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
12:18 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

UW Scientist: We Need to Stay Within Certain Boundaries to Maintain Civilization

Dr. Stephen Carpenter was awarded the 2011 Stockholm Water Prize for his study of how lake ecosystems are affected by the surrounding landscape and by human activities.
Credit S Bence

Dr. Stephen Carpenter, of UW-Madison, is one of 18 international authors sharing the message that humans are impacting the world's ecosystems and changes must be made to ensure life on Earth continues.

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Environment
5:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

State Legislators Explore What EPA Carbon Emission Rule Could Mean to Wisconsin

Clean Power Plan aims to wean states off of coal.
Credit S Bence

Next summer, the EPA is expected to roll out the final plan directing states to cut emissions from coal burning power plants. It is part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan.

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Wisconsin Pipeline Slated to Surpass Keystone XL's Proposed Capacity

Line 61 pumping station under construction this winter in the Town of Sand Lake.
Credit Frank Zufall, Sawyer County Record

As debate over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline continues, a much bigger project is underway in Wisconsin.

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Environment
10:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

A Sign of Commercial Revitalization in Milwaukee's Walnut Way Neighborhood

Sharon Adams (at podium) addresses crowd during the Innovations and Wellness Commons groundbreaking event. Phase one will take place in the building shown here.
Credit S Bence

Last week, a vacant lot at 16th & North Avenue overflowed with people for a symbolic groundbreaking - signaling the birth of The Innovations and Wellness Commons.

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Environment
10:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Greenfield 3rd Grader Competes in National Tree Contest

The Trees Rock contest comes with financial awards. Annabelle Tornio hopes prize money could help plant trees at her school - perhaps even help purchase new playground equipment.
Credit S Bence

Edgewood Elementary student Annabelle Tornio came up with 10 reasons why “trees rock”, got her mom to set it to video.  Before she knew it, Annabelle made the finals of competition sponsored by Scotties.

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Environment
10:39 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Changes to Decade-Old Conservation Program Could Hurt Small Farmers

Small dairy operations are among the farms some fear will miss out on the revised Conservation Stewardship Program.
Credit S Bence

The Conservation Stewardship Program has helped offset costs for farmers, who use conservation practices, since 2002. The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill brings change to the federal program.

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Environment
10:39 am
Mon January 19, 2015

West African Brings Her Native Food to Milwaukee

Yollande (far left) works her magic at Milwaukee County Winter Farmers' Market.
Credit S Bence

A scholarship brought Cameroon native Yollande Tchouapi Deacon here in 2001. Her business, Afro Fusion Cuisine, grew out of her desire to recreated the flavors and foods she grew up with.

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Environment
7:34 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

A Year in the Menomonee Valley - Through a Camera Lens

Eddee Daniel

Fine art photographer Eddee Daniel spent 2014 as the Menomonee Valley's inaugural artist in residence.

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Environment
10:27 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Respected Writer and Naturalist on the Wisconsin River Remembered

Jean Clausen sitting at her favorite bird observation spot on the Wisconsin River.
Credit S Bence

Jean Clausen spent many years living on the Wisconsin River and working to protect habitat, especially for bald eagles.

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Environment
10:06 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Old Christmas Trees​: Healthy Snack for Some Lucky Wisconsin Goats

Goats snacking on discarded Christmas trees.
Credit Ben Robel

Not sure what to do with your Christmas tree? One Wisconsin man has been feeding them to his herd of goats.

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