Phil Chenier serves as the analyst for CSN’s live-game coverage of the Washington Wizards, a position he has held since the 1984-85 season, the network’s first full season.
Chenier has been connected with the Wizards/Bullets organization since 1971, when he was the organization’s first-round choice, fourth overall, in the NBA Entry Draft. As a player, Chenier spent nine seasons with the Wizards/Bullets organization from 1971-72 to 1979-80, including the team’s 1978 World Championship season.
Overall, Chenier recorded 9,778 points for the Bullets in 546 games and averaged 20-or-more points per game for five consecutive seasons from 1972-73 to 1976-77. He appeared in three NBA All-Star Games and named to the All-NBA Second Team for the 1974-75 season. He appeared in 60 playoff games for the franchise. He also spent one season each with the Indiana and Golden State before retiring in 1981 with a career 17.2 points-per-game average over 10 NBA seasons.
A native of Berkeley, Calif., Chenier played collegiately at the University of California.
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.