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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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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Civil War
1:39 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Clara Barton: More Than the Red Cross

Clara Barton, in a 1906 photograph.
Credit Wiki Commons photo

It's hard to place enough significance on how the American Civil War would go on to shape our country and its people - or to overestimate the extreme loss of life it caused.

Beyond the battlefields, however, the War Between the states also brought forth many firsts, such as the first Army ambulance corps, the first use of conscription of soldiers, the first black U.S. Army officer - the list goes on and on.

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Project Milwaukee
10:37 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Foundry Casts Manufacturing In a Different Light

A local foundry is providing scholarships to UWM engineering students to help change perceptions of the casting industry.
Credit Waukesha Foundry

As our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted series on the skills gap has progressed, we’ve heard from analysts about the importance of developing alliances between industry and education. One such alliance is already in place between a local company and university.

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Civil War
2:47 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Vicksburg: the Eighth Wisconsin Enters the Western Theater of the Civil War

William Tecumsah Sherman

Throughout the fall of 1862, Wisconsin soldiers were making a name for themselves for their ferocious fighting in several major battles - most notably the Black Hats of the West gained their better known moninker The Iron Brigade after an epic battle at Sout Mountain 150 years ago last month.

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Civil War
2:53 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

The Freedom Project: Three Exhibits at the Haggerty Museum of Art

A few weeks ago, we told you about Marquette University's unique take on commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The university's year-long "Freedom Project" will take a cross-disciplinary approach to examining the multiple and complex definitions of freedom, in the past and today. As part of the broader Freedom Project, the Haggerty Museum of Art has designed three exhibitions centered on this general theme of freedom.

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Civil War
2:59 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: In the Wake of Antietam

With election season in full swing, it's easy to think that today's political environment is more polarized than in the past - that back in the old days, consensus was the norm, politicians didn't calculate with precision their next moves, and war wasn't politicized.

Of course, one has to merely rewind about 150 years to the American Civil War to rejigger that assumption.

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Death and Dying
2:58 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Conversation Project Facilitates Conversations About End-of-Life Choices

How do you talk about what kind of care you want at the end of your life?

For the past two weeks, we've been running a series on issues related to death and dying. These are topics we as a society generally don't like to talk about, but as Lake Effect producer Stephanie Lecci found out, conversations about end-of-life care have a big impact on the stress that people and their caregivers face as they approach death. Figuring out what kind of end-of-life care you want and communicating those wishes, however, are difficult conversations to have with loved ones and doctors.

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Death and Dying
3:12 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Milwaukee Woman Shares Her Life - and End-of-Life - Story

Desiree Plasz, 90, spent her final months in hospice after what she calls a "quiet life."
Credit Photo courtesy of Krause Funeral Homes, Plasz Family

All this week and last, producer Stephanie Lecci has brought us a series on the different aspects surrounding death and dying in the 21st century. We’ve heard about ethical issues, caregiver stress, talking about death with children, and the palliative care movement.

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Death and Dying
3:18 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Hospice Volunteer Reflects on 'Special Time' at End of Life

Horizon hospice volunteer, Donna Bartolone
Credit Photo courtesy of Horizon Hospice and Home Care

Yesterday on our death and dying in the 21st Century series, we heard about a special group of volunteers who work with the Final Hours Program at Horizon Hospice and Home Care. In patients' homes and in the hospice's inpatient unit in Mequon, these volunteers sit with patients as they approach the last hours of their lives. The volunteers offer support to the patients and their families in what is a very difficult time...but what is the experience like for the volunteers?

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Death and Dying
3:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Hospice's Final Hours Program Ensures No Patient Dies Alone

Volunteers at Horizon Hospice and Home Care offer comfort to patients and families in the final hours of life.
Credit Photo by CORBIS

Sometimes, despite the best efforts of doctors and the determination of a patient, there's just nothing more to be done to fight against a terminal illness. As we heard yesterday on our death and dying in the 21st century series, palliative care can then offer medical, emotional and even spiritual support as treatment to cure a life-threatening illness transitions into quality-of-life management.

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