Thursday, April 08, 2021

Malini Basu joins WFAA

Malini Basu

Malini Basu is joining WFAA 8 Dallas - Fort Worth as a reporter from Boston 25 News WFXT.

"I couldn't be more excited to live in the same city as my family," Basu tweeted. "I've been waiting for this perfect opportunity for years."

Houston television viewers will recognize Basu from her time at KHOU 11 as a reporter from 2012 to 2015.

"Congrats girl," tweeted KHOU 11 anchor Shern-Min Chow.  "You’ve paid your dues in Bean town!! Come home to Texas!!"

Since Basu was in Massachusetts, she picked up EMMY Awards to become a three time winner.  One EMMY award-winning story took Basu all the way to El Salvador where she conducted interviews with convicted murderers from her station's viewing area.  

Before Houston, the St. John’s University grad worked for:

- NBC Connecticut WVIT

- WLNE reporter/fill-in anchor

- WSYR freelance reporter

- WPTZ/WNNE reporter

- FOX 5 News field producer/writer

- NY1 News news assistant/photographer

According to her bio, Basu was born in Kolkata, India and raised in Queens, NY.  She speaks fluent Bengali.

Other former Houston reporters working for WFAA

Basu will not be the only former Houston TV reporter now working for WFAA channel 8 in DFW. 

 Take a look at the TEGNA station's bio page and you will see former H-Town TV journalists like Sonia Azad (abc13 KTRK), Demond Fernandez (abc13 KTRK), Kevin Reece (KHOU 11) and Jason Whitely (KHOU 11). 

Then there is the top person at WFAA, VP and Station Manager Carolyn Mungo, who was a longtime KHOU 11 reporter and then moved into news management at FOX 26 KRIV Houston before leaving for Dallas.

Just for fun, I'll also throw in WFAA's Daybreak morning news anchor Kara Sewell who interned at channel 13 in Houston.

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