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.

At the turn of the last century prominent Chicago families gravitated to Lake Geneva.

In 1888 beer baron Conrad Seipps built his family retreat, an expansive Victorian on the lake's south shore. Now Seipps great-grandson, William O. Petersen, has passed the property on to the State of Wisconsin. Last weekend the doors of the family home, called Black Point, opened to the public for the first time. Lake Effect's Susan Bence visited.

http://blackpointestate.wisconsinhistory.org/

More than 20 years ago, a movement started to take shape in Rome, when angry Italians reacted to the first McDonalds in Rome. Slow Food International was born; today the nonprofit boasts more than 80,000 members. Their combined mission is to bring local food traditions away from drive-throughs and back into the home kitchen.

Martha Davis Kipcak, Dave Swanson and Steve Hargarten are members of Slow Food Southeast Wisconsin. Susan Bence joins them for dinner, and reports on the slow food movement.

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