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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Arts & Culture
9:23 am
Thu September 6, 2007

Long Ago Days of the Allen Bradley Orchestra and Chorus

Members of the Allen Bradley Orchestra and Chorus reminisce with Lake Effect's Susan Bence.

The group of employees began performing in the 1930s and continued through the 1980s. Music in the segment comes from archived recordings of the group, ending with May You Always, recorded in 1962.

Members include: Eddie Deeds, Ron Hayward, Joan Konecke, Bob Kozlowski, Lee Matthews, Carrie Ulickey, Ruth Hodik Urdahl, Charlotte Villwock, JoAnne Wagner, Lenny Waraksa, and Betty Wojcieszak.

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Environment
11:00 am
Mon July 30, 2007

Airventure

Credit S Bence

Every year people who live to build and fly airplanes descend - literally - on Oshkosh Wisconsin for the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual Airventure. What started more than 50 years ago as a gathering of a small groups of devotees has become the biggest such gathering in the world.

WUWM's Susan Bence drove up for an introduction to the spectacle and starts first in the War Birds area, where Stan Marcus from Oconomowoc and some comrades are just back from an early morning flight.

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Environment
11:16 am
Fri July 20, 2007

Fleeing to the Market

Ron and Kathy Kay sell all things Farberware.

Bargaining over one person's treasures and another's trash has become an American past time, but the idea dates back to 19th century France.

Just one hour southwest of Milwaukee one of the area's popular flea markets takes place four times a year in Elkhorn. Dating back to 1982, more than 500 vendors fill every inch of the grounds and squeeze into exhibit barns.

Our audio postcard from the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market was sent to us by Lake Effect's Susan Bence. She begins in the small animal barn.

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Arts & Culture
10:21 am
Mon June 18, 2007

A Victorian Treasure on Geneva Lake

Traveling to Black Point by tour boat.

At the turn of the last century prominent Chicago families gravitated to Lake Geneva.

In 1888 beer baron Conrad Seipps built his family retreat, an expansive Victorian on the lake's south shore. Now Seipps great-grandson, William O. Petersen, has passed the property on to the State of Wisconsin. Last weekend the doors of the family home, called Black Point, opened to the public for the first time. Lake Effect's Susan Bence visited.

http://blackpointestate.wisconsinhistory.org/

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Environment
9:48 am
Fri March 30, 2007

Slow Food Slips Into Milwaukee Vocabulary

Chef Dave Swanson

More than 20 years ago, a movement started to take shape in Rome, when angry Italians reacted to the first McDonalds in Rome. Slow Food International was born; today the nonprofit boasts more than 80,000 members. Their combined mission is to bring local food traditions away from drive-throughs and back into the home kitchen.

Martha Davis Kipcak, Dave Swanson and Steve Hargarten are members of Slow Food Southeast Wisconsin. Susan Bence joins them for dinner, and reports on the slow food movement.

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