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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
  • 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 […]

  • Tim Gill

    Tim Gill slams Beauprez, Gardner at same-sex marriage celebration rally

    DENVER — Tim Gill, the software magnate whose personal wealth helped Colorado Democrats build a dynamic, durable political infrastructure and financed the state’s biggest LGBT advocacy group, slammed the Republican 2014 ticket for opposing marriage equality at a rally celebrating the state’s first marriage licenses being issues to same-sex couples. Kicking off a rally outside the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which overturned Utah’s same-sex marriage ban effectively allowing for same-sex marriage in Colorado and the other states under […]

  • GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Gardner shares the stage with moderator Manu Raju of Politico and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall during Monday's Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce debate.

    Gardner, Udall spar in feisty second debate

    DENVER — Two partisans, locked in a tight race to win over moderate voters in this purple state, sparred for nearly an hour Monday morning over their respective records in Washington. Democratic Sen. Mark Udall defended his support for Obamacare and underscored his support for a tax on carbon pollution, while criticizing Republican Congressman Cory Gardner’s voting record as being “out of the mainstream.” Gardner, who looked to soften his positions on issues like immigration and climate change, sought to […]

  • GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Beauprez shares the debate stage with POLITICO's Manu Raju and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper during the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce debate Monday.

    Hickenlooper: Colorado ‘reckless’ to legalize marijuana

    DENVER — Leave it to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, fresh off his best political week in months, to say something controversial on stage at Monday’s debate with Republican Bob Beuprez, the fifth debate between the gubernatorial candidates to date. Hickenlooper, a Democrat seeking a second term, withstood pressure from Beauprez over his administration’s ongoing sentencing reforms amidst a new Denver Post report about the Dept. of Corrections releasing a violent inmate after he made threats to go on a shooting […]

  • Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

    Hickenlooper: Beauprez ‘reprehensible’ to invoke Clements murder in debate

    DENVER — The politicos in the room Thursday night in Pueblo for the third debate between Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and GOP challenger Bob Beauprez haven’t stopped buzzing about the moment when the Republican drew the governor’s ire for invoking the case of slain former Dept. of Corrections chief Tom Clements in a critique of his administration’s prison and sentencing reforms. Colorado Democrats have now posted video of the exchange, in which Hickenlooper slams Beauprez alluding to the Clements murder […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, faces Republican Bob Beauprez this fall.

    Beauprez accepts Hickenlooper debate handshake to end attack ads

    DENVER — When Gov. John Hickenlooper stepped away from behind the lectern and toward Bob Beauprez with his hand extended, there was little the Republican gubernatorial nominee could do but shake it. It’s unclear if that¬†uncomfortable, unexpected exchange during a Denver Post gubernatorial debate Tuesday night will result in a lasting handshake agreement by both candidates to not run negative campaign ads, as Hickenlooper proposed, clearly catching Beauprez off-guard. Hickenlooper, whose disavowed negative ads since his first mayoral campaign in […]

  • GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez addresses supporters alongside 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    Romney rallies for Beauprez, Gardner in Littleton

    LITTLETON, Colo. — Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the national face of the Republican Party in 2012, looked to rally support for Colorado’s 2014 GOP ticket before a few hundred people at Heritage High School Tuesday afternoon. As Democrats have sought to focus the election on local issues and the positions of their Republican opponents, the GOP continues to look to national this year’s races, which they hope will serve as a referendum on President Barack Obama, whose approval rating […]

  • Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, (right) responds to a question from Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, during a debate in Grand Junction on Saturday.

    With two new ads, Democrats hammer Gardner again on women’s issues

    DENVER — A week after Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner went up with a TV ad highlighting his proposal to make birth control available over the counter, an attempt to reset his campaign with the women voters likely to swing this race, Democrats are revving up their attacks on women’s health issues — again. Two new ads hit Colorado’s airwaves Monday that aim tie Gardner to legislation he supports that would limit access to birth control and a bill […]

  • Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, is challenging Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, in one of the country's most competitive senate races this fall.

    Udall, Gardner preparing for first face-to-face debate

    DENVER — To prepare for the first debate of Colorado’s U.S. Senate race Saturday, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has been practicing with a stand-in for his Republican opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner — former state Senate President Brandon Shaffer, who ran against Gardner for his congressional seat in 2012 and lost. Gardner has been practicing with a handful of stand-ins for Udall, who is seeking a second six-year term, ahead of their first showdown at Club 20 in Grand Junction Saturday […]

  • Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, speaks in Spanish with constituents on a recent Saturday afternoon at Mi Pueblo Latin Market in Aurora.

    Coffman fighting Romanoff for Latinos in competitive, diverse CD-6

    AURORA, Colo. — To understand how much Rep. Mike Coffman and his congressional district have changed in the last two years, just spend a few minutes with him on one of his weekend visits to Mi Pueblo Latin Market. Coffman, R-Aurora, won the 6th district seat long held by anti-immigration firebrand Tom Tancredo back in 2008 only to see Democrats re-draw the boundaries in 2011 turning what had been a GOP stronghold into a competitive district where a Democrat could […]