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Tarik El-Bashir Leaving WaPo For Comcast SportsNet [MEMO]

Washington Post sports reporter Tarik El-Bashir is headed to Comcast SportsNet to cover the Redskins, according to a WaPo memo (below).

I enjoyed El-Bashir’s work at the Post, and the paper’s Caps coverage suffered when he left that beat. Now he gets to cover the Skins for Skins bedfellow CSN, which should benefit from the move. We wish him well.

From: Jennifer Crandell
Date: Wed, May 30, 2012 at 3:41 PM
Subject: Staff News: Tarik El-Bashir
To: NEWS – All Newsroom

We are sorry to announce that Tarik El-Bashir will be leaving the Post to take on a new job covering the Redskins for ComcastSportsNet.

Tarik started with us as a high school sports writer in 1999 and took over the Capitals beat in 2005. It just so happened that another rookie named Alex Ovechkin also came to the Capitals that year, and over the ensuing five seasons Tarik was on the scene to document Ovechkin’s and the Capitals’ exciting rise to prominence in the National Hockey League. The two most recent seasons, Tarik has been our lead writer on Georgetown men’s basketball, one of our most important college beats, and added auto racing to his portfolio. He also served as our resident hockey analyst, joining forces with lead beat writer Katie Carrera to provide an added dimension to our Caps coverage.

While we will dearly miss Tarik’s gregarious nature and good spirit, we wish him well in this new phase of his career.

Matt Vita

Matt Rennie

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. JDP

    May 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Well that sucks. Now literally zero competent hockey writers at the Post.

  2. Bossman

    May 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    There’s one at the other paper in town. Check out Stephen Whyno if you haven’t already.


  3. ThisGuy

    May 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Damn. Boswell is great on hockey but doesn’t write about it much. Maybe WaPo recruits some talent from a shitbox hockey city, like Aaron Portzline from Columbus. He does good out there.

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