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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
  • Employees from Colorado's coal industry joined Republicans at a rally protesting the Obama administration's proposed carbon emissions plan. The rally was organized by the group Americans For Prosperity.

    Environmentalists flood EPA hearing on carbon rules in Denver

    DENVER — As two days of hearings on the Obama administration’s proposal to curb carbon emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030, environmentalists and industry groups made their cases — in the hearing room and all across town. While clean energy companies and mothers standing alongside firefighters pushed the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt the strongest rule possible to address climate change and improve air quality, Republicans stood with representatives of Colorado’s coal industry in the shadows of the […]

  • Tom Tancredo on June 24 after conceding the GOP gubernatorial primary election to Bob Beauprez at an election night barbeque with supporters.

    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 […]

  • A fracking well being drilled in Greeley by Mineral Corporation, which is now proposing to drill 19 new wells 1,500 feet from Frontier Elementary.

    Greeley resident: State has ‘credibility problem’ on regulating drilling

    GREELEY, Colo. — Concerned parents and homeowners bombarded the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission during a two-hour public hearing about a revamped proposal to drill near a local school, another flashpoint in Colorado’s ongoing fracking fight and a microcosm of the still unsettled question of how much rights should be afforded to local communities concerned about oil and gas development. The commission is currently considering a second proposal from Mineral Corporation to drill 19 wells 1,500 feet away from […]

  • The Twentymile coal mine is about 15 miles southeast of Steamboat Springs.

    EPA hearing on climate plan will draw big crowd in Denver

    DENVER — The only one of four scheduled public hearings on the EPA’s plan to reduce carbon emissions taking place west of Pittsburgh is set for Lower Downtown Tuesday morning — and it’s likely to draw a huge crowd of activists on all sides. More than 1,600 people are scheduled to speak on the record at the four hearings taking place across the country — Atlanta and Washington, DC are the other two locations — about the Obama administration’s plan […]

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

    Boulder County judge overturns Longmont fracking ban; Polis continues signature push

    DENVER — Another day in Colorado, another ban struck down by a judge in a ruling accompanied by a stay. But Thursday’s ruling from a Boulder County judge struck down a municipal ban on fracking, not a statewide ban on same-sex marriage. Judge D.D. Mallard issued the summary judgment on Thursday, striking down Longmont’s ban on fracking. In the ruling, she said Longmont’s charter amendment clearly conflicted with the state’s regulations and its interest in the efficient development of oil […]

  • Heather Shockey and Tracey MacDermott, the second same-sex couple to get a marriage license in Boulder Wednesday.

    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 […]

  • Colorado GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez during an appearance with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Sam's No. 3 Wednesday.

    Beauprez asks Hickenlooper to do at least 8 debates

    DENVER — Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez is asking Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to debate him at least eight times this fall. Beauprez made the request in a letter to Hickenlooper on Thursday, also suggesting that the debates be held in at least six different locations around the state: Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Greeley, Fort Collins and the Western Slope. “I believe it is important for the people of Colorado to know as fully as possible the positions held by […]

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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 […]

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visits with diners at Sam's No. 3 downtown while protestors press signs to the window.

    Christie throws support behind Beauprez, stands by comments on Colorado, pot

    DENVER — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie barreled past a small group of protestors and into Sam’s No. 3 Wednesday afternoon, saying hello to midday diners and posing for photographs before making his way to a back room and holding forth before a bevy of television cameras and reporters. There, during a 15-minute exchange, Christie said the Republican Governors Association is planning to strongly support Bob Beauprez, the GOP nominee in Colorado’s upcoming governor’s race while proudly doubling down on […]

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall are statistically tied with their Republican challengers according to a new poll from PPP, a Democrat-leaning firm.

    Democratic poll shows Hickenlooper, Udall statistically tied with GOP challengers

    DENVER — A survey last week from Quinnipiac University showing Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper just one point ahead of Republican Bob Beauprez, the first poll showing Colorado’s governor’s race to be so close, was brushed off as an outlier. But a new poll released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling — a reliably Democratic-leaning outfit — shows that it may not be. In the PPP survey, Hickenlooper only leads Beauprez by a 44-43 percent margin, well within the poll’s margin of […]

  • A crowd of people opposed to personhood packed the Capitol steps Tuesday for a No on 67 rally.

    No on personhood campaign launches with big rally at Capitol

    DENVER — Few things fire up Colorado progressives like the issue of personhood, a policy they oppose and a political opportunity like few others. On Tuesday, with personhood likely to make the November ballot for a third time as Amendment 67, a huge crowd of progressive activists gathered on the west steps of the Capitol to launch the No on 67 campaign. The appearance of a cardboard cut-out of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner, who supported the last two […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Arrow Electronics CEO Michael Long during a 2011 press conference announcing the company's relocation to Colorado.

    Hickenlooper campaign announces coalition of business supporters

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper touted the state’s economic recovery over the course of his first term Tuesday while announcing a new coalition of more than 100 supporters from the business community who are backing his reelection bid. “I’m not sure there’s another state that’s increased it’s proportion of Fortune 500 companies like we have,” Hickenlooper said, referring to his success in recruiting Arrow Electronics, TriZetto and Ardent Mills to the state. “That’s about selling. We’ve worked hard. “These […]