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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
  • 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 […]

  • New over-the-counter relief for spring allergies

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Spring allergy season is almost here, and there are new ways to get relief that don’t require a prescription from your doctor. The gray of winter will turn to the green of spring soon, and trees will release pollen that heads straight for our noses. You can head straight to store shelves and find new choices to relieve a runny nose and congestion. Flonase has joined Nasacort as over-the-counter drugs. Pharmacist Ginger Henderson of Price Chopper in […]

  • 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 […]

  • Young woman wants others to know, colon cancer can strike anyone

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — It took one young metro woman three years to get her cancer diagnosed.  She says the delay was mostly because she and her doctors weren’t thinking that it could be colon cancer in someone so young. The first sign came when Ashley Havlena was a 20-year-old college student.  She noticed a red streak in her stool. “There would be times when I would have completely normal bowel movements, and then a few weeks later, I would […]

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    Northland teen is first heart transplant recipient at Children’s Mercy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 15-year-old girl from Kansas City North is the first heart transplant recipient at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Hannah Mountz got her new heart two weeks ago. She’s home from the hospital, but returned Friday to share her story. Hannah’s lucky day was Friday, the 13th. “It was very exciting… I was so ready,” said Hannah. She was ready to get a new heart. Last fall, her badly diseased heart left the Staley High School band member […]

  • Aliessa Barnes, MD, Brian Birnbaum, MD, Hannah Mountz and Sarah Bowmaker, RN

    First pediatric heart transplant performed at Children’s Mercy Hospital on KC teenager

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 15-year-old Kansas City, Mo., teenager has been identified as the first patient to undergo a pediatric heart transplant at The Ward Family Heart Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Hannah Mountz, 15, Kansas City, Mo., was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at age 12, a disease in which the heart muscle becomes weak and enlarged, making it difficult to pump blood through the body. Hannah has been under the care of the cardiology team at Children’s Mercy for […]

  • Number of Latino doctors not keeping up with Latino population growth

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The number of Latino doctors isn’t keeping up with the growth of the Latino population in America. A new report in the journal Academic Medicine finds one out of every 1,000 Latinos is a doctor compared to three out of 1,000 non-Hispanic whites. Jaime Flores knows how fortunate he is to have a doctor who speaks his language. “It couldn’t be better because you straight talk to the doctor and you can understand the doctor better,” […]

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    Hospitals increasing attention to patient comfort

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. —  No one wants to be in the hospital.  There’s the discomfort of your illness, not to mention the needle sticks and the wires attached to you.   But hospitals are doing more to try to make the stay more comfortable. LaQuan Williams has purposely been taken off his seizure medicines so that he’ll have seizures in front of cameras at the University of Kansas Hospital. “And it’s oh, yeah.  Hooked up with all this stuff on my […]

  • The way to drastically reduce the chances of peanut allergy in your child

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New research reveals that feeding babies peanut products dramatically reduces the chances of the child developing peanut allergy, an increasingly common allergy. The landmark study found more than an 80 percent reduction. At meal time for Emily Brown and her daughters, Catherine and Hannah, the jar on the table holds sunflower seed butter because the girls are allergic to peanuts. “You’re always on alert because peanut butter is such a prevalent food in our society,” said […]

  • California outbreak highlights problem of antibiotic resistance

    KANSAS CITY, Kan.  — An 18-year-old is among seven people infected with dangerous bacteria after having procedures with a specialized type of scope at a California hospital.   Two people have died.   The outbreak highlights risk with the scope, but also the broader issue of bacteria that can’t be stopped. Before news of the outbreak at UCLA Health System broke, the University of Kansas Hospital had already received alerts about the scope.  It’s one used in the pancreas and bile ducts.  […]

  • Lenexa man’s lifesavers include his wife and man he mentored

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — You never know who could save your life. It could be your spouse or someone you mentored decades ago. For one Lenexa man, it was both. There were emotional moments for Carolyn Hodges on Thursday as she listened to a 911 call from last May. Her voice then was seemingly calm. “My husband walked in the door and he’s just on the floor and I don’t — he’s making funny noises breathing,” she said to the […]

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    Medicine can help those who want to quit smoking over months

    KANSAS CITY, Mo —   The thought of quitting smoking cold turkey can be overwhelming.  But many smokers are willing to quit over months.  It’s called the “reduce to quit” approach.  New research shows using the prescription drug Chantix can help them quit. Judi Christensen saw a YouTube video for her homeless outreach called Toms Mission and knew she had to quit smoking. “I was like oh, my gosh, Judi, you can’t even say a whole sentence without having to stop to take a breath.   […]