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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    KANSAS CITY, Mo — More than 4,000 future family physicians are in downtown Kansas City for a conference. It comes as family doctors are campaigning for more to join their ranks. Robert Stines and his family have had the same family physician for more than 20 years. “You feel like you know him, you know, like your friend or something,” said Stines. Dr. Todd Shaffer of Truman Medical Center-Lakewood worries about who will care for his patients someday. He says […]

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A huge and growing number of Americans live day in and day out with painful, stiff joints, and it isn’t just older folks who have arthritis. When you look at Brooke Perry, the words “fit” and “active” come to mind, not the word “arthritic”. “People are usually really shocked,” said Perry. They’re shocked when they learn the 26-year-old has had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for 19 years. “I have pretty stiff joints, so sometimes it takes me […]

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