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
Thu May 1, 2014

Milwaukee Mayor Sees Future for Century City Despite News Talgo Will Depart

One lonely train car stands outside the soon-to-be vacated Talgo plant in Milwaukee.
Credit S Bence

The high-speed train manufacturer has decided to pick up and leave town, and perhaps sell its two new train sets to Michigan.

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Environment
12:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Using Performance Art to Alert Drivers to Look Out for Pedestrians

The Crossings cast tests its timing at Downer and Hampshire before moving to the street lights.
Credit Susan Bence

A series of three street performances taking place this Thursday and Friday carries a simple message - remember to see and stop for pedestrians.

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Environment
6:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

The Cheesemaker Behind Clock Shadow Creamery

Ron Henningfeld stands next to the "chevre maker". The harps used to cut curds during cheesemaking hang from wall behind him.
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The Walker’s Point operation is one of only a handful of urban cheese factories in the country.

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Environment
10:21 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Port Washington Farmer Builds Business Around Goat Milk

Sandra Acosta is originally from Mexico. She is a veterinarian and an accomplished cheesemaker. She recently was awarded a scholarship to become a licensed cheesemaker in Wisconsin.
Michelle Maternowski

It’s hard not to smile when you hear the “voices” of Barry Midtling’s three-day old kids.

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Environment
11:02 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Growing Up Green: Eco-Friendly Child Care Center Opens on Milwaukee's South Side

Belinda Kenwood starts snack time with song.
S Bence

Thousands of kids spend their weekdays in childcare. On Milwaukee’s south side, a new child care center has opened with an eco-twist.

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Environment
11:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Sustainability Focus at UW-Milwaukee Has Wide-Reaching Effects

Kate Nelson hopes students and faculty alike rally around UWM's sustainability initiatives.

This week, UWM is holding a sustainability symposium.

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Environment
7:58 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Hartland Family Business Fashioned from Love of Sailing & Repurposing

Olli and Melissa Marban in their new space in Hartland.
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Olli and Melissa Marban’s Hartland business revolves around sailing - particularly using old sailcloth to make items ranging from bags to iPad cases.

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Environment
10:58 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Four Area Nature Centers Team Up to Bring Acclaimed Ecologist to Town

Mequon Nature Preserve's Kristin Gies (left) and Jessica Jens of the Riveredge Nature Center say the collaborative Earth Day event is the beginning of more joint ventures.

Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has traveled the globe and made it his mission to preserve the remaining quiet places. Tuesday evening he’ll share his experiences at the Mequon Nature Preserve.

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Environment
10:36 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Milwaukee Reengineers Streets To Soak Up Storm Water

Ghassan Korbun points out a prime spot for the City's porous pavement program.
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A longer conversation with DPW Commissioner Ghassan Korbun about Milwaukee's green infrastructure strategies.

The City of Milwaukee recently received a $1 million grant from the EPA to build rainwater absorbing streets.

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Environment
7:25 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Escuela Verde Nurtures Project-Based Environmental Thinkers in Milwaukee

Student Andrea Alvarez talks with Advisor Kim Theisen on her chalk-making project.
S Bence

Recycling and repurposing are fundamental to Escuela Verde, a charter school in the Walker's Point neighborhood.

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