Celebrating Women: First female on Local TV news in the Quad Cities


She’s the first lady of Quad Cities TV news.

Wendy Ellis was the first female to appear on local TV news in the Quad Cities in 1973.

She started as a reporter and backup weather woman at WHBF.

Wendy went on to cover events across the nation, that even included a visit from the Pope in Des Moines. 

In the mid-‘70s, she worked her way up to the anchor desk, producing and solo-anchoring the 6 p.m. newscast.

We didn’t realize it at the time, but she was truly a pioneer, said her former co-anchor and now husband Paul Meincke.

Wendy and Paul went on to co-anchor the news on WHBF.

They eventually fell in love, started a family and moved to the Chicago area where Paul worked as a reporter.

Wendy left the station in 1982 after nine years on air.

During her last night on WHBF, Wendy delivered a heartfelt message to her viewers, I’m not going to say goodbye because Paul and I will be coming back for visits. This is home, and home is where the heart is. Thank you.

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