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.

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    The soaring cost of another injectable drug that millions need to survive

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Epipen is one example of skyrocketing drug prices. So is another injectable medicine that millions of Americans need every day, not just in emergencies. It’s insulin. Oscar Feldman is in the University of Kansas Hospital after collapsing while gardening. Feldman is getting insulin there for his type two diabetes. He admits he didn’t take insulin for three weeks before he collapsed. He says he couldn’t afford it. “If I don’t get samples, I don’t use […]

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    Flu shots available; why you may want to get one early this year

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — There’s no vaccine for the Zika virus yet, but there is one for another virus that kills thousands in the U.S. each year. Flu vaccine is now available in the metro, and you may want to get it early this year. As manager of a CVS store, Craig Dutcher loves his customers, but he also knows this. “People don’t always come to the drug store because they want to. They come because they’re sick. and I […]

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    Blue Springs boy with brain tumor will have large team in Head for the Cure 5K

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Brain tumors can strike anyone. Age doesn’t matter. A 6-year-old Blue Springs boy has one, and that’s one of several things about Brecken Simmons that can be hard to believe. Brecken is the life of the party. The first grader loves to talk and joke. “My parents talk all the time… I stay quiet all the time,” he said. Would you believe that Brecken didn’t start talking until he was 2-and-a-half years old? “He’s definitely come […]

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    Cancer now tops heart disease as leading killer in Kansas

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Heart disease has been the leading cause of death in America for decades, but in Kansas it’s now cancer. That’s according to a new government report that looked at changes between 2000 and 2014. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics show heart disease remains the leading overall killer in America. That’s the case in Missouri, too. But in 22 states, including Kansas, cancer has overtaken heart disease. It’s happened in 20 states just since […]

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    New help to prevent and recognize self harm and other negative behaviors in kids

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The start of the school year can be a time of high anxiety for kids. Combine it with low self-esteem, and kids can get into habits such as pulling their own hair or picking their skin. Some even cut or burn themselves. There’s new online help for parents and kids. At Cristo Rey High School, kids focus on school work and jobs. Every student has a job. But the school counselor also sees some kids with […]

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    How parents can help prevent both obesity and eating disorders in teens

    OLATHE, Kan. — The nation’s pediatricians on Monday laid out ways that parents can prevent both obesity and eating disorders in teens. The American Academy of Pediatrics said the focus should be on a healthy, balanced lifestyle instead of weight or dieting. In her teens, Shelby Smith thought she needed to be on a low-carbohydrate, low-calorie diet. “I kinda associated dieting and the high of losing weight with my self-worth,” Smith said. Then she’d binge on the foods she’d missed […]

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    Kansas has new health insurer on the exchange; price hikes still expected

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Some health insurers are greatly reducing their participation in the government’s health insurance marketplace. Aetna is the latest. At the same time, one insurer is expanding into Kansas but don’t expect that to soften the sticker shock for individuals who will buy insurance for next year. Medica says “Welcome Kansas” on its website. Even though the message is accompanied by an iconic Kansas City, Mo., image of Union Station, the health insurer is just moving into Kansas. […]

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    Simulations help hospital prepare for real births and at-risk babies

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — Children’s Mercy Hospital delivers babies, but only babies at high risk because of congenital conditions. Doctors and nurses say practice is vital in seeing that moms and babies have the best outcomes possible. The patient doesn’t have any labor pains, but the fetal health team is taking pains to not view her as a dummy. “This is Victoria. She is a 25-year-old G2 P1,” said Melanie Foltz, director of nursing at the fetal health center. From […]

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    KU researcher tests different approach to fighting Alzheimer’s

    FAIRWAY, Kan. — The exact cause of Alzheimer’s Disease remains a mystery. The theory of Dr. Russell Swerdlow, a researcher at K.U.’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, is gaining traction. It’s now being put to the test in humans. Charlie Rascoll knows there are puzzles to solve with Alzheimer’s, a disease he was diagnosed with four years ago in his early sixties. Rascoll has enrolled in studies at the center. “It seems to be the right thing to do, yea, if we’re […]

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    Children’s Mercy uses 3D printers to create models to help with surgeries

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No two ways about it — 3D printers are allowing doctors at Children’s Mercy Hospital to give “model” care to patients. Kevin Yintia is one young Kansas Citian who’s benefiting. Walking, let alone running, has always been difficult for Kevin. “It hurt alot… I cannot even do nothing,” the 10-year-old said. Kevin’s hip was severely damaged by infection when he was a baby in Central African Republic. “This should normally be nice and round,” said Dr. […]

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    Report finds Kansas City’s ragweed allergy season has lengthened by 25 days

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — August 15th used to be considered the start of fall allergy season, but ragweed pollen is in our air earlier and staying longer. A new report finds Kansas City’s season is 25 days longer than it once was. Funny how ragweed goes unnoticed until pollen hits our noses and eyes. Plants in our area are ready to pollinate. Those in Oklahoma already have, and the wind is sending that pollen up to us. “It’s kicked in […]

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    How to get a good sports physical

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The sports physical can be a pain for many parents. It takes some time, effort and money to get that signature allowing your child to play. But doctors say you should view it as more than a signature and put some consideration into who does it, where and how. Eli Ross, a Staley High senior who’s a three-sport athlete, has had many sports physicals. “It gets annoying at times ’cause it’s so lengthy a process. There’s […]