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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    Grandview Police to carry medicine that reverses drug overdoses

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Police in Grandview are the first in the metro to carry a life-saving medicine in their patrol vehicles. It’s a nasal spray that can reverse overdoses from heroin or prescription pain pills such as oxycodone. “Where we used to go two or three years before we’d see someone with heroin, we’ve seen three or four in the last month,” Sgt. Ryan Sharp said. The nasal spray that can actually reverse an opioid overdose is Narcan. The generic name […]

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    Even a little exercise can help prevent type two diabetes, and exercise after meals can help control it

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — Type two diabetes affects one in ten Americans, and one in three are at high risk for it. New research finds even a little exercise can help prevent it, and if you have it, the timing of exercise can help control it. Wayne Hayton admits he didn’t move his body much over a number of years. “It was a factor — not being active, exercising and controlling my weight,” said Hayton. It was a factor along with […]

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    Blue KC slashes number of health insurance plans it will offer on and off government marketplace

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some health insurers are getting out of the government marketplace while others are slashing the number of plans they’ll offer. Analysts say too few healthy young people are buying coverage to offset costs for covering older, sicker people. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City will drop most of its individual plans on and off the marketplace in Jackson, Platte and Clay counties. Max Jones, a self-employed realtor, had a bronze plan for his family […]

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    Families meet for the first time nine years after gift of life

    WESTWOOD, Kan. — An Overland Park man spent decades helping children, not knowing that one day a child’s gift would save his life. That day was nine years ago, and on Thursday, the man met the child’s parents for the first time. Dan and Lisa Richardson came from Aurora, Illinois, to headquarters of the Midwest Transplant Network. The table they arranged held photos of their son, Dylan. In 2007, the boy with the great grin was declared brain dead after […]

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    KCK woman and Saint Luke’s clinic disagree over what caused her chronic health problem

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City, Kan. woman says treatment she received at a hospital clinic caused a chronic health problem. The clinic claims the woman was really seeing progression of a problem she already had. Linda Rumney uses paper to slide compression garments onto her swollen legs. “So for the rest of my life, I’ll have to wear them,” said Rumney. She never imagined it would be this way, even when she had swelling in her ankles. The diagnosis was […]

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    Multivitamin use drops, use of other supplements rises

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Slightly more than half of Americans take at least one dietary supplement, according to a study that found use has remained stable overall. That’s even though benefits are unproven with many supplements. Some are up while others are down in popularity. Multivitamins aren’t quite the mainstay of the medicine cabinet that they once were. The study found use dropped six points to 31 percent of Americans between 1999 and 2012. Dr. Cydney McQueen of the UMKC […]

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    Hospitals see more patients with severe burns from e-cigarettes

    Warning: This video contains graphic images of burns caused by e-cigarettes. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A warning for people using e-cigarettes: Hospital burn centers are seeing a growing number of people with severe burns from them. It happens in a flash. In a video from a convenience store, you see a man’s clothing catch fire and burn him. The battery in his e-cigarette had caught fire in his pant pocket. A similar situation resulted in a burn on the leg […]

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    “Miracle Mike” survives cardiac arrest, shares his near-death experience

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Bonner Springs man has the new nickname of “Miracle Mike”. You could also call him “Grateful Mike”. He’s grateful to the people who saved his life. Mike Gibbons is back in the E.R. at Providence Medical Center, and a nurse and doctor are thrilled. “He’s telling me ‘Thank you’ and that’s just amazing to have that,” said the nurse, Tammy Weitz. “This is a highlight for me, and this will carry me and a lot […]

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    Children’s Mercy receives prize for app that helps save babies’ lives

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Children’s Mercy Hospital received the Magnet Prize on Wednesday from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The hospital and its nurses were recognized for creating an innovative app that they say is saving babies’ lives. Ava Allen entered the world in critical condition. The two main arteries leaving her heart were reversed. Her body couldn’t get enough blood. Surgery provided a temporary repair, and she went home six weeks later. “We have all these awesome people that […]

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    Woman has lived 25 years with stage 4 breast cancer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Advanced breast cancer, also known as stage 4 or metastatic breast cancer, used to always mean a short life expectancy. Not anymore. Many women are living years with breast cancer that’s spread to other parts of the body. Dr. Timothy Pluard looks at his patient in the chemo chair at Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute and sees a model. “She is essentially the model, if we can’t cure, of how we want to manage it,” Dr. Pluard […]

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    Teen tennis player makes comeback after disease diagnosis

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A year ago, a 15-year-old tennis player struggled to compete. She had extreme fatigue and pain, and no diagnosis yet. Lillian Oliver had two opponents — one across the net and one inside her. She’d finish matches for Shawnee Mission Northwest High School last fall. “But it was just point after point I’d have to lose because I just couldn’t breathe enough. I was so tired,” said Lillian, now a 16-year-old junior. Doctors bounced around possibilities […]

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    Young medical detectives open their eyes to career possibilities

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — The demand for health care and forensic science workers is predicted to grow by around 20 percent in the decade leading up to 2024. That’s when kids who are now eighth graders will finish college and enter the job market. Some Grandview kids have a leg up. At a mock murder scene, the young sleuths have picked up some DNA. Does it match suspect one or two? Eighth graders in the new medical detective class at Grandview […]