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. In 2014, she received the UCM Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

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, 2011, and 2013. 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.

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    Doing with less shampooing

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ever thought about how many hours you spend shampooing, drying and styling? It’s enough to make your hair stand on end. The secret is out: You can have a fabulous ‘do with less shampooing. Rinse and repeat and repeat and repeat. For decades, many women have had a daily affair with their hair. “I was always like a chronic shampooer every single day,” said Steph Doss. Katie Clark added, “So sometimes even twice a day.” Now they’re […]

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    Pregnant women say they’re delaying prenatal care because of KanCare backlog

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Many people have been waiting months to get health insurance through KanCare, the Kansas Medicaid program. The backlog of 10,000 applications includes pregnant women who say they are going without prenatal care as a result. Bianca Palos is barely showing, but she is five months pregnant. So far, the prenatal vitamins she bought have been her only prenatal care. Palos says she applied for KanCare in early October as soon as she learned she was pregnant. […]

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    Why American men don’t live as long as men in comparable countries

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — The average American man can expect to live 76 years. That’s two years less than men in other high-income countries. But why? New research finds injury deaths from car crashes, drugs and guns account for more than a year of American men’s shorter life expectancy. In February of 1996, Kenny Moore had just left a World of Wheels show downtown when he was shot to death in his car. Kenny was 25. He would be 45 […]

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    Colon cancer increasing in people under 50

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new report finds colon cancer is increasing in people under 50 with one out of seven cases occurring before 50. It’s leading some to think that screening guidelines should change. A metro man is among them after getting very bad news. Shawn McMahon has had many doctors’ visits since October when he had an upset stomach and some unusual fatigue. “Normally I get up at 5 a.m. and I started sleeping in later,” recalled McMahon. A […]

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    Mother of three daughters with microcephaly tells others: “It will be okay”

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Thousands of mothers in Brazil are heartbroken as their babies are born with small heads and undersized brains. The likely cause is the Zika virus. A mother in St. Joseph knows what those moms are feeling. She experienced it three times. The day after Chelsey Campbell was born, a doctor used the words “mentally retarded”. “That was just like somebody stabbing you in the heart,” said her mother, Robin Campbell. She admits she thought twice about […]

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    Search for HIV vaccine continues

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Scientists are racing to create a vaccine for the Zika virus which has been strongly linked to small heads and brain damage in babies born in Brazil. After 30 years, scientists still have not found a vaccine for another virus, HIV, but there is more promise of one. Thirty-nine million people have died worldwide, and 78 million have been infected. That’s the toll of HIV and AIDS. One specialist at the University of Kansas Hospital says […]

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    Testing helps determine if children with heart defects can exercise safely

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — As we approach February, American Heart Month, a reminder: Many kids have heart defects. Advances in surgery and medication mean most are thriving, but there’s always the question of whether the child should exercise. 15-year-old Jalen Kimmel’s heart is being put to the test at a Children’s Mercy Hospital clinic. As a pre-schooler, Jalen had surgery to correct a heart defect. She later became a basketball player, but one day at practice, she had a scare. […]

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    Study finds earlier tanning bed use can lead to earlier melanoma

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — A new study finds the earlier in life that you use a tanning bed and the more you use it, the more likely you are to have melanoma before age 40. Rachel Hagan is light-skinned while Surina Howard is darker. Yet both have had the same diagnosis of melanoma, a type of skin cancer that can kill. Hagan was just 34 when a doctor happened to spot a mole on her leg. “Oh, it’s been there a […]

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    Risky procedures save life of baby born with malformation in brain

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City couple’s baby was born with a severe malformation that was starving his brain of blood and putting a tremendous strain on his heart. Something had to be done to save Baby Gage’s life. Gage Weber rests peacefully in the University of Kansas Hospital, but nothing was peaceful about his start in life. An ultrasound late in pregnancy led to an MRI which revealed a dark spot in Gage’s brain. “It was so rare […]

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    CEO of health insurance marketplace visits KC as deadline for coverage approaches

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The CEO of the government’s health insurance marketplace, Kevin Counihan, came to Kansas City on Thursday to say January 31 is a firm deadline to get insurance for this year or face higher penalties. Snow and cold didn’t stop people from coming to Truman Medical Center Lakewood for health insurance enrollment. Pam Harrington hadn’t turned to the federal marketplace before even though she’s been uninsured for more than two years. “I just never had really thought […]

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    New tool individualizes stroke treatment

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Every second counts if you’re having a stroke, yet when you arrive at the emergency room, doctors face a dilemma: whether or not to treat with the drug tPA. The drug is effective in preventing disability, but it poses the risk of bleeding. A doctor at Saint Luke’s Hospital is one of the creators of an assessment tool called RESOLVE. Dr. John Spertus said it takes just 30 seconds to put in variables such as the patient’s […]

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    US better than other countries on some measures of end-of-life care

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — Family members of people who’ve died of cancer are more likely to report excellent care if their loved one had hospice care and died outside the hospital, according to a new study. A separate study finds that U.S. is doing a better job in that respect than other countries. Penny Kaeding is living with advanced endometrial cancer. “To walk in faith doesn’t mean I deny the symptoms,” Kaeding said. So Kaeding, who was a nurse for […]