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
12:09 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Milwaukee County Board Votes Down Sale of O'Donnell Park

A view of O'Donnell Park from the east.
Credit S Bence

After lengthy debate, and an attempt to put the vote off another month, the Milwaukee County Board narrowly rejected the $14 million sale of O'Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual.

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Environment
1:20 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

EPA Aims to Lower Coal Plant Carbon Emissions

Coal conveyed along Milwaukee's inner harbor. The proposed EPA rule would drive down emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Credit S Bence

Greenhouse gas emitted from coal-burning plants come under fire in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Wisconsin's Growing Urban Wood Movement: Repurposing Downed City Trees

Bob Wesp at his mill in Hartford. He and his brother Jim are earlier advocates of harvesting urban wood.
Credit S Bence

Historically, the wood from the dead or diseased trees lining city streets has been chipped, chopped or simply dumped.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Mequon Teen's Film Focuses on the Legacy of Bhopal Disaster

Megan Sai Dogra visited children at Chingari Rehabilitation Center in Bhopal, India - March 2014.
Credit A Dogra

The world's worst  industrial disaster took place on December 3, 1984, when a gas leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India.

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Environment
11:57 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Milwaukee's East Side Home To Extremely Green Apartments

This photo was taken in October as finishing touches were being completed at Sage on Jackson.
Credit S Bence

Any day now, the 'Sage on Jackson' apartment complex is expected to be dubbed LEED Platinum Certified Building by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Environment
5:30 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Public Can Weigh In on Future of I-94 East-West Corridor

A proposed reconfiguration of the Stadium Interchange (looking west along I‐94).
Credit Wisconsin DOT

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has whittled down a pile of options to upgrade the freeway between 16th and 70th streets in the Milwaukee metro area.

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Environment
4:13 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

New Documentary Warns Humans Could Be Responsible for Mass Extinction

Sean B Carroll (left) confers with scientist Alan Hildebrand a research site on the banks of the Brazos River in Texas.
Credit Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The film Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink reveals what scientists have learned about two cataclysmic events that extinguished nearly every plant and animal on earth; and rising concerns that humans could cause the next disaster.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Life's Voices: Melissa Cook

Melissa Cook at east end of Three Bridges Park.
Credit S Bence

Melissa Cook manages the Hank Aaron State Trail. The project has been many years in the making.

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Environment
6:40 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

High-Capacity Well Debate Runs Deep in Wisconsin's Central Sands

The Little Plover River in June, 2014.
Credit Erik Ness

The eight-county agricultural hub spans from Wausau to Portage.  Water abounds -the Wisconsin River, 300 lakes, mile upon mile of mile of trout streams.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Milwaukee's 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 sixteen months of construction and many more of planning, Milwaukee Public Library's new East Branch opens its doors to the public.

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