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
10:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Thriving Cities Project Aims to Build on Milwaukee's Successes

Katherine Wilson and David Flowers are joining forces to bring The Thriving Cities Project to Milwaukee.
Credit S Bence

The Thriving Cities Project was born at the University of Virginia.  It makes its first public appearance in Milwaukee Wednesday as a focus group  explores  “what it means and what it takes to thrive.”

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Environment
12:10 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Researchers Warn Industrial Chemicals with Human Health Risks on the Rise

Medical College of Wisconsin researcher Matt Dellinger focuses on health disparities and risks associated with contaminants among Native Americans and rural populations.

A new research review says the number of chemicals known to have an impact on brain development has doubled in the last seven years.

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Regional
10:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Chinese New Year Makes Belated but Dazzling Appearance in Milwaukee

Rehearsal
S Bence

Chinese New Year is coming to Milwaukee a little late this year. We step in to a rehearsal at the Brookfield Community Senior Center.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

A Milwaukee Mother Reflects on Son's Life In and Out of Prison

Velma Tombs determined to be there for her son.

Wisconsin incarcerates black men at a rate higher than every other state. For thousands of parents this is more than a statistic. A mother shares her reflections.

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Regional
4:57 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Northern Wisconsin Town Attracts Unique Athletes to Annual Downhill Competition

6,000 miles from Winter Olympics in Sochi, Drummond, Wisconsin holds its own ski-related event. Saturday marks its 15th annual bar stool races.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Shoreline Bill Would Allow Highrise on Milwaukee's Lakefront; Critics Fight to Keep the Land Public

The existing County Transit building stands mid photo, below Discovery World.
Credit S Bence

The "shoreline bill" goes before a state Senate committee on Thursday, with an immediate goal of kick-starting a development.

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Environment
10:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Supporters of Milwaukee County Park Celebrate Its 100th Year

Sheridan Park Friends co-chair Antoinette Vnuk (left) and author Barbara Ali meet in the park.
Credit S Bence

Sheridan Park in Cudahy is about to celebrate its 100th birthday. We meet two people – one dedicated to the park’s future; the other has written book she hopes lures more people into all of Milwaukee’s green spaces.

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Environment
12:10 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Madison Garden: One of Milwaukee's Growing Examples of Urban Farming

Brett Lipshutz (left) and Carmen High School of Science & Technology student volunteers - October 2012
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors

As urban farmers gathered Saturday to sign up for garden & hydrant permits in Milwaukee, advocates hope the neighborhood collaboration inspires others to dig in.

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Environment
5:30 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Solar Farm Coming to Mitchell International Airport?

Land east of Mitchell International runways might be suitable for solar farm.
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Milwaukee County supervisors voted (16-2) Thursday to study the feasibility of installing solar panels at the airport. 

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Environment
10:07 am
Fri January 31, 2014

New Milwaukee Institute Pulls Together Experts to Create Urban Food Systems

Michael Carriere, Bonnie Halvorsen, Gretchen Mead and Jesse Blom are contributing their combined expertise to the Institute for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition.
Credit Susan Bence

A new Milwaukee initiative will be featured at the 8th annual Wisconsin Local Food Summit kicking off Friday. The Institute for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition grew out of a conversation between Will Allen, internationally lauded founder of Growing Power, and UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell.

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