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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
  • 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 […]

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

    Beauprez hits Hickenlooper on Dunlap decision after clemency comment

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who granted convicted murdered Nathan Dunlap a temporary reprieve last May, is under fire on the issue of the death penalty once again. Hickenlooper, a Democrat facing reelection this fall, hinted in an interview with CNN that he wouldn’t rule out granting full clemency to the killer if he loses this fall to a Republican who vows to carry out Dunlap’s execution. When he announced his temporary reprieve last May just a few months […]

  • Preschool program

    Denver council puts preschool funding question on November ballot

    DENVER — The city council voted 10-1 Monday night to refer a question of a proposed sales tax hike to support the Denver Preschool Program to voters this fall. Following testimony mostly from supporters of the program and the council’s vote, the proposed tax hike — an additional 15 cents on every $100 spent — will be on Denver’s November ballot. “We are asking Denver voters to continue to invest in the next generation by supporting a program with proven […]

  • A fracking site in Weld County was temporarily shut down while experts determined the cause of earthquakes in May and June 2014. (Photo: KDVR)

    Polis gives in, announces compromise with Hickenlooper on oil, gas control

    DENVER — At the last possible moment, Jared Polis has blinked. The Boulder congressman, who was prepared to turn in more than 200,000 signatures Monday afternoon in support of two ballot measures that would have allowed far greater local control of Colorado’s oil and gas industry, reached an agreement over the weekend to stand down on the initiatives and allow a broader stakeholder process to take place. Facing mounting pressure from a coalition of business and industry groups, mainstream environmental […]

  • A sign held by an attendee at Thursday's press conference at the State Capitol where Latino leaders called on elected officials and the community to welcome some of the Central American refugees currently in a logjam on the southern border.

    Denver set to apply for $12 million in federal grants to house Central American refugees

    DENVER — Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration is almost certain to submit a grant proposal by Tuesday’s deadline to receive up to $12 million from the federal government to support the relocation of up to 60 young refugees from Central America. According to the Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Obama administration is offering $350 million in grants to up to 60 U.S. cities and counties that are willing to temporarily house and take […]

  • Tom Tancredo

    Tancredo demands Christie, RGA ‘come clean’ about helping Beauprez through primary

    DENVER — Tom Tancredo isn’t trashing Bob Beauprez, but he’s demanding one of his biggest benefactors, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, come clean about the Republican Governors Association’s influence on Colorado’s GOP gubernatorial primary. On Monday, the Denver Post reported that a campaign finance watchdog group discovered that the RGA, which Christie chairs, funneled money to help Beauprez through the Republican Attorney Generals Association despite its public pledge not to attempt to influence GOP primaries. In June, Beauprez’s 31-27 percent […]

  • Appeals court rejects Suthers, allows Boulder clerk to keep issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

    Appeals court rejects Suthers, allows Boulder clerk to keep issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

    DENVER — The Colorado Court of Appeals Thursday denied Attorney General John Suthers’ request to stop the Boulder clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled last Friday that Denver’s Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson had to stop issuing licenses to same-sex couples; that ruling also prompted Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz to stop issuing licenses on Monday after Suthers’ office threatened further legal action. But Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall, who was the first clerk in […]

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    Federal judge strikes down Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage

    DENVER — A federal judge ruled late Wednesday afternoon that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore made the ruling and then immediately put his order on hold, giving the state a month to appeal the decision to a higher court. Attorney General John Suthers announced Wednesday evening that he plans to file an appeal. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and Suthers, a Republican, had asked for a longer stay until the issue is […]