CSN Mid-Atlantic has named Kara Lawson the primary analyst voice for Wizards games, joining play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz in the broadcast booth.

Lawson has extensive ties to the Washington area as a native of Alexandria, Va., and a former Washington Mystic. 

I’m ecstatic to return to my hometown and be a part of the coverage for the franchise I rooted for growing up. There are not many times in life when you are offered an opportunity that fits on so many levels. To cover the NBA on a day-to-day basis, as part of a team, is a dream come true. I look forward to working with everyone on the CSN Mid-Atlantic team and the Washington Wizards.

The newest member of the Wizards broadcast team has an impressive work history, both on the court and on television. She played college backetball at Tennessee before launching a WNBA career, winning a WNBA Championship in 2005 as a member of the Sacramento Monarchs. She also played with the Mystics from 2014-15. 

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Lawson was selected to the USA Basketball Women's National Team for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, winning a gold medal. 

On the broadcast side, she has covered college basketball and the NBA for ESPN, becoming the first female analyst on a national NBA broadcast in January of 2007. She will continue her work with ESPN in addition to her new role with CSN. 


As Lawson steps in as the primary analyst , Phil Chenier and Drew Gooden will serve as secondary analysts for select games. A Wizards franchise legend and the team's television broadcast analyst for 33 seasons, Chenier will also contribute regularly as a studio analyst during the Wizards pregame and postgame shows on CSN. 

Gooden, who played for the Wizards 2014 to 2016, will be another new addition to the Wizards broadcast team beginning with this season.