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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    Olathe man on mission to raise awareness, money to help others with Parkinson’s Disease

    OLATHE, Kan. — An Olathe man had been healthy all his life. Then he learned he has a chronic disease with no known cause and no cure. Now it’s his cause to help others. No matter how hard Kent Donley tries, he cannot knock out one opponent. It crept into his body with stiffness, some shuffling of his feet and shaking in a hand. Eighteen months ago, Donley found out he has Parkinson’s Disease. “You go, ‘Not me. Oh my, […]

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    Four ways you can lower your chances of breast cancer

    WESTWOOD, Kan. — Roughly a third of breast cancer cancers could be prevented with four changes in women’s lifestyles. That’s the finding of a report published Thursday. The changes appear to be especially powerful for women at high risk of breast cancer. Climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator is just one change that’s helped Cindy Kerns lose and keep off 25 pounds. “I’m very careful. I know if I put on a half a pound or a pound, it […]

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    Parents can rest assured that babies crying themselves to sleep is okay

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Many parents of babies are weary because their little ones just won’t go to sleep or stay asleep. New findings should help everyone rest easier. Garry Voight isn’t crying or cranky. He’s chipper even though the 12-month-old got just four hours of sleep last night. That’s been normal for four months. “It’s been very, very rough ’cause there’s nights I only get two to three hours of sleep,” said his mother, Katie Voight. A new, small […]

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    Experts recommend surgery as standard treatment for type two diabetes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —¬†Experts are calling it one of the biggest changes in diabetes treatment since the advent of insulin. On Tuesday, they recommended gastric surgery as treatment for type two diabetes. More than two years ago, Linda Donaldson weighed 280 pounds. “I wanted to take control of my health and the only way to do that would be to lose weight,” said Donaldson. She chose gastric bypass surgery. It’s long been considered weight loss surgery with the side benefit […]

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    Overland Park and Kansas City get low rankings for skin health

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You’ve heard of sin city. There are also skin cities, places where people have better skin health. Overland Park and Kansas City, Mo., are not among them, according to new rankings of America’s largest cities. Susie Harris gets her skin checked regularly at the University of Kansas Hospital. After spending a lot of time in the sun with no protection, Harris is at high risk for skin cancer — more skin cancer. “I’ve had a melanoma […]

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    Dialysis patient celebrates 100th birthday

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The U.S. has an epidemic of kidney failure with much of it resulting from diabetes and high blood pressure. People with it must decide whether to go on dialysis to survive. A Northland woman decided to start the treatments nearly five years ago. Now, she’s reached quite a milestone. Before Margaret Boetger heard the applause and saw the cake, she had a feeling. “I just had a feeling something was going on, but I thought […]

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    Free visits with specialists offered at Kansas City, Kansas health fair on Saturday

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s not often you get the chance to see doctors who are specialists for free, but that’s the opportunity that the uninsured and under-insured will have Saturday. Let’s say you have a health problem that’s more than your primary care doctor can handle. In Mark Drum’s case, it’s a hernia. “It’s getting harder and harder to walk, and it’s hard to do anything if you can’t walk,” said Drum. And it’s hard to get help from […]

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    The medical tests you don’t need

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Medical tests are costly, time-consuming and anxiety-provoking. Some are even risky. You’re probably getting some tests that you don’t need. You can say “no” to them. Kelly Gaulke remembers being told she didn’t need an annual pap smear. “You think if you don’t screen me, what if something happens?” said Gaulke. “They’re anxious, they’re anxious. They are so used to doing this once a year,” said Dr. Kristy Weaver with Specialists in Women’s Care. Dr. Weaver […]

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    Kansas City woman loses gallstones and gets a stone placed on her ring finger

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many of us worry about something bad happening when we have surgery. But something really good happened to one Kansas City woman. Sumiko Jennings had a post-surgery check-up this week. Dr. Matthew Sappington had an unusual question. “Feeling happy?” the surgeon asked. Happy about having had gall bladder surgery? No, but Jennings has been happy since surgery at Saint Luke’s North in early May. Her boyfriend, Johnathan Higgins, pulled the doctor aside just before the operation. […]

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    Healthy living community to be built in Liberty

    LIBERTY, Mo. — A healthy living neighborhood is coming to Liberty. The hospital there is one of the partners in what developers call a unique concept that will connect generations. Seventeen acres just north of Liberty Hospital will become the neighborhood called Norterre. Ground was broken Tuesday for the $66 million first phase. “This will be an international example. There’s no question about it,” said Steve Shields, the managing partner. Shields said the first phase will have households for seniors […]

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    Close to half of all heart attacks may be silent

    MERRIAM, Kan. — You might think you’d know if you were having a heart attack, but it could be a silent one. New research finds nearly half of all heart attacks may be silent. Cold sweats, shortness of breath and crushing chest pain are symptoms of a heart attack, but symptoms can be more subtle. “I just thought I’d eaten something the night before that was not sitting well with me,” said Chuck Kral. Kral soon had chest pain. He […]

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    Uncle gives kidney to his toddler niece

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You’ve heard of sibling rivalry. There’s also sibling love. One man showed his love for his sister by giving her child a part of himself. Devin Penny, a family practice doctor from Wichita, was a patient this week at the University of Kansas Hospital. He had some anxiety. “Scared for going into a surgery with little risk, but real risk,” Dr. Penny¬†said. He didn’t need to have the operation. It could have been his sister, Tiara […]