Rob Carlin, co-host of SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell, has been an integral part of CSN’s comprehensive regional sports coverage since joining the network in October 2011.
Prior to joining SportsTalk Live in September 2015, Carlin served as an anchor and reporter for SportsNet Central, the network’s daily news show, and contributed to pregame and postgame coverage of the Washington Redskins and Washington Capitals.
A veteran sports anchor and reporter, Carlin joined CSN from MSG Network, where he hosted game-day coverage of the New York Islanders. Prior to that, he served as a sports anchor and reporter with Baltimore’s WMAR-TV (ABC) for more than three years. A University of Maryland graduate, Carlin also spent four years as a sports reporter and anchor with WMDT-TV (ABC) in Salisbury, Md., and as a sports producer for Baltimore’s WBFF-TV (FOX) for two years.
Carlin’s other television experience includes work as a host for College Sports Television (CSTV), now known as CBS Sports Network, and as a sports anchor and reporter for WVTM-TV (NBC) in Birmingham, Ala., where he spent four years. He also spent time as a freelance sports anchor and reporter with New York’s WNBC-TV.
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.