Mary Chao

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
Ana Rocio Castillo Romero in Paterson, New Jersey.

From Lima to Little Lima: A Peruvian immigrant helps an inner city

Home for sale in Chicago's south side.

What's happening in the fall real estate market around the country?

An employee at Walmart in Bentonville, ARkansas.

Here are the brands Hispanics appear to favor

Hispanic homebuying power grows despite affordability challenges

Hongyue Wang, with husband Changyong Feng and children Raymond and Amy.

Why Lunar New Year is the most important holiday for East Asians

A modern custom home.

More buyers getting cold feet as home costs rise

Brendan Sullivan, center.

Who qualifies for the latest student loan relief plan?

Mark and Heather Gehan and their children in Brighton, New York.

Millennials trading in big-city expenses for small-town affordability

Applying for credit? Be prepared to be rejected

The Brady Bunch home in Los Angeles has a new owner.

'Brady Bunch' house sells for millions below asking price

A home for sale in Miami, Florida.

Homes are just too expensive: Why millennials don't think they can buy

Lunar New Year celebrated in Chinatown, New York City.

New York state declares Lunar New Year a school holiday

Matthew Daneman and his late wife Sheila Hundley, 2017.

Coping with suicide: Surviving the loss of a loved one

Jamaar Nathan served as a Marine in Djibouti.

A Marine remembers Sept. 11

Graduates celebrating their achievement.

Do you know which colleges offer economic mobility?

Small brick home in Cincinnati

It now takes longer to sell a home, but prices are still rising

Flag raising ceremony to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Newark, New Jersey.

Why does Hispanic Heritage Month begin on Sept. 15?

Couple looking at an empty home

How much does owning a home really cost?

Real estate signs are posted outside homes for sale in Valrico, Fla.

High interest rates push home buyers and sellers to the brink

Dr. Selina Lin Hofmann, with husband Michael and son Kristof.

In the eye of Hurricane Idalia: What doctors do during extreme weather

Graduates wearing mortarboards

How getting a college scholarship could reduce your financial aid

A pending home sale in Concord, Massachusetts.

A mixed picture when it comes to home sales

New Creations Barber Shop is a staple for the Black community in Rochester, New York.

The community role of the Black barber shop

A home listed for sale

Buyers seek affordability as Midwest tops most popular ZIP codes

Vivek Ramaswamy and Nikki Haley at GOP Presidential Debate in Milwaukee

Indian Americans react to history as Haley and Ramaswamy debate

New homes increase in popularity amid inventory shortage

David and Leilah Tyree on soft opening day at Tyree's Table in Morristown, NJ.

From Super Bowl to acai bowls: Giants' David Tyree opens restaurant

Page to join X, formerly Twitter, shown on a computer screen

Elon Musk to remove block feature on X

A for sale sign in front of a house

Age of first-time homebuyer reaches record high

Flag raising honoring Korean Independence Day in Manhattan.

Celebrating Korean Independence Day in America