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
For rent sign in Philadelphia.

It's now more expensive than ever to buy a house versus rent

Aimee Wiles-Banion, teacher in St. John's County, Florida.

It now takes a 6-figure income to afford the average home

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at the Economic Club of New York, Oct. 19, 2023.

Inflation is still too high, Fed's Jerome Powell says

Traditional Korean hanbok modeled at Hanbok Day in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Oct. 14, 2023.

Korean Hanbok Day in America celebrates the colorful traditional dress

Paul Yoon, Judy Gee and their two sons, of Fort Lee, New Jersey.

More Asian Americans do not identify with a religion

Sunset at Charlotte Beach off lake Ontario in Rochester, New York.

As housing prices spike, more affordable areas become hot markets

Landscape photographed during vivid sunset.

Hottest September on record follows one hot summer

The Mercer County Dragon Boat Festival in New Jersey.

Dragon boat racing increasing in popularity in US and worldwide

The skyline of midtown Manhattan from a room at the Millennium Hilton New York Hotel in New York City.

New York City on alert after violence in Israel and Gaza

Modern multi-story office space.

Hybrid work is here to stay. Will commercial real estate recover?

Silhouette of trees and a house in fog.

What to know about real estate superstitions this Friday the 13th

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Manhattan's Columbus Circle.

Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day?

Crocs Classic Cowboy Boots

Crocs launches cowboy boots for Croctober

A now hiring sign outside of a restaurant.

US employers increase hiring even with high interest rates

A home under construction at a development in Eagleville, Pennsylvania.

More Americans unable to afford home ownership as interest rates climb

This photo shows a phone app for OnlyFans, a site where fans pay creators for their photos and videos, Thursday Aug. 19, 2021

Missouri teacher on leave after district discovers OnlyFans account

Why you're paying more for orange juice

Mooncakes are Asian pastry treats for Mid-Autumn Festival

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with mooncakes

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