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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 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
  • Democrat Andrew Romanoff (left) and GOP Congressman Mike Coffman (right) spar in Colorado's first Spanish language candidate debate.

    Coffman, Romanoff square off in Colorado’s first Spanish-language debate

    DENVER — Near the end of a campaign dominated by overtures to Colorado’s Hispanic community, GOP Congressman Mike Coffman and Andrew Romanoff are squared off in their final debate — in Spanish. That’s right: these two white guys took and answered questions in Spanish for 30 minutes Thursday night in a debate televised by Denver’s Univision. Romanoff, the Democratic former statehouse Speaker, speaks fluent Spanish, which he picked up 25 years ago working for the Peace Corps in Central America. […]

  • An image from a new TV ad from GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez, which highlights the murder of former Dept. of Corrections chief Tom Clements in a broad-based attack on Gov. John Hickenlooper over public safety.

    Beauprez continues focus on public safety as Dems hit back

    DENVER — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bob Beauprez continues to stick to the issue of public safety in the closing days of his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. He’ll kick off a six-day tour across Colorado with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and several local law enforcement officers at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Colorado Springs. Beauprez has spent much of the last month attacking Hickenlooper on public safety matters: his indefinite reprieve for murderer Nathan Dunlap and […]

  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush urges Colorado Republicans to help elect Senate candidate Cory Gardner and the rest of the state's GOP ticket.

    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 […]

  • A scene from a new ad from NARAL Pro-Choice looking to appeal to young men with yet another pitch about Cory Gardner's support for legislation that could ban some forms of birth control.

    NARAL ad: Gardner win would cause a condom shortage

    DENVER — It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment the Democrats’ battle-tested “War on Women” strategy morphed from political genius into farce, but a last-minute TV ad released Wednesday by NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado that suggests Cory Gardner’s election would lead to a condom shortage is yet another example of how the Democratic messaging has seemingly jumped the shark. That said, the edgy spot attempts to do something new, framing the potential impact of a Gardner win on women’s contraception choices […]

  • Republican Cory Gardner and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall are locked in a tight U.S. Senate race that could swing the balance of power in Washington, DC.

    Poll focused on Hispanics puts Udall up 45-44 over Gardner

    DENVER — Colorado has been notoriously difficult for national pollsters in recent election cycles because of a tendency to underestimate the number of Hispanic voters who ultimately cast ballots. Looking to get a better understanding of Hispanic turnout with six days to go in the 2014 election, Colorado pollster Kevin Ingham conducted a survey that over-samples Hispanic voters, interviewing them in both English and Spanish, and then weighted them in equal measure to other groups in the final analysis. The […]

  • 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 […]

  • Dennis O'Connor in a new TV ad from the Republican Governors Association.

    RGA’s tough but inaccurate Dunlap ad may be pulled off the air

    DENVER — Thinking it was set to fire a potential kill shot in Colorado’s governor’s race, the Republican Governors Association instead shot a blank. With eight days of voting left, the Republican Governors Association went back on Colorado’s airwaves with a hard-hitting ad featuring the father of a girl who was murdered in 1993 by Nathan Dunlap, the death row inmate who Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper granted a reprieve to last May. Unfortunately, a glaring factual error in the ad may […]

  • Lisa Clements, the widow of slain Corrections Chief Tom Clements, at his funeral last year.

    Beauprez trims Tom Clements ad after widow accuses him of using murder for ‘political gain’

    DENVER — One day after GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez released a TV ad citing last year’s murder of former Colorado Dept. of Corrections Chief Tom Clements’ as an example of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s failure to keep the state safe, Clements’ widow, Lisa, asked Beauprez to stop. “Mr. Beauprez, it is with great sadness and frustration that I am breaking my silence on matters involving the death of my husband,” Lisa Clements wrote to Beauprez Thursday in a letter shared […]

  • First Lady Michelle Obama rallies supporters on behalf of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall at Denver's Exdo Event Center Thursday.

    First Lady Michelle Obama rallies support for Udall in Denver

    DENVER — Following Secretary Hillary Clinton’s impassioned plea to Colorado women earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama urged a large crowd here Thursday to support Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and offered a hearty defense of her husband’s first six years in office. Obama, still an asset on the campaign trail in 2014 while vulnerable Democrats continue to shun the president himself, addressed a crowd of 1,500 people inside the Exdo Events Center in the Larimer North neighborhood. “Mark is […]

  • An image from a new TV ad from GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez, which highlights the murder of former Dept. of Corrections chief Tom Clements in a broad-based attack on Gov. John Hickenlooper over public safety.

    Beauprez keeps pushing public safety issue, hits Hickenlooper over Ebel murders in new ad

    DENVER — When GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez accused Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Dept. of Corrections of releasing dangerous inmates and making women into widows in a debate last month, the Democratic candidate took serious umbrage, angry that his challenger would politicize last year’s murder of his Corrections chief and friend Tom Clements by a recently paroled inmate. Now, in the closing weeks of the campaign, Beauprez is going even further, referring to Ebel by name in a new TV ad […]

  • James O'Keefe undergoing a make-up transformation in a scene from his latest video attempting to highlight voter fraud in Colorado.

    Conservative provocateur O’Keefe baits two organizers into endorsing voter fraud

    DENVER — For a few weeks, most of the Democratic organizers in Colorado who encountered James O’Keefe recognized and resisted the conservative provocateur’s attempts to bait them into endorsing voter fraud. But not all of them. Two days after a number of left-leaning media outlets first warned that O’Keefe has been in Colorado, he is releasing a nearly eight-minute video of edited footage taken over a few weeks of filming here. It includes hidden-camera interactions with three young Democratic organizers, […]

  • 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 […]