Paul Meincke - ABC 7 Chicago
Veteran reporter Paul Meincke joined ABC 7 Eyewitness News in July 1985. Over the years he has covered many major news stories - the first Gulf war, the Branch Davidian stand-off in Texas, the arrest of the Unabomber, the 1999 release of captured U.S. servicemen in Belgrade, the death penalty debate in Illinois, as well as the political corruption trials of Governors Ryan and Blagojevich.

Meincke began his career as a radio play-by-play announcer and would later anchor TV newscasts at WHBF-TV in his hometown of Rock Island, Illinois. He moved to WEWS-TV in Cleveland in 1981 where he served as a general assignment reporter and back-up anchor.

Meincke has won numerous awards for journalistic excellence throughout his career. He was also recognized with the Richard J. Daley Police Medal of Honor for serving as an intermediary in a hostage situation involving a wounded Chicago police officer in 2001.

Meincke has been active with the Boy Scouts for many years. He is a former Scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America Troop 6 in Des Plaines and in 2003 was presented with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award an adult volunteer can receive in recognition of time and effort.

When not reporting for Chicago's top news station, Meincke has backpacked the Philmont Scout ranch five times, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2008 and bicycled across the U.S. in the summer of 2012.

A native of Rock Island, Illinois, Meincke received his Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from Augustana College.

He and his wife Wendy have been married for more than 30 years and their great joy is their four adult sons - Dan, Zach, Bill and Cody.

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