Stephanie Lecci

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 Universityâ» Contact Lake Effect

NPR Story
6:22 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Missouri and Illinois to get double whammy of noisy emerging cicadas; St. Louis will be fairly quiet

Thirteen-year cicadas will begin emerging in southeastern Missouri in mid-May.
Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 10:44 pm

They’re ba-a-ack. Those noisy cicadas with their bright red eyes and dark bodies soon will emerge again in Missouri and Illinois after years underground, poking holes in the soil starting in mid-May.

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NPR Story
7:33 am
Sun November 16, 2014

St. Louis Loses Out In Bid To Host A Future Final Four Through 2021

A contingent representing St. Louis will make its final pitch on Tuesday in a bid to host a future men's basketball Final Four at the Edward Jones Dome.

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 6:34 pm


(Updated at 6:40 p.m., Fri., Nov. 14)

St. Louis was not selected on Friday as a host city for any future NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Final Four competition between 2017 and 2021.

Instead, the NCAA announced that competitors Phoenix, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Indianapolis will host, in that order.

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State News
4:58 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Constitutional amendment protecting victims' rights on November ballot

Crime victim advocates are encouraging Illinois voters to approve a proposed Constitutional amendment aimed at protecting victims' rights. But not everyone thinks an amendment is needed.

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State News
6:21 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

At Michael Brown's funeral, celebration and calls for change

Mourners file in to Friendly Temple Baptist Church Monday for the funeral of Michael Brown.
Credit Stephanie Lecci / St. Louis Public Radio

More than four thousand people attended the funeral of 18-year-old police shooting victim Michael Brown in St. Louis Monday. Illinois Public Radio's Stephanie Lecci reports.

Upbeat spiritual music filled Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church as Michael Brown's funeral began. 

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State News
6:55 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Michael Brown Jr. to be laid to rest

After days of protests over his killing by a Ferguson police office, Michael Brown Jr. will be laid to rest Monday. IPR's Stephanie Lecci has more.

The day before his funeral, Michael Brown's alma mater Normandy High School flew flags at half-mast.

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State News
5:20 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Missouri Congressman calls for quicker investigation into police shooting

Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay says the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown needs to happen faster. 

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State News
5:01 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Surplus military equipment for police draws scrutiny

Several Missouri lawmakers are calling for a review of programs that allow surplus military equipment to go to local police departments.  The scrutiny comes in the wake of a heavily armed police presence during protests in Ferguson.

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State News
7:02 am
Mon August 18, 2014

National Guard Called In After Ferguson Shatters In Night Of Rolling Confrontation

Broken windows at Public Storage in Ferguson.

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 2:15 pm

Tear gas, gunshots and chaos engulfed a mile-long swath of Ferguson Sunday night as police and demonstrators engaged in a rolling confrontation that lasted for more than three hours. Early Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order directing the Missouri National Guard to restore "peace and order to this community."

Police said two or three people were shot by other demonstrators in the street. Seven or eight were arrested for failure to disperse.

In a statement released  shortly before 2 a.m., Nixon said:

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Around the Nation
3:02 am
Thu October 31, 2013

A New Way To Do Halloween: Chocolate Chunks In The Trunk

Cars decorated for Halloween wait for kids to come by for "trunk-or-treating" in New Berlin, Wis. The event is seen as an alternative to sending kids door to door for candy.
Stephanie Lecci WUWM

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 8:36 am

The parking lot of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wis., is filled with dozens of costumed kids hungry for candy at an early Halloween event.

But the princesses and Iron Men aren't yelling "trick or treat." Instead, it's "trunk or treat" — and that's because these kids, rather than going door to door, are going from car trunk to car trunk. Each car is decorated with a theme.

Pastor Jason Reed says his church likes to focus on the fun — rather than freaky — parts of Halloween.

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