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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Mining
7:36 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

What Makes a Frac Sand Mine Tick

Bluff gives way to frac sand mining.

We continue our exploration of frac sand mining that is sweeping western Wisconsin landscapes.

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Mining
7:25 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

One Town Gingerly Steps into Silica Sand Mining

Jill Koenitzer and her dad Oscar Skoug on the family dairy farm in Sioux Creek.

Towns and counties in western Wisconsin are scrambling to keep up with the demand for its silica sand. Some residents celebrate the jobs and commerce the mines bring; others worry about their environment and rural quality of life.

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Wolves
7:15 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

DNR Denied Permission to Include Dogs in Wisconsin's First Wolf Hunt

Wolves perform ritual displays during mating season in February.
Credit P McConnell

One remaining point of contention in Wisconsin's wolf hunt is the law's allowance for dogs to be used to trail or track wolves. The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday denied the DNR permission to draft emergency rules so dogs could be used this first year.

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Mining
7:08 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin Elicits Strong Local Reaction

Superior Silica Sands mine occupies 135 acres in the Town of Auburn in Eau Claire County. Trucks carry the sand northeast to New Auburn where it is dried before being sent out by rail.

Gold rush mentality seems to reign as entrepreneurs race to mine silica sand - an essential element of  fracking.

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Mining
7:02 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin Elicits Strong Local Reaction

Worker at Superior Silica Sands dry plant in New Auburn.

Frac sand mines are multiplying across western Wisconsin's agricultural landscape at a dizzying pace.  WUWM digs into the polarizing development.

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