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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Lake Effect, WUWM’s locally-produced magazine program, covers a lot of ground, focusing on your neighbors and your issues. From discussing politics and the economy to spotlighting Wisconsin authors and musicians, Lake Effect goes beyond the headlines. Join the Lake Effect team as they open a window onto life in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin.

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Arts & Culture
2:31 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Fictional Character Pens Autobiography - and Confuses American Public

Manning's new book, The Myth of Ephraim Tutt
Credit Bibliovault.org

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Molly Guptill Manning.

One of America’s most famous lawyers of the 20th century was Ephraim Tutt. A public-service, justice-driven lawyer, he was known for his wild courtroom antics and brilliant legal maneuvers. Champion of the underdog, defender of justice and moral crusader, Tutt was the kind of compassionate and passionate lawyer everyone wanted on their side.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Collector's Souvenirs Recreate Historic Southern California

Swag based on the popular 19th-century novel "Ramona"
Credit Dydia DeLyser

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to a souvenir collection who takes things to the next level.

A souvenir is usually something someone brings back from somewhere they paid a visit. But what happens when the somewhere no longer exists? That's the question material culture contributor Gianofer Fields sought to answer in her latest "It's a Material World" segment.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

How Wisconsin Students Pulled Off One of the Greatest College Pranks Ever

Did Lady Liberty really sink in Wisconsin's Lake Mendota?
Credit Angela Weier and Bryce Richter

Contributor Gianofer Fields brings us the story of Lady Liberty of Lake Mendota.

Madison students pranked a city using a lot of Styrofoam, a lake, and the Statue of Liberty.

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Death and Dying
10:51 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Film Asks 'How Would You Like to Live At the End of Your Life?'

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Co-Producer Michael Bernhagen and Kelly Andrew, director of development for the Milwaukee area's Horizon Home Care and Hospice.

Right about this time two years ago, the night before the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV, several hundred people in Oconomowoc were definitely not talking about football. They had just seen the documentary "Consider the Conversation," which tackles a fairly taboo subject in our culture: dying.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Building Community with Molten Metal

A group pour begins as artists gather to cast metal art pieces.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect's Gianofer Fields brings us along to a "group pour" in Madison.

When Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields was a kid, her father worked at Pelton Steel Casting Company in Milwaukee. Very simply put, casting metal is the process of melting iron, pouring it into molds, and letting it cool. Her father was a Finish Grinder and it was his job to clean up the cast objects after they were pulled from the molds.

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Civil War
12:43 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

The Meaning of the Civil War

Over the course of the past year, Lake Effect has explored the role of Wisconsin soldiers in the American Civil War, in our series "Iron Brigade and Beyond."

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Civil War
12:35 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Milwaukee Teen Led Brave Charge in Civil War Battle

The Boy Colonel, Arthur MacArthur, Jr. of the 24th Wisconsin Regiment.

While the Iron Brigade, and its Wisconsin regiments, get a lot of the glory due to their fierce fighting in the American Civil War, there were other Wisconsin regiments which showed their mettle in battle.

Perhaps no story drives that home more than that of Arthur MacArthur of Milwaukee at the Battle of Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, November 25, 1863.

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Health & Science
12:29 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Secrets to Preventing Back and Neck Pain

Back in pain? Try these helpful tips.

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Doctor of Chiropractic Josh Zumstein.

Sit up straight. Don't slouch. Lift with your knees, not with your back.

We've all heard these tips to avoid wrenching our backs, but given the pervasiveness of chronic back pain among Americans, we clearly aren't following these instructions.

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Civil War
1:20 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Gettysburg

Barlow's Knoll after the first day of battle at Gettysburg.
Credit Wiki Commons photo

For the past six months, we've been telling you the stories of Wisconsin soldiers fighting in the American Civil War through our "Iron Brigade and Beyond" series.

Fighting with the brave regiments of the Iron Brigade to the Old Abe 8th, Battery B to the so-called Western brigades, Wisconsinites saw action in some of the war's fiercest and deadliest battles.

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