Students in field

Award-winning author Joan Treppa (’83) talks true crime on Leading the Pride

August 6, 2019

joan treppa alumniLeading the Pride is back for a second season this month and kicking things off with author Joan Treppa (’83). Treppa, who studied Human Services and is originally from Laurium, is an award-winning author of the true crime book Reclaiming Lives: Pursuing Justice for Six Innocent Men, which details the Monfils 6 case and six men who were wrongfully convicted of murdering their coworker at a Wisconsin paper mill in the 1990s. Reclaiming Lives, which is Treppa’s debut book, has won two national book awards including the Indie Excellence Book Award for True Crime and The American Book Fest 2017 – Best Books in True Crime – Nonfiction. 

Listen as host Olivia Myers and Treppa talk about her struggles of overcoming teenage pregnancy and poverty through her Suomi education and what sparked her decision to become an author and social justice advocate for the wrongfully convicted.

You can purchase Treppa’s book, Reclaiming Lives, at Amazon or her personal website. 

joan treppa’S WORDS OF WISDOM

I showed the american way by reaching out and helping people because that’s what we do in this country. And if we’re not, we should find a way to.”


Know an amazing Suomi or Finlandia alum we should feature or even would like to be featured yourself? We’d love to have you!

Drop us a line at communications@finlandia.edu.


Thanks for checking out Leading the Pride, one of four podcasts in the Finlandia University Podcast Network. Leading the Pride is a monthly interview series getting to know the story of Suomi College/Finlandia University alumni. You can check out an archive at finlandia.edu/fridays. We also invite you to subscribe to the Finlandia Podcast Network wherever you get podcasts.

Tags: , , , ,
FinnU will not enroll students for 2023-2024Learn More