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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
  • President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., February 12, 2013.

    House narrowly passes spending package ahead of deadline

    DENVER — The least productive Congress in history neared the end of its term on Thursday night with the House narrowly passing a $1.1 trillion compromise spending package that would fund the government through next September after a rancorous debate that underlined divisions within both Republican and Democratic caucuses. The bill’s passage on a vote of 219-205 was a victory for both Speaker John Boehner and President Obama, both of whom lobbied intensely for their respective allies to pass the […]

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    Fast-food workers march on Denver in fight for $15 minimum wage

    DENVER — Nearing the end of a week that’s seen massive protests in response to non-indictments in excessive force cases from Ferguson, Missouri to New York City, hundreds of low-waged workers marched onto the 16th Street Mall at lunchtime today to call for economic justice — a $15 an hour minimum wage. Most of the protesters were fast food workers, who were joined by home health care workers, gas station attendants, clergy and labor leaders in what was part of […]

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    Physician-assisted death legislation in the works in Colorado

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers will likely debate legislation next year that would seek to legalize physician-assisted death for terminally ill patients. The bill, which is still being drafted, will be sponsored by two House Democrats, Reps. Joann Ginal of Fort Collins and Lois Court of Denver. While the legislation has been in the works for months, Ginal discussed it publicly for the first time over the weekend at a town hall meeting in Fort Collins, as first reported by the Loveland […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

    Gov. John Hickenlooper defeats Bob Beauprez to claim re-election victory

    DENVER — John Hickenlooper has secured a second term as Colorado governor as vote totals overnight gave him a 22,000-plus lead over Republican challenger Bob Beauprez, FOX31 Denver can report. Hickenlooper’s victory, making him the rare Democratic incumbent to survive a national Republican wave, began to take shape around 2:30 a.m., after late returns from Denver and Jefferson County pushed him to a lead of roughly 1,000 votes, a margin that would have been difficult for Beauprez to overcome because of […]

  • Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora,

    Mike Coffman beats Andrew Romanoff in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District

    DENVER — Early returns show Congressman Mike Coffman beat Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff to win a fourth term representing Colorado’s 6th Congressional District. Coffman, R-Aurora, led Romanoff by a margin of 53 to 41 percent at 7:45 p.m. Romanoff, who launched his campaign for Coffman’s seat in early 2013 and has raised close to $5 million, may have again picked the wrong race at the wrong time. After passing on challenging Coffman in 2012, a presidential year when high Democratic […]

  • Democratic Sen. Mark Udall makes a last-minute pitch to Hispanic college students on the Auraria Campus Monday morning with Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, the author of The DREAM Act.

    Udall making final, furious push to turnout Latinos, younger voters

    DENVER — By the time Republican Cory Gardner bounded into a room full of volunteers and supporters at the Colorado GOP offices in Greenwood Village Monday, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall was beginning his third campaign event of the day. Gardner’s speech, which lasted just five minutes, was his first public appearance since Saturday and possibly his last before voting wraps up Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Udall, who has stumped at 14 separate events over the last 48 hours, is […]

  • Jeb Bush tells Colorado Gardner, Beauprez ‘won’t let you down’

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Former Florida Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush told a few hundred Republicans here that they can help fix Washington by electing a “principled, centered” conservative like GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Gardner. Bush, echoing former President Bill Clinton’s pitch for Democratic Sen. Mark Udall earlier this week, framed the election as a chance to mold the country’s future. “This country can lead the world,” Bush said. “That’s what this election is about. It’s not […]

  • Democratic supporters packed the gymnasium at Aurora's Hinkley High School Monday evening to hear former President Bill Clinton.

    Framing choice about the future, Bill Clinton rallies for Udall, Hickenlooper & Romanoff

    AURORA — Former President Bill Clinton continued the parade of prominent Democratic surrogates in Colorado to stump for Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in the closing weeks of a race that may shift the balance of power in Washington, DC. Kicking off two rallies over the next 18 hours in Colorado’s two biggest swing counties, Clinton echoed the message delivered last week by First Lady Michelle Obama and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging voters not to vote […]

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rallies support for Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and the rest of the party's Colorado ticket during an appearance Tuesday afternoon in Aurora

    Hillary Clinton urges Coloradans to support Udall, Hickenlooper & Romanoff

    AURORA — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a 2016 presidential front-runner and the de-facto leader of a Democratic Party eager to distance itself from the current president, urged Coloradans to support the Democratic ticket during a rally here Tuesday afternoon. Clinton told a ballroom full of supporters that Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall are effective leaders with proven records. Clinton, who could pick Hickenlooper as a running-mate should she run for president in 2016, touted his […]

  • Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner faced off over women's issues on Tuesday.

    Udall needs Democratic ground game to come up big again

    AURORA — Looking to rally a room full of volunteers to work hard on his behalf over the final 18 days of the campaign, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall told them that the national pundits, looking at polls showing him trailing GOP Congressman Cory Gardner, are “already counting us out.” It’s the standard “win one for the Gipper” rhetoric you’re likely to hear a lot from candidates in the closing days of a campaign; but, in Udall’s case, it’s simply not […]