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Monica Eng

Monica Eng

Reporter

Monica reports and produces segments on food, health and ethnic culture in Chicago and beyond.

Before coming to WBEZ, Monica Eng was a food, culture and watchdog-investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune for 16 years. Before that she wrote and edited for the Daily Southtown and Chicago Sun Times. Monica has won multiple writing awards and been nominated for the James Beard Award five times.

Monica is a fourth generation Chicagoan whose children are fourth generation Chicago Public Schools graduates.

Recent Stories

Curious City

Veggies in City Planters: Tasty Kale Bait or Jailbait?

Tempted by street-level kale, cabbage and chard? Here's why you shouldn't treat public planters like salad bars.

Curious City

How Big Chains’ Produce Ends Up in Local Grocery Stores

When one Chicagoan found brand-name Brussels sprouts at a bargain produce market, she had to wonder: How did these get here? And why are they so cheap?

WBEZ News

Park District Tests Show High Levels Of Lead At Some Public Fountains

Newly released Chicago Park District documents show high levels of lead in some popular public fountains.

Curious City

Chicago Park District Shuts Down Two Fountains Due To Lead Concerns

Questions are raised about a fountain at a lakefront path and another at Lincoln Park Zoo. The news comes as 40,000 Chicago kids are set to attend district day camps.

Curious City

Chicago Park District Testing Water For Lead

As 40,000 kids get ready to attend Chicago Park District summer camps in early July, district officials are testing the water in 60 field house fountains for lead.

WBEZ News

Highest Lead Levels Yet Found At School For Kids With Disabilities

New results from CPS testing reveal one fountain’s water with 23 times more lead than the federal limit.

WBEZ News

Here Are All Of Chicago Public Schools' Lead Test Results

WBEZ is tracking the results of lead testing at schools in Chicago. Find the most up to date numbers here.

WBEZ News

New Results Find High Lead Levels In School's Water

At Reilly Elementary, one drinking fountain's lead level was 22 times higher than the EPA action level.

WBEZ News

Chicago Posts Results Of Lead Levels Found In Homes

The sample is small but officials say more are coming.

WBEZ News

Chicago's Beaches Off To Strong Start

Chicago’s beach season got off to a strong start Memorial Day weekend, despite still chilly waters WBEZ’s Monica Eng reports.

WBEZ News

Beaches jammed for Memorial Day

Mild weather and sunshine drew crowds to Chicago beaches on Memorial Day weekend for the kickoff of beach season.

Morning Shift

Navy Pier Shows Off Its New Ferris Wheel

After more than two years of construction Navy Pier is unveiling its new attractions

WBEZ News

CPS To Test All Schools For Lead in Water

The announcement comes after a pilot program revealed elevated lead levels at a South Side elementary school.

WBEZ News

The Bright Glow Of Your Computer May Be Affecting Your Waistline

Researchers at Northwestern found that exposure to bright lights in the evening can result in weight gain and other health problems.

WBEZ News

Chicago Streamlines Access To Home Lead Testing Kits

Chicago officials say they are moving quickly to accommodate the rush of requests for kits so people can test the water in their homes for lead.

WBEZ News

Chicago Chef Tony Hu Charged With Fraud

One of Chicago’s most popular restaurateurs has been charged with allegedly withholding sales tax from state authorities.

WBEZ News

Woman Can Sue Wiener's Circle For Broken Arm

An Illinois appeals court says a woman who broke her arm during a late night visit can sue the rowdy hot dog stand.

WBEZ News

Hundreds Request Lead Testing For Their Home Water

After Chicago reminded residents they could call 311 for water testing, more than 1,000 put in requests.

WBEZ News

CPS Meets With French Delegation To Talk About Vegetables In School

The French dropped in on CPS to share best practices, buying power and recipes.

WBEZ News

Is CPS Following Best Practices When It Comes To Testing School Water?

CPS says it’s started testing water in 28 schools for lead. A look at how its methods compare to those used elsewhere.

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