Susan Bence

Environmental Reporter

Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.

Susan is now WUWM's Environmental Reporter, the station's first. Her work has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

Susan worked with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin for 20 years, studied foreign languages at UWM, and loves to travel.

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Environment
6:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Jobs Central to New Orchard in Milwaukee's Harambee Neighborhood

Sabrina Louise Davis leads a work team at All People's garden.
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As an orchard comes to life on 1st and Locust Street in Milwaukee, community and city partners focus on jobs for adults.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

UWM's Freshwater School Shares Its Fish With Milwaukee County Zoo Animals

Alaskan Brown Bear at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
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Thanks to a partnership with UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences, bears, seals and other animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo can now go fishing and feast on their catch.

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Environment
10:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Acoustic Ecologist Sets His Sights On Saving The World's Dwindling Quiet Places

Four area nature centers invited acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton to speak at a collaborative Earth Day event in April.
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While in town for a series of talks and walks in nature preserves and environmental centers in the Milwaukee area, WUWM's Susan Bence met up with internationally-known acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Crews Monitor Water Quality at Milwaukee's Lake Michigan Beaches

Water quality status is posted at each beach. On this day, at South Shore patrons were advised not to enter the water.

All summer long, the Milwaukee Health Department is partnering with UWM's School of Public Health to test if it's safe to swim at Bradford, McKinley and South Shore beaches.

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Environment
12:44 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Fiber Artist Folds Nature into Lynden Sculpture Garden Exhibit

Kyoung Ae Cho with Garden
S Bence

Kyoung Ae Cho is the third artist featured in Lynden’s Women, Nature, Science series.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Rescuing Saz's Excess Summerfest Food to Feed The Hungry

Chris Capper with load of leftovers from Saz's Catering.
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Five years ago in Milwaukee, Chris Capper met the head of Saz’s Catering and together they launched a "food rescue program" to feed the hungry. 

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Reduced Wolf Hunt Quota Fails to Assuage Concerns of Critics in Wisconsin

In less than four months, Wisconsin’s third wolf hunt will commence. The quota will be 156; nearly 100 less than last year’s.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Milwaukee Start Up Among Global Water Center's New Batch of Entrepreneurs

Thursday afternoon the Water Council announced the second round of start ups chosen to work inside the Global Water Center.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Global Water Center Helped Bring Women of Water Together in Milwaukee

Carrie Bristol-Groll, Laurie Parons, Tess Massaroni, Carol Strackbein, Linda Reid, Denise Schmidt, Elizabeth Thelen, Nadia Bogue, Marian Singer, Rosheen Styczinski, Lilly Goren
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During the opening of the Global Water Center last September, a conversation among women whose professions involve water, evolved from casual to inspired.

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Regional
10:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Thriving Cities Revisited: Milwaukee Wraps Up Phase One

David Flowers, Katherine Wilson and Pastor Willie B. Davis
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WUWM's Susan Bence talks with David Flowers, Pastor Willie B. Davis and Katherine Wilson.

A few months ago, Milwaukee joined four other cities in the Thriving Cities Project. Each explored “what it means and what it takes to thrive in” their city.

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