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
5:27 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Special Mining Committee Holds First Hearing

Where the Bad River meets Lake Superior - north of proposed iron ore mine.

Weeks have passed since Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald named a seven-member committee to suggest ways of streamlining the state’s mining rules. Momentum for change stems from an untouched stash of iron ore in northern Wisconsin. Proponents of the project say it promises employment in a job-starved region.Critics fear an intricate web of streams and wetlands that feed into Lake Superior would suffer irreparable impact.

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Environment
5:24 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

An Experiment In Healing - A Veterans Story

William Sims

Today, in honor of Veterans Day, we take you to an out-of-the-way story. WUWM discovered a group quietly trying to help homeless veterans find grounding in an urban garden.

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Environment
2:47 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

MillerCoors' Sustainable Brewing

Plant Manager Andrew K. Moschea. Some employee entrances feature historical images of the long-ago Miller Brewery.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited the MillerCoors plant to find out how deeply “sustainability” runs through the 156-year-old brewery's veins – both in terms of building employee loyalty and in its drive to evolve into a more environmentally-friendly operation.

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Environment
3:34 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Perennially Producing Forest

WUWM’s environmental reporter Susan Bence takes us to western Wisconsin when she visits Mark Shepard at his 106-acre perennial producing forest in Richland County. This weekend Shepard will travel to Milwaukee to teach the nuances of permaculture in an urban setting.

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Environment
3:31 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Emerald Ash Borer Proves a Challenging Foe

Gallery created by very hungery ash borer larva

We learn more about a new tool in the fight against the invasive emerald ash borer. Susan Bence is WUWM’s environmental reporter – she spoke with research intern Todd Johnson and Mary Holleback at the Riveredge Nature Center near Newburg, Wisconsin.

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