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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.

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 and 2011. 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.

Recent Articles
  • CancerDrugs

    Paying for cancer drugs based upon their performance

    WESTWOOD, Kan. — Americans spent more than 40 billion dollars on cancer drugs last year. Some of the most expensive drugs improve survival by only months. Now those who manage drug benefits for insurers and employers are proposing that the price be based on how well the drug works. Pay for performance. It’s how athletes are paid. With a record of 21 and 3 last year, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw earns the most in baseball, 30 million dollars a year. […]

  • Looming Supreme Court decision could strike the wallets of many Kansans and Missourians

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — Sometime before the end of June, the Supreme Court could strike down the subsidies for health insurance in 34 states. It would hit the wallets of 70,000 Kansans and 220,000 Missourians. All could see the price of their insurance double or triple. Matt Griffith is owner of Kactus Creek Croquet Club in Parkville. Griffith knows he could soon be in a sticky wicket when it comes to health insurance. “I think it would be a horrible situation […]

  • Men may be at higher risk of brittle bones than previously thought

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — When you hear the word osteoporosis, you probably picture an older woman. New research suggests a large number of men have it, too, and are suffering fractures that could be avoided. Dennis Clune learned the hard way that he has osteoporosis or brittle bones. “I fell and I fractured my pelvis, and that was it,” said Clune. Clune wasn’t a smoker, but smoking is a risk factor for osteoporosis. Researchers at National Jewish Health tested the […]

  • Skimming away the confusion over milk alternatives

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — As the old ad campaign said, milk does a body good. That can be true, too, of the many alternatives to cow’s milk that are available now, but some may be better for you than others. Nick Miller has become more of a milk drinker since he found almond milk. “A lot of my fitness people I follow on Instagram, they do it,” said Miller. People are going nuts over nut milks and for good reason. They’re […]

  • Screen

    Men lagging behind women in sun protection

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The sunshine sure boosted spirits on Thursday, but were you wearing any sunscreen? A new survey finds most Americans still don’t use it regularly. Men are much less likely than women to use it. “I have a great parrot hat. Very colorful,” said Clem Bartnett, a school crossing guard, as he showed off one of the crazy hats he wears to entertain kids and protect his head from the sun. He also wears sunscreen. “It rubs […]

  • Many parents say they wouldn’t talk to doctor about kids’ behavior or emotions

    MERRIAM, Kan. — When your child has a fever or rash, you don’t hesitate to go to the doctor. But would you also talk with your doctor about your child’s temper tantrums or trouble with homework? A new poll finds many parents don’t speak up even though doctors say they should. Fever and cough are why Finn Grummert’s mom brought him to Shawnee Mission Pediatrics. She says she would also come here to talk with the doctor about her children’s […]

  • HeartTumor

    Rare tumor in heart caused woman’s strokes

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Strokes can happen to anyone, even people who don’t have risk factors such as high blood pressure or smoking. That was the case for a Lone Jack woman. Testing ultimately revealed a rare and shocking cause. Suzy Williams-Umstead isn’t in cardiac rehabilitation for a common reason like heart bypass surgery. No, there’s a very unusual story behind the scar down her chest. It goes back to November when Suzy had a stroke. “I felt just kind of […]

  • Shift workers logging odd hours more likely to be overweight and at risk for diabetes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In our 24/7 society, more Americans are working odd hours including the graveyard shift, and a new survey finds they’re more likely to have problems that could send them to their grave sooner. Joanna Jackson worked the night shift as a nurse for three years. She still does occasionally at Saint Luke’s Hospital. “I’m a night shift person ’til about midnight, and then I kinda hit a wall and get a little bit sleepy,” said Jackson. […]

  • GeneTherapy

    Lexington girl set to become one of first kids to get gene therapy for rare disease

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gene therapy holds huge potential for curing many diseases including cancers and blood diseases. A Lexington girl is ready to become one of the first kids in the world to get gene therapy for an inherited blood disease called beta thalassemia major. Faith Rockhold was six when she was adopted from Vietnam. The adoption happened quickly. “The country could no longer provide the resources to give Faith blood,” said her mother, Bambi Rockhold. Now 14, Faith […]

  • Freeeeze

    What’s the best age for a woman to freeze her eggs for later childbearing?

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — Human eggs can be frozen so women who are delaying childbearing can use them later. A new study reveals the age by which women should freeze their eggs to get the best chance of having a baby later. Natasha Porter learned in February that she has breast cancer. Then she learned that the chemotherapy to fight her cancer could cause her to become infertile. Porter is single. “I plan to be in a relationship and to have […]

  • New remote monitoring device provides lifeline for people with diabetes

    MERRIAM, Kan. —  Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia is a major worry for some people with diabetes.   Their bodies don’t let them know when they’re getting into the danger zone.  New technology is giving patients and their loved ones peace of mind. Vicky Viner’s husband, Phil, has been her rescuer from hypoglycemia. “She gets so weak she kinda falls down, and it can get real serious real fast,” he said. Viner, who has type one diabetes, has an implanted sensor […]

  • Woman with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer swims across lake

    HILLSDALE, Kan. — You see a fisherman on Hillsdale Lake which is nothing out of the ordinary. Then you spot a kayak and a swimmer nearby in rough water. It’s how you could describe Mary Gooze’s life since last June when cancer came back. “Every day I wake up and I have cancer. But I can’t crawl in a ball in a fetal position,” said Gooze. So Gooze swims. She started on the opposite shore. She says it felt like […]