Malini Basu is a reporter at WFAA in Dallas. She joined the station in April 2021.
Who are you?
After spending six successful years in Boston at the FOX affiliate, I’m returning home to Texas to be with my family, who live in the Uptown Dallas and Plano areas. Coming home to Texas has been my goal for years.
During my time at Boston 25 News, I won three Emmy's, including one for a story about the Massachusetts State Police, which resulted in a colonel stepping down. I traveled to El Salvador to one of the world's most dangerous gang prisons, did one-on-one interviews with convicted gang members from their jail cell, and covered major trials like those of Aaron Hernandez and the Boston Marathon bomber.
During the pandemic, as embassies shut down, I helped a family from Bangladesh navigate a language barrier to get to the United States to see their dying son on life support. I also spent day after day in Chelsea, Massachusetts, which was an epicenter of the virus. I helped struggling families who were forced out of their homes. My work was recognized several times by the governor, and state senators.
Before working at Boston 25 News, I worked at KHOU for three years where I covered a number of major breaking news stories. In 2014, I won an award in excellence for news gathering and breaking news. I was instrumental in the safe return of a 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped and taken near the Mexican Border. Prior to that, I spent 4.5 years at the ABC affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island, where I broke exclusive details in the Craigslist killer's case. I started my career in Plattsburgh, New York, near the Canadian border.
What are your interests?
Helping people in need is what I love to do best. Outside of this, I try to get my mental space in by weight-lifting and working out.
What do you like working about WFAA?
WFAA is a legendary shop we would always talk about in newsrooms I’ve worked in. I previously worked for WFAA's sister station, KHOU, and would sometimes do live shots for WFAA. It feels good to be back in familiar territory.
What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I was born in Kolkata, India and came here when I was a newborn. I speak fluent Bengali, and I'm so thankful to my parents for sending my brother and I back to India every summer. Month after month, we spent time with our grandparents, uncles, and aunts. It taught us what hard work is, and that nothing is ever handed to us.