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
12:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Feminine Hygiene Goes Green

An entrepreneur develops a particular "eco-friendly" product in far northern Wisconsin
Credit Susan Bence

We’ve been revisiting a series on entrepreneurship this week on Lake Effect. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence wasn’t setting out to do a story on entrepreneurship when she left for the north woods in April – she was planning to do a story on the debate over a proposed iron ore mine. But while she was in Ashland, she found herself introduced to the creator of a company that fills a unique niche in – of all things - the feminine hygiene realm.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

New Wetlands Rules Begin To Roll Out

Advocates wonder - will wetlands survive new permitting system
Credit Susan Bence

Last spring, Governor Walker signed a new wetlands bill into law.

Supporters consider it a “job creator” because it allows developers to build on wetlands, as long as they create a substitute somewhere else.

Although the law took effect on July 1, the DNR is gradually implementing the provisions.

Tuesday, the agency will hold an informational hearing on the new “general” permit, designed to accommodate small projects.

In the past, Wisconsin asked developers to minimize harm to wetlands and mitigate any damaged caused.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Jenny Kehl: A New Director for the UWM Center for Water Policy

Jenny Kehl, Director for the UWM Center for Water Policy
Credit UWM

UW-Milwaukee has taken another step towards increasing the region's prominence as a center for freshwater research. Jenny Kehl started work earlier this month as the new Lynde B. Uihlein Endowed Chair in Water Policy and the director of the Center for Water Policy in the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Couture's Fate May Be In Public Trust's Hands

44-story high rise's proposed foundation is under debate.
Credit Susan Bence

The Milwaukee County Board could advance talks Thursday about replacing the downtown transit center with a 44-story hotel and apartment complex.

The property is located just steps from Discovery World and Lake Michigan.

A local developer is interested in building a high rise there and a number of local leaders are onboard.

However, a parks and public land preservation group questions whether the plot is off-limits to private development because of a clause in Wisconsin’s Constitution.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Preserving the Eschweilers

Milwaukee County Parks Department Administration, Innovation Park
Eddee Daniel

A group of historic preservationists and environmentalists will gather tonight at the Wauwatosa Public Library for what organizers hope will be a lively discussion. The central theme is the fate of the Eschweiler Buildings – four magnificent but crumbling structures that reside on the Milwaukee County Grounds. They occupy a large sweep of open space northeast of what is an otherwise congested Hwy 45 and Watertown Plank Road intersection.

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