Ellee is every Cheeky Mama’s role model. She’s figured out how to balance motherhood, career and her marriage all with a sweet smile. Ellee is currently the host of Comcast Newsmakers and is formerly a news anchor on NBC 5 where she worked from 2003-2009.
Ellee is not only a mover and a shaker in the news world, but is also smart as a whip. As a child she moved to the United States from Korea and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul and a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A total underachiever, yeah right!
As if this wasn’t all Cheeky enough, Ellee is an Emmy nominee and has also been featured in several publications including Chicago Parent and Wind. A dedicated member of the Chicago community, Ellee serves as a board member for the Chicago Children’s Choir and an honorary board member for HANUL Family Alliance. Ellee is a city mama – she lives in Chicago with her husband John and their two children, Avonlea and Anden.
Cheeky Mama Caitlin: What are some of your favorite spots around town for family outings?
Ellee Pai Hong: We have such great parks in the city, my kids love them. Some of my new favorites are Skinner Park and also the one on Adams and Peoria.
Cheeky Mama Caitlin: What is your favorite local date night destination?
EPH: Sushi Wabi. They have the best lemon drop martinis in the city and the yummiest micro green roll (made without rice so no carbs!).
Cheeky Mama Caitlin: How’d you decide between raising kids in the city versus the ‘burbs?
EPH: The city has so much to offer. I wanted my children to take advantage of the culture, museums and, most importantly, the diversity.
Cheeky Mama Caitlin: What do you love most about raising your family in Chicago?
EPH: I love the fact that the Shedd, the Chicago Children’s Museum, Adler Planetarium and all the other great museums in the city are in my “backyard.”
Cheeky Mama Caitlin: What is your least favorite part about raising your family in Chicago?
EPH: Paying for parking!
Cheeky Mama Caitlin: Do you have any tips of managing work/life balance for all of the busy Chicago moms out there?
EPH: I’d love some tips, too! Life is all about balance, isn’t it? Sounds so simple but is so difficult to do! I guess my advice and what I try to do is to be fully present in the time I do have with my family….and not let my “to do” list get in the way.
Cheeky Mama Caitlin: What do you do to recharge and take a moment just for you?
EPH: I try to do 30 minutes of quiet time a day. Not always possible but I read a few Bible verses, pray and really try and keep an open mind and heart to what God has in store for me.
Cheeky Mama Caitlin: What is the Cheekiest thing you’ve done today?
EPH: Asked my five-year-old to let mommy have a turn at Dance Central on Kinect. Danced to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and scored over 370,000. Still got my moves!
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