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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
  • Young woman gets relief from sinusitis with surgery and stent

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nearly one in 10 Americans has chronic sinusitis. That’s swelling and inflammation of the sinuses. When saline rinses and medications don’t help, surgery can be an option. It’s getting easier for many. Dr. Stan McClurg uses a scope to see Emily McCann’s sinuses. “This is where the polyps were sitting before,” Dr. McClurg says as he shows McCann her sinuses on a monitor. McCann had chronic sinusitis all the way through high school into college. She had […]

  • Health insurance enrollment open again, but not much interest so far

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Health insurance enrollment is open again until the end of April. It’s a special period for those who have to pay the tax penalty for not having coverage in 2014, and also face a penalty for 2015. Charles Humphrey and buddies play Monopoly with play money during a break at Kansas City Kansas Community College. But what about spending real money on health insurance? Humphrey isn’t that interested. “I barely get sick so I got other […]

  • How healthy is your county? 2015 rankings released

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City metro again has several of the healthiest counties in Missouri and Kansas and also one of the least healthy. The 2015 rankings were released Wednesday morning by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. There are two rankings. One is health outcomes which includes things like premature deaths. The other is health factors which looks at things like smoking, obesity and being uninsured. In all of Missouri, Platte County is tops for health factors. It’s […]

  • Why talking to your baby matters

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Talking to your baby or toddler is among the most important things a parent can do. Years ago, University of Kansas researchers found there’s a 30 million word gap. Children in poverty hear 30 million fewer words by age 4. Now K.U. is leading the way in bridging the gap nationally and locally. “Who’s that?” asked Richelle Parks, as she pointed to a photo of one of her children. “Miley!” said her youngest child, Patience. With […]

  • Ambulance may not take you to closest hospital if you’re having a stroke

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beginning Monday, if you have a stroke in Missouri, the ambulance may not take you to the closest hospital. It will take you to a stroke center designated by the state to have the personnel and equipment to treat this medical emergency. A few weeks ago, one side of Jerry Parish’s face suddenly drooped. His wife asked if he was okay. “I asked him again and again, about six times, and he wouldn’t answer, so I just […]

  • Free one-day health clinic coming to KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A huge, free one-day health clinic is coming to Kansas City next month. Organizers hope it will help hundreds of uninsured and underserved people while also sending a message to Missouri and Kansas lawmakers. More than five years ago, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics held a massive free clinic at the Kansas City Convention Center. Twenty-four hundred people received medical and dental care over two days. The clinic is coming back to the convention […]

  • New research could help kids with kidney disease avoid dialysis and transplants

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — About one in 10 adults has some degree of kidney disease. You may not realize it can happen to kids, too. Some are born with it. New research by a Kansas City doctor could help more kids avoid kidney failure and transplants. A year ago, Marley Martinac’s face was very swollen. “And they thought it was allergies, so we kept going back,” said her mother Katie Martinac. But it wasn’t allergies. One day, when Marley had seizure-like symptoms, […]

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    More TB cases identified at Olathe Northwest High

    OLATHE, Kan. — The state health department says 27 people have tested positive for tuberculosis after one student at Olathe Northwest High School was diagnosed with active TB in early March. Health officials says those infected have no signs of disease so far. More than 300 students and staff at the high school were tested for TB. “I had first semester weights with the kids who had it. All first semester I lifted with him,” said Trey Espy, a junior […]

  • New treatment for relief of leg pain

    LEAWOOD, Kan. —  Millions of Americans have PAD or peripheral artery disease.  Blood flow becomes blocked in leg arteries because of plaque build-up.  Then there’s pain because muscles don’t get enough blood.   A new treatment could provide longer-lasting relief. In January, Anthony Giglione couldn’t walk more than 15 feet without stopping. “It was just difficult to even go out and get the paper in the morning.  I’d have to stop because the pain would become so intense,” said Giglione. That’s even […]

  • KC kids get spring break health screenings

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It couldn’t have been simpler for some Kansas City kids to get health check-ups on Monday. The caregivers came to them. The lingering hum from a bus told residents of Chouteau Courts that it wasn’t the same bus they take to go places like doctors’ appointments. “Having to get on the bus and pay to get there, pay to get back, that’s a lot of money,” said Sebra Scrogum. Instead, the care was right inside the […]

  • Special clinic provides care, connections and fun for girls with Turner Syndrome

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Most of us don’t expect a party when we go to a doctor’s appointment, but that’s exactly what girls with one medical condition get. Fifty girls recently enjoyed pampering, crafting and gifts. Each received Shadow Buddy and American Girl dolls. “That was a really big surprise,” said Audrey Pool. The party at Children’s Mercy’s Broadway building was for girls with Turner Syndrome. They were born with only one normal X chromosome, and that can cause growth, heart […]

  • Lowering the risk of sudden cardiac death in young athletes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The tragic death of a young athlete Wednesday at Raymore-Peculiar High School may have you wondering what you can do to lower your young athlete’s risk of sudden cardiac death. Dr. Anthony Magalski, who heads the Athletic Heart Clinic at Saint Luke’s Hospital, says it’s first important to know that the risk is fairly low to begin with. It happens in roughly one in 50,000 athletes each year. Basketball players are at higher risk. So are African […]