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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Milwaukee River Revival
4:26 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Environmental Forecast

Natural flow downstream from Estabrook Dam.

Past generations poured sewage, trash and industrial chemicals into the Milwaukee River.

Most of the direct dumping has ended, but as WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence reports, run-off from the land continues to choke the river, as do occasional sewer overflows.

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Wolf
12:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Board Sets Rules for Wisconsin's First Wolf Hunt

The state's Natural Resources Board has set rules for Wisconsin's first-ever wolf hunt.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board voted unanimously yesterday afternoon to adopt the DNR’s recommendations for Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt. The rules the Board set down include a kill quota of 201 wolves, which were recently delisted from Endangered Species Act. The hunt will run from October to February.

The hunt has been controversial enough that more than a hundred people jammed the hearing room in Stevens Point where the Board was meeting, and some 40-plus people testified during the hearing.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Wolf Hunt Rules Fraught With Controversy

Wisconsin approaches its first wolf hunt, the Natural Resources Board weighs in on harvesting rules.

The grey wolf is in Wisconsin’s spotlight.

Shortly after the federal government removed the animal from the endangered species list, the state created a wolf hunt to begin this October.

With little time to spare, the DNR designed rules for the first season.

The agency is proposing a harvest of 201 wolves, with some zones more heavily targeted than others.

Tuesday the seven-member Natural Resources Board will vote on the DNR’s proposed rules at a special meeting in Stevens Point.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looks at the polarizing positions the wolf – and its upcoming hunt – are raising.

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Environment
2:57 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Can City's Canopy Stand Up Against First Sign of Emerald Ash Borer?

One of a dozen or so ash trees hit by emerald ash borer infestation on Milwaukee's northwest side.

The City of Milwaukee has joined a club of which no community wants to be a member.

Late last week, officials announced that the Emerald ash borer has infected trees on the city’s northwest side.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met a city forester on the site to learn how Milwaukee has been preparing for the pest.

It has already taken down tens of millions of trees in states to our east as well as in Canada.

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Environment
3:16 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

First Cases of Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Discovered in Milwaukee

One of several emerald ash borer infestations discovered on Milwaukee's northwest side.

It was not entirely “unexpected” news Friday when Milwaukee officials announced conclusively - the Emerald ash borer hit a cluster of trees on the northwest side.

Scientists first spotted the destructive green beetle in Detroit, Michigan in 2002.

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