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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
  • To live longer, spend less time alone

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you’re getting together with family or friends this holiday weekend, it may be more beneficial for you than you ever imagined. New research shows a lack of social interaction shortens our lives. Researchers found that’s true even in people who like being alone. They analyzed more than 70 studies and found social isolation or loneliness cuts lives short just as obesity does. Folks at the Platte County Senior Center are getting nutrition and conversation. You […]

  • Weight loss isn’t main reason why some are having weight loss surgery

    LENEXA, Kan. — You’d think that the primary reason to have weight loss surgery would be to lose weight. But there’s a different reason why more people are doing it and with excellent results. A size 4X t-shirt used to fit Cheryl Gatica snugly. “Now I’m an extra large,” said Gatica as she showed her old t-shirt. Eighteen months ago, Gatica weighed 300 pounds. She’s pleased to have lost 95. But that’s not the primary reason she had weight loss […]

  • Missouri to fund some home assessments for kids with asthma

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — Sometimes, the biggest dangers to your child are right in the home. The state of Missouri will soon provide funds to see that dangers for some kids with asthma are found there so they can be eliminated. “How long ago was the last time there was a water leak?” Anita Didonna asked Laraina Jordan. The Healthy Home team from Children’s Mercy Hospital has come to Jordan’s home looking for villains like dust, pests and mold. They’re […]

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    Supreme Court decision a relief for metro residents who receive health insurance subsidies

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Affordable Care Act will remain intact. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that a key provision is legal. Government subsidies for health insurance will continue for millions of Americans including 220,000 Missourians and 70,000 Kansans. Many say that means they’ll be able to keep insurance that they couldn’t afford otherwise. “This is what I was afraid of not being able to afford,” said Bill Merritt of Kansas City North as a looked at his diabetes medicines. […]

  • Doctors, nurses warn about dangers of parents not getting vitamin shot for newborns

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — One shot given to babies at birth is not a vaccine. Yet some parents are lumping it into that category and refusing it for their newborns. It’s a shot of vitamin K. Doctors and nurses are concerned that parents who opt out are putting their babies at risk of internal bleeding and even death. Just a few hours after arrival, Foster Polk will get his first shot at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. The dose of […]

  • Seeds of hope implanted in brain cancer patient

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A metro hospital is one of the first in the nation to use a new approach to fighting cancer in the brain.  Surgeons at the University of Kansas Hospital are implanting some tiny radioactive seeds. Janice Witthuhn of Hays, Kansas, previously had surgery and standard external radiation to fight adenocarcinoma, a rare cancer near her brain stem.  The cancer came back.  More external radiation would be too risky, so doctors at K.U. Hospital recommended the new […]

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    Drink Up! Study finds most U.S. kids are not adequately hydrated

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Drink up, kids! That’s the message from a first national study of its kind. It finds that more than half of children and teens are not adequately hydrated. Amie Buckner was prepared for a hot day at the park with her children. “Wherever I go, I have a water bottle and usually they’ve lost theirs or it’s not in sight. Everyone drinks from my water bottle,” said Buckner. It’s easier to think about hydration on steamy […]

  • Cholesterol

    New cholesterol fighters get FDA committee approval

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Some people can’t get their bad cholesterol down even with exercise, diet and medication. A FDA committee has given the okay to the first in a new wave of cholesterol fighters that were tested in Kansas City. For 20 years, Jim Trenolone has known that something bad is in his blood. His mother died of heart disease, and Trenolone inherited the same high levels of LDL or bad cholesterol. Even with statin drugs, Trenolone couldn’t get […]

  • Study finds heartburn drugs may raise risk of heart attack

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo — Heartburn medicines used by millions of Americans may raise the risk of a heart attack, according to a huge new study. It found people who take proton pump inhibitors such as Nexium and Prilosec are about 20 percent more likely to have a heart attack. An earlier study suggested the drugs can adversely affect the lining of blood vessels although it is not proven that they cause heart attacks. A specialist in Independence says the findings won’t […]

  • The way to improve sleep without sleeping pills

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — About nine million Americans take prescription sleeping pills.  Many more take over-the-counter remedies.  But new research shows there is a drug-free way to improve sleep. Army veteran Cole Abel had nightmares of his service in the Iraq War, and those nightmares made him anxious about sleep. “The anxiety level that you have when you’re going to sleep really hinders your ability to do so.   You don’t get enough sleep it affects your whole day.  So you […]

  • Allergies

    Double whammy for allergy sufferers

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A double whammy is in our air now. Grass pollen and mold spore counts have been in the high range in recent days. Some who are allergic are avoiding their usual suffering. Doctors say you can, too. Puddles may have you reflecting on all the rain, but look around the edges where there’s dead vegetation. Mold grows on it. With our wet, warm, humid weather, mold is producing spores by the billions. “These mold spores are […]

  • Thirty years of heart transplants at metro hospital

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thirty years ago this Sunday, Saint Luke’s Hospital did its first heart transplant. Nearly 700 transplants later, a nurse who’s played a role in all of them says it’s still just as amazing. It never grows old for Nancy Long. “It’s in your heart and in your soul,” she said. For Long and others it’s knowing someone like Dennis Mendoza must have a new heart, and then helping to see that he gets one. “Oh, I […]