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.

Recent Articles
  • How to safely store those Thanksgiving leftovers

    How to safely store those Thanksgiving leftovers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — So your Thanksgiving feast is complete. Food safety experts say food needs to be placed in the refrigerator no more than two hours after it’s been cooked to prevent food-borne illness. They also say that big bird could become a beast, the bacterial kind, if you put it in the refrigerator “as is.” “It’s going to take a long time to cool. We don’t want to have things in the temperature danger zone which is 40 […]

  • Training program helps to improve outcomes for babies and moms during delivery

    Training program helps to improve outcomes for babies and moms during delivery

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Having a baby is about the riskiest thing that a woman will ever do. Many things can wrong during labor and delivery. Doctors and nurses at the University of Kansas Hospital are training together for emergencies. They’ve just published research showing their program is associated with fewer problems for babies and moms. A nurse, playing a mom in labor, presses the call button. Soon, it’s clear this is an emergency. The umbilical cord is trapped against […]

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    Lee’s Summit police detective continues recovery from flesh-eating bacterial infection that nearly took his life

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The T-shirt tells you he’s Superman. Josh Ward has fought a most menacing enemy. The Lee’s Summit police detective is still fighting. “I think I’ve come such a long way,” said Ward. He’s come a long way since April when he was near death in Saint Luke’s Hospital. “I pleaded with God just to save him, so it was scary. It was very scary,” said his wife, Melissa Ward. She had never heard the words “necrotizing […]

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    Procedure to zap nerves in hip gives woman “phenomenal” pain relief

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Wellington, Missouri woman had terrible pain for two years. Then she found a newer way to get relief that doesn’t involve surgery or pain medicine. Linda Braxdale had back and hip surgery. Then she broke her thigh bone. She had debilitating pain down that leg. “I couldn’t sleep at night. It was just terrible,” said Braxdale. She was referred to Dr. Michael Gaume, a pain specialist at Saint Luke’s Hospital. He suspected the pain was […]

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    Public health professionals urge handwashing as shigella cases rise and flu season starts in KC metro

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cases of shigella continue to climb in the metro while flu season is getting started. Those germs will have more chances to spread at Thanksgiving, so public health professionals offered a chance to see how germs can be stopped. Denesha Snell of the Kansas City Health Department dropped some fake germs on FOX 4 medical reporter Meryl Lin McKean’s hand. They show up as white under a black light. Then she washed with soap and water. The […]

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    Blue Springs woman benefiting from revolution in cancer therapy

    WESTWOOD, Kan. — Doctors call it a revolution in fighting and possibly curing cancer. Immunotherapy uses the body’s own immune system. A Blue Springs woman is among those seeing promising results. Heloise Gray’s hope of winning her war on cancer is in the bag. “I come in every other day for them to switch out the bag. It’s okay. It’s just like carrying a purse, really,” said Gray. The bag holds precious medicine to fight her ALL, a leukemia diagnosed […]

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    Fewer men being screened for prostate cancer, fewer early stage cancers diagnosed

    OLATHE, Kan. —  Fewer men are getting the PSA screening for prostate cancer and fewer early stage cancers are being diagnosed.  Those are the findings of new research.  Some doctors say the result will be more cases of advanced cancer and more deaths. Starting in his 50s, Vern Scherer had the PSA blood test. In his late 60s, a spike in his PSA level led to the diagnosis of prostate cancer. “Because of that, I caught it early and I’m very […]

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    Enrollment underway for health insurance; higher penalty for those who choose to be uninsured in 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Now’s the time that many employees are enrolling in health insurance at work for 2016. The government marketplace for individuals is also open. There are changes for next year including a higher penalty for those who choose not to get coverage. Trisha Tataryn’s husband died this year, and she lost the health insurance she had through his employer. That led her to the government marketplace, where she got insurance and a subsidy to help pay for […]

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    Kansas City sees big increase in syphilis cases in middle-aged adults

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You may think that syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that’s no longer a problem. Think again. Kansas City is seeing big increases in cases including in middle-aged adults. When Dr. Blair Thedinger was in medical school, he was told syphilis was rare. Then he started working at Kansas City CARE Clinic. “I see syphilis all the time. All the time,” Dr. Thedinger said. So does the Kansas City Health Department. It sees cases in teens […]

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    Advances in non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment have improved survival rate

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gary Pinkel is one of more than 70,000 Americans diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma this year. It happens when the body produces too many abnormal lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, night sweats and weight loss. Nearly all cases occur in adults. About half are older than 66. Pinkel is 63. With advances in treatment, survival has improved greatly. Overall, the five-year survival rate is 63 percent, but doctors say survival […]

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    Woman with life-limiting illness has wedding in the hospital

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Standard medical care in the hospital can no longer help an Edwardsville woman. But before she went home to hospice care, a dream came true. Decorations tell you something more than medical care happened in a patient’s room at the University of Kansas Hospital. “It was amazing just how many people pulled through cause I absolutely did nothing but make sure Emily is okay,” said Amber McCloud. Emily Viscek-McCloud said, “It was happy, happy, joy, joy.” […]

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    Device that looks like a hearing aid makes speech more understandable

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Imagine speaking, but not being understood. That can result in frustration and withdrawal from others. A tiny device is making a big difference for a St. Joseph man. Chris Black says his South African accent has always made it harder for Americans to understand him since moving here in the early ’90s. “But certainly the Parkinson’s didn’t do any favors,” said Black. Parkinson’s Disease makes speech harder for him and most others with the disease, says […]