Former Redskins great Brian Mitchell is the host of CSN’s daily talk and debate show, SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell, and an analyst for the network’s Redskins gameday shows.
As a co-host for SportsTalk Live, which launched in January 2012, he delivers extensive analysis and opinion covering the top regional and national sports stories nightly. As an NFL analyst, he is featured on the network’s Washington Redskins game-day shows, Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live.
As a player, Mitchell spent 14 years in the NFL as a return specialist and running back from 1990 to 2003, including 10 seasons with the Redskins. He also spent three years with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the New York Giants. In 223 games, he gained more than 23,000 all-purpose yards, which is second on the all-time NFL list. He recorded 13 career special-teams touchdowns, which also ranks second in NFL history.
A Super Bowl Champion with the Redskins in 1992, Mitchell was named an NFL All-Pro three times and was a Pro Bowler in 1995. He was inducted into the Redskins ‘Ring of Fame’ in 2009 and was named to the team’s 70th Anniversary Team. Mitchell played collegiately at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, which is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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.