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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5:08 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

A City-Wide Book Club? New Wauwatosa Program Fosters Reading and Community

The Tosa All-City Read ramps up this month and runs through February.
Credit Tosa All-City Read

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Maureen Badding and Robin Luther are organizers of the Tosa All-City Read.

The city of Wauwatosa is expanding the tradition book club concept - to include the entire community.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Wisconsin to Get Tougher on Pot Possession


Nearly half of America’s states have eased up on the use of marijuana, but Wisconsin is moving toward further criminalization of the drug.

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11:19 am
Fri January 17, 2014

UPDATE: Wisconsin H.S. Overturns Athletes' Game Suspension for Reported Gang Signs

Photo that stirred controversy
Credit Steve Ottmann/Sheboygan Falls News

The Sheboygan Falls School District administration has overturned the game suspension for two African American brothers on the high school basketball team, over what some called gang signs.

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Health & Science
3:48 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Milwaukee Astronomer Will Fly High into Stratosphere Aboard NASA Aircraft

NASA's SOFIA aircraft will take two Milwaukee educators and others into the stratosphere to collect data on the universe using a special infrared telescope.
Credit NASA/Carla Thomas

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews astronomy contributor Jean Creighton.

A Milwaukee astronomer is about to take the trip of a lifetime, traveling 45,000 feet into the sky aboard a NASA aircraft.

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Health & Science
5:19 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Oconomowoc Hospital Leads in Treating Severe OCD with Expanded Center

Dr. Brad Riemann is a leading expert in anxiety disorders and the clinical director of Rogers Memorial Hospital's OCD Center.
Credit Rogers Memorial Hospital

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Dr. Brad Riemann, clinical director of Rogers Memorial Hospital's OCD Center.

A Wisconsin hospital has opened a new, expanded residential center to treat some of the world's most severe cases of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

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Health & Science
5:36 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Are You Obese Because Grandma Starved? Milwaukee Researcher Says It's Possible

Epigenetics explained: "Three generations at once are exposed to the same environmental conditions (diet, toxins, hormones, etc.). In order to provide a convincing case for epigenetic inheritance, an epigenetic change must be observed in the 4th generation."
Credit University of Utah Health Services

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Dr. Rob Lane, an expert in epigenetics.

We all know our inherited DNA shapes us, but a Milwaukee researcher says how our parents - and even our grandparents - lived could also affect our genes.

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Arts & Culture
9:20 am
Tue January 14, 2014

UWM Rock Professor, Harley Historian Dies at 67

Martin Jack Rosenblum in his UWM offices
Credit Trapper Schoepp/UWM

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with the late Martin Jack Rosenblum, rock professor at UWM and Harley-Davidson historian.

Note: The memorial for Dr. Rosenblum has been changed to a new location on UWM's campus - the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts.

Noted Milwaukee rock and roll and Harley Davidson historian Martin Jack Rosenblum died over the weekend. He was 67.

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4:07 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Army Corps: Keeping Great Lakes Free of Asian Carp Could Cost Up to $18 Billion

Asian carp "flying" on the Illinois River overwhelm a boat of onlookers. (Courtesy of University of Wisconsin Sea Grant/Water Resources)
Credit Nerissa Michaels, Illinois River Biological Station

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence interviews Joel Brammeier, the President & CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Milwaukeeans had their chance to voice opinions  on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report on preventing Asian carp from slipping into the Great Lakes; Thursday the Corps heads to Traverse City.

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4:10 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

National Expert: Wisconsin Risks Falling Behind in Renewable Energy Technology

Madison Central Library has 19.2 kW solar panels, installed last September by H&H Solar Energy Services.
Credit H&H Solar Energy Services Facebook

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence interviews renewable energy experts Karl Rábago and Dan Arvizu.

A former U.S. Energy Department leader says Wisconsin's efforts to implement and grow sustainable energy resources show signs of "stalling" and even "going backward."

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Arts & Culture
1:02 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

PHOTOS: Wisconsin Cast Members Bring WWI - and Horses - Alive in 'Warhorse'

The relationship between character Albert (left) and Joey, his horse who is pressed into service in WWI, is at the heart of "Warhorse."

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews actor Andy Truschinski and electrician and technician Kristi Ross-Clausen from the touring company of Warhorse.

As we begin the centennial anniversary year of the start of WWI, the war's horrors and impact - from trench warfare to gas weapons - are being resurrected onstage in Milwaukee.

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