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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
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center under construction

    Bennet, Gardner join Coffman in push to re-start Aurora VA project

    DENVER — Colorado’s entire delegation is backing legislation introduced Wednesday aimed at jump-starting the problem-plagued VA hospital project in Aurora. Rep. Mike Coffman, the Iraq war veteran who represents the area, is the prime sponsor of the House version of the bill, while Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner are co-sponsoring the Senate bill. Both pieces of legislation seek to authorize the Army Corps of Engineers as the permanent construction authority on the project, taking that role away from the VA itself; […]

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    Glitch on exchange accidentally cancels insurance policies; plans to be restored

    DENVER — Connect For Health Colorado, the state’s new health insurance exchange, is acknowledging another problem with its website. During the recent open enrollment period, a glitch cancelled the existing coverage of up to 3,615 Colorado policyholders who were eligible for automatic renewals of their health insurance plans simply because they were browsing other plan choices on the site, the exchange acknowledged Wednesday. The problem came to light in recent week as customers began hearing from insurance providers that they […]

  • Julie Selsberg, left, pictured with her father, Charles Selsberg, who urged state lawmakers to allow terminally ill patients to 'die with dignity' a month before he died from ALS.

    ‘Death with dignity’ legislation introduced in Colorado

    DENVER — A year ago, Julie Selsberg sat on her father’s death bed at the end of a slow, agonizing death and told him she loved him, that she was sorry he suffered so much and that she would work on his behalf to enable the terminally ill to die with dignity. On Tuesday, Selsberg fought back tears from behind a podium in the west foyer of the State Capitol as she made good on that promise, heralding the introduction of […]

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    Powdered alcohol ban advances at the Capitol

    DENVER — In a state where policy-makers and law enforcement agencies are struggling to stay ahead of the myriad consequences of recreational marijuana, support is growing behind a preemptive ban on another, lesser-known but potentially dangerous novelty: powdered alcohol or “Palcohol.” On Monday, a Democrat-controlled committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of a Republican-sponsored bill that would preemptively ban powdered alcohol in Colorado until lawmakers establish regulations for it. House Bill 1031 is now headed to the House floor after Monday’s […]

  • Colorado Youth Advisory Council guides the Legislature

    DENVER — A group of 40 Colorado teens has an incredible opportunity to advise the state Legislature.

  • Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, speaks during Thursday's meeting of the Joint Budget Committee.

    GOP vote blocking immigrant driver’s licenses funding sparks Latino outcry

    DENVER — Immigration advocates flooded the Capitol Thursday a day after Republicans voted to block additional funding for the DMV’s new program issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. But the Joint Budget Committee, where the vote happened on Wednesday, tabled the issue, which Latino activists want them to reconsider, because one of the three Democrats on the panel was away attending to a family matter. “What we feel happened yesterday, it was a direct attack to the immigrant community here […]

  • Cory Gardner touting his support for renewable energy in a 2014 campaign ad.

    Gardner votes against recognizing human role in climate change

    DENVER — After campaigning successfully last year as a “different kind of Republican,” Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is under fire from conservationists for voting Wednesday against an amendment stating that humans contribute to climate change. Fifteen Senate Republicans, including 2016 presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul, joined Democrats in backing the amendment, but not Gardner. The vote took place amidst a flurry of amendments to the Republican bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline and were part of an effort by […]

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    Republicans vote to end Pay Equity Commission

    DENVER — Senate Republicans again reminded their Democratic colleagues what it’s like being in the minority as they voted Wednesday afternoon to do away with the Pay Equity Commission, arguing that it’s a feckless body that hasn’t accomplished much. Democrats, while ostensibly angry about the 5-4 party-line vote by the GOP-controlled Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee, are already returning to their oft-used narrative that the GOP is hostile to women by scrapping a body charged with rooting out gender […]

  • Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, saw his effort to harmonize state and federal law related to same-sex marriage and civil unions blocked by Republicans in committee on Wednesday.

    Republicans kill Democratic civil unions clean-up bill

    DENVER — Senate Republicans flexed their muscle Wednesday, killing off a Democrat-sponsored bill aimed at fixing a consequence of the state’s overlapping recognition of both civil unions and gay marriage, which currently requires same-sex couples who have entered into both to get divorced twice. Senate Bill 16, which would have cut red tape for those couples entering divorce proceedings, was voted down on a 3-2 vote by the GOP-controlled State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, the […]

  • Connect for Health Colorado

    Democrats join GOP behind bill to audit Colorado health insurance exchange

    DENVER — Last year when Republicans called for an audit of Colorado’s new health insurance exchange, Democrats voted the measure down. This year, with control of the state Senate having flipped to the GOP, Democrats joined Republicans in supporting a measure that would grant the state auditor the authority to conduct a performance review of Connect for Health Colorado. Whereas Democrats were reluctant to aid Republicans in doing additional political damage to Obamacare in the run-up to an election year, […]

  • President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address in 2013. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Colorado delegation reacts to Obama’s State of the Union address

    DENVER — Predictably partisan and penned by staffers, reactions from members of Congress are a State of the Union tradition — and, based on this year’s sample, many of these folks aren’t into the whole brevity thing. Newly-elected Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, offered a technologically advanced take on the post-speech press release, recording his reaction on video and posting it to YouTube before attending the speech. His transcribed remarks and statements from other members of the Colorado delegation are reprinted […]

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    Senate advances bill expanding criminal blood tests

    DENVER  –One of the first votes of the new GOP-controlled state senate wasn’t just bipartisan — it was unanimous. Democrats and Republicans all voted in favor of Senate Bill 5, which will expand the crimes for which defendants must submit blood samples, on second reading Tuesday morning. A final recorded vote awaits before the bill moves to the House. The legislation, carried by Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley, a first-term lawmaker and former sheriff, would require defendants in first-degree assault cases […]