Malini Basu joined KHOU 11 in February 2012 as a general assignment reporter. Prior to moving to Houston, she worked at the NBC owned and operated station in Hartford, CT, where she was a general assignment reporter. In Hartford, one memorable story she covered was the freak October snowstorm where 700,000 people were without power for days, some for weeks.
Prior to that, Malini spent four years at the ABC affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island as a reporter and weekend morning anchor. Malini covered crime in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. She broke several exclusive stories that made national headlines.
Malini covered the "Craigslist Killer," 2011 New England Tornado outbreak and presidential visits to Rhode Island.
Malini has a B.A. in communications and minor in business from St. John's University. She is happy to be in Houston. Her extended family lives in the Fort Bend County area. She remembers visiting the beaches here when she was a kid.
Malini grew up in Queens, New York. She speaks fluent Bengali and has spent several summers in India where her parents grew up before they emigrated to New York.
Even though she's a native New Yorker, she's working on perfecting her "ya'll."
Getting to know KHOU 11 News Reporter Malini Basu
What is your favorite food?
I love sushi. The second thing I love is my Mom's curry chicken....delish:)
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Grenada. Tiny island but I'm in love with it! I also love visiting my relatives in India...so yes, I can deal with all the heat in Houston!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love working out, hiking, biking, volunteering, reading, and just being spontaneous!
Who inspires you?
I credit my Mom, Dad and older brother for helping me be the person I'm today. Their strong Indian values made me who I am. I also look up to my brother dearly, who is an orthopedic surgeon. He is extremely hard working and deserves everything he has today.
What is your favorite part about working in news?
All the interesting people I meet on a daily basis and work is never the same everyday.
What is always in your refrigerator and you cannot live without?
Milk for my coffee and chocolate. I'm a chocoholic!
What are your favorite movies?
The Namesake and The Descendants
What is your source of motivation when working out?
What are your fondest memories when spending summers in India?
Spending time with my relatives, going for walks with my grandfather, and driving my aunt and uncle crazy! Take me somewhere! They're awesome.
What is one thing about you most people would be surprised by?
That I have a great sense of humor... love to laugh and am not nearly as serious as I appear to be!