Veteran WLS Reporter Going Part Time

By Kevin Eck 

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Paul Meincke is going part time after 30 years at Chicago ABC-owned station WLS.

Robert Feder reports the 65-year-old Meincke will deliver occasional stories for WLS after his last day of full-time employment on September 18. He started at WLS in 1985.

“I’ve been supremely privileged to work with some of the best in the business — at a station where colleagues are like family — in a city that I consider to be the best ‘news town’ in America,” said Meincke.

“Forty-three years in the business — the last 30 in Chicago — has gone by in a blink, and I’m ever conscious of parental wisdom: ‘Life is short. Live it to the fullest.’ With that in mind, I’m downshifting to part-time status and plan on spending most of my days pursuing great adventures — traveling with my wife, another cross-country bike ride, paddling the Mississippi from top to bottom, and backpacking on some mountain somewhere — provided my body does not pose violent objection.”

A native of Moline, Illinois, and graduate of Augustana College, Meincke began in television news at WHBF-TV, the CBS affiliate in Rock Island, Illinois, where he met and married his co-anchor, Wendy Ellis. They have four grown sons.