Clifton Brown serves as Ravens Insider for CSN.
Brown, a longtime sportswriter and veteran NFL reporter, provides comprehensive Ravens news, analysis and features for CSNmidatlantic.com and the network’s mobile and social media platforms. He also makes regular appearances on Geico SportsNet Central, the network’s daily news program, and contributes to Ravens Kickoff, Ravens Postgame Live and other Ravens programming.
Brown joined CSN after covering the NFL for the Sporting News for more than five years. Prior to that, he spent 19 years at the New York Times from 1988 to 2007, most recently as its NFL writer. During his tenure at the Times, he also served as the national golf writer, national NBA writer and as a beat reporter covering the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets.
He also spent five years in the sports department at the Detroit Free Press, including time as beat reporter for the Detroit Pistons, after starting his career with the Boca Raton News.
Tarik El-Bashir was named Capitals Insider in July 2016 after covering the Redskins for CSN for four seasons.
A longtime sports reporter, El-Bashir provides comprehensive Washington Capitals news, analysis and feature reporting for CSN’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 CSN 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.
Sebastian Salazar serves as an anchor and reporter for CSN’s news, analysis and entertainment programming, including SportsNet Central. He also regularly hosts Capitals Pregame Live and Capitals Postgame Live.
A native of the Washington, D.C., area, Salazar rejoined CSN in December 2014 after spending two years as an anchor and reporter for CSN Houston, beginning with its launch in October 2012. During his tenure in Houston, he served as an anchor for the network’s daily news program and as the beat reporter covering Houston Dynamo (MLS) and Rice University basketball and football.
Prior to joining CSN Houston, Salazar spent more than three years covering Washington/Baltimore-area sports. As a member of CSN from 2009 to 2012, he produced and hosted content for CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com, including high school sports shows. For the 2012 MLS season, he joined D.C. United as a reporter and host and contributed to CSN’s live coverage as sideline reporter.
Salazar’s previously spent two years as a sports anchor and reporter for WHSV-TV (ABC) in Winchester, Va., from 2006 to 2008, and with WDNN-TV in Dalton, Ga., from 2005 to 2006. His first position in sports media was as an intern for CSN Mid-Atlantic’s news department in 2003.
Salazar earned a degree in broadcast communications from Westminster College (Pa.).
As National Insider, Chase Hughes leads CSN Mid-Atlantic’s coverage of the Washington Nationals.
Hughes, who originally joined CSN in 2009, is a member of Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). In addition to writing for CSNmidatlantic.com and contributing to CSN’s news and entertainment programming, he is the co-host of a weekly podcast, 'Baseball in the District.'
A Washington, D.C.-area native, Hughes has previously contributed to coverage of the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards as a writer and digital media producer.
Hughes attended College of Charleston and W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va.