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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.


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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro hospital has opened one of the first programs in the country specifically for women with heart disease who are pregnant or want to become pregnant. The mission is to see that those women and their babies survive. Everything appears so normal. A newborn is with his mom and big sis. Dad is proudly watching. But there was nothing normal about the delivery of Kysen Haith. “I had to deliver in cardiac ICU, and I […]

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    Mother hopes to save lives by sharing story of son who took his own life

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Each year, more than a thousand college students in America die by suicide. Only traffic accidents take more of their lives. A metro mom wants the tragic loss of her son to prompt others to think and talk about depression and suicide in hopes of preventing it. Jason Arkin’s mom, Dr. Karen Arkin, says he was a good kid. He was a best friend to his sister, Jennifer. He was always a perfectionist. Jason would go […]

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    Health care worker starts first fair trade scrub company

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    Woman with anorexia wants to open safe haven in Lawrence for others with eating disorders

    LAWRENCE, Kan. —  Absolute tyranny.  That’s how a Lawrence woman describes her eating disorder.  She says she had more than 80 hospital stays and two hospice stays.  Danielle Buettner has survived and now wants to create a refuge for others with eating disorders. “My name is Danielle Lynn Buettner and I am anorexic,” she said in a YouTube video. Buettner weighed 56 pounds then at age 33.  She says she started starving herself in childhood after being sexually abused.  Her abuser used food to bribe her […]

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Royals’ Outfielder Alex Rios and All-Star Reliever Kelvin Herrera both have chicken pox, which is a highly contagious virus. The Royals said the two players could be out for at least two weeks. Adults who come down with chicken pox are in for a rough ride. Chicken pox spreads through coughing or sneezing and it spreads easily to people who’ve never had it or those who haven’t had the chicken pox vaccine. The virus causes a […]

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    Tick bite can lead to life-threatening allergy to meat

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    Donor drives to be held for two Kansas Citians who need life-saving bone marrow transplants

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    Donor drives to be held for two Kansas Citians who need life-saving bone marrow transplants

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  • Metro woman wants transplant for MS, but insurer is denying coverage

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