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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
  • The doctor will see you from miles away

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Robots aren’t taking over the practice of medicine yet, but they are changing it. They’re enabling specialists in Kansas City to see and diagnose stroke patients in emergency rooms far away. Dr. Colleen Lechtenberg sits with her iPad at the University of Kansas Hospital and sees a patient. “Can you raise your right arm up for the count of ten?” she asks. The neurologist is determining if the patient is having a stroke. Never mind they’re […]

  • “Kids and Cars” works to prevent heat stroke deaths with petition drive, stuffed animals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Seventeen children have died of heat stroke in vehicles in the United States this year. On a steaming Tuesday, the group “Kids and Cars” worked to see that other children don’t die that way. RELATED: Organization aims to stop death by heatstroke for children left in hot cars Tracy Delaney is a responsible, loving parent of Gabby, a nine-month-old. Delaney says any responsible, loving parent could leave her baby in a car. “I could see it would be […]

  • ‘Everyone’s Hot for My Body’ campaign hopes to create quite the buzz

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new ad campaign in the Kansas City area is out to convince you that your body is “hot” in one very important way. The Midwest Transplant Network wants to create some buzz about organ donation, so they’ve started a provocative and somewhat puzzling campaign, which includes a poster that says “Everyone’s Hot for My Body. No way would I keep it all to myself.” The network’s new campaign has five local models which vary from […]

  • Nurses are delaying retirement, helping to forestall severe shortage

    MERRIAM, Kan. — Remember the forecasts of a dire shortage of nurses? That shortage hasn’t come to pass, at least not yet. Now we know one reason why. Older nurses are delaying retirement. Jane Lang has been a registered nurse for 40 years. At age 63, you might think she’d have thoughts of retirement. “And I say no, not really. Should I be? Because I love what I do,” said Lang, a nurse at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She’s part […]

  • Pre-conceived notions about fitness fly out the window at one public housing center

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new fitness class in Kansas City, Mo., is being held in an unlikely place.  It’s giving women an opportunity they never would have had otherwise. Brigette Smith isn’t sitting at home on a summer morning. “I would have just stayed and did the self-pity and staying in the house cryin’ and whinin’ like I was doing,” said Smith. That was before she was invited to move. “Let’s Move” is a fitness class held right her […]

  • Uptick in cases of one tick disease

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Ticks spread disease to humans.  They’re spreading one disease more than usual this year. On Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Health reported there have been 128 confirmed cases of Ehrlichiosis in the state.  That’s 45 percent more than the average for the last five years. Bill Peace is sticking to the asphalt and fixed trails for his regular walks at Blue Springs Lake.  That’s after finding eight to ten ticks on him after one walk in the […]

  • Skin cancer apps while handy, can be incorrect

    SHAWNEE, Kan. – Check the app store, and you’ll find tens of thousands of apps that are health or medical-related. Some will even screen for melanoma, a skin cancer that can kill. But are those apps accurate? FOX 4 asked Dr. Meena Singh, a Harvard-educated, board certified dermatologist in Shawnee, to test one app calls SpotMole. She uploaded pictures of moles that she knows are melanomas. Dr. Singh diagnosed them in her patients. “This comes up as stating the mole does […]

  • Improving the chances of quitting smoking

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – One in four adults in Missouri smokes. In Kansas, it’s one in five. For those who want to quit, there’s new evidence that a pill-patch combination will boost the chances. Matt O’Connor, a trial lawyer in Kansas City, is a long-time smoker and a quitter many times. “I’m great at quitting smoking. It’s the not starting back part that seems to be a problem,” said O’Connor. He says the best stop-smoking tool he tried was Chantix, a […]

  • Hally Yust, 9, of Spring Hill

    Brain-eating amoeba kills 9-year-old Johnson County girl

    MISSION, Kan. — An extremely rare brain-eating amoeba has killed a nine-year-old girl from Johnson County. Hally Yust, 9, from Spring Hill was an avid skier and died two days ago on Wednesday. The amoeba is found in fresh water. A county disease investigator tells FOX 4 that Yust had several potential exposures in fresh water in Kansas, so the actual source of infection cannot be determined.  She was taken to a hospital with meningitis-like symptoms and testing revealed the amoeba infection. It’s called […]

  • Mental Health First Aid aimed at preventing tragedies

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – First aid training was held in four Kansas City metro counties on Thursday, but you couldn’t find any bandages or tourniquets at this training. It was Mental Health First Aid and more than 250 people took part. They learned the symptoms of mental illness and how to respond. “If there’s anything I can do to be more aware, to be smarter, to be kinder, to say something more constructive, I certainly want to do that,” said Judy […]

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    Doctors see epidemic of fatty liver disease

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Think of all the ways that being overweight or obese can hurt you, and you probably don’t think about your liver. But liver specialists say there is an emerging epidemic of liver disease related to fat. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is now the most common liver disease, and it can kill. It nearly took the life of one woman from Peculiar, Missouri. Marla Medsker says she ate whatever she liked, and the scales rose to 260 […]

  • Metro woman leads group requesting changes in school nutrition rules

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – First Lady Michelle Obama says school nutrition requirements shouldn’t be watered down. But Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will meet with representatives of a group that once favored the rules but now wants changes. A Kansas City metro woman is president of that group. Broccoli and pineapple are among the offerings at the Hickman Mills School District’s summer camp. During the school year, federal nutrition requirements say kids must take a fruit or veggie with […]