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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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Northland woman had such poor circulation that she was at risk of losing a leg. Then she had experimental stem cell therapy. “It’s a beautiful foot,” Dr. Keith Allen said to Theresa Wagner. She has a healthy foot. It’s the same one that was badly infected when we met Wagner four years ago. That’s because she had very poor circulation in that leg. Dr. Allen, a cardiovascular surgeon at Saint Luke’s Hospital, said you should […]

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    Metro man has steady hands after surgery done in a different way

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Imagine having trouble writing your name or pouring a glass of water because your hands shake so badly. That was the case for a Gardner, Kan., man. The tremors started when Mark Hansen was in junior high, and they worsened over four decades. Mark has essential tremor, a condition that he inherited. He said it’s been difficult to cope physically and emotionally. “It did hurt my feelings when people would say things about it,” Hansen said. […]

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    How you may be able to lower the chances of your child being nearsighted

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — America is seeing an eye-opening increase in nearsightedness. It’s about 60 percent more common than it was 40 years ago. Anna Punswick is seeing clearly with her new contact lenses. The 11-year-old has needed glasses since she was five. Anna’s part of an epidemic of nearsightedness with four out of 10 teens and adults now affected. Myopia, as it’s also called, starts in childhood. Multiple studies point to kids spending less time outdoors as one possible reason […]

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    Free nicotine replacement therapy offered to smokers who want to quit

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The states of Kansas and Missouri are offering a freebie that they hope smokers won’t refuse. You can get the nicotine patch, gum or lozenges free. The pleasurable effect from a cigarette begins to wear off in just 20 minutes. It’s why nicotine is so addictive and it’s so hard to quit. Kelly Elliforts is a 25-year smoker. “I’ve tried just about everything,” Elliforts said. The Kansas and Missouri Departments of Health hope many will try […]

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    Mo. and Kan. among five states that don’t allow easier access to medicine to reverse opioid overdoses

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    Food product recalls concern area families affected by peanut allergy

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says it’s concerned that many people allergic to peanuts don’t know that they shouldn’t be eating some popular food products. Some Hostess products and Rold Gold pretzels have been recalled and other manufacturers’ products could be. The Food and Drug Administration has two reports of severe reactions in kids after eating Hostess doughnuts. Marcie Danley checks and double-checks everything her son, Luke, and his friend, Ava, eat. She even […]

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    Olathe man to compete in Transplant Games of America

    OLATHE, Kan. — Some Olympic-like games are being held in Cleveland this weekend that may not have the prestige of the Olympics later this summer, but they’re no less special. One Olathe man has found the heart to compete. It’s not often you see a 59-year-old man practicing sprinting. Understandably, Kevin Lind’s wife was a little nervous when he started his track and field workouts two years ago. “Nervous he was gonna get hurt, you know, try too hard, pull […]

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    Frequent moves as a child may be factor in adult health and well-being

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — A new study suggests that kids who move frequently to a new home are at higher risk of mental illness, substance abuse and even premature death as adults. A local psychologist says it isn’t so much moving, but why they’re moving, that impacts their health. Maurice Johnson and his kids, Brandon and Tia, sing in great harmony, but their lives have lacked it in another way. The 12 and 13-year-olds have moved 16 times in five […]

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    Long-term survivor marks 35 years since AIDS was first recognized

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thirty-five years ago on Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control reported a rare lung infection. It was the first official word of what would become the AIDS epidemic. More than 600,000 Americans have died from it. A Kansas City man is among those alive all these years later. Ken Garwood believes he was infected with HIV, the AIDS virus, in 1980. That was long before it had a name. Ken didn’t realize he had it until […]

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    Young metro woman marking one year since she gave birth and learned she had cancer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A young metro mom will celebrate twice this weekend. Saturday is the first birthday of her first child, and Sunday is National Cancer Survivors Day. This mom has quite a survivor story. On June 4, 2015, Joedy Verdejo Tanner and her husband, Chris, welcomed their baby girl, Madeline. Two days later, Tanner fainted. She was losing blood, but why? A scope into her stomach provided a shocking answer. All the time the baby was growing in […]

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    New trick for getting rid of ticks

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The rain has gone away, which means more of us will be outdoors. Ticks can and will find you. New research shows a better way to get rid of those ticks that hitchhike on your clothes: Place the clothes directly into the dryer for as little as six minutes. When ticks latch onto your skin, they can spread diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis and Lyme. “They are a parasite and pathogen and they can […]

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    Women who have migraines are at higher risk for heart attacks and strokes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One in five people, mostly women, will have migraines for at least part of their lives. New research finds women with a history of those headaches are at higher risk for heart attacks and strokes. Peggy Panis takes good care of herself, but she can’t avoid one health problem. Migraines plague her about once a month. Even though she takes medicine at the first sign of a headache, she can still suffer. “Sometimes I might have […]