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
5:30 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Artist's Yearlong Subject: Milwaukee's Evolving Menomonee Valley

Grain elevator in the valley
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Inside a former gasification plant in the Menomonee Valley, people will have a year to view Eddee Daniel’s evolving images of the valley – where years of neglect and today’s rebirth intertwine.

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Environment
11:54 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Milwaukee River Basin Gets C- On Its Report Card

The lower reaches of Milwaukee River ranked lowest in the watershed's water quality grades - earning a C- compared to B for its East and West branches

The health of Milwaukee’s rivers is improving, slightly, according to the 3rd annual report card from the Milwaukee Riverkeeper group.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

State's Ferrous Mine Permitting - Streamlined or Bogged Down?

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Wisconsin's new iron mining law is being put to the test. A recent announcement from the Army Corps of Engineers casts doubt on whether permitting will roll out as smoothly as planned.

The proposed iron ore mine would need state and federal approval because of potential impacts to the environment. Under the law passed last year, the company that has set out to develop the mine, Gogebic Taconite, could coordinate both governments’ requirements jointly. That should provide the company with a cheaper and easier process.

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Environment
4:07 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Army Corps: Keeping Great Lakes Free of Asian Carp Could Cost Up to $18 Billion

Asian carp "flying" on the Illinois River overwhelm a boat of onlookers. (Courtesy of University of Wisconsin Sea Grant/Water Resources)
Credit Nerissa Michaels, Illinois River Biological Station

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence interviews Joel Brammeier, the President & CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Milwaukeeans had their chance to voice opinions  on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report on preventing Asian carp from slipping into the Great Lakes; Thursday the Corps heads to Traverse City.

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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.
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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.
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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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Environment
9:28 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Watertown Hospital Hopes Its From-Scratch Cooking Reaches Beyond Patients and Staff

Justin Johnson gives hospital employees tour as chefs prepare patient meals in background

Some of us dust off old-fashioned family recipes as a holiday ritual. But cooking from scratch has become the mantra of a hospital kitchen, halfway between Milwaukee and Madison.

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