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.

Ways to Connect

This week WUWM is reporting on the potential of regional development within the corridor spanning from Milwaukee south to the greater Chicago area.

Today we poke into the health of the region's environment. We hear alerts when the air quality is poor because of exhaust and the particular air flow here – and air pollution can thwart the development of new factories. And we've been hearing plenty about the threat of Asian carp to Lake Michigan, coming via Chicago's link with the Mississippi River.

But WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence learned about two projects in the region having healing affects on their surroundings.

According to a We Energies spokesman, the utility is in the early stages of determining whether its Valley Power Plant will be converted to natural gas burning from coal. Currently We Energies is carrying out a feasibility study, after which it must submit an application to the state’s Public Service Commission.

Susan Bence is WUWM's environmental reporter. She spoke Cleaner Valley Coaltion members Virginia Zerpa and Cheryl Nenn about the plan.

Wormy Work

Apr 22, 2011
Susan Bence

We mark Earth Day with a profile of a vermicomposter from Wauwatosa. WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence spoke with Wauwatosa resident Heather Zydek. An Earth Day celebration will be held today at the Harley Davidson Museum. Learn about the beginnings of Earth Day.

Today is Earth Day. What’s become an international event, was the brainchild of the late Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. Over the years, the U.S. Senator inspired millions of people around the world to address dangers threatening the environment.

Jean Clausen has found inspiration in the world around her. The 95-year-old nature writer helped save the “once endangered” bald eagles that now thrive on the Wisconsin River. world to address dangers threatening the environment.

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence motored up to her riverbank cottage, 30 miles northwest of Madison. She caught Clausen in the middle of intense bird watching, and chronicling. world to address dangers threatening the environment.

Jean Clausen is excited! She just spotted a small woodpecker - a yellow-bellied sapsucker - feasting at one of her many feeders. world to address dangers threatening the environment.

Our environmental reporter Susan Bence rolls up to a budding Milwaukee recycling business. Be it Berber, Persian or shag, the carpet recycler helps keep it out of the landfill.

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence spoke with Susan Flader and Curt Meine, Aldo Leopold scholars featured in the documentary “Green Fire” that’s been shown tonight in Milwaukee. The film is slated to air on public television in 2012.

Susan Bence is WUWM’s environmental reporter. She produced our piece on the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison. The NWHC is where the leading work on White-Nose Syndrome in bats is taking place.

On this Valentine’s Day, we take a look at a business that’s rooted in love - and diapers. Susan Bence is WUWM’s environmental reporter. She was curious to find out just how colorful Catherine Bolden’s “Sprout Change” diapers are.

From Birdies to Birds

Dec 7, 2010

WUWM’s environmental reporter Susan Bence takes us to a former golf course where water is no longer a hazard. There’s more information on the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.

There’s a national movement afoot to grow more food in cities.

And the Milwaukee area stands out as an urban agricultural hotbed, as raised gardens multiply in backyards, empty lots and community spaces. Another promising piece of urban food production is called “aquaponics”.

They’re systems that combine fish and produce.

On this final day of our Project Milwaukee series on the local food economy, Environmental Reporter Susan Bence introduces us to local innovators using this fishy model to inspire future leaders.

Organic Farming Factor

Nov 16, 2010

Wisconsin is second only to California, in the number of organic farms operating in the state.

The numbers, though, are still fairly low.

Of Wisconsin’s 78,000 farms, less than two percent are managed organically.

As we continue Project Milwaukee: What’s on Our Plate?” WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence digs a little deeper into the variety and spirit among the state’s organic farmers.

We travel to Organic Valley to learn how supporting family farms and committing to organic practices made this Wisconsin company very successful – and a national role model. WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence takes us there for our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series, and we hear from reporter Joanne Weintraub, who wrote about Organic Valley in the current issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

WUWM now continues its Project Milwaukee series, exploring the barriers that hold back some Milwaukee Public School students from achieving at a higher level.

Today we look at the role parents play in their children’s success.

WUWM’s Susan Bence met people who care passionately and have strong opinions about the importance of family in a child’s life.

Today is Earth Day. Wisconsin’s own Senator Gaylord Nelson came up with the idea 40 years ago, to call attention to dangers threatening the environment. The U.S. Senator hoped to inspire awareness and action. On this 40th anniversary, we stop by several schools, in search of future environmentalists.

It’s a Saturday, but a dozen or so Whitefish Bay High students are digging their hearts out on the west side of school. They’re installing a series of raised vegetable beds – some for the school, others for the community.

I’ll step aside and let senior Micah Leinbach explain.

Today, WUWM begins a week-long series called “Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water.”

We will explore southeastern Wisconsin’s prospects of becoming an international hub for water technology.

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence starts with a look at the history of water use in Milwaukee and what’s contributing to the water hub dream.

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