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
2:58 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Groveton Begins Second Bull Run

A monument to the soldiers lost at the fight at Groveton, also known as Brawner's Farm, that began Second Bull Run.
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

The end of this month marks the 150th anniversary of the start of one of the biggest battles of the American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run, otherwise known as Second Manassas. Many know of this enormous battle, but few know the story about the fight that started it - or the prominent role Wisconsinites played in it.

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Wisconsin Economic Scorecard
3:34 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Survey: Majority of Wisconsinites Feel State Headed in 'Right Direction'

It's been a little more than a month since Wisconsin's historic gubernatorial recall election. And while the state’s political rhetoric has finally begun to die down, even if the partisanship hasn't, national politics are just heating up. The country is still processing the landmark Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature health care reform law, although Governor Scott Walker has said he will not implement any health care changes until after the November election.

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Civil War
9:02 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - The Carnage of Shiloh

Click to Enlarge Photo"The Battle of Shiloh," by Thure de Thulstrup, circa 1888
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

We’ve been learning about the contribution Wisconsinites made, 150 years ago, to the Union cause in the American Civil War. It was a significant contribution - and sacrifice, despite Wisconsin’s relatively recent entry into the union and its distance from the battlefield.

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Arts & Culture
5:21 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Living History League Honors Women's Professional Baseball

The living history players sing the original league's "Victory Song" at the start of the game.

As we head into the dog days of summer, Major League Baseball heads into the heart of its season. Millions of fans around the country will travel to ballparks to cheer on their favorite teams, and in the midst of all the peanuts and crackerjacks, it’s easy to forget that there was a time when the MLB was in dire straights – and several franchises were in danger of shutting down.

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Civil War
9:09 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 3

Major John Gibbon first commanded the Iron Brigade - and bought the volunteer soldiers their iconic black hats.

If you drive directly west from Milwaukee for about three and a half hours, you'll come to the city of Prairie du Chien, one of Wisconsin's oldest cities. Given its age and history, it's no surprise then that Prairie du Chien has some interesting connections to the American Civil War. This Saturday, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society will open a new permanent exhibit at the Fort Crawford Museum about the Swift U.S. Army General Hospital. It was one of only three hospitals in Wisconsin to care for wounded Civil War soldiers.

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Civil War
9:15 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 2

The 8th Wisconsin was known for its unofficial mascot, Old Abe, a domesticated bald eagle who terrorized Confederates in battle.
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

Last month, we began the series Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War. In honor of the sesquicentennial of the war between the states, we’re commemorating the role and sacrifice of the 91-thousand Wisconsin men and women who fought in some of the biggest battles of the war; yet received marginal attention.

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Health & Science
4:37 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Orangutans Hop on the iPad Bandwagon

Orangutans and iPads
Milwaukee County Zoo

Back in February, Lake Effect celebrated Primate week with a series of stories and features about our close cousins. One of those features considered the technological prowess of primates – and we’re not talking just humans. There was Albert II, the first rhesus monkey in space. Or the orangutans at the Milwaukee County Zoo, who, like their human counterparts, really enjoy iPads. It may not be what Steve Jobs had in mind, but it turns out that iPads have some practical uses at a zoo.

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Civil War
9:34 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Understanding Slavery and the Civil War

Even as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War moves into its second year, Americans still disagree on what was the fundamental root cause of the war. But one author says it really was all about the moral question of slavery. Pewaukee writer, teacher, and independent Civil War historian Thomas Martin Sobottke is the author of the new book, Across That Dark River: The Civil War Memory. It's published by Moving Train Books LLC, which he also founded. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci. You can hear about the origin for Sobottke's book title as supplemental audio below.

Arts & Culture
1:15 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

A Dachshund's Tale

Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington.

We hear about a wiener of a children’s book about a presidentially named Dachshund. Mequon children's book writer Barbara Behm is the author of Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington, published by Xlibris. It's illustrated by Milwaukeean Ellen Anderson, and it was given an honorable mention in the 2011 Writer's Digest Awards program.

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Project Milwaukee
2:28 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

It's a Wonderful Wisconsin?

Over the past week, our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series has explored what the impact of the past year’s contentious political happenings has had on Wisconsin. We’ve identified winners and losers of the political fight and explored what lies ahead for the Badger State.

But we have to wonder, did it all matter? So what, that the debates on collective bargaining, the role of unions, and the size of government made Wisconsin a national lightning rod? Would these conversations have happened eventually? What would Wisconsin look like if none of this had happened?

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