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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
  • Hickenlooper

    Hickenlooper features Wynkoop, familiar themes in campaign’s first TV ad

    DENVER — The first television ad from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, which starts airing statewide Tuesday, features a number of things that will feel familiar to those who’ve followed the governor for some time, from the location to the political mantra espoused therein. The ad is shot inside the Wynkoop Brewing Company, which Hickenlooper founded a couple of decades ago, and shows the governor greeting customers and working the line in the kitchen. Hickenlooper, who has built his political career […]

  • Democratic Sen. Mark Udall during a debate Saturday night in Grand Junction, Colo.

    Udall apologizes for saying Foley, Sotloff would agree with him on ISIL

    DENVER — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall apologized Monday for a comment he made Saturday night during his first debate with GOP Congressman Cory Gardner in which he invoked the names of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the two American journalists recently beheaded by the terror group ISIL, to argue that the U.S. should be cautious in dealing with ISIL. “When addressing ISIL during this weekend’s debate, I should not have invoked the names of James Foley and Steven Sotloff,” Udall […]

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper announces an agreement to form a local control task force with Boulder Congressman Jared Polis in August at the Capitol.

    Hickenlooper names members of oil and gas local control task-force

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the members of a new state task-force formed to come up with solutions to the question of how much control local communities should be allowed over the state’s booming oil and gas industry. The formation of a task-force was a centerpiece of a last-minute agreement reached last month between Hickenlooper, the industry and Boulder Congressman Jared Polis, who agreed to drop his two proposed ballot initiatives that sought to quadruple the distance wells […]

  • Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, (right) responds to a question from Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, during a debate in Grand Junction on Saturday.

    With two new ads, Democrats hammer Gardner again on women’s issues

    DENVER — A week after Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner went up with a TV ad highlighting his proposal to make birth control available over the counter, an attempt to reset his campaign with the women voters likely to swing this race, Democrats are revving up their attacks on women’s health issues — again. Two new ads hit Colorado’s airwaves Monday that aim tie Gardner to legislation he supports that would limit access to birth control and a bill […]

  • Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, (left) and Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, face off Saturday night in Grand Junction in the first debate of this top-tier U.S. Senate race.

    Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Udall & Gardner spar in opening debates

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner took every opportunity to tie Democratic Sen. Mark Udall to President Obama and his vote for the Affordable Care Act during their first debate Saturday night here at Club 20’s fall meeting. Udall, who is seeking a second term, defended his record, argued that he’s opposed the White House on some issues and sought to paint Gardner as a hard-core partisan who’s voted with House Republicans to repeal Obamacare 52 […]

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

    Udall, Gardner preparing for first face-to-face debate

    DENVER — To prepare for the first debate of Colorado’s U.S. Senate race Saturday, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has been practicing with a stand-in for his Republican opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner — former state Senate President Brandon Shaffer, who ran against Gardner for his congressional seat in 2012 and lost. Gardner has been practicing with a handful of stand-ins for Udall, who is seeking a second six-year term, ahead of their first showdown at Club 20 in Grand Junction Saturday […]

  • An actor portrays Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper preparing to film a TV commercial in the latest ad from the Republican Governors Association.

    RGA and DGA release dueling TV ads, prompting Hickenlooper to go on air early

    DENVER — A new TV ad from the Republican Governors Association, which began airing Thursday, shows an actor portraying Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper primping on the set before taping an ad. “John Hickenlooper loves making campaign ads,” the narrator begins. “But he despises making tough decisions.” Hickenlooper, a Democrat seeking reelection who has famously disavowed attack ads, is responding — with a TV ad. An email from Hickenlooper’s campaign manager Thursday informs supporters that they’ve decided to go up with […]

  • Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, during a roundtable discussion Wednesday at Denver Health.

    DeGette optimistic about action to speed delivery of medical cures

    DENVER — In a Washington where practically nothing gets done, Colorado’s longest-serving member of Congress is optimistic about a bipartisan effort to accelerate and improve medical cures through the renewed focus on and funding of personalized medicine. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, will be the lead Democratic sponsor on soon-to-be-drafted legislation being carried by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, tentatively titled the 21st Century Cures initiative. Upton, the outgoing chairman of the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce, is looking to […]

  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, will campaign in Colorado Friday on behalf of Sen. Mark Udall.

    Elizabeth Warren to campaign with Udall in Jefferson County Friday

    DENVER — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the darling of the Democratic base, will campaign with Colorado Sen. Mark Udall in Jefferson County on Friday. Warren, who is also attending a private fundraiser for Udall, will appear along with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, at the campaign’s Jefferson County field office to kick off its canvassing operation in the state’s biggest bellwether. The group is set to rally supporters at 2:15 at the office located at […]

  • NextGen Climate Colorado volunteers and staffers talk with young voters in the parking lot before last weekend's CU-CSU football game in Denver. (Photo courtesy: @NextGen_CO)

    Steyer group now has 68 staffers in Colorado working to brand Gardner a ‘troglodyte’

    DENVER — NextGen Climate Colorado, the group founded and funded by San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer, has opened five offices in the state and a team of 68 staffers and volunteers in an effort to help Democratic Sen. Mark Udall survive a challenge from Republican Congressman Cory Gardner. In addition to spending $700,000 on a TV ad that uses Gardner’s denial of climate change as one of three proof points that he’s “too extreme” for the state, NextGen is targeting […]

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

    Udall: Gardner bill would have punished abortion providers more than rapists

    DENVER — Just as GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Gardner is looking to re-introduce himself on women’s health issues, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign is set to hammer him for legislation he supported as a state lawmaker that sought to punish abortion providers more harshly than rapists. Udall’s campaign is focusing on legislation Gardner sponsored in 2007 as a state legislator, Senate Bill 143, which would have subjected physicians who perform abortions in every case but to save the pregnant […]

  • A new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks Democratic Sen. Mark Udall over rising energy costs.

    Chamber of Commerce TV ad drills Udall on high energy costs

    DENVER — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched a two-week ad buy in Colorado to attack Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for rising energy costs. The ad hits the airwaves at the same time as an ad from Udall’s challenger, Republican Congressman Cory Gardner, showing the GOP hopeful in a wind farm touting his support for wind energy and natural gas. “Instead of fighting for lower energy costs in Colorado, Udall supports more power in Washington, D.C.,” the ad’s female […]