Anchors and Reporters


Tiffany Blackmon is an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet Houston. She joined the network from NBC affiliate KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City. Blackmon moves to Houston from NBC affiliate KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City. Prior to that, she served as Sports Director at KXXV-TV in Waco, Texas, and also worked as the Weekend Sports anchor at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, La. Tiffany’s first experience working in live TV came during her time as a production assistant at The Weather Channel after graduating from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She earned her degree in Journalism/ Telecommunications and played soccer all four years for the Panthers. Tiffany calls the “Peach State” her home, but was born in Massachusetts.

Steve Bunin is an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet Houston. Bunin joins the network from ESPN, where he served as an anchor since August 2003. Bunin frequently hosted the Emmy Award-winning program Outside the Lines and has also hosted ESPN’s flagship sports news program, SportsCenter, in addition to NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, ESPNEWS and studio coverage of various live events, from the World Cup to college football and men’s college basketball. Prior to ESPN, Bunin worked as a sports anchor at TV stations in Battle Creek and Lansing, Mich.; Flagstaff, Ariz. and Syracuse and Binghamton, N.Y., winning numerous awards along the way. Bunin was the only anchor in ESPN history to win the company's prestigious award for character in 2010, and he received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2011. Originally from Seattle, Wash., Bunin earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. Read more about Steve Bunin on CSN Spotlight

Howard Chen is digital reporter for Comcast SportsNet Houston. A Houston native, he returns home after serving as Sports Director at WUPW-TV in Toledo, Ohio. A graduate of Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Chen earned his broadcast degree at Syracuse University. He spent more than two years as a Sports Anchor/Reporter at WHIZ-TV (NBC) in Zanesville, Ohio, before moving on to Toledo. Chen had the honor of representing Syracuse University at the table tennis collegiate nationals and trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He is a proud member of the Asian American Journalists Association and also supports Kollaboration, a non-profit organization that encourages performing artists to keep going for their dreams.

Bill Doleman serves as the host of Houston Rockets studio programming on Comcast SportsNet Houston. He also hosts Saturday Tailgate Live in addition to other specialty programs. Doleman most recently worked as an anchor, host and play-by-play announcer at the Mountain West Sports Network. A veteran sportscaster, he has called games for ABC Sports, Fox Sports Net, the NCAA, CSTV, and ESPN networks and was a regular on ESPN’s regional coverage of Big 12 Conference men’s basketball for 15 seasons. In addition, Doleman has done extensive broadcast work with the Mountain West, Missouri Valley and other conferences and has covered football, basketball and baseball, as well as Olympic sports including volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling. An alumnus of the University of Nebraska, Bill began his career shortly before his college graduation by calling games for NETV and serving as its main sports announcer for more than ten years. He also served as the sports director at KTBU-TV in Houston where his television duties included play-by-play of football, basketball and baseball and host of University of Houston coaches’ shows.

Eckert is a digital reporter for Comcast SportsNet Houston. The La Grange, Texas, native is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin Red McCombs School of Business, where she earned a degree in Finance. Eckert worked as a training camp reporter for the Dallas Cowboys, and held several freelance production positions in both TV and radio before becoming a reporter at WTAJ-TV in Altoona, Pa. There, she covered Penn State and Saint Francis University athletics, as well as the minor league affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bart Enis is the primary sideline reporter for Houston Rockets coverage in addition to other reporting assignments. A fixture in Houston sports reporting, Enis spent the last decade as a reporter and co-host for Astros, Rockets and Texans coverage on Fox Sports Houston. He started his career in 1983 at Houston’s KPRC-TV and spent 15 years at the station as a reporter, anchor, producer, editor and photographer. He also was a reporter for KHOU-TV’s Houston Chronicle High School Sports Show. Bart’s work has been recognized with two Texas Associated Press Broadcasters awards for Best Sports Feature and Best Sportscast. Bart helped lead the Stratford High School football team to the 1978 UIL state championship before attending Texas Tech University and the University of Houston. He is the son of the late, legendary Texas television and radio broadcast journalist and former KPRC-TV sports anchor Bill Enis, who worked the sidelines for NBC’s broadcasts of Super Bowl V and Super Bowl VII and is a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

Kevin Eschenfelder is the host of SportsTalk Live, in addition to other specialty programming on Comcast SportsNet Houston. A native Houstonian, Kevin spent the last 17 years serving as the pre and postgame host for Astros and Rockets games on Fox Sports Houston. He has also served as a pre and postgame host for Fox Sports Southwest broadcasts of Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars. San Antonio Spurs, and the Texas Rangers. His resume includes calling college football and basketball play-by-play for the Southwest Conference, Big 12 Conference, and WAC. Eschenfelder has also served as a fill-in analyst during Astros telecasts and fill-in play-by-play voice for Dallas Mavericks games with Fox Sports Southwest. Eschenfelder began his career at the Houston-based Home Sports Entertainment (HSE) as a statistician during his senior year at Sugar Land’s Dulles High School. He began covering college basketball for HSE in 1987 and went on to graduate from the University of Houston.

