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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Arts & Culture
1:13 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Frankenstein's Monster, Ygor Go on a Buddy Road Trip in New Novella

Lifelong horror movie buffs Paul McComas and Greg Starrett do their best Ygor and the monster.
Credit Paul McComas

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews authors Paul McComas and Greg Starrett.

Rather than idolizing superheroes, for writers Paul McComas and Greg Starrett, it was the characters that populated Universal Picture's creature features of the 1930s and '40s that caught their imaginations.

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Around the Nation
3:02 am
Thu October 31, 2013

A New Way To Do Halloween: Chocolate Chunks In The Trunk

Cars decorated for Halloween wait for kids to come by for "trunk-or-treating" in New Berlin, Wis. The event is seen as an alternative to sending kids door to door for candy.
Stephanie Lecci WUWM

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 8:36 am

The parking lot of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wis., is filled with dozens of costumed kids hungry for candy at an early Halloween event.

But the princesses and Iron Men aren't yelling "trick or treat." Instead, it's "trunk or treat" — and that's because these kids, rather than going door to door, are going from car trunk to car trunk. Each car is decorated with a theme.

Pastor Jason Reed says his church likes to focus on the fun — rather than freaky — parts of Halloween.

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Health & Science
3:02 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Former Packer George Koonce Tackles Life after Football with Research

Former NFL player George Koonce received his Ph.D. from Marquette University.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews former NFL player George Koonce.

The National Football League has come under fire for its efforts, or what many perceive as its lack of efforts, to protect the lifelong health of its players.

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Economy & Business
1:32 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Local CEO Blasts Temporary Debt Crisis Fix, Partisan Politics

Gehl Foods CEO Katherine Gehl (right) speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich about the dairy industry, recall elections and government debt.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Gehl's Foods CEO Katherine Gehl.

For all of the transformation of Wisconsin’s economy in the past thirty years, the state is still known as the epicenter of the dairy industry. 

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Arts & Culture
1:09 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Milwaukee Kohl's Designer Creates NPR's New Shirt

Milwaukee's Jessica Roush won NPR's national T-shirt design challenge.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews textile designer Jessica Roush.

Public radio listeners often wear their affection for the medium on their sleeves.  Now, they literally can.

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