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
3:28 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

The Challenge of Asian Carp Control Assignment

Army Corps under increased pressure to come up with carp solutions

President Obama last week signed the transportation bill he hopes will put thousands of construction workers on job sites.

The law also carries some unexpected “environmental” clout.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence learned more about what SOME are calling “The Asian Carp Act.”

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Environment
3:34 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Asian Carp Threat Brings Renewed Testing in Chicago Waters Along with Public Meeting

Concerns that Asian carp are at Lake Michigan's doorstep are not likely to be assuaged any time soon.

The only time a LIVE Asian carp was discovered beyond an electric barrier designed to keep the fish out of the Great Lakes was in Lake Calumet in 2010.

But since then, crews have repeatedly discovered evidence of the voracious invasive species’ DNA.

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Environment
3:46 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

Power Down in Riverwest

Power down in Riverwest

Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood prides itself for a “do-it-yourself attitude” with a bohemian, creative flair. It’s no surprise then, that a movement – called Power Down Week – took hold in Riverwest. Its mission is straightforward – make your carbon footprint as small as you can AND do it with others. The third annual power down starts this weekend, and WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence caught up with some of its organizers earlier this week as they prepared for another Riverwest neighborhood tradition – the Gordon Park 4th of July celebration.

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Environment
3:59 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

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

UW-Milwaukee has taken another step towards increasing the region's prominence as a center for freshwater research. Jenny Kehl starts work this week as the director for the UWM Center for Water Policy. Kehl comes to Milwaukee from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she taught at the graduate level in public policy and political science. The position is part of UWM's graduate-level School of Freshwater Sciences.

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Environment
4:09 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Sizzling Temperatures and No Rain Stress Fields and Streams

UW Extension expert says corn and soybeans can hold on a little bit longer, but rain is critical to a successful crop.

Wisconsin residents will be looking for relief from blistering heat over the next couple of days.

Forecasters say temperatures could reach the “triple digits”.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looked into a couple of “non human” ecosystems to see how they might cope with this rough patch of weather.

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