Cory Hepola joins Comcast SportsNet Houston as an anchor and reporter from KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, where he covered the Texas Longhorns. Prior to that, he was a sports anchor/reporter at WROC-TV in Rochester, N.Y., spending four seasons reporting on the NFL’s Buffalo Bills beat. In 2010, WROC earned the Best Sportscast from the New York State Broadcasters Association. Hepola’s career has included stops in Elmira, N.Y.; Helena, Mont.; Washington D.C.; and Fargo, N.D., where he took home an award for Best Sportscast in 2003.

Kelli Johnson is an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the Houston Astros and Rockets and serves as an anchor for SportsNet Central, the network’s daily news show. She is also the host of Football Postgame Live. Johnson previously served as Comcast SportsNet’s Washington Redskins beat reporter, where she provided daily coverage of the team and contributed to the network’s Redskins pregame and postgame shows, Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live. Prior to joining Comcast SportsNet in 2004, she spent three years as a sports reporter and anchor for KSDK-TV NBC in St. Louis. She also spent time with News 8 in Austin, Texas. A graduate of the University of Idaho, Johnson was a four-year starter on the women’s basketball team and earned All-Conference academic honors each season. Read more about Kelli Johnson on CSN Spotlight.

John Kelly covers high school and college sports for University of North Texas graduate and Houston native has spent the last decade at Fox Sports Houston producing a variety of Astros, high school, and college programming for the including the Astros and high school sports.

Julia Morales is a reporter and anchor for Comcast SportsNet Houston, and serves as the primary in-stand reporter on Houston Astros telecasts. She joins the network after spending two years at YNN-TV, a 24-hour news channel in Austin, where she covered the Texas Longhorns and Round Rock Express. Morales began her broadcast career as Weekend Sports Anchor at KTEN-TV in Sherman, Texas. From there, she took the same position at KYTX-TV in Tyler. A native of Crandall, Texas, Morales spent two years as a “World Famous Kilgore College Rangerette” before graduating from the University of Texas at Austin.

James Palmer currently serves as the network's Houston Texans beat reporter, where he provides daily coverage on the team and contributes to the network's postgame show as the show's on site reporter. He joined the network from Comcast Sports Southeast, where he was a reporter, host and producer. Prior to joining CSS, Palmer spent more than three years at the Mountain West Sports Network, serving as a production assistant, writer and editor. Palmer earned bachelor's degrees in both communications and education from The Ohio State University. Read more about James Palmer on CSN Spotlight.

Marius Payton is an anchor for SportsNet Central and joins Comcast SportsNet Houston from the Mountain West Sports Network. Prior to his time at The Mountain, he enjoyed a two-year stint with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic as an anchor/reporter for SportsNite and SportsRise. Marius studied communications at Westminster College in Utah and started his sportscasting career in Salt Lake City in 1994 at KTVX-TV. During his tenure in Salt Lake City, he had the opportunity to cover the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals, the 2002 NBA All-Star Game, and the 2004 Winter Olympic Games, earning several Emmy Award nominations for his work.

Leila Rahimi (LAY-luh RAH-hee-mee) is an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet Houston. She most recently served as the on-field reporter for San Diego Padres broadcasts on Fox Sports Net. The native Texan worked in Austin at KXAN-TV for more than four years as a reporter/anchor covering the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Big 12 sports, Round Rock Express and both Houston and Dallas teams. The University of North Texas graduate also spent nearly two years at KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas, covering local high schools and the Big 12’s Oklahoma Sooners. Her experience also includes serving as a sideline reporter on Fox Sports Southwest’s high school football and Big 12 baseball coverage, in addition to four years on Sports Radio 1310 “The Ticket” in Dallas. Read more about Leila Rahimi on CSN Spotlight.

Sebastian Salazar is an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet Houston. He joins the network from Major League Soccer’s DC United, where he served as the team’s staff reporter during the 2012 season. After stints as a sports reporter at WDNN in Dalton, Ga. and TV3-Winchester in Winchester, Va., Sebastian joined Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic as a Digital Media Producer in 2009.  He is a graduate of Westminster College in Pennsylvania and a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Adam Wexler is CSN Houston’s Digital Reporter for Houston Rockets Basketball. Wexler is well known to Houston sports fans, having performed in on-air roles at both SportsRadio 610 and SportsTalk 790 in starting in 1995. He has served as a member of the Rockets radio broadcast team as a studio host and color analyst, and also worked as a sports producer at KPRC-TV in Houston. Wexler has been covering Houston sports for nearly 20 years on all media platforms, in print, on radio, on television and online.

Dave Zangaro is a writer and website coordinator for From Philadephia, Zangaro previously worked for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and the Burlington County Times in Burlington County, N.J. The Rowan University (New Jersey) graduate earned a degree in journalism in 2010 and has covered local, high school, college and professional sports since.