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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.

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    Colorado delegation reacts to Obama’s State of the Union address

    DENVER — Predictably partisan and penned by staffers, reactions from members of Congress are a State of the Union tradition — and, based on this year’s sample, many of these folks aren’t into the whole brevity thing. Newly-elected Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, offered a technologically advanced take on the post-speech press release, recording his reaction on video and posting it to YouTube before attending the speech. His transcribed remarks and statements from other members of the Colorado delegation are reprinted […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

    Hickenlooper announces plan to help long-term unemployed

    DENVER — With Colorado’s economic recovery outpacing the rest of the country’s, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a new series of initiatives on Thursday that aim to help the long-term unemployed find jobs. The state will direct $3 million to pay for comprehensive assistance to those without a job for more than 26 weeks, tax breaks for companies that hire long-term unemployed workers as well as stipends for workers to offset the cost of internships, training and career coaching. It’s the […]

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    Republicans take control of state Senate as legislature opens

    DENVER — Republicans took control of the state senate for the first time in a decade as the Colorado legislature reconvened Wednesday. Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, accepted the gavel from outgoing Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, who he thanked for “serving with honor and distinction.” Cadman, a long-time state lawmaker, now presides over a narrow 18-17 GOP majority in the legislature’s upper chamber and struck a bipartisan tone in his opening day remarks. “We all want to be […]

  • Rodger Holmes

    Lawmakers want investigation into VA’s botched treatment of Grand Junction veteran

    DENVER — Rodger Holmes served his country in Vietnam. After he came home to Grand Junction, his struggles with depression and alcoholism left him homeless but he entered treatment programs, worked his way back and spent the last years of his life serving his community, counseling other veterans facing demons he knew well. He might still be doing so had the 64-year-old not gone to the VA Hospital in Grand Junction last summer to finally treat his Hepatitis C — […]

  • Free Christmas trees for those in need

    Most people already have their Christmas trees. But for those who don’t, a holiday solution appeared on Wednesday.

  • 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 […]