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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
  • Kansas City doctor proposes mobile stroke unit for quicker care

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Time lost is brain lost when you’re having a stroke. A doctor who directs a major stroke care program at a Kansas City hospital is proposing a way to diagnose and treat patients faster by bringing the E.R. to them. When a patient comes to the E.R. possibly having a stroke, treatment can’t begin right away. CT scans, an exam and blood testing must be done. “It takes about another 20 to 30 minutes,” said Dr. […]

  • Overland Park man won’t stop exercising as he turns 100

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An Overland Park man figured he’d give up exercise when he reached a certain significant birthday. That birthday is Saturday, and Jack Sokolov has had a change of heart. Sokolov started coming to cardiac rehabilitation at Saint Luke’s South Hospital after having heart bypass surgery. Fifteen years later, he still comes once a week. He’s still peddling. “It seems like after a work-out, I feel better. It wakes me up in the morning and sustains me […]

  • Hospital tries a “mindful” approach to patients’ pain

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A metro hospital is trying a novel approach to alleviating patients’ pain and suffering. Robin Todd doesn’t carry pain medicine into rooms at the University of Kansas Hospital. She helps patients find some in their own minds. “It’s about training our brains to be in the present moment,” Todd told Donald Oliverius, a patient. That can be hard for Oliverius because of severe chronic pain from spina bifida and other health issues. He also has acute […]

  • First spine surgery done in U.S. with device invented by Overland Park doctor

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. —  On Monday, a man from Iola, Kansas, became the first person in the U.S. to get a new implant that could make spinal fusion easier for patients.  The device was invented by his Overland Park Neurosurgeon, Dr. Harold Hess. Ray Shannon is ready to get rid of the pain he’s had shooting down his leg for months.  He describes the pain in one word. “Ouch,” Shannon said, laughing. The pain comes from slippage of his spine.  Bone […]

  • Free health clinic at KC Convention Center on Saturday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Free health care will be provided Saturday at the Kansas City Convention Center. It’s a massive clinic for those who may not otherwise have access to care. Curtains are going up in exam areas and supplies are being unloaded. Workers are turning the convention center into a clinic for the uninsured and underserved. Five years ago, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and KC CARE Clinic held a huge free clinic. It returns Saturday […]

  • Local Alzheimer’s studies include a different approach

    FAIRWAY, Kan. — There’s no proven way to prevent, slow or cure Alzheimer’s disease, and there hasn’t been a single new drug approved for the disease in a dozen years. But a lot of research is going on in the Kansas City Metro and elsewhere. That includes a study that takes a different approach. Mason McIntire and his wife, Judy, are on a journey no one chooses. The Mound City, Missouri, man was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago at […]

  • New effort in Wyandotte County to prevent infant deaths

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Every year, approximately 30 babies in Wyandotte County die. The infant death rate is higher than in the state and nation. Now residents, including some deeply affected by these tragedies, are committed to preventing more. There was celebration and anticipation at Ashley Anderson’s baby shower last April. Then in May, there was devastation for Anderson. “My doctor was in favor of natural childbirth, so he just wanted her to come on her own. And it was […]

  • Is $13,000 a dose too much for a medicine?

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — One hundred thousand dollars a year. That’s how much a specialty drug can cost. They’re newer medicines for diseases like multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C and cancer. Many insurers and others say the costs are bankrupting our health care system. Courtney Eiterich is grateful that she can walk eight years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She credits the drug Tysabri. She used to get an infusion every month. Now it’s every six weeks. Each dose costs […]

  • Emergency visits rise for drug poisoning

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A new government report shows emergency room visits for drug poisoning are rising especially among young adults. Experts say it’s a result of Americans taking more medicine. Most poisonings are from drugs you may have in your medicine cabinet. More than a million times a year in the U.S., someone goes to the emergency room because of drug poisoning. It can be an overdose or an interaction. Most poisonings are unintentional. The new report shows more […]

  • Do you need an annual physical?

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — You’re a healthy adult. Do you need an annual physical? A new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds 92 percent of Americans say an annual exam is important even though a large body of research finds it isn’t. The annual physical is a ritual that goes back many decades in America. Tracy Warriner says it’s how she learned she has high cholesterol. “Some things that were brewing that were asymptomatic, so being able to do […]

  • Study finds breast milk sold online contains cow’s milk

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You can buy just about anything online, even human breast milk. But buyer beware. A new study found cow’s milk in some samples purchased online. A donor makes a delivery to the Heart of America Mothers’ Milk Bank at Saint Luke’s Hospital. All donors have been screened. The milk is pasteurized, tested for safety and then fed to babies whose mothers can’t supply enough. Twins Dexter and Daelyn McCrea are receiving some after being born prematurely […]

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    Metro volunteers want to open first day care in U.S. for children with compromised immune systems

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some children can’t be around other kids because they’re very susceptible to infection. It could be from cancer treatment, transplants or some diseases. Now metro volunteers intend to open the first day care program in the nation for those kids. A door separates Elijah Daniel from the rest of the world. This is isolation, both medical and social. “He’s a child and children want to do things. They want to go places, they want to be […]