RI native paddling Mississippi hits QC


Earlier this month, we told you about a water journey by someone many of you remember.

Paul Meincke anchored WHBF news — then known as “4 Action News” — in the mid-to late 1970s alongside a woman who would later become his wife, Wendy Ellis.

Paul and Wendy, who was the first woman to anchor a local evening newscast in the Quad Cities, are now retired. But Paul isn’t slowing down.

Right now, he and three of his closest friends are on their 35th day paddling the Mississippi River. They put their canoes in at the headwaters on May 22 and they plan to paddle all 2,300 miles of the Mississippi.

Brad Vidmar caught up with Paul during his stop in the Quad Cities. Watch the video above for more.

Meincke left WHBF in 1981 for a job at WEWS-TV in Cleveland  before landing at WLS-TV in Chicago in 1985, where he anchored and reported until he retired a few years ago. 

You can follow Meinicke’s journey on Facebook or at OurQuadCities.com.  

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