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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
  • Area man to be honored on Rose Parade float for his gifts of life

    BUTLER, Mo. — Twenty-two family members and friends of a Butler, Missouri, man who died last year are preparing to go to the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.  They’ll celebrate Darin Wainscott’s life and his tremendous gifts to others. Wainscott is the honoree from the Midwest Transplant Network region on the Donate Life float. Wainscott, a 42-year-old husband and father, was active in the Butler community. “He was perfectly healthy, very active,” said his wife, Annie. Twenty-two […]

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    FDA discourages fetal “keepsake” imaging

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — Many pregnant women get amazing ultrasound images of their baby, and not necessarily for medical reasons. The Food and Drug Administration is re-issuing an alert discouraging “keepsake” imaging. One local sonographer says the focus of the alert isn’t where it should be. Sara Gillum, her partner and two grandmothers-to-be have come from northern Missouri to Prenatal Imaging Centers in south Kansas City to see the baby Gillum is expecting in March. Gillum had a diagnostic ultrasound […]

  • Breast cancer prevention drug provides benefit long after women stop taking it

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.  Yet fewer than one out of 10 women at higher risk take medication for prevention.  New research finds one medicine continues to lower the chances of cancer long after women stop taking it. Missy Schaffer lost her mother and grandmother to breast cancer.  When Missy learned she had some abnormal breast cells, caregivers in the Breast Cancer Prevention Center at K.U. Cancer Center recommended she lower her […]

  • What’s up with mumps?

    LENEXA, Kan. — Mumps, a disease that was nearly eradicated in the U.S., is making a comeback.  More than a thousand cases have been reported this year, including an outbreak now in hockey players. The puck isn’t the only thing that National Hockey League players are passing.  Fourteen players and referees have had mumps, and one player may have exposed patients at a Pittsburgh children’s hospital. Mumps is a viral infection with telltale swelling of the salivary glands along with […]

  • Staying merry in spite of holiday allergies

    LIBERTY, Mo. — The things we love at Christmas can be top triggers of allergies and asthma, but there are ways to stay merry. You might think the decorating is complete at the home of Kim Harris and his wife. Oh, no. They’re just a third of the way there. “Downstairs will be Santa Claus. There will be a clown tree upstairs which scared one of our students to death,” Harris said. The retired William Jewell College professor and his wife […]

  • Health insurance deadline is approaching to have coverage at beginning of year

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The deadline is next Monday, December 15, for uninsured Americans to get health insurance. That’s if they want coverage to start January 1. Niang Kim and her dad met with a counselor for Enroll Wyandotte. They want to get health insurance for his father who hasn’t lived in the U.S. long enough to qualify for Medicare. But they can buy coverage for him through the Health Insurance Marketplace at http://www.healthcare.gov “We’re afraid to go to the […]

  • New eating disorders treatment program set to open in metro

    Merriam, KAN. — Millions of Americans have eating disorders. They are the deadliest mental illnesses. Yet the Kansas City area has not had a hospital treatment program for more than two years. A partial hospitalization program is set to open on December 29. The Eating Disorder Center of Kansas City will provide day treatment for up to a dozen people at a time. An office building in Merriam will be home to the unique program in our area. Workers are […]

  • Schools report high absenteeism as flu activity picks up in metro

    OLATHE, Kan. — The flu is picking up steam in the metro. The Johnson County Health Department says seven schools in the county had high numbers of students out sick on Monday with flu-like symptoms or gastrointestinal illness. Children’s Mercy Hospital says it saw nearly 150 kids who tested positive for the flu last week. Januel Noriega had a fever of 104 last week. “I couldn’t stop it, so I decided to take him to the hospital to see what […]

  • Study finds majority of people with dementia symptoms haven’t been screened

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When you gather with older loved ones on Thanksgiving, you might notice a decline in their memory or thinking. A new study found more than half of older Americans with signs of dementia have not seen a doctor about it. Dave Lyon struggles with memory. Alzheimer’s Disease is taking it away. The diagnosis came a decade ago after testing. Carol Lyon is glad she took her husband to a doctor to get the diagnosis. “You should not […]

  • Grateful for the ability to swallow food on Thanksgiving

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — You probably won’t think twice about your ability to swallow your Thanksgiving meal, but it is one thing an Olathe woman will be most grateful for. Barbara Burks wondered if she’d ever swallow pudding again, let alone anything tougher. Eighteen months ago, she had surgery for throat cancer and was left unable to swallow anything but a little water. “I mean from coffee to steak, I missed it all,” said Burks. Her nutrition came through a […]

  • With family’s love and medical care, boy overcomes neglect

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alexander Blanchard likes to fist bump. “Knuckles! Thank you,” said Dr. Adriane Latz as she greeted Alexander, who’s called Zander. Dr. Latz knows the three-year-old is one “tough guy” as it says on his t-shirt.  Zander has had hundreds of appointments at Children’s Mercy Hospital, eight surgeries and dozens of nights in the hospital. She also knows Zander wouldn’t have been alive for any of it without love. “His parents are amazing.  Just brought him in […]

  • Kansas man loses 275 pounds and wins major teaching award

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Jeff Baxter has Leavenworth High School students thinking about literature and life. “Have you ever thought about reason being a monster?  A monster?” Baxter asked his students. He says he loves the aha moments that happen in the classroom.  Baxter had his own aha moment four years ago.  He weighed 465 pounds.  His knees hurt so much that he couldn’t walk up an incline with family, including a grandson. “I’m sure I had tears in my eyes, […]