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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    Teen birth rate reaches another record low

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The birth rate for teens in America has reached historic lows every year since 2009. New government data show an eight percent drop last year alone. There were 22 births for every 1,000 teen girls. That’s still above many developed countries, but the U.S. rate is two-thirds lower than it was in 1991. Stephanie Alba, a high school senior, volunteers at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center. She intends to go to medical school Alba says she […]

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    Slipping on a vest could help heart failure patients stay out of the hospital

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Having fluid in your lungs can feel just like drowning. It’s a big problem for people with congestive heart failure. Now a vest is helping some people monitor their fluid levels and potentially stay out of the hospital. After three heart attacks, Brenda Boyd’s heart has lost much of its pumping power, so she tires easily. The weakness of her heart also causes fluid to build up in her lungs. “And then you can’t breathe. So […]

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    KU Cancer Center applies for highest National Cancer Institute designation

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The University of¬†Kansas Cancer Center is one 69 centers recognized by the National Cancer Institute. On Monday, KU applied for an even higher NCI designation. Think of it like baseball: KU Cancer Center’s director, Dr. Roy Jensen, said the center has been in the big leagues for the past four years as an NCI-designated center. Now it wants to be an all-star as a comprehensive center. KU would join 46 top centers including M.D. Anderson and […]

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    Cases of polio-like illness rising in U.S.

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    To survive sepsis, know the warning signs

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    Center provides care and compassion for people with sickle cell disease

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    Feeding peanut products, eggs to baby can reduce allergy risk

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A new analysis provides more evidence that feeding peanut products or eggs to your baby can help them avoid being allergic to those foods. Amy Goode’s five-year-old son, Nicholas, is allergic to peanuts, eggs and dairy. She’d like for her newborn son, William, to avoid the same fate. “I think a lot of food allergy parents out there — we don’t like to get our hopes up,” Goode said. Yet there is reason for more hope. […]

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    More people eating gluten-free, but should you eat gluten-free products?

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new report in JAMA Internal Medicine finds the number of followers of a gluten-free diet is rising. That’s even though the number of people with celiac disease, an immune reaction to gluten, is holding steady. The report suggests that number isn’t rising because more people are avoiding gluten. One metro doctor says it’s great to go gluten-free, but you should avoid gluten-free products. Linda Singer notices those gluten-free labels. She has to avoid the protein […]

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    Woman shares story of husband’s suicide in hopes of helping others

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Last year, a Kansas City, Kansas woman lost her husband to suicide. The city lost a public servant, a veteran police officer.¬†Lindsey Doolittle is sharing the story publicly for the first time in hopes it will save other lives. “Uncontrollable crying, eating, different eating habits, different sleeping habits,” said Doolittle, reading a list she prepared. “Pushing you away emotionally and isolating themselves.” Those were some of the changes she saw in her husband, Brett, over a […]

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    Poses instead of pills provide relief from persistent pain

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    Many women with early breast cancers could avoid chemotherapy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New research finds about half of women with early-stage breast cancer who would have previously had chemo could skip it. The study looked at a test called MammaPrint that can show whether a woman is at high or low risk of cancer recurring. One prominent Kansas Citian is glad she had the test. The mammogram last December showed one spot. Further testing showed there were really two. Then a biopsy told Bridgette Williams those spots were […]

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    The soaring cost of another injectable drug that millions need to survive

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Epipen is one example of skyrocketing drug prices. So is another injectable medicine that millions of Americans need every day, not just in emergencies. It’s insulin. Oscar Feldman is in the University of Kansas Hospital after collapsing while gardening. Feldman is getting insulin there for his type two diabetes. He admits he didn’t take insulin for three weeks before he collapsed. He says he couldn’t afford it. “If I don’t get samples, I don’t use […]