Since joining NBC Sports Washington in 2004, Michael Jenkins has delivered the region’s sports news with a charismatic style that has made him one of the area’s most popular sports reporters.
Jenkins anchors the late version of network’s daily half-hour news program, SportsNet Central, where he provides an entertaining and comprehensive account of the day’s top sports stories.
Jenkins has been recognized with a variety of awards and honors for his work at NBC Sports Washington. A multiple Emmy Award-winner, he has claimed the region’s top prize sports reporter, sports anchor and host/moderator. His work has also earned him four Edward R. Murrow Awards.
A veteran sports journalist, Jenkins joined NBC Sports Washington in 2004 from KVUE-TV (ABC) in Austin, Texas, where he served as a sports anchor and reporter for six years. Prior to that, he held similar positions with KTVB-TV (NBC) in Boise, Idaho, and KTEN-TV (NBC) in Denison, Texas.
Jenkins is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism. He also spent four years as a journalism professor at Austin Community College.
J.P. Finlay was named as NBC Sports Washington's Redskins Insider in July 2016.
In this role, Finlay delivers extensive daily coverage of the Washington Redskins for NBCSW's digital, linear and social media platforms. He also appears regularly on NBCSW's television news, analysis and feature coverage, including its exclusive gameday shows and studio programs. Finlay also created and hosts the popular #RedskinsTalk podcast.
A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Finlay previously spent four years in digital media management and production positions with NBCSW, most recently as manager of content integration. He joined the network 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 the network'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 NBC Sports Washington.
Tarik El-Bashir was named Capitals Insider in July 2016 after covering the Redskins for NBC Sports Washington for four seasons.
A longtime sports reporter, El-Bashir provides comprehensive Washington Capitals news, analysis and feature reporting for NBC Sports Washington'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 NBC Sports Washington 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.