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


Audubon Study
6:39 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Report: Dozens of Missouri Birds Threatened By Climate Change

The White-Throated Sparrow is commonly seen in the St. Louis area during fall and winter, but a new report says climate change could reduce its breeding habitat.
Credit Dave Inman, Flickr Creative Commons

A recent report finds that dozens of birds that call Missouri home are threatened by climate change. 

The National Audubon Society says more than half of the 588 North American bird species studied over the course of seven years are at risk. About 50 species common to Missouri are identified in the report as being threatened.

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Ferguson business assistance
5:20 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Emerson Launches "Ferguson Forward" Program, Funds Youth Jobs And Scholarships

Fortune 500 company Emerson has announced a renewed commitment and investment in the Ferguson community where it is headquartered. (Pictured: Emerson's data center in North St. Louis County)
Credit St. Louis Economic Development Partnership website

The global manufacturing company Emerson is upping its investment in the Ferguson community to show "renewed commitment" to the place it has been headquartered for 70 years.

"We choose to be here and are committed to this community, especially now in its increased time of need," chairman and CEO David Farr said in a press release. "We...want to help remove barriers so that more of our neighbors can succeed."

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Wentzville GM Plant
10:17 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

General Motors Plans To Add 750 Jobs At Wentzille Plant

The addition of a third shift at GM's Wentzville Assembly plant will build, among others, the new Chevrolet Colorado truck.
Credit General Motors

General Motors says it will add a third shift and about 750 new jobs at its Wentzville Assembly plant in early 2015.

The new shift will help build two new midsize pickup truck models, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. It will also produce the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, which GM describes as solid sellers.

"It's our belief that this is a long-term add for the plant and a very bright future for all the people working here," said plant manager Nancy Laubenthal.

Thousands of early orders

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Infant Mortality Rates
4:47 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Missouri Nurse Steps Up Campaign for Black Infant Mortality Awareness, Despite Setback

Sherry Payne is a registered nurse and executive director of the perinatal health organization Uzazi Village, which works to decrease disparities in birth outcomes.
Credit Sherry Payne

A Missouri registered nurse who had to abandon plans to walk across the state to raise awareness of black infant mortality rates made her final stop in St. Louis Friday.

Sherry Payne, who is the director of the perinatal health organization Uzazi Village based in Kansas City, gave a presentation at St. Louis University on ways to improve birth outcomes for black babies.

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Historic Preservation
5:12 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

East St. Louis Downtown District Awaits Listing On National Register Of Historic Places

The Majestic Theatre is part of the Downtown East St. Louis Historic District.
Credit Michael Allen, Preservation Research Office

A part of downtown East St. Louis will likely be listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the end of September, and city officials hope that designation will spark revitalization.

The Downtown East St. Louis Historic District encompasses two blocks of Collinsville Avenue, a block and a half of Missouri Avenue and the south side of one block of St. Louis Avenue.

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Politics & Issues
8:22 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Anniversary Of Brown’s Death Prompts Calls For Political Engagement, Demands For Wilson's Arrest

Ferguson Township Committeewoman Patricia Bynes, State Rep. Courtney Curtis and St. Louis County Council Chair Hazel Erby are members of the Ferguson United leadership team.
Credit Rebecca Smith

On Tuesday's one-month anniversary of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, some local leaders focused on ways to move forward, while Brown's family called again for answers in the investigation.

Local elected leaders representing the Ferguson area came together Tuesday to discuss strategies to heal after the unrest that shook the city for more than two weeks in August following Brown's death.

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Illinois Constitutional Amendment
6:19 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Illinois Voters To Consider Constitutional Amendment On Crime Victims' Rights

A proposed amendment to the Illinois state Constitution would protect crime victims' rights, but some say it's not necessary.
Credit (via Flickr/alancleaver_2000)

Illinois voters will consider this November whether to amend the state constitution over rights for crime victims.

Victims already have certain rights, including: to be told about court dates, to attend trials and to give impact statements.

But some advocates believe a constitutional amendment is needed to better protect these rights.

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Economy & Innovation
5:38 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

St. Louis Fast Food Workers Join Strikes Around U.S.

St. Louis area fast food workers will travel to other cities to strike in demand of higher wages the right to join the union. It is part of an ongoing series of strikes, including this strike in south St. Louis earlier this summer.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Many St. Louis fast food workers will walk off the job Thursday as part of a national call for a $15-an-hour wage and for union rights.

National organizers behind #StrikeFastFood say workers in more than 100 cities will strike, but St. Louis workers won’t be picketing here.

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Bike sharing plan
8:21 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Survey Asks How St. Louis Residents Would Use A Bike Share System

St. Louis residents can weigh in on whether they want a bike share system in the area, similar to New York City's Citi Bike program.
Credit (Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis Bike Share Study)

Local residents still have a chance to weigh in on a possible bike share plan for St. Louis.

Great Rivers Greenway District has been working with the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Metro Transit and other groups since last spring to study the feasibility of such a cycle sharing system here.

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Politics & Issues
6:18 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

$40 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Ferguson, St. Louis County Police

Black Lawyers for Justice president and attorney Malik Shabazz speaks outside the U.S. District Courthouse in St. Louis on Thursday.
Credit Joseph Leahy

(Updated at 12:40 p.m. Friday, August 29)

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III and Police Chief Thomas Jackson have issued a joint statement in response to the lawsuit filed Thursday:

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