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
4:10 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

National Expert: Wisconsin Risks Falling Behind in Renewable Energy Technology

Madison Central Library has 19.2 kW solar panels, installed last September by H&H Solar Energy Services.
Credit H&H Solar Energy Services Facebook

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence interviews renewable energy experts Karl Rábago and Dan Arvizu.

A former U.S. Energy Department leader says Wisconsin's efforts to implement and grow sustainable energy resources show signs of "stalling" and even "going backward."

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Environment
5:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Thanks, Polar Vortex, for Exterminating Some Tree-Killing Bugs in Wisconsin

Fort Snelling State Park in Minnesota - ash trees striped in green await removal. Rob Venette's team will analyze logs in the lab.
Credit R Venette

WUWM's Susan Bence interviews Dr. Rob Venette of the U.S. Forest Service. He is also an adjunct professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota.

Arctic weather conditions have been hard on us humans in recent days, but there might be positive impacts when it comes to curbing unwelcome bugs.

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Can Army Corps Plan Stop Asian Carp?

Credit Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers issued a long-awaited report about ways to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.  

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

After Two Decades, Milwaukee Woman Continues Quest to Restore Outdoor Sculptures

Diane Buck is not giving up on the last of The Dirty Dozen - the Frederick Von Steuben monument just north of Washington Park.
Susan Bence

Back in the 1990s, Diane Buck surveyed the multitude of monuments around Milwaukee and zeroed in on 12 in desperate need of repair.

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Environment
6:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

A Family Tradition Built on Foraging Mushrooms

Peter Rizzo heads the nashke expedition.

For many people, holidays involve “tradition”. For one Kenosha family, its Christmas tradition centers around a special mushroom; and the preparations begin, in late autumn with the harvest.

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