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.