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
10:30 am
Wed April 13, 2011

The Spur & the Sash

These are the actual spur and sash passed down through generations of Robert Grede's family that inspired his first novel, The Spur & the Sash, about a Civil War love story.

A local author writes about a Civil War-era Romeo and Juliet. Robert Grede's first novel is The Spur & The Sash, published by Three Towers Press. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci last fall. Grede will discuss his book at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on Friday.

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Economy & Business
3:53 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Milwaukee's Port at Heart of Commerce, City's Soul

"Soul of a Port" examines the history of and present-day at the Port of Milwaukee.
Credit The History Press

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews writer Leah Dobkin about the Port of Milwaukee.

Please note: This interview originally aired Jan. 14, 2011.

While the Port of Milwaukee is not in the heart of the city, it may just be the heart of its commerce.

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Civil War
9:30 am
Thu January 13, 2011

The Spur & the Sash

These are the actual spur and sash passed down through generations of Robert Grede's family that inspired his first novel, The Spur & the Sash, about a Civil War love story.

A local author writes about a Civil War-era Romeo and Juliet. Robert Grede's first novel is The Spur & The Sash, published by Three Towers Press. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci last fall. Grede will discuss his book at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on Friday.

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Civil War
9:07 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Lucius Fairchild: Civil War Hero

Young readers will get a peek into the life of an honest-to-goodness Civil War hero - and former Wisconsin governor. Stuart Stotts is the author of the new biography for young readers called Lucius Fairchild: Civil War Hero, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. It's part of the Badger Biographies series.

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Project Milwaukee
9:48 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Local Co. Equips Our Food Factories

Inside the Schenck AccuRate plant in Whitewater, WI

For Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate?, we profile a local business with a global reach that manufactures equipment that allows other companies to make food. Chad Lorensen is the Business Development Manager for Schenck AccuRate, a Bulk Solids Metering Technology company making equipment for food manufacturers, located in Whitewater. Mike Karas is the marketing communications manager. They spoke with Stephanie Lecci.

Project Milwaukee
9:40 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Tracking a Tater

Hancock Agricultural Research Station

Lake Effect’s Stephanie Lecci produced our feature for Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? on following the economic impact of a Wisconsin potato. She visited locations including Heartland Farms, the University of Wisconsin’s Hancock Agricultural Research Station, and Frito-Lay. She also spoke with Joe McCarthy of Diamond Foods, which owns the Kettle brand potato chips, and Duane Maatz of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association.

Project Milwaukee
9:17 am
Wed November 17, 2010

From Soy Sauce to Seasonings, What We Make Around Milwaukee

Southeastern Wisconsin has a diverse food industry, and we hear about why three vastly different companies – Kikkoman Foods, Inc., Archer Daniels Midland, and Wixon - all call the Milwaukee area home.

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Project Milwaukee
8:48 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Expanding Fruit & Vegetable Production

While Wisconsin may be number one, or close to it, in growing and producing many foods, a new agricultural report from Iowa State University finds there’s even more we could be doing in terms of fruits and vegetables. But some believe the issue is more challenging than just changing what farmers grow. Michelle Miller is associate director for the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at UW-Madison. She spoke with Stephanie Lecci as part of our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series.

Project Milwaukee
8:38 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Milwaukee's Brewing Tradition

Our series on Wisconsin’s food economy wouldn’t be complete without a look at Milwaukee’s brewing tradition. Brewery historian Leonard Jurgensen owns the largest private collection of Schlitz memorabilia in the nation. Kevin Cullen is an archaeologist and educator at Discovery World in Milwaukee. He helps run the museum's "Distant Mirror" archaeology program and blog and teaches the "Ale Through the Ages: The Anthropology and Archaeology of Brewing" courses. Cullen and Jurgensen lead the museum's "Legacies of Milwaukee Brewing" tours around the city. They spoke with Stephanie Lecci.

Project Milwaukee
9:01 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Teacher Round-table

We conclude our Project Milwaukee series on MPS with an all-teacher show, including a round-table discussion with teachers from the Educators' Network for Social Justice.

Our MPS teacher round-table featured members of the Educators' Network for Social Justice, who talked about their experiences working in the district and the challenges they face.

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