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
6:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

School of Freshwater Sciences to Launch Genomics Center

School of Freshwater Sciences - a work in progress.
Credit S Bence

UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences is a step closer to achieving its goal to grow. On Tuesday, The Fund for Lake Michigan awarded the school a hefty grant.

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Environment
6:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Neighbors Come Together to Revitalize Park on Milwaukee's North Side

Johnsons Park is located along West Fond du Lac Avenue in Milwaukee.
Susan Bence

WUWM's Susan Bence talks to Vera Graves-Davis and Liz Drame about Johnsons Park.

Johnsons Park holds the distinction of being one of the most neglected green spaces in the Milwaukee County system.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Ideas for Redeveloping Milwaukee's Downtown Lakefront

View from southeast above Summerfest grounds showing Milwaukee Promenade and the Crescent. A park would link pedestrians and bicyclists to the lake from downtown without crossing traffic.
Credit L & M Keane

Two architecture professors hope their sketches of how Milwaukee could remake its lakefront generate discussion and more ideas.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Tracking Birds in Ozaukee County to Help Conserve Migratory Species

Jonathan Stein at his post in Harrington Beach State Park.
Credit S Bence

With spring only a week away, ornithologists in Ozaukee County are watching and working to conserve the many different species of birds that migrate through Wisconsin.

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Environment
11:02 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Cross Pollination Potential of New Herbicide-Resistant Seeds Worries Organic Farmers

Theresa Podoll (right) grows organic seeds and grain on Prairie Road Organic Farm with her husband (not pictured) as well as Ginger and David Podoll.

The USDA might OK new  herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans.  This is one of the issues upon which conventional & organic growers disagree.

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Environment
10:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

One City Kid's Journey into Organic Farming

Annna Metscher (center) and partners Alissa Moore and Joseph Dittman

Anna Metscher’s evolution spans from “non-vegetable eating” child in Milwaukee; to budding farmer who savors nearly everything fresh from her field.

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Environment
12:53 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Biologist Attacks Pests with Environmentally Safe Control Agents

The black fly was biologist Daniel P. Molloy's first research target.
Credit R. Rothman NYS Museum

Daniel P. Molloy took on “out of control” flies,  invasive mussels, and now at-risk oysters.

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Regional
10:37 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Oscar Winner John Ridley's Father Talks About Life Before Desegregation

Screenwriter John Ridley won an Oscar for the Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published for '12 Years a Slave.'
Credit Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

If you followed the Oscars, you might know that the man who won "Best Screenwriter” is a Mequon native. John Ridley helped create the best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave.

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Environment
10:12 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Towns Want to be Heard in Wisconsin's Frac Sand Mining Debate

Credit S Bence

Senate committee vote expected today on bill dealing with sand mining and local control;  drew  crowd to  state Capitol  Monday.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Organic Farmers Want to Grow Profits in Addition to Healthy Foods

Janet Gamble farms 14 acres in rural Walworth County. One greenhouse help her get a head start on planting; the other extends her growing season.
Credit S Bence

Among the myriad of topics organic farmers are discussing at the MOSES conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin is how to stay small and make a profit.

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