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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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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Environment
9:57 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Pipeline to Increase Crude Oil Flow Across State, Jefferson County Residents Concerned

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The Wisconsin DNR granted the Canadian firm Enbridge the final permit needed to carry three times as much oil south, in its newest pipeline, last Thursday.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Documentary Explores Volatile Issues Around Proposed Iron Mine in Northern Wisconsin

Penokee Hills Outcropping

This Saturday evening, a documentary will air on cable TV about the debate that has consumed Wisconsin for a couple years.

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Environment
5:34 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Local Naturalist: An Ozaukee County Treasure

Kate Redmond prepares to guide Treasures of Oz visitors through the Cedarburg Environmental Study Area.
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Kate Redmond has been given the title of “anchor docent” for the Treasures of Oz.  That means she’s willing and able to guide people through a featured preserve.

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Environment
10:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

5th Graders Leave Something Tangible & Growing Behind at Hawley Elementary

5th graders Caroline Vandervest and Eli Ross feel sense of accomplishment in bringing Hawley's aquaponics club and system to life.

Thursday will be bittersweet for some Hawley Environmental students. They’ll celebrate completing 5th grade, but leave behind a fledgling club and a project they helped create.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Regional Team Maps Out Next Step: Keeping Asian Carp from Populating Great Lakes

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Great Lakes advocates have been fretting for years, about the potential invasion of Asian carp. This week the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee released its updated plan to keep the beast at bay.

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Environment
10:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Local Bishop Among Faith Leaders Supporting EPA Carbon Rule

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Jeff Barrow heads the Great Milwaukee  Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He added his signature to a letter urging President Obama and the EPA to take action.

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Environment
6:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

EPA Rule Targets Coal-Burning Power Plants

Valley Power Plant
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Wisconsin will have to cut back it's carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30 percent by 2030, according to the proposed Clean Power Plan released Monday.

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Environment
10:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Author Simplifies Her Life, Builds and Lives In Tiny House

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WUWM's Susan Bence talks with Dee Williams.

Dee Williams has dramatically transformed her life. A decade ago, she was a busy professional and homeowner living in Portland, Oregon.

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Environment
10:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Author Hopes To Encourage Others To Care For and About The Great Lakes

Great Lakes explorer Loreen Niewenhuis (facing camera) meets a fellow Lake Michigan fan on Milwaukee's lakefront.

WUWM's Susan Bence talks with author and adventurer Loreen Niewenhuis.

Michigan native Loreen Niewenhuis has always loved the Great Lakes but says it was a mid-life crisis that pushed her to become an explorer and author.

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