CSN anchor and reporter Julie Donaldson delivers the day’s top local and national sports stories for the network’s news, analysis and entertainment shows, including SportsNet Central and Football Central.
Donaldson joined the network in August 2010 after stops in some of the nation’s top markets, including Boston, New York and Miami. Most recently, Donaldson served as a sports anchor and reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV (NBC). Prior to WHDH, she served as a reporter for SportsNet New York (SNY) for two years, including the network’s inaugural season.
Donaldson began her career in Miami where she held a variety of positions for FOX Sports, including FS Florida and FS South. She served as a longtime reporter for FS Florida’s Sports Rap, hosted SEC and ACC men’s basketball preview shows for FS South, and contributed to the network’s national broadcasts as a sideline reporter for ACC Sunday Night Hoops.
Donaldson’s other television experience includes serving as a host and reporter for the Miami Heat’s “Heat TV,” providing pre-game and in-game coverage, and working as a producer and correspondent for Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, a program that aired nationally on PBS.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Donaldson was named Miss Florida USA in 2001.
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.