Stephanie Lecci

Newscast Producer

Stephanie Lecci comes to St. Louis Public Radio from WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, where she was coordinating and web producer of the news magazine show, "Lake Effect."

Her previous radio experience includes freelance producing and reporting for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio and serving as associate producer for the nationally syndicated political radio show, "Beyond the Beltway with Bruce DuMont." Stephanie hails from Long Island, N.Y., and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


Bevo Mill Neighborhood
4:06 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Police: Bosnian Woman Made False Report About Hate Crime

Police say Seherzada Dzanic fabricated a story about being attacked for being Bosnian.
Credit St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

A Bosnian woman who told St. Louis police that she was the victim of a hate crime is being charged with making a false report.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Seherzada Dzanic reported she was the victim of a "fairly violent assault" involving a crowbar for being Bosnian. But as police investigated, Dotson said they found her story did not add up.

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Violates Department Policy
6:33 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Dotson: St. Louis Police Officer Will Be Disciplined For Wearing 'Wilson' Patch

A St. Louis police officer will be disciplined for wearing a "Wilson" patch on his uniform, Chief Sam Dotson said Friday.
Credit Rebecca Smith

A St. Louis police officer will face discipline for wearing a patch on his uniform seemingly in support of former Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, during a downtown protest Friday.

An officer with the last name of Coats was seen wearing an arm patch that read "Wilson" during a protest against the grand jury decision not to indict Wilson for August's fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

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Mayor: Acts 'Honestly Sickening'
11:11 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Rosebud Residents Denounce Racist Displays Targeting NAACP March

Rosebud bills its downtown as a "magnificent mile" full of antique shops, restaurants and other stores.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

The city of Rosebud, a small town about 70 miles southwest from St. Louis, is trying to reclaim its image after NAACP protesters were met there with aracially charged counter-protest.

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Police Supporters
8:34 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Group Burns Rams Gear, Boycotts Team Over Players' Hands Up Gesture

Paul Eaton of Piedmont burns a Rams sweatshirt during an event calling for a boycott of the team on Sunday in Imperial.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

With the televisions at Gators South Beer and Wine Garden in Imperial set to anything but the Rams game on Sunday, Cathy Brown of St. Charles was tossing two Rams hats into a fire pit out on the bar's back patio.

"They are on their way to burning," she said, lobbing a Santa hat bearing a Rams logo on the pile. "Good-bye."

Brown was one of at least two dozen people who came to the bar to burn their Rams gear, as part of an event organized by a group of supporters of former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson and law enforcement.

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St. Louis Sports Commission
9:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

St. Louis Sticks Landing To Host 2016 Olympic Team Trials For Men's Gymnastics

USA Gymnastics COO Ron Galimore (right), accompanied by Olympic gymnast Jake Dalton, said St. Louis offers the right environment for the men's Olympic team trials in 2016.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

St. Louis will get the Olympic spirit come 2016, when it will host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for men's gymnastics.

The event determines which men will represent the U.S. in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. While it's the city's first time hosting Olympic trials, the city has worked with USA Gymnastics previously, hosting the organization's 2000 and 2012 national championships. Those events decide national champions as well as who continues on to Olympic trials.

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Resignation Accepted
6:10 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Update: Ferguson Officials Respond To Darren Wilson's Resignation From Ferguson Police Department

Ferguson City Manager John Shaw, Mayor James Knowles and Police Chief Tom Jackson on Sunday, November 30, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 6:06 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, with a response from Ferguson city officials.

Ferguson city officials confirmed Sunday that Darren Wilson is no longer a member of the Ferguson Police Department.

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Post Grand Jury Actions Continue
9:19 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

NAACP Begins Weeklong March to Jefferson City, Protesters Disrupt Brentwood Shopping

NAACP President Cornell William Brooks leads first day of march to Jefferson City on Saturday, November 29, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

About 150 people set out from Ferguson Saturday on the first leg of a seven-day, 134 mile march to end racial profiling organized by the NAACP. Some participants, such as NAACP president Cornell William Brooks, plan on walking all the way to the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City.

Others, such as Tim and Tia Swain, are walking a day or two. The couple drove out from Indianapolis to be part of the action, but have work commitments later in the week.

Tia Swain said she and her husband are marching for equal access to justice regardless of skin color.

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Says Guard 'Failed to Arrive'
8:18 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Dellwood Mayor 'Demanding Answers' From Nixon After 13 Businesses Burned In Riots

The Fashions R Boutique was one of 13 businesses in Dellwood that burned down during Monday's riots following the announcement of the Darren Wilson grand jury decision.
Credit Stephanie Lecci


Echoing the mayor of neighboring city Ferguson, the mayor of Dellwood is adding his voice to the criticism of Gov. Jay Nixon and demanding answers in the aftermath of Monday's riots.

Mayor Reggie Jones said Dellwood was promised its business district would be protected by National Guard troopers, but he said "they failed to arrive."

While Ferguson has "gotten more attention," Jones said, his city saw the most damage and he wants to make sure his city also gets the resources it needs to recover. 

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Reaction to Grand Jury
8:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Smolders On Morning After Grand Jury Decision

Jade Nails Plaza in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday.
Credit (Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio)

Smoke filled the air on more than one corner in the city of Ferguson Tuesday morning, following a night of turmoil.

The unrest followed a grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Brown's parents, St. Louis officials and even President Barack Obama called on demonstrators to protest peacefully and many did.

But still-smoldering buildings bear witness to the anger that erupted into destruction. About one dozen businesses were reportedly burned.

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After No Indictment
5:25 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Peaceful Protests Slide Into Violence In Ferguson, Far Less Damage In Shaw

Tear gas was used in Ferguson.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Protesters and law enforcement officersmay have hoped for calm. But reaction to news of the grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown ended in arson, looting and tear gas.

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