Malini Basu joined the Boston 25 News team in March 2015 as a general assignment reporter and she is also a fill-in anchor. She has a proven track record of providing new details on breaking news and obtaining exclusive one-on-one interviews.
Malini is a 3X Emmy-Award winning reporter. She won an Emmy for breaking exclusive details about the Massachusetts State Police shake-up. A few weeks later the Colonel stepped down.
Malini also won an Emmy for her reporting from El Salvador. She was the only reporter who traveled to El Salvador in July 2018. Malini went with the Boston Police Commissioner and Chelsea Police Chief, where they went to one of the world’s most dangerous prisons. She did several one-on-one interviews with convicted murderers from the Massachusetts area. The mission was to combat gang violence in the Boston area.
Malini and her photographer were recognized for their reporting on the front lines during the George Floyd protests in Brockton, where protesters were looting and rioting. They were hit with tear gas, rocks, and bricks during their live coverage.
Malini covered Aaron Hernandez's sentencing for the murder of Odin Lloyd and reported on Mr. Hernandez's death. She covered Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sentencing for the Boston Marathon bombing. Malini traveled to West Virginia’s federal gun-tracing facility, reporting on the history of the murder weapon used by the Tsarnaev’s. Malini was also on the front lines when East Boston police officers were caught in an intense shootout.
Prior to joining Boston 25 News, Malini spent three years at KHOU 11 News in Houston, TX as a front line reporter. While in Houston, she covered breaking news and was dispatched to report on stories that made national headlines. Malini's assignments took her from the Gulf Coast to the Mexican Border to cover a number of high profile stories, including multiple hurricanes and tornadoes. Malini reported on the kidnapping of a young girl and was instrumental in her safe return to her family. She broke exclusive details on stories, including the nationwide manhunt for Isaac Tiharihondi.
While Malini joined Boston 25 News after a successful stint in Houston, she is no stranger to New England. She previously worked at NBC Connecticut and worked as an Anchor/ Reporter at WLNE in Providence, R.I. where she broke exclusive details about the "Craigslist killer" Philip Markoff.
Malini started her reporting career near the Canadian border at WPTZ, in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Malini has a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Business from St. John's University. She was born in Kolkata, India, and was raised in Queens, N.Y. Malini speaks fluent Bengali and has spent several summers in Kolkata.