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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
  • Doctor recommends alternative to calcium supplements

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many women still take calcium supplements to prevent brittle bones. But several recent studies link the pills to a higher risk of heart attacks, and a government task force says there’s little evidence that the supplements prevent broken bones. A Kansas City heart specialist says there is a better option — bone meal supplements. Michelle Kruse is a runner who suffered a stress fracture in her leg this summer. “I don’t do a lot of dairy so […]

  • First free-standing hospice house for Kansas side of metro opens in Olathe

    OLATHE, Kan. — A goal of hospice care is to make the end of life more comfortable. The care is usually provided in a patient’s home, but not all patients can remain there. Now the Kansas side of the metro has its first free-standing hospice house. It looks like a lodge and in a sense, it is. It’s a place for people in one season of life. Those at the end of life will receive round-the-clock care in the hospice […]

  • New hospital unit may have saved man from heart attack

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jake Winship is an actuary who analyzes risk for insurers.  One day in August, Jake measured his own risk when he had chest and jaw pain.  He figured there was an 80 percent chance it was indigestion. “But I thought the 20 percent chance that it was something significant was probably worth going in,” said Winship. He went to the emergency room at Saint Luke’s Hospital even though the pain had stopped. Blood tests showed no […]

  • Respiratory therapists key to kids’ recovery from enterovirus 68

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the first time in a month, Children’s Mercy is back to a normal number of patients in the hospital. Suspected cases of enterovirus 68 are dropping. Some caregivers are catching their breath after helping hundreds of kids catch theirs. Ashley Santanna has been on the front line for a month. “We have patients coming in with very severe respiratory distress, so they need immediate treatments,” said Santanna. She is a respiratory therapist. Her health profession is […]

  • Enterovirus 68 has put nearly 500 kids in hospital since mid-August

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s unusual for enterovirus 68 to afflict people in the metro, but as the number of cases continued to grow, doctors warned how big a danger the virus poses to children. FOX 4 News was the first to tell you about enterovirus 68 before the Labor Day weekend. An infectious disease doctor at Children’s Mercy Hospital says entroviruses are typically things like hand, foot and mouth disease and sometimes meningitis. But we’re told this strain is […]

  • Man survives with new heart pump while waiting for transplant

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — About 20 Americans die every day waiting for organ transplants. Jeff Narron of Hoyt, Kan., knows he could have easily been one of them this year. Narron is a biker and a banker who was perfectly healthy until early this year when fatigue set in. It turns out his heart was failing, likely because of a virus. By May, the 37-year-old was in dire straits. “I should have been dead. I coded twice in Topeka, and I […]

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    Kansas City woman gives birth to rare mono mono twins

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  A Kansas City woman gave birth to rare mono mono twins this week. If that term sounds familiar, it’s probably because of twins who were an internet sensation back in May.  A photo from Ohio captured hearts around the world.  It showed twin girls holding hands right after birth on Mother’s Day.  The twins shared not only a placenta but also an amniotic sac.  They are so-called mono mono or mono amniotic twins. Cherylin Sherman of […]

  • Study finds that frequently being outdoors poses higher risk for eye syndromes

    LEAWOOD, Kan.  — Being outdoors a lot may increase the chances of an eye syndrome that’s linked to cataracts and glaucoma. But there is a way to cut your risk and look good, too. Harvard researchers looked at how much time people spent outside during the summer. For every hour per week, averaged over a lifetime, there was a four percent increase in something called exfoliation syndrome. Material on the capsule of the eye’s natural lens sloughs off. That can lead […]

  • No greater survival benefit with double mastectomy for early breast cancer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New research finds many more women are choosing to have both breasts removed when they have early cancer in just one breast.  But the study shows 10-year survival rates are not higher for those women having double mastectomy compared to women who just had the tumor removed followed by radiation. Celine Coppaken’s two children were very young when she was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago. “I wanted to be focused on them,” said Coppaken. […]

  • Northland mom receives gift to stop brain destruction

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Early this year, we told you about a 33-year-old mom from Kansas City North whose brain was being destroyed by a rare disease. Now Kris Omecene’s future looks much brighter thanks to a stranger. This week, Omecene celebrated her homecoming with extended family. She’s been in Pittsburgh for months. “I missed her a lot,” said her 12-year-old son, Eddie Omecene. Kris Omecene joked, “It’s like a miracle I got here with my father driving.” But there’s that […]

  • Nursing students wear scrubs that could help prevent the spread of bacteria

    PARKVILLE, Mo. —  Bacteria can sit on a lot of things including the scrubs that health professionals wear.  A metro company is selling scrubs that could help prevent bacteria from spreading. In a simulation lab at Park University, nursing students don’t have to worry about patients who are contagious.  But the students also go into hospitals to care for real patients with germs. “Safety.  Number one concern. We wash our hands more than anything,” said Matt Mohatt, a student. Their […]

  • Weight loss surgery patients may gain brain power

    LENEXA, Kan. — People who have weight loss surgery may gain some brain power. A small but intriguing study suggests their weight loss may improve some brain functions and even lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Connie Brubeck had surgery a year ago to reduce the size of her stomach. She’s since shed 150 pounds along with some physical health problems. Brubeck has also noticed a mental boost. “I can retain more than I did before. I don’t know if it’s […]