man's WWII Collection Now on Display Focuses on Jewish Fighters

Milwaukee collector Wim Leydes wants to tell the story of the Jewish Brigade and the Jewish Partisans who fought in WWII.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci speaks with Vim Leydes and Steve Daily.

A new exhibit opening today in Milwaukee, in time to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, is focusing on some lesser-known moments of valor during WWII.

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Regional
2:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

UWM Professor: Report Naming Wisconsin Worst for Black Kids Should Be 'Wake-Up Call'

Using indicators such as fourth-grade reading levels and rates of living in poverty, Wisconsin ranked last in the country for the well-being of black children.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews UWM professor and Real Talk contributor David Pate.

A recent report named Wisconsin as the worst state for the welfare of black children.

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Material Culture
5:16 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

How a Community Garden Brought a Divided Wisconsin Neighborhood Together

The Brittingham Community Garden sits on the shores of Madison's Lake Monona surrounded by a diverse, low-income neighborhood and expensive lakefront properties.
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Lake Effect material culture contributor Gianofer Fields interviews Chris Brockel, Executive Director of Madison’s FairShare CSA Coalition.

A garden can grow flowers and food, but as one Madison neighborhood is finding out, it can also grow community.

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Project Milwaukee
12:28 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Parents Behind Bars Help Fund Scholarships for Inmates' Kids

The Creative Corrections fund provides college scholarships for the children of inmates, who also contribute.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Percy Pitzer, founder of the Creative Corrections Education Foundation.

In the United States, some two million children are believed to have one or both parents behind bars.

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