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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
  • The Creepy Uncle Sam caricature used by Obamacare opponents is back in a new video from Generation Opportunity.

    Republicans mark Obamacare anniversary with renewed attacks

    DENVER — Republicans gleefully celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation by hammering Democrats who supported the law and promised Americans they’d be able to keep their existing plans and doctors under it. A video from the National Republican Senatorial Committee splices together clips of nearly every vulnerable Democrat and President Obama stating over and over again, “If you like your plan, you can keep it” — a promise Politifact later dubbed the “lie of the year.” […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and GOP challenger Bob Beauprez took part in their second debate Tuesday night at the Denver Post auditorium downtown.

    Beauprez accepts Hickenlooper debate handshake to end attack ads

    DENVER — When Gov. John Hickenlooper stepped away from behind the lectern and toward Bob Beauprez with his hand extended, there was little the Republican gubernatorial nominee could do but shake it. It’s unclear if that uncomfortable, unexpected exchange during a Denver Post gubernatorial debate Tuesday night will result in a lasting handshake agreement by both candidates to not run negative campaign ads, as Hickenlooper proposed, clearly catching Beauprez off-guard. Hickenlooper, whose disavowed negative ads since his first mayoral campaign in […]

  • Two immigration reform advocates sit in the middle of Broadway, blocking traffic temporarily in protest of a lack of action by Congress. Five protestors were arrested.

    Immigration protestors stop traffic, demand action from both parties

    DENVER — If the anger voiced by immigration reform advocates is any indication, Hispanic voters appear highly motivated to vote in November’s election in higher numbers than they normally do in non-presidential years. And while the conventional wisdom is that higher Hispanic turnout will help Democrats, the protestors who rallied across the street from the State Capitol Tuesday and staged a sit-in in the middle of Broadway, temporarily shutting down the road between Colfax and 14th Avenue, had plenty of […]

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat seeking a second term, focuses on Colorado's recovery from last year's floods and the recession in his campaign's latest TV ad.

    Hickenlooper’s latest TV ad focuses on Colorado’s recovery from floods, recession

    DENVER — The latest TV ad from Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat suddenly fighting for his political life, strikes the same theme as his State of the State address did in January: recovery. The 30-second spot features Hickenlooper, who is running neck and neck with Republican Bob Beauprez, standing along Highway 36 in Lyons, which was washed away during last September’s flooding and has since been rebuilt. “A year ago, all of this was under water,” Hickenlooper says as the […]

  • GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez addresses supporters alongside 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    Romney rallies for Beauprez, Gardner in Littleton

    LITTLETON, Colo. — Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the national face of the Republican Party in 2012, looked to rally support for Colorado’s 2014 GOP ticket before a few hundred people at Heritage High School Tuesday afternoon. As Democrats have sought to focus the election on local issues and the positions of their Republican opponents, the GOP continues to look to national this year’s races, which they hope will serve as a referendum on President Barack Obama, whose approval rating […]

  • GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner talks with FOX31's Eli Stokols on #COpolitics: From The Source.

    Gardner: ‘There is no federal personhood bill’

    DENVER — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner maintained that there is no federal legislation that is tantamount to Colorado’s personhood initiative during an interview that aired Sunday morning on #COpolitics: From The Source. Gardner, who disavowed the statewide ballot initiative weeks after launching his campaign, is still listed as a co-sponsor on the federal Life Begins at Conception Act, which the bill’s authors have explained is an effort to establish personhood. “There is no federal personhood bill,” Gardner said […]

  • A new web video mocks Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in a spoof of the opening sequence to the 1980s hit show Dynasty.

    Republicans double down, poke Udall ‘Dynasty’ in new video

    DENVER — Republicans aren’t buying Democratic Colorado Sen. Mark Udall’s outrage over the new ad from GOP challenger Cory Gardner that mentions Udall’s father and cousins in an attempt to portray the incumbent as the scion of a western political dynasty who embodies Washington’s status quo. Instead, they’re doubling down — or, at the very least, having some fun at Udall’s expense. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has launched a new web video series that is a spoof on the […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper addresses the local control task-force at its first meeting in Denver Thursday.

    Colorado fracking task force holds first meeting

    DENVER — The task-force set up to find a solution on local control issues related to oil and gas drilling — and, in the short term, to avoid a risky and expensive campaign fight over two anti-industry ballot measures — met for the first time Thursday. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Democrat who brokered the agreement that created the 21-member panel, urged the group to be open to opposing points of view and to try hard to reach a compromise. […]

  • Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, is challenging Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, in one of the country's most competitive Senate races this year.

    Gardner leads Udall by 2 in new PPP poll

    DENVER — Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner leads incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall by a 47-45 percent margin in a survey released Thursday by Public Policy Polling, a firm that generally tends to favor left-leaning candidates. Eight percent of respondents remain undecided with 40 days remaining until Election Day and just a couple of weeks until ballots are mailed out. Interestingly, PPP asked respondents a number of issue-related questions. More than half of the respondents, 55 percent, said they are […]

  • Independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunafon raps from inside a cage in a new video from his campaign featuring Wyclef Jean.

    Strip club owner makes case for governor in rap video with Wyclef Jean

    DENVER — Independent Colorado gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunafon, the proprietor of Shotgun Willie’s Gentleman’s Club, just one-upped Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, heretofore the master of creative, positive and memorable messaging. Dunafon Wednesday released his campaign’s rap video — yes, a real rap video — featuring himself and the Haitian recording artist Wyclef Jean — yes, the real Wyclef Jean — delivering a message about the self-proclaimed “most interesting politician in the world’s” libertarian platform. “They got us in the trap,” […]

  • GOP U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner in his campaign's latest TV ad.

    Udall angry that Gardner invokes his family in latest TV ad

    DENVER — In a new television ad from his campaign, GOP U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner attempts to draw a distinction between himself, as the son of a tractor salesman, with Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, the scion of one of a western political dynasty. Gardner, standing in his family’s farm implements business in Yuma, begins the ad by saying that Udall is a “nice guy,” which also serves as the title of the new 30-second spot. “He’s a nice guy […]

  • U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, waves to supporters as he officially launches his U.S. Senate campaign in late February at a Denver lumber business.

    Gardner in Tampa for Jeb Bush fundraiser Tuesday

    DENVER — Colorado U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Gardner will be in Tampa, Fla. Tuesday night for a fundraiser hosted by former Florida Governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Bush is holding a joint reception for five top GOP Senate hopefuls: Gardner, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Monica Wehby of Oregon. A joint candidates’ committee, Floridians for a Senate Majority, was formed for the event, which organizers hope will raise at […]