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Meryl Lin McKean joined FOX 4 in 1985 and currently is the station's health and medical reporter.

She produces and anchors "FOX 4 Health," a nightly segment focusing on health-related issues.

Meryl Lin came to FOX 4 from KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she was the health reporter and weekend news co-anchor for four years.

Prior to her position in Tulsa, Meryl Lin worked at WOC-TV in Davenport, Iowa.

Meryl Lin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and film.

Meryl Lin received the 2010 Mid-America Emmy for Health/Science News. She also won an Emmy in 1997, and was a nominee in 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2011. She has received numerous public education awards including the Russell L. Cecil Award for journalism from the Arthritis Foundation, and second place in the American Academy of Family Physicians' television journalism awards. The Kansas City Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities presented her with its 1996 Media Award and she received the 1997 Community Service Award from the Alliance for the Mentally Ill. In 1997, the Kansas City Press Club honored Meryl Lin with a first place Heart of America Award for general reporting, and she received a first place Heart of America Award for feature reporting in 2000, and for franchise reporting in 2007. The American Society of Anesthesiologists honored Meryl Lin with its 2000 Media Award. She is the 2002 recipient of the Television Media Award from the Missouri Public Health Association.

Meryl Lin is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. She is listed in the twenty-fourth edition of Who's Who in the Midwest and is active in Delta Zeta Sorority. Meryl Lin is a member of the board of directors of the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette's Syndrome.

Off-camera, Meryl Lin is an avid sports fan and enjoys playing piano. Meryl Lin is a native of Warrensburg, Missouri, and currently resides in Leawood, Kansas.


Recent Articles
  • Northland mom receives gift to stop brain destruction

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Early this year, we told you about a 33-year-old mom from Kansas City North whose brain was being destroyed by a rare disease. Now Kris Omecene’s future looks much brighter thanks to a stranger. This week, Omecene celebrated her homecoming with extended family. She’s been in Pittsburgh for months. “I missed her a lot,” said her 12-year-old son, Eddie Omecene. Kris Omecene joked, “It’s like a miracle I got here with my father driving.” But there’s that […]

  • Nursing students wear scrubs that could help prevent the spread of bacteria

    PARKVILLE, Mo. —  Bacteria can sit on a lot of things including the scrubs that health professionals wear.  A metro company is selling scrubs that could help prevent bacteria from spreading. In a simulation lab at Park University, nursing students don’t have to worry about patients who are contagious.  But the students also go into hospitals to care for real patients with germs. “Safety.  Number one concern. We wash our hands more than anything,” said Matt Mohatt, a student. Their […]

  • Weight loss surgery patients may gain brain power

    LENEXA, Kan. — People who have weight loss surgery may gain some brain power. A small but intriguing study suggests their weight loss may improve some brain functions and even lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Connie Brubeck had surgery a year ago to reduce the size of her stomach. She’s since shed 150 pounds along with some physical health problems. Brubeck has also noticed a mental boost. “I can retain more than I did before. I don’t know if it’s […]

  • Respiratory illness in metro strikes other children in Missouri, too

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new respiratory illness to our area is sickening hundreds of kids, and it’s causing trouble in other parts of Missouri, too. Children’s Mercy Hospital has seen more than 300 cases since mid-August. A doctor there says it is enterovirus 68. The children have difficulty breathing. Ten to 15 percent are needing intensive care. St. Louis Children’s Hospital says it’s seen more than a hundred kids with similar symptoms in the past week. That hospital, like Children’s Mercy, […]

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    Unusual respiratory virus strikes hundreds of metro kids

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An unusual respiratory virus is striking children in the metro in big numbers. Children’s Mercy Hospital is hospitalizing 20 to 30 kids a day with the virus. The hospital is as full now as it is at the height of flu season. This is not the same virus we told you about several weeks ago that can cause meningitis. This one can cause severe breathing trouble. Children’s Mercy has seen more than 300 cases in recent days […]

  • Plan for allocating livers for transplants creates concern in our region

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Human organs donated for transplants are precious gifts that are in short supply. Some regions of the country have fewer liver donors for the population than the Midwest Transplant Network’s region has. Doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital, which performs liver transplants, are concerned about a plan before the United Network for Organ Sharing or UNOS. The plan could result in more livers donated here being moved to other places for transplantation. Gary Welty lies […]

  • Unborn baby, mom survive after she suffers traumatic brain injury when 15 weeks pregnant

    LA CYGNE, Kan. — Paramedic Danny Hall held a baby boy, Aiden King, on Monday, and thought “wow”. He thought about how different it was when they were last in an ambulance near La Cygne. That was before Aiden was even born. The paramedic got the call one day last December. Twenty-three-year-old Aimie King had been thrown from her car when it rolled over. Her two children strapped inside were okay. But King had critical injuries including massive head trauma. […]

  • Doctors recommend later school start time for teens; Hickman Mills makes change this year

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A major doctors’ group is recommending that middle and high schools not start class before 8:30 a.m. The American Academy of Pediatrics says a later start can boost academic performance and also improve physical and mental health. Kristal Whitaker, a senior at Ruskin High School, recalled her junior year. “I’d go to sleep like one o’clock because of homework and everything,” said Whitaker. That’s 1 a.m. Then classes would start at 7:20 a.m. Daniel Anderson, also […]

  • Man raises money for Head for the Cure while battling brain cancer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro man who’s always been a go-getter is taking that same approach to fighting cancer in his brain. Tom Trabon is fighting for others, too. Trabon always sees more for downtown Kansas City. The former head of the Downtown Council was involved in the development of many residential and mix-use projects. He’s the current chair of the Streetcar Authority. “I’m a pretty optimistic kinda forward-thinking person in the first place,” said Trabon. The news he received […]

  • Vitamin D linked to fertility, greater success with in vitro fertilization

    OLATHE, Kan. — Vitamin D is vital for healthy bones. A deficiency has also been linked to everything from heart disease to cancer. Now it’s being linked to infertility, too. Erica Bushard and her husband have had trouble conceiving, so she’s seeing a fertility specialist, Dr. Dan Gehlbach. Bushard admits that she’s also turned to wive’s tales. “Eating pineapple, doing things on certain days,” said Bushard. Research suggests the vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, may be a more solid choice […]

  • Bacterial therapy for cancer pursued by Kansas City company

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City company is working to turn basic science discoveries at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and elsewhere into cures for cancer.  Now that company, BioMed Valley Discoveries, has had its first hint of success using a bacterium to fight cancer. In a lab in south Kansas City, a therapy is created for dogs with cancer.  That same therapy is also made in a Maryland lab for early testing in humans.  It’s a weakened […]

  • Missouri residents waiting months to find out if they have Medicaid coverage

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 10,000 Missourians have been waiting months to find out if they get health insurance coverage. They went to the federal marketplace early this year with high hopes. Now they have frustration. Shalise Williams is a child care worker who’s currently homeless and relying on family and friends for shelter. That’s not the only way she’s stressed. “Trying to get on this insurance has been really stressful. Very,” said a tearful Williams. In March, the Kansas […]