An original member of CSN Mid-Atlantic, Chick Hernandez has become one of the region’s most recognizable and respected sports authorities in more than two decades as a host, anchor and reporter.
Hernandez is the longtime host of the Emmy Award-winning Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live gameday shows. He also contributes as an anchor and reporter to the network’s daily news program, SportsNet Central – a position he held for the show’s debut in April 2001.
Hernandez’s expertise and ties to the community have made him an indelible part of the region’s sports landscape and earned him numerous honors and awards. In addition to multiple Emmy Awards, he was recently named D.C. Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) and was the recipient of the University of Maryland’s Distinguished Terp Award and the Washington Football Legends’ George Michael Excellence in Media Award.
Prior to joining CSN, Hernandez worked for Fox SportsNet and spent seven years with Washington’s WTTG-TV (FOX) as a sports anchor and reporter. A native of Silver Spring, he attended the University of Maryland.
J.P. Finlay was named as CSN’s Redskins Insider in July 2016.
In this role, Finlay delivers extensive daily coverage of the Washington Redskins for CSN’s online, mobile and social media platforms. He also appears regularly on CSN’s television news, analysis and feature coverage, including its exclusive gameday shows and studio programs.
A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Finlay previously spent four years in digital media management and production positions with CSN, most recently as manager of content integration. He joined CSN in 2012 as a digital media producer and, beginning in 2014, was senior producer. In each of those roles, he contributed as a reporter to CSN’s extensive Redskins coverage. Finlay also gained experience covering the Redskins from SB Nation and the Washingtonian.
Finlay, who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland and Georgetown University, respectively, also gained experience as a writer for Roll Call and SNL Financial before joining CSN.
Tarik El-Bashir was named Capitals Insider in July 2016 after covering the Redskins for CSN for four seasons.
A longtime sports reporter, El-Bashir provides comprehensive Washington Capitals news, analysis and feature reporting for CSN’s online, mobile and social media platforms. He is also a regular contributor to CSN’s television coverage of the team, including live gameday shows and studio programming.
A Washington-area native, El-Bashir joined CSN in May 2012 from The Washington Post, where he spent 13 years in the sports department. During his last two years with the newspaper, he served as the beat writer for Georgetown University men’s basketball and contributed to its Washington Capitals coverage. Prior to that, El-Bashir was The Post’s beat writer for the Capitals from 2005 to 2010 and spent six years as the lead reporter covering high school sports.
A Howard University graduate, he joined The Post in 1999 from The New York Times, where he covered the New York Islanders for two years.