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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
  • 25-year-old breast cancer patient is inspired by the Royals

    WESTWOOD, Kan. — Mary Leach ponders life and baseball as she sits in a treatment room at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Life threw her a devastating curve in July. At age 25, Leach has breast cancer in both breasts. Two different types. “We’ve gotten through those difficult days and they come just as often as the good days,” she said. Within a few weeks of her diagnosis, the Royals got scorching hot. They’ve been Leach’s positive distraction ever […]

  • FOX 4 helps homeless man get prosthetic leg

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eleven months. That’s how long Jason Waddell had to walk on crutches. His underarms were bruised by them. “Miserable. Very complicated to get around,” said Waddell. He lost his lower leg last October after it got caught in the wheel well of an ATV when he was riding on the back of it. Waddell says he was going through a divorce and had legal trouble, too. He was homeless. “Kinda hopeless,” he recalled. Waddell was also […]

  • Millions of disease cases in America caused by one thing

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s been one death in America from Ebola. Contrast that with the 480,000 deaths each year caused by smoking. A new report shows the number of cases of serious diseases from smoking is higher than previously thought. When Les Lee smoked decades ago, the consequences weren’t known. “Everyone else was hanging one out of their mouth, so I did the same thing,” said Lee. Even though he quit, he started having trouble breathing decades later. […]

  • Delays in flu vaccine shipments frustrate patients and providers

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Trey Frisch is getting “misted” at Premier Pediatrics in Overland Park. The five-year-old is fortunate to get the nasal flu vaccine. There hasn’t been any for some other patients here recently. “It means they have to make another trip back to the office. It means my staff have to create extra appointments to get those people back,” said Dr. Deborah Winburn. Manufacturers are citing a variety of production, distribution and quality control issues. They’ve resulted in many […]

  • Children’s Mercy team meets twins whose lives they saved in the womb

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A family entered the Fetal Health Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital where they were greeted by applause. Dr. Corey Iqbal and his team had waited months for this moment. Kerlin and Orlando, one-month-old twins from Topeka, returned to the hospital where they were treated in the womb in June.  Guadalupe Morales Botello was 23 weeks along.  Her twins shared a placenta containing abnormal blood vessels.  It’s called Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.  Blood from one twin […]

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    Recovered Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly donates plasma in KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NBC news cameraman being treated for Ebola in Omaha could have a better chance of survival because of a donation made in Kansas City. Dr. Kent Brantly, the first Ebola patient treated in the U.S., stopped in Kansas City on Tuesday to donate plasma. Dr. Brantly has recovered and is no longer contagious. He made the donation as he passed through the area on a family road trip from Indiana to Texas. The call from […]

  • National Depression Screening Day is Thursday

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — Depression is one of our most common health problems. In any given year, about eight percent of Americans have it. Thursday is National Depression Screening Day.  Joe Rembolt of Gladstone is sharing his story of hope as he celebrates his 69th birthday. Rembolt says the music he creates on a keyboard may be one key to him making it to age 69. “It’s just a good therapy, it really is,” said Rembolt. It’s one therapy for a […]

  • Warrensburg woman loses relatives in Africa to Ebola, works to prevent more deaths

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. — More than 2,000 people in the African nation of Liberia have died of Ebola. They include relatives of a Warrensburg woman. Edna Nimley is trying to prevent more deaths. Even though she was born and raised in the Kansas City area, Nimley, a certified nursing assistant, has many relatives in Liberia. She says at least seven have died of Ebola. Last week, Nimley spoke with her grandmother in the African nation. “She’s terrified for her life,” said Nimley. […]

  • Young widow encourages men to get their hearts checked

    RAYMORE, Mo — A drawing that hangs on a wall of the Reynolds’ home tells of a child’s love for her daddy.  But John Reynolds is no longer there for Will, Addison and Eloise, or for his wife, Erin.  One day 16 months ago, she was in the kitchen.  Her husband had gone out for a run.  Erin Reynolds got a text message from a friend saying there were police cars on a nearby road.  Then Reynolds saw those cars […]

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    Social media push makes surgery possible for young man in pain

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A young Overland Park man knows about the power of social media and the generosity of friends and strangers.  They’ve given Nathan Pieper a chance to ease pain that’s persisted in his face for seven years. “It’s the worst physical pain known to man,” said Pieper. He has constant pain like a hot iron on the right side of his face.  Lately, it’s spread to the left side, too.  Shaving, brushing teeth or just sipping water […]

  • Changes coming Monday for people who take prescription pain meds

    BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. — Beginning next Monday, October 6, some commonly-prescribed pain medicines will be harder to get.  The Drug Enforcement Administration is reclassifying drugs such as Vicodin. Michele Hovermale takes Vicodin to control the pain of two chronic diseases.  She has had her doctor send an electronic prescription to the pharmacy.  It includes refills to cover three months. “They’re just always in the pharmacy. I don’t have to worry about it,” said Hovermale. But that changes next Monday.  The […]

  • Doctor says more cases of arm or leg weakness could occur in area children

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A doctor at Children’s Mercy Hospital says she wouldn’t be surprised if there are more cases of arm or leg weakness in area kids. As FOX 4 reported Monday, there have been three cases so far that could be linked to Enterovirus 68. Dr. Mary Anne Jackson says none of the three children had been seen at Children’s Mercy prior to having neurological symptoms. She says their parents reported they’d had mild common cold-like symptoms, then […]