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Recently recognized as "the face of political journalism on local TV news" in Denver, Eli Stokols brings you the latest in Colorado politics weeknights on FOX31 and KWGN, and 24-7 with breaking stories on The Political Page at KDVR.com and Twitter.

An award-winning journalist, Eli's reports seek to provide both sides of the story, to offer context, and to break down the disconnect between public officials and the public at-large by showing the human impact of laws and public policy as well as the human side of the lawmakers who make them.

A fixture on Denver's airwaves since 2005, Eli began his reporting career in Louisiana, covering hurricanes, tornadoes, crime and corruption, even patching potholes once a week. Even now, he continues to live and die with the New Orleans Saints.

In 2002, Eli received a Masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, where he spent the year reporting on the attacks of 9/11 and their aftermath, including seven months inside a Manhattan firehouse documenting how the firefighters there coped with the loss of a seven-man crew.

He is also a proud graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. There, he majored in history and pitched for the Cal baseball team -- whenever they had a safe lead of 10 runs or more.

Eli grew up in Irvine, California, where his broadcasting career was born in his parent's living room, where he first read the news from his desk at the age of 10. It later flourished in the park across the street, where Eli would announce imaginary baseball games out loud for the neighbor's enjoyment, often treating them to double-headers.

In high-school, he was a teammate of former Rockies third-baseman Garrett Atkins. A decade later, Eli had the unique and unexpected pleasure of covering Garrett's exploits during the 2007 World Series. Naturally, Eli roots for the Rockies but remains an Angels fan at heart. He is passionate about many things in addition to news and sports, including books, penguins and sandwiches.

Recent Articles
  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joins business and industry representatives in opposition to two local control ballot measures.

    Hickenlooper stands with industry, business groups against Polis’ initiatives

    DENVER — One day after announcing that there won’t be a special legislative session to pass a compromise bill on the local control of oil and gas drilling, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stood with more than 100 industry and business leaders Thursday in opposition to two local control ballot initiatives. The press conference at the Lower Downtown offices of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce brought together a number of groups that supported Hickenlooper’s effort to reach a legislative compromise, […]

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    Hancock calls for more livable, affordable Denver in annual address

    DENVER — In his third State of the City Address, Mayor Michael Hancock celebrated getting Denver back on solid fiscal footing and pledged to focus on making the city more livable and affordable as it continues to grow. “Our city is thriving,” Hancock told a crowd of city officials, officeholders and political gadflies who gathered Monday morning at the Denver Art Museum. “We have marched out of the recession. Neighborhood by neighborhood, community by community, family by family we are […]

  • Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional, but ruling stayed

    DENVER — A judge in Adams County has ruled that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause, agreeing with 23 federal courts that have so far come to the same conclusion on same-sex marriage bans in other states. The ruling Wednesday is the first decision on the constitutionality of Colorado’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, which was passed in 2006. District Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled that the arguments for keeping the ban, that marriage […]

  • President Obama speaks at Cheesman Park on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

    Obama makes populist economic pitch, slams Congress in Denver speech

    DENVER — After a night hanging out in LoDo, President Obama took to a stage in Cheesman Park Wednesday morning and looked to recapture the populist message that worked so well for him in 2008 and 2012. Introduced by Alex Dooley, a young woman who wrote to the White House about how her boss gave her a raise following Obama’s State of the Union call for a minimum wage hike and one of five such letter writers to dine with […]

  • Former Congressman Bob Beauprez talks to reporters Monday about Colorado's bid

    Democrats dump video of Beauprez echoing Romney’s ’47 percent’ comments

    DENVER — Democrats may have tried to take out Bob Beauprez in the Republican primary — but they saved plenty of bullets for the general election. Eight days after Beauprez’s primary win, just as the GOP gubernatorial nominee is barnstorming the state on a “Unity Tour” with his former rivals and newly-minted running mate, Colorado Democrats released a video of a Beauprez speech from a Denver Rotary Club appearance back in 2010 in which the then-retired politician riffed about the […]

  • Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella has been chosen to be Bob Beauprez's running mate.

    Beauprez taps Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella as running mate

    DENVER — Bob Beauprez, who won the Colorado GOP’s gubernatorial nomination a week ago, has settled on Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella as his choice for lieutenant governor. Beauprez is set to introduce Repella, a single mother of three, at a press conference on Wednesday before setting off on a statewide tour with the three men he beat in last week’s primary, Tom Tancredo, Scott Gessler and Mike Kopp. Beauprez’s campaign tells FOX31 Denver that Repella was the first choice […]

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    Several new Colorado laws go into effect Tuesday

    DENVER — Colorado prosecutors will have twice as long as they do currently to file charges in hit-and-run vehicular homicide cases under a new law, one of about 50 new laws approved by the legislature earlier this year that take effect on Tuesday. The new law, which arose out of bipartisan legislation, will double the statute of limitations to 10 years from five years, allowing law enforcement more time to find the perpetrators. It also increases the statute of limitations […]

  • Weld County Sheriff John Cooke (second from left) leaves the Alfred J. Arraj Federal Courthouse in Denver Monday during a break on the first day of a trial over a lawsuit from gun owners aiming to overturn the state's new gun control laws.

    Judge upholds Colorado’s gun laws, tosses lawsuit

    DENVER — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at overturning Colorado’s new gun laws, upholding the expansion of background checks on private gun sales and transfers and the ban on magazines of more than 15 rounds, FOX31 Denver is first to report “The Clerk of the Court is directed to enter judgement in favor of the defendant on all claims and to close this case,” reads the final ruling from Chief U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger. PDF: […]

  • A new TV ad from a group backing gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez was in heavy rotation over the final weekend of voting in Colorado's primary.

    Democrats’ ads triggered late GOP spending, boosted Beauprez over listless Tancredo

    DENVER — Hours before the polls closed Tuesday and Bob Beauprez was quickly declared the winner of Colorado’s GOP gubernatorial primary, he speculated that the Democratic effort to tip the race to Tom Tancredo may have backfired. A day later, it’s crystal clear that that is indeed the case. While there are other factors to explain Tuesday nights results, including Tancredo’s lackadaisical campaign effort — the candidate who raised the most money on paper spent almost none of it on […]

  • Laura Woods and Tony Sanchez, two candidates backed by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, won GOP primaries for state senate seats in Jefferson County.

    Sanchez, Woods run the table in Jefferson County state senate primaries

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Rocky Mountain Gun Owners are celebrating two hard-fought primary victories in Jefferson County tonight, although one was far clearer than the other. Newcomer Tony Sanchez, who just moved to Colorado last year, won an easy over on attorney Mario Nicolais in the race for the GOP nomination in state senate district 22. Sanchez, who benefited from a number of RMGO’s direct mail pieces attacking Nicolais over his refusal to full out the group’s survey and his support […]