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Paul Mueller

Evening Anchor
Paul Mueller

Paul comes with more than 25 years of experience, much of that time spent in the state where he grew up, right here in Florida.

Paul grew up just to our north in Pinellas County and in addition to working at two other television news stations in Tampa, Paul has worked at stations throughout Texas, Virginia, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Boston, New York and even a quick stint in Seattle.

Paul began his career as an intern at the NBC affiliate in Boston while he was studying broadcast journalism at Boston University and hasn’t looked back since. He’s covered some monumental stories including 9/11, the Rhodes Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people, the collapse of a tunnel during the “Big Dig” project in Boston, the school shooting at Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as well as countless political conventions and elections that date back to the 2000 hanging chad election between George Bush and Al Gore. He also co-produced a weekly political show on NBC in Tampa. Political news runs deep in Paul’s veins as he also covered President Trump during his time in the Oval Office. Not to mention when it comes to storms, he’s found himself in countless hurricanes including the eye of “Irma” when she made landfall in Florida the second time on Marco Island.

Aside from politics and the big stories, Paul believes his best stories are about every day folks. He truly believes that everyone has a story and people say he has a knack of getting people to open up and share their lives with him. Recently, Paul covered a story about an older gentleman in Texas who was looking for work. Turns out, he was a Vietnam Veteran and as a way of coping with his PTSD, he taught local kids the art of karate. The lessons didn’t take place in a studio but instead, the man’s dojo he built right next to his home. When asked what the most important thing he wanted to teach the kids, he quickly answered “discipline.” It was a story Paul will never forget.

Paul considers himself a huge animal advocate as he has rescued several greyhounds over the years and now he lives in downtown Sarasota with his latest rescue pup “Asia.” Paul jokes that Asia rescued him but in all reality it’s not a joke, he says. It’s the truth. Asia, he says, is a full-time job but he says this job has benefits like no other.

Paul’s animal advocacy work went full throttle after someone threw a dog out of a moving vehicle traveling at 40 mph down a road in New Port Richey in Pasco County. After covering the press conference at the Sheriff’s Office, Paul went to the veterinarian where “Joe” was being cared for. While there, Paul did a Facebook live showing “Joe” and how the vet was keeping him as comfortable as possible with his life-threatening injuries. Sadly, Joe passed away the next day but Paul made sure Joe’s death wasn’t in vain. He later found out his Facebook Live video went viral with over a million views and what felt like the blink of an eye, people from all over the world would contact him in need of help for dogs in trouble. The person who threw “Joe” out of the vehicle was never caught but Joe’s legacy lived on by bringing countless people together virtually to be a voice for the voiceless.

Since then, Paul’s also worked with local, national, and international organizations to make sure every one of our four-legged friends gets the life they deserve. Of course it’s not possible to save every one of them but Paul and so many other animal advocates work together to save as many dogs as they can.

Now, Paul looks forward to working with our local shelters once again to highlight the issues animals here in the Suncoast face and to do whatever he can to ensure successful adoptions, rescues and fostering dogs.

Paul is incredibly happy to be back in Florida and he looks forward to not only covering the big stories but also the stories that motivate, inspire and educate our community and once again, your stories that many others can relate to.

If you happen to see Paul out with Asia, he’d love for you to come up and say hello. If you have story ideas, please feel free to send him an email at paul.mueller@wwsb.tv

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