Stephanie Lecci

Newscast 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 Universityâ» Contact Lake Effect

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Store Grand Opening
1:04 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New 'I Love Ferguson' Store Aims to Support Local Businesses, Community Unity

Committee chairman and former mayor Brian Fletcher talks with a resident and a volunteer about the "I Love Ferguson" new store that will sell items including the logo-bearing t-shirts.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

You've seen the lawn signs; now everything from T-shirts to coffee mugs bearing the "I Love Ferguson" logo will be sold at a new store opening Friday.

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Vonderrit Myers Update
9:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Myers Family Attorney: Private Autopsy Disputes Police Account Of Shaw Shooting

Dr. Cyril Wecht marks the location of the likely fatal head shot as he presents his initial autopsy results on Vonderrit Myers, Jr.
Credit Rebecca Smith/St. Louis Public Radio

The initial findings of a private autopsy on the body of Vonderrit Myers, Jr., released Thursday, show the 18-year-old was shot several times from behind. 

Myers was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8th in the city's Shaw neighborhood, after police say Myers fired at the officer.

According to their attorneys, the family ordered the autopsy because they believe the police are giving inaccurate accounts of what happened. 

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'Funeral' Procession
10:20 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Justice Department Spokesman Calls Leaks Inappropriate; Protests Continue In Ferguson, Clayton

Protesters stand on the steps of the St. Louis County Police building.
Credit Emanuele Berry|St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 10 p.m., with evening demonstrations.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice is calling leaks in the local  investigation of Michael Brown's death "irresponsible" and "highly troubling."

"There seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case," Dena Iverson told St. Louis Public Radio in a written statement.

The "selective release of information," according to Iverson, goes as far back as August when footage was released  showing Michael Brown in a conflict at a Ferguson convenience store.

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Missouri Deer Population
9:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Missouri Deer Populations Recovering After Disease Outbreaks

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the deer population will offer plenty of hunting opportunities this year, as numbers are recovering from disease outbreaks across the state.
Credit Noppadol Paothong, Missouri Department of Conservation

It's good news for hunters, but maybe bad news for drivers: the Missouri Department of Conservation says the state will see a pretty good deer population this year.

Many parts of the state should see a "large and healthy deer herd" this season, after years of declining populations, according to the department's Jim Low. He estimates the state has more than a million deer, offering "plenty of deer hunting opportunity out there."

Recovery from disease

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Police perspective
11:05 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Officer: Facing Threats And Shots Makes Protest Duty Emotional For Police

Police are facing increasingly hostile, anti-law enforcement crowds as protests continue in the St. Louis area.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

Since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown in August, police have been facing hostile protests with often a strong anti-law enforcement bent.

Chants of "No justice, no peace" have been mixed with much more violent anti-police messages, including threats of shooting down police helicopters and other vulgar terms.

But it's not just shouts being hurled at police; they've also had Molotov cocktails, rocks, and bottles of urine thrown their way, even been spit at and fired upon.

Police response to violence

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Shaw shooting
7:49 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Police Union, Myers Family React To Gun Residue Findings In Shaw Shooting

St. Louis Police Officers Association president Joe Steiger, business manager Jeff Roorda and attorney Brian Millikan comment on the lab tests that found gun residue on the hand of Vonderrit Myers during a press conference Tuesday.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

Lab results show gunshot residue was found on the 18-year-old who was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer in the Shaw neighborhood last week, according to new information released by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Tuesday.

The tests were conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crime lab. The results found gunshot residue on Vonderrit Myers, Jr.'s, hand, inner waistband, front and back jeans pockets and black t-shirt. The released statement also read: 

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North County
8:25 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Police Appreciation Drive Aims To Show Support, Build Community

Police outside Ferguson Police Department.
Credit Emanuele Berry|St. Louis Public Radio

As protests continue, a movement supporting law enforcement is gaining traction.

Some St. Louis area residents are organizing a supply drive, collecting prepackaged food and toiletries for police officers. The drive was the brainchild of North County native Katrina, who asked that her last name not be used for safety reasons. Her father and relatives are high ranking members of local public safety departments.

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Ferguson October
3:15 am
Sat October 11, 2014

First Day Of FergusonOctober Protest Is Peaceful

A crowd marches through the streets of Clayton.
Credit Rebecca Smith| St. Louis Public Radio

Onlookers watched from tall office buildings as about 300 rain soaked protesters marched through Clayton Friday afternoon.

The event marked the start of Ferguson October, a series of rallies, marches, and educational events that will run through Monday. Organizers hope this weekend’s events will build momentum for a nationwide movement against police violence and will keep focus on Michael Brown's shooting.

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St. Louis Parking Meters
5:16 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

St. Louis Considers Raising Parking Fees to Fund Upgraded Meters

A report being considered by the St. Louis parking commission suggests increasing parking rates in the city. That would help fund upgraded meters, like this one that takes credit cards.
Credit Paul Sableman, Flickr

St. Louis' coin-only parking meters may get a technology upgrade, but it might cost you more to use them.

On Thursday, the city's parking commission reviewed initial recommendations to raise parking rates by next year. The suggestions come from a preliminary report commissioned by the city that evaluates its parking system. 

The commission is considering raising hourly meter rates from $1 to $1.50 in busy downtown areas, and from $0.75 to $1 in lower demand areas. Some violation fees also would increase.

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Darren Wilson Investigation
5:03 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Brown's Parents Renew Call For Special Prosecutor

Michael Brown's parents, Michael Brown, Sr. (far left) and Lesley McSpadden (center), have sent a letter to Gov. Nixon asking him to appoint a special prosecutor in the grand jury investigation into their son's death.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum

Michael Brown's parents are renewing their call for a special prosecutor in the investigation into the fatal police shooting of their son citing "compelling and rising concerns of conflict."

In a letter written by their attorney, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., asked Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday to reconsider replacing St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch. Nixon declined to remove McCulloch when he had the power to do so during the state of emergency imposed during August's unrest.

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