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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
  • Bacterial therapy for cancer pursued by Kansas City company

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City company is working to turn basic science discoveries at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and elsewhere into cures for cancer.  Now that company, BioMed Valley Discoveries, has had its first hint of success using a bacterium to fight cancer. In a lab in south Kansas City, a therapy is created for dogs with cancer.  That same therapy is also made in a Maryland lab for early testing in humans.  It’s a weakened […]

  • Missouri residents waiting months to find out if they have Medicaid coverage

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 10,000 Missourians have been waiting months to find out if they get health insurance coverage. They went to the federal marketplace early this year with high hopes. Now they have frustration. Shalise Williams is a child care worker who’s currently homeless and relying on family and friends for shelter. That’s not the only way she’s stressed. “Trying to get on this insurance has been really stressful. Very,” said a tearful Williams. In March, the Kansas […]

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    Ragweed “growing like crazy” as allergy season starts

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Friday is a red letter day for allergy sufferers. August 15 is the start of ragweed season. Children’s Mercy Hospital reports those pesky ragweed plants in the Kansas City area are developing pollen, and in the next week, they’ll release it for the annual assault on the nose and eyes. There’s a little pollen already in the air that’s been carried by winds from Oklahoma, said Dr. Henry Kanarek, an Overland Park allergist. “With the winds […]

  • Human parechovirus found in 14 Kansas City-area newborns

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — State health departments in Kansas and Missouri are investigating 14 cases of a viral infection in babies that’s causing meningitis. The investigation includes nine cases in Kansas residents and five in Missouri residents. Health officials are calling the 14 cases a “possible cluster” of parechovirus infection, but they say no common factors that link the cases have been identified so far. No deaths have been reported. Children’s Mercy Hospital says it’s treated 20 cases altogether this […]

  • New home test to detect colorectal cancer

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Fifty thousand Americans will die from colorectal cancer this year. It’s the second most common cause of cancer deaths, yet the vast majority of those deaths can be prevented with screening. The FDA has approved a simple, effective home test called Cologuard. Colonoscopy is the gold standard for finding colorectal cancer and polyps that can turn into cancer. But it is invasive and requires anesthesia and bowel preparation. Millions of Americans 50 and older who should be screened […]

  • Clinic is “one stop shop” for medical, dental and mental health care

    OLATHE, Kan. — You wouldn’t expect to find your primary care doctor, dentist and a psychologist all in the same office, but that model of care is catching on. Call it a “one-stop shop.” Health Partnership Clinic in Olathe has long provided dental care along with medical care for the under-insured and uninsured. Now a third type of care has seamlessly been added. Dr. Danielle Johnson sits just outside the exam rooms. She’s a psychologist who can help patients dealing […]

  • Google Glass goes into KC metro operating room

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City metro doctor has added a wearable computer to his surgical attire. Dr. Jeff Colyer is a plastic surgeon, Kansas Lt. Governor and techie.  When Dr. Colyer goes into the operating room at North Kansas City Hospital, he wears Google Glass for facial reconstructive surgeries.  He uploads the patient’s x-rays to the device, so he no longer has to look up at the monitor in the operating room. “I can put that x-ray […]

  • Neck manipulation linked to stroke

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The American Heart and Stroke Associations have issued a new statement about neck manipulation, a treatment done by chiropractors and some other health care providers. The groups say manipulation may be associated with stroke. Earlier this year, FOX 4 introduced you to Genny Hale who had a stroke a day after having her neck adjusted. She went to the emergency room with sudden arm numbness and dizziness. “That’s one of the first questions they ask, if […]

  • Cord blood donation program expands, giving more metro moms the opportunity to donate

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When a woman gives birth, she can potentially save a life. Beginning Thursday, many more moms in the metro have the opportunity to donate umbilical cord blood. Some precious gifts are processed in a lab at Saint Luke’s Hospital. They’re cord blood donations that can be used to treat many life-threatening diseases including cancers and blood and metabolic disorders. Saint Luke’s free donation program started as a result of a FOX 4 story in 2006 on a […]

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    Baby Lab studies attention and language development

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Babies are fascinating and, in some ways, mysterious little humans. Researchers at the K.U. Edwards Campus in Overland Park are focusing on how babies’ attention to information promotes early language development. The heart rate leads go onto June Luckey’s chest, making her a pint-sized participant in research. She’s in the Baby Lab on the K.U. Edwards Campus. June and her mom then watch videos. Some have objects while others have a human or the close-to-human Sesame […]

  • Kansas has lowest HPV vaccination rate in the U.S. for girls

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The HPV vaccine is approved for girls and boys to prevent some types of the sexually-transmitted virus. But parents in Kansas, in particular, are shunning the vaccine. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows Kansas has the lowest HPV vaccination rate for girls in the country. It’s a busy time of year for shots at Pediatric Partners in Overland Park. Bryce Dewsbury will get some shots as part of his back-to-school physical. One […]

  • Ebola not nearly as contagious as other deadly viruses

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Doctors say the chances of Ebola spreading here in the U.S. are extremely low. This virus is not nearly as transmittable as others that also kill. You’re on a commercial airliner. Couldn’t that person in the next seat give you Ebola? Doctors say a person can’t spread the virus until they have symptoms, and that person is more likely to be in bed than on a flight with you. That’s unlike flu and measles which can be spread […]