Mary Chao

Mary Chao

Specialty Reporter

Mary Chao is a NYC-based Specialty Reporter at Scripps News covering real estate and Asian American issues. An award-winning print journalist and columnist of over 25 years -- most recently at The Bergen Record -- she joined Scripps News through the Journalism Journey Initiative program transitioning veteran print journalists to broadcast. She is an immigrant from Taipei, Taiwan and a graduate from New York University where she met her Marine Colonel husband.

Recent Work
A center-entrance colonial-style home.
Howard Hanna Real EstateU.S.

When it comes to selling your home, the style matters

A person is given a set of keys.

Homebuyers taking a pause with high interest rates, low inventory

Sophia Jiang, far left, with students at One World Anchor.

Students helping students with free online tutoring

Xing Mo, left, meets with social worker Wai Kiu Man in Chinatown, New York.
Mary Chao Scripps NewsU.S.

Aging in place in Chinatown

The "Brady Bunch" home in Studio City, California
Anthony Barcelo Compass Real EstateEntertainment

Renovated 'Brady Bunch' house hits the market for $5.5 million

Taylor Swift Ham Egg and Cheese named official sandwich of NJ
Mary Chao Scripps NewsU.S.

Taylor Swift Ham, Egg and Cheese named official sandwich of NJ

U.S. Army vet Tak Furumoto, right,  in the Japan Day parade.
Furumoto familyU.S.

Japanese American veteran shares stories of Nisei soldiers' bravery

Baseball game at a renovated former Negro Leagues stadium in Paterson, New Jersey
Mary Chao Scripps NewsU.S.

Revival of a Negro League stadium

The Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance
AAPI MontclairU.S.

Remembering Asian American history with a lantern festival

Asian man and woman in an office

Bamboo ceiling: Asian Americans lag in corporate leadership

Ran Wei Baker promotes her Boba Bear Bilingual books.
Mary Chao Scripps NewsU.S.

Celebrating bilingual Chinese American culture through literacy

Atlanta Braves AAPI Heritage Night May 9
Mary Chao Scripps NewsU.S.

Braves and baseball celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Vanessa Shiliwala of Thrive Spice, a podcast for Asian mental health.
Heidi HapanowiczU.S.

Shame and stigma: Asian cultural issues preventing mental health care

Vice President Kamala Harris at White House Initiative on AANHPI in George Washington University.
The White HouseU.S.

White House honors AANHPI Month discussing anti-Asian hate crimes

Cecilia Chan and Michael Lin with their children.
Chan familyU.S.

Being Asian Pacific Islander in America: Diversity within diversity

This Cincinnati town house failed to get any offers in November. It sold in a bidding war February.
Coldwell BankerU.S.

After a lull, real estate bidding wars are back this spring

Delsam Pharma artificial tears packaging
AP / Global Pharma HealthcareScience and Health

With eyedrop recall, what consumers should know about protecting eyes

Jonathan Romero, a junior at Rutgers, joins faculty in picketing.
Scripps NewsU.S.

Rutgers unions suspend strike, classes to resume Monday

Black and white images of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Basquiat familyU.S.

The art of Basquiat: personal exhibition opens in Los Angeles

This home in Montclair, NJ, drew over a hundred people to the open house.
Scripps NewsU.S.

Pricing for bidding war: how this house got $370k over list

Pile of money

Where to find free money in every state

Fontina grilled cheese with tomato on white bread at Grilled Cheese Melt Factory
Mary ChaoLife

This restaurant is dedicated to 17 kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches

Journalism professor Nick Hirshon, left, with students at 1010 WINS Radio.
William Paterson UniversityU.S.

Why are there so few minority journalists?

A strike at Rutgers University for better pay and benefits for faculty and staff.
Scripps NewsU.S.

Rutgers faculty on strike for first time in school history

This 1,200 square-foot home in Waldwick, NJ, received 20 offers for asking price of $400,000 April, 2023.
Source: Compass Real EstateU.S.

Why is it more expensive than ever to buy a home in US?

Yena Choe was rejected by Harvard Columbia, accepted to Princeton on Ivy Day.
Provided photoU.S.

Why are Ivy League admissions so unpredictable?

Manu Singh at home with her children
Photo: providedU.S.

AAPI Equal Pay Day: Studies show Asian women lag behind

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Texas.

Indictment may boost primary support for Trump, some Republicans say

Students walk through Harvard Yard on the campus of Harvard University.
Charles Krupa / APU.S.

Ivy Day 2023 a rough one as Harvard, Columbia admit less than 4%

Lunar New Year in Montclair, New Jersey, 2023.
Mary ChaoU.S.

NJ Assembly approves Lunar New Year holiday