Get to Know Western Iowa Reporter Isabella Basco

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Since 3 News Now is always in the community to learn your stories, we wanted to give you the chance to get to know the reporters telling you the stories. This time, we’re going to let Tennessee-turned-Nebraskian Isabella Basco tell you her story. Basco covers Omaha and western Iowa, and it’s not uncommon to catch her reporting on a farm or on commercial industries. Sometimes you can even spot her in the studio, where she occasionally fills the anchor desk.

Isabelle, in her own words

I consider myself a Southern girl at heart with a soft spot for food and hospitality. I can never say no to fried chicken, BBQ nachos or hush puppies! My first adventure in the Midwest began when I worked for two years in Rochester, Minnesota. As the brutal winters literally blew my mind, I fell in love with the values ​​and friendliness of the Midwest. I firmly believe that my calling is to tell the stories of others, but if you’re curious, here are some snapshots of mine.

I’m a proud Filipino-American

I was born and raised in America and my parents are both immigrants from the Philippines. Yet they did a solid job teaching us cultural values. I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, active with the Filipino community. Every year I participated in “Flores De Mayo”, a festival honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. I also learned cultural dance and sang at almost every event involving Filipino-Americans.

When I went to graduate school in Washington DC, I became involved in the community of young Filipino professionals. My graduate school cornerstone also focused on Filipino WWII veterans who were still waiting to get the benefits they were promised after serving. He got published on Voice of America after my internship there.

I consider myself a hybrid – a collection of different cultures and backgrounds. There are so many things about Filipino culture that have molded and shaped me, be it respecting my elders, creating a home with a loving heart, and prioritizing faith and family. In every place I’ve lived – be it Memphis, Washington DC or Omaha – I’ve encountered a Filipino community that has made me feel a little less alone and a little more loved in the world. What a gift it is!

I love to sing!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to sing – whether it’s the national anthem or songs I’ve written myself. Growing up, I sang in a children’s choir that sang at Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, and before former First Lady Barbara Bush. I can also play piano, guitar and ukulele!

The reason I love music so much explains why I chose journalism: both are forms of storytelling. Both have the ability to trigger powerful emotions. Music is such a blessing, and if I sing at karaoke, at a wedding, or at a big sporting event, my cup is that much fuller.

Cooking is my language of love

If you know the book The five languages ​​of love, you understand the importance of expressing your love to the people who are dear to you. My love languages ​​are cooking and baking: I can’t decide which one I like the most! My specialty is Filipino cuisine, but I also enjoy cooking Thai and Korean dishes. On the baking side, I love to make different breads, cakes and cookies.

I would do anything to show someone how much they mean to me, especially through a hot meal!

I like to be active

I’m obsessed with being active! I ran cross country as a teenager, so I try my best to run every day. I always crave some form of exercise. I’m by no means the best athlete, but I love being outside and staying in shape. My favorite hobbies are skiing, hiking, biking, running and rafting. I am also starting to learn tennis!

Spain is part of my soul

Spanish has always been one of my favorite subjects in school and I always knew I would do at least a minor in college. I studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain while in college, a place well known for its university. Thousands of international students study there every year.

For a semester I lived with an amazing host family and ate lots of chocolate croissants, ham, bread and cheese. It was an eye opener, to say the least, because I learned to be more independent, adapt to my surroundings, and form stronger friendships in unfamiliar places.

All that aside, I also accumulated enough credits to major in Spanish. These days, I do my best to maintain fluidity by watching TV shows and conversing with people in Spanish whenever I can. When it comes to learning a third language, I’m open to all your suggestions!

Musical comedy enthusiast

Because I love to sing, it’s no surprise that I love theater. Since moving to Omaha, I’ve seen four Broadway shows. My singing idol is Lea Salonga, the original star of “Miss Saigon”. My favorite shows are “Wicked” (I can’t wait to see the movie!) and “In the Heights”. I think I inherited this passion from my mother and my grandmother – they both love watching shows!

What can I say ? I have a weakness for a good story.

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