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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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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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.

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

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

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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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