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.“