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
2:14 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

New East Library - Honors Its Past, While Folding in Sustainability

View from check out station through community room through to North Avenue.
S Bence

After 16 months of construction and many, many more of planning, the new East Library opens its doors this weekend.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

A Snapshot of Wisconsin's Gun Deer Hunt

DNR area wildlife supervisor Tim Lizotte at Vernon Marsh Wildlife Area.
Credit S Bence

For many the nine-day season is a cherished tradition. Tim Lizotte plays a roll in making the hunt happen. He's a DNR wildlife supervisor.

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Environment
10:26 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Great Lake Reacts to Frigid Temperatures

Credit S Bence

As the thermometer dipped ever-closer to 0 Tuesday morning, Lake Michigan put on a dramatic show.

Environment
10:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

New Report Raises Concern about Quality of Southeastern Wisconsin's Drinking Water

"New sampling done by Clean Wisconsin as part of this study also confirms the water contamination in Yorkville Elementary School (Racine County), where coal ash was used in a construction project. " from Don't Drink the Water.
Credit Clean Wisconsin

Clean Wisconsin is the state’s largest and oldest environmental organization. Today it releases “Don’t Drink the Water”. The reports explores the correlation of coal ash and water contamination.

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Environment
4:39 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Two Mines, Two Countries, Shared Concerns

Miriam Pixtun Monroy during her Milwaukee visit.
Credit S Bence

Miriam Pixtun Monroy lives an hour from Guatemala's capitol and is fighting a gold mining operation she say threatens her indigenous Maya Kaqchikel community. Pixtun Monroy says the struggle is similar to that of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. The tribe is resisting a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Update: PSC Approves We Energies' Requested Rate Hike

Voices of opposition
Credit S Bence

After months of contention, the Public Service Commission voted Friday to allow We Energies to raise fixed monthly charges from $9 to $16.

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Environment
11:17 am
Fri November 7, 2014

3 Milwaukee Experiences to Add to Your Bucket List

Author Barbara Ali atop St. Luke's rooftop healing garden.
S Bence

Milwaukee is home to countless hidden treasures.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

County Board Vote on O'Donnell Park Stalls

Upper plaza of O'Donnell Park - its future is still in limbo.
Credit S Bence

    

The county board lobbed the issue back and forth Thursday; only to defer a vote until its December meeting.

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Politics & Government
1:48 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Burke Vows to Pick Herself Up and Continue Serving People in Wisconsin

Burke thanks and inspires crowd
Credit Susan Bence

In opening her concession speech Tuesday night, Democrat Mary Burke used a quote from legendary Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi.

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Environment
8:26 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Views Vary on Future of O'Donnell Park in Milwaukee

O'Donnell Park punctuated by sculpture - Northwestern Mutual in background.
Credit S Bence

The park might be better known for its parking garage than the green space on top.

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