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 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
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    State attorneys general discuss oil and gas issues in Denver

    DENVER — Attorneys General from across the country gathered here Wednesday to talk about the energy production boom that is confounding Colorado and other states, offering billions of dollars in economic development while riling up residents living near well sites who are concerned about contamination and long-term health risks. In Colorado, where five cities have […]

  • A sea of protestors approach the Capitol Tuesday, angry about Senate Bill 175, which sought to prevent any future efforts to limit abortion.

    Senate Democrats kill anti-Personhood proposal

    DENVER — The abortion issue has long been a winner for Colorado Democrats, a wedge used to appeal to women swing voters worried that Republicans might threaten their reproductive rights. But it is possible to overplay a winning hand, and Senate Democrats proved it this week. Their proposal, the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act”, ostensibly sought […]

  • Archbishop Samuel Aquila speaks out against a proposal that seeks to prevent future challenges to abortion during a protest on the Capitol's west steps Tuesday afternoon.

    Denver Archbishop leads protest of Dems’ abortion rights bill

    DENVER — A few hundred Catholics and other pro-life Coloradans gathered on the Capitol’s west steps Tuesday afternoon in a protest organized by Archbishop Samuel Aquila, who denounced a Democratic bill being heard upstairs on the Senate floor that seeks to protect abortion rights from any and all future challenges. “I believe the intention of […]

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    Red-light camera ban gets green light from committee

    DENVER — A group of Colorado police chiefs and a number of people in wheelchairs couldn’t stop a bipartisan proposal to ban red light cameras across the state, which lawmakers voted out of committee Monday afternoon. “We should be about safety, we shouldn’t be about revenue,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley. “These […]

  • Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican, at the Capitol last year.

    Kopp, Gessler win GOP assembly, advance to June’s gubernatorial primary

    BOULDER –  In a bit of a surprise, former state Sen. Mike Kopp narrowly won the top line on the June GOP primary ballot in the fight for the chance to challenge Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper this fall. Kopp took 33.6 percent of the vote, eking out a win over Secretary of State Scott […]

  • State Sen. Scott Renfroe (Photo: Flickr / Colorado State GOP)

    Renfroe beats Buck for top-line on CD-4 GOP primary ballot

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — State Sen. Scott Renfroe won top line on the June primary ballot over Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck in the fight to replace Comgressman Cory Gardner in Colorado’s deeply conservative Fourth Congressional District. Gardner, R-Yuma, decided in late February to challenge Sen. Mark Udall for his seat. Renfroe won 54 percent […]

  • Cyberbullying. Image courtesy: University of Alabama

    Bill criminalizing cyberbullying killed over free speech concerns

    DENVER — Senate Democrats killed a measure that would have made cyberbullying a crime, citing free speech concerns and promising to study the issue further. House Bill 1131 would have made it a misdemeanor to inflict “serious emotional distress on a minor” through cyberbullying. But the Senate Judiciary, controlled by Democrats, voted the measure down […]

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

    On Equal Pay Day, Udall and Gardner wrangle on women’s issues

    DENVER — Following the lead of President Obama, who pressured congressional Republicans to do more to help women gain equal footing in the workforce, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign looked to soften up its opponent, Congressman Cory Gardner, on Equal Pay Day. The nationwide campaign for equal pay comes on the day when women, on […]

  • Aerial firefighting demonstration at Centennial Airport. March 2014

    Deal on aerial wildfire fleet near, but funding source still uncertain

    DENVER — After a contentious back and forth with the governor’s office last week, Sen. Steve King is confident he’s going to get the $22.5 million agreed upon to allow the state to purchase or lease a few helicopters and fixed-wing planes to help fight fires this summer. But it’s still unclear how Colorado will […]

  • Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, inside his Washington, DC office.

    Coffman looks to distance himself from illegal immigration hawk King

    DENVER — Congressman Mike Coffman called out a fellow Republican for opposing his proposal to allow undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship by serving in the military on Thursday. Coffman, R-Aurora, called out Congressman Steve King, R-Iowa, a noted illegal immigration firebrand who Democrats have tried to sought to portray as a Coffman ally in […]

  • Rally at Capitol supports gay marriage in Colorado

    Report: gay marriage would add $50 million to Colorado economy

    DENVER — Extending marriage to gay and lesbian couples in Colorado would generate $50 million in spending to the state economy and $3.7 million in state and local tax revenue, according to a study released Thursday. The study from the Williams Institute, a national think tank at the UCLA School of Law, looked at 2010 […]

  • The Pepsi Center would be part of the 2016 Republican National Convention if Denver is selected as the host.

    Denver stays in running to host Republican Convention in 2016

    WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee has narrowed the list of cities it is considering to host the 2016 GOP convention to six — and Denver is one of them. The RNC announced Wednesday it is no longer considering Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas and Kansas City, Mo., join Denver as […]

  • trial

    Gun laws hang in the balance as trial opens

    DENVER — Just when the controversy over Colorado’s new gun control laws had begun to quiet down, a lawsuit challenging them opened in federal court Monday, bringing all the same arguments — political and constitutional alike — back to the fore. Attorneys for plaintiffs challenging the measures signed into law a year ago, which expand […]

  • King pressures Hickenlooper to OK state air tanker fleet

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. — After spending a week in California learning about Cal Fire, the only state-run fleet or firefighting air tankers in the country, state Sen. Steve King is pushing hard for Colorado to purchase its own fleet that can be active by this summer’s wildfire season. “I’ve held my tongue for a couple years […]

  • Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon, a wealthy strip club owner, may throw a new wrinkle into the Colorado governor's race with a social media-driven, self-funded campaign.

    Shotgun Willie’s boss to keep his word, run for Colo. governor

    DENVER — Mike Dunafon made a promise: that he’d run for governor if he could get 60,000 likes on his Facebook page before his 60th birthday in April. Now he’ll have to keep it. Dunafon, the libertarian mayor of tiny Glendale whose fiancee owns Shotgun Willie’s, told FOX31 Denver Wednesday that he’s going to run […]