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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    Children’s Mercy doctor uses acupuncture in addition to standard medicine to treat young headache patients

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Headaches are one of the most common health complaints in kids. All of the conventional migraine treatments didn’t help one teen from Riverton, Kan., but she had a doctor willing and able to do something else. Katie Gandy could no longer take migraines lying down. “Every time I woke up I had a headache, and every time I went to sleep I had a headache,” she said. The 15-year-old was missing two or three days of […]

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    Need for nurses grows, as field has more jobs available than any other profession in coming years

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The nursing shortage ended with the recession as more nurses delayed retirement or came back into the workforce and employers tightened hiring. Now, demand is up again. The American Nurses Association says there will be far more nursing jobs available through 2022 than in any other profession. Every soon-to-be college graduate should be as fortunate as Robert Smallwood, Steven Matos and Anaya Kole. “I got exactly what I wanted,” Smallwood said. “Right out of college,” Matos […]

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    Orthopedic urgent care centers open for care of broken bones, sprains and other injuries

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — Urgent care centers have popped up all over the metro in recent years. Now some are even specialized. An orthopedic urgent care is already in operation in Independence, and one has just opened in Leawood. Mike Thiessen tweaked an already bad knee while hunting the day before Thanksgiving. “When I couldn’t get out of the chair — my two boys had to lift me out of the chair — people suggested maybe I should do something about […]

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    The three conditions you should avoid by middle age to greatly lower the chances of heart failure later

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Want to avoid heart failure as you age? A new study reveals you can dramatically lower the chances by avoiding high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity by middle age. “These walls should almost be touching together or pushing together. This heart is barely beating,” said Dr. John Miller, a cardiologist at North Kansas City Hospital, as he looked at an echocardiogram of a patient suffering from heart failure. North Kansas City Hospital recently became the […]

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    WESTWOOD, Kan. — Heather Reed-Flynn loved and protected nature. She was always a recycler. When Reed-Flynn died unexpectedly last year, the ultimate act of recycling occurred, and for that, she’ll be honored in the Rose Parade on January 2nd. Reed-Flynn’s beloved pets sensed something was wrong one day in August last year. Her daughter, Hannah, noticed. “I don’t know how. They just could. They were acting really strange the entire day,” said Hannah. It was the day Reed-Flynn suffered a […]

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    Doctors say younger adults’ unhealthier lifestyles leading to increase in strokes for those under age 55

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Strokes are declining in people over age 55, but increasing in those younger than 55. Those are the findings of a new report in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Doctors are pointing to unhealthier lifestyles in young and middle-aged adults. As a truck driver, Shannon Hoffer has encountered detours and obstacles, but none bigger than the ones he faces now. “I never thought at age 48 I’d suffer a stroke like this,” Hoffer said. […]

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    Mumps cases at MU rise; students could spread it while they’re home for Thanksgiving

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mumps cases in the U.S. are the highest they’ve been in years with close to 3,000 cases this year. College campuses are at the center of outbreaks. There are now 73 confirmed or probable cases at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Officials with Columbia/Boone County Public Health are concerned that as students gather with family for Thanksgiving, they could pass mumps along. It can be spread when someone has the first symptoms before salivary glands […]

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    Report finds much shorter life expectancy, higher potential for lead poisoning for many Wyandotte County residents

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A new report finds life expectancy is as much as 20 years shorter in some parts of Wyandotte County compared to others. The report also shows that nearly half of homes in the county hold the potential for lead poisoning. Fourteen-month-old Samuel Kami is fighting a cold. He also faces a much bigger health problem. Through an interpreter, his mother, Harka, said Samuel seemed different from her older children. “This baby was not very playful, not […]

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    Young metro woman starts LUNGes for Lung Cancer in memory of her mother

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — This November, Lung Cancer Month, could have been especially difficult for one young Belton woman, but she’s channeled her grief into a cause. The best ideas can come during a work-out. “I started thinking ‘What starts with L that I could pair with lung cancer?’,” Trisha Bayer said. While working out at the Yards Athletic Club, the idea popped into Bayer’s brain. “I was like lunges. Lung is in the word lunges!” It’s how LUNGes for […]

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    Metro transgender woman says she’s now “living my truth”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Katelynn Jenner’s transgender experience was very much in the public eye last year. Out of the spotlight, dozens here in the metro have already made or are making the decision to transition their bodies to the gender they say they’ve always been in their brains. One metro woman says she’s now living her truth. As a child, Madeline Johnson, then named Matthew, felt her body didn’t match who she really was. “I can remember having dreams […]

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    People with chronic pain find alternatives to opioids

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — One out of three Americans suffers from chronic pain. The medicine that many take has led to an epidemic of addiction, overdoses and deaths. A growing number of people want alternatives. They’re finding them and getting their lives back. The pain was so severe that Kandy Johnson’s friends and family could see it. “They could see it in my face. They could see it in my eyes,” said Johnson. She had unrelenting pain in her lower […]

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    Children’s Mercy’s NICU expands

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A thousand of the very sickest and tiniest newborns in our region receive care each year at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Their stays range from a few days to a year or more. Now the neonatal intensive care unit is expanding to meet the need for that care. Last month, Ty and Amy Roberts from Bartlesville, Okla., became parents for the tenth time. For the first time, they have a baby who needs intensive care. She was […]