Eli Stokols

Political Reporter

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

  • New Jersey newspaper slams Christie over Colorado pot comments

    Posted on: 3:55 pm, April 23, 2014, by , updated on: 04:30pm, April 23, 2014

    DENVER — It was no surprise that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s comments ripping Colorado for its diminished quality of...
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    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
  • AFP will remove photo from Aurora theater shooting used in anti-Udall ad after victims’ families cried foul

    Posted on: 2:40 pm, April 23, 2014, by and , updated on: 07:18pm, April 23, 2014

    DENVER — A television ad from the group Americans for Prosperity attacking Sen. Mark Udall is being criticized for its...
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  • Bill to end debtor’s prisons heads to Hickenlooper’s desk

    Posted on: 1:46 pm, April 23, 2014, by , updated on: 01:47pm, April 23, 2014

    DENVER — A bill aimed at ending the practice of keeping poor people in jail simply because they can’t pay...
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  • New AFP TV spot attacks Udall over Obamacare cancellations

    Posted on: 11:54 am, April 23, 2014, by , updated on: 12:14pm, April 23, 2014

    DENVER — The second TV ad from the group Americans For Prosperity attacking Colorado Sen. Mark Udall focuses on the...
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    President Obama and Sen. Mark Udall (left) in a photo taken at Children's Hospital just days after the Aurora theater shooting in July 2012. The image was used in an ad attacking Udall paid for by the group Americans For Prosperity.
  • Lawmakers ask for state audit of U.S. 36 privatization deal

    Posted on: 6:03 pm, April 22, 2014, by , updated on: 06:43pm, April 22, 2014

    DENVER — The controversial deal to privatize U.S. Highway 36, giving a consortium of private companies paying for repairs to...
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    Work is already underway on U.S. Highway 36 as part of a public-private partnership deal that will allow the companies paying for repairs to control the road for the next 50 years.
  • Vaccinations measure is watered down, then passed

    Posted on: 5:25 pm, April 22, 2014, by

    DENVER — An effort to improve Colorado’s child vaccination rate, among the lowest in the country, sputtered Tuesday when lawmakers...
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    Vaccine photo courtesy: CDC
  • Colorado policymakers fire back at Gov. Christie over pot comments

    Posted on: 4:09 pm, April 22, 2014, by , updated on: 05:35pm, April 22, 2014

    DENVER — Few people still take New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seriously as a presidential contender, which may explain the...
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    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, slammed Colorado for its legalization of marijuana.
  • Udall’s first TV ad prompts swift response from Gardner

    Posted on: 12:08 pm, April 22, 2014, by , updated on: 12:09pm, April 22, 2014

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is out with his campaign’s first TV ad of the campaign, which highlights differences...
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    Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner faced off over women's issues on Tuesday.
  • Hickenlooper not tipping hand on proposed red light camera ban

    Posted on: 4:44 pm, April 21, 2014, by , updated on: 08:06pm, April 21, 2014

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper wouldn’t say on Monday if he supports a proposal to ban red light cameras...
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    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaking at the Capitol Monday about the proposal to ban red light cameras and photo radar vans.
  • Udall launches ‘Gardner personhood clock’, as Dems rev up attacks

    Posted on: 4:20 pm, April 21, 2014, by , updated on: 04:47pm, April 21, 2014

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign is celebrating an anniversary of sorts, marking exactly one month since Udall’s GOP...
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    Progress Now Colorado's Amy Runyon-Harms goes after Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner in front of a yacht representing one Gardner went fishing on during a 2012 junket with Republican donors.
  • Senate Democrats kill anti-Personhood proposal

    Posted on: 6:56 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 10:52pm, April 16, 2014

    DENVER — The abortion issue has long been a winner for Colorado Democrats, a wedge used to appeal to women...
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    A sea of protestors approach the Capitol Tuesday, angry about Senate Bill 175, which sought to prevent any future efforts to limit abortion.
  • State attorneys general discuss oil and gas issues in Denver

    Posted on: 5:40 pm, April 16, 2014, by

    DENVER — Attorneys General from across the country gathered here Wednesday to talk about the energy production boom that is...
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