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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 front page of a new website launched Tuesday by the Environmental Defense Fund with the goal of mobilizing 100,000 young voters to cast ballots this fall in order to prompt action on climate change.

    Environmental group will spend big to turn out Colorado millennials

    DENVER — Environmental Defense Fund launched a $2 million campaign Tuesday to turn out Colorado millennials this fall by asking them to pledge to vote in order to propel action on climate change. EDF’s “Defend Our Future” effort will target students at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado State in an effort to get 100,000 young people to make that pledge and to share via social networks. The goal: increasing turnout among young people, who generally don’t turn […]

  • The first TV ad from Congressman Mike Coffman's campaign focuses on women's issues.

    Coffman highlights work on women’s issues in first TV ad

    DENVER — In the toughest political fight of his career, Republican Congressman Mike Coffman is appealing to a voting bloc that has so often swung competitive Colorado races in favor of Democrats — women. The first television ad from Coffman, R-Aurora, which hits the airwaves Tuesday, highlights the lawmaker’s work on sexual assault reform in the military, his work as a state lawmaker 20 years ago to ban gender discrimination in health insurance pricing and his vote in favor of […]

  • State legislative candidate Gordon Klingenschmitt apologizing for comments he made about Boulder Congressman Jared Polis.

    GOP Chair: Klingenschmitt comments on Polis, ISIS ‘don’t reflect’ Republicans as a whole

    DENVER — Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call denounced the comments of Republican state legislative candidate Gordon Klingenschmitt, who mused in a recent email newsletter that Boulder Congressman Jared Polis would be “joining ISIS in beheading Christians.” Klingenchmitt, the House Republican candidate for District 15 in El Paso County, is an evangelist of sorts who Democrats have targeted of late. He wrote in his Pray in Jesus Name Project newsletter about Polis’s work on non-discrimination legislation over the weekend. “The openly […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, faces Republican Bob Beauprez this fall.

    Beauprez hits Hickenlooper on Dunlap decision after clemency comment

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who granted convicted murdered Nathan Dunlap a temporary reprieve last May, is under fire on the issue of the death penalty once again. Hickenlooper, a Democrat facing reelection this fall, hinted in an interview with CNN that he wouldn’t rule out granting full clemency to the killer if he loses this fall to a Republican who vows to carry out Dunlap’s execution. When he announced his temporary reprieve last May just a few months […]

  • A new TV ad from Sen. Mark Udall's campaign appeals to Hispanic voters and criticizes GOP Congressman Cory Gardner's vote for spending cuts that would have reduced services for veterans.

    Udall hits Gardner on veterans in new Spanish language TV ad

    DENVER — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign released the first Spanish language TV ad of Colorado’s competitive U.S. Senate battle, a 30-second spot hitting GOP Congressman Cory Gardner on veterans issues. “We respect their service. And believe our veterans deserve the same respect when they return home,” the ad’s narrator says in Spanish. “But Congressman Cory Gardner and Washington Republicans supported a budget that cut housing vouchers for eleven thousand homeless veterans.” The ad, also underwritten in part by the […]

  • A rendering of a future casino at Arapahoe Park that could be built if voters approve Amendment 68 this fall.

    Campaign to build Arapahoe Park casino emphasizes school funding in first TV ads

    DENVER — There are no images of racehorses or slot machines in the first two television ads introduced Wednesday by the campaign supporting Amendment 68, which would allow a casino to be built at the Arapahoe Park horse racing track. The two ads focus instead on a more broadly appealing selling point: the estimated $100 million in annual tax revenues from the casino that would go to help fund K-12 public and charter schools. “We hear from voters that they’re […]

  • Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, completed the ice bucket challenge Wednesday and challenged his opponent, Democrat Andrew Romanoff, to do the same.

    Coffman nominates rival Romanoff to join him in ice bucket challenge

    DENVER — The ice bucket challenge, the latest viral social media sensation, has brought a measure of comity to one of the country’s most competitive and contentious congressional races. On Wednesday, Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, posted a video to his Facebook page in which he took part in the now familiar ritual of having a bucket of ice water dumped on his head and nominated someone else to keep the trend going: his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff. “I hope this […]

  • Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez meeting with officials on a tour of flood-ravaged Manitou Springs last fall.

    As Dems hit Beauprez on government shutdown, GOP says ‘stop politicizing’ floods

    DENVER — Colorado Democrats, who have already lambasted GOP U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner for supporting his party’s government shutdown last fall just weeks after devastating floods, are now leveling the same charge at Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez. The party released a new video Wednesday featuring images of last fall’s floods and audio of Beauprez saying on conservative talk radio at the time that he’s “been very, very proud” of his Republican colleagues in Washington, who voted to shutdown […]

  • An old photograph of a young Cory Gardner with his father is featured in a new biographical video from the NRSC.

    NRSC unveils 8-minute bio video emphasizing Gardner’s small-town roots, values

    DENVER — The new eight-minute biographical video from the National Republican Senatorial Committee shows Congressman Cory Gardner in the same setting as the candidate’s own ads: his hometown of Yuma. The video, which features Gardner’s parents, his wife and other friends from Yuma, uses a number of old family photos — including Gardner sporting a mullet back in high school — to introduce the GOP U.S. Senate hopeful as someone shaped by a small town and his family’s small business, […]

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

    NFIB will endorse Beauprez over Hickenlooper

    DENVER — The National Federation of Independent Businesses is set to officially endorse Republican Bob Beauprez on Wednesday, FOX31 Denver is first to report. The group, which is known for being more conservative than other organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, will throw its weight behind Beauprez during a press conference later Wednesday morning at an Aurora small business, Univair Aircraft Corporation, located near Denver International Airport. Beauprez, who will also outline his plan to audit state government to reduce […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and President Barack Obama chat during a break in a July pool game at the Wynkoop Brewing Company in Lower Downtown Denver.

    RGA’s first TV ad attacks Hickenlooper using pool game with Obama

    DENVER — The Republican Governors Association is using the friendly game of pool Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper played with President Obama during last month at the Wynkoop Brewery here as a┬ávisual and thematic thread in its first TV ad against the governor, FOX31 Denver is first to report. The RGA’s new 30-second spot, titled “Hustled”, begins with video footage of Hickenlooper and Obama playing pool. “John Hickenlooper is a fun guy to shoot pool with,” the narrator starts out by […]

  • Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, faces reelection in November.

    Udall answers GOP charges, denies using taxpayer dollars on personal wealth management

    DENVER — Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall is responding to charges from Republicans that the taxpayer money he used to pay a wealth management firm was for personal use. Udall didn’t respond to the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative “news” website, which posted a story Tuesday with the headline: “Mark Udall Spent Your Tax Dollars on A Wealth Advisory Firm.” Later Tuesday, Colorado Republican Chairman Ryan Call put out a statement echoing that charge and citing a report showing that […]