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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 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
  • A fracking site in Weld County was temporarily shut down while experts determined the cause of earthquakes in May and June 2014. (Photo: KDVR)

    Boulder County judge overturns Longmont fracking ban; Polis continues signature push

    DENVER — Another day in Colorado, another ban struck down by a judge in a ruling accompanied by a stay. But Thursday’s ruling from a Boulder County judge struck down a municipal ban on fracking, not a statewide ban on same-sex marriage. Judge D.D. Mallard issued the summary judgment on Thursday, striking down Longmont’s ban on fracking. In the ruling, she said Longmont’s charter amendment clearly conflicted with the state’s regulations and its interest in the efficient development of oil […]

  • Heather Shockey and Tracey MacDermott, the second same-sex couple to get a marriage license in Boulder Wednesday.

    Appeals court rejects Suthers, allows Boulder clerk to keep issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

    DENVER — The Colorado Court of Appeals Thursday denied Attorney General John Suthers’ request to stop the Boulder clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled last Friday that Denver’s Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson had to stop issuing licenses to same-sex couples; that ruling also prompted Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz to stop issuing licenses on Monday after Suthers’ office threatened further legal action. But Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall, who was the first clerk in […]

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

    Beauprez asks Hickenlooper to do at least 8 debates

    DENVER — Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez is asking Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to debate him at least eight times this fall. Beauprez made the request in a letter to Hickenlooper on Thursday, also suggesting that the debates be held in at least six different locations around the state: Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Greeley, Fort Collins and the Western Slope. “I believe it is important for the people of Colorado to know as fully as possible the positions held by […]

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    Federal judge strikes down Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage

    DENVER — A federal judge ruled late Wednesday afternoon that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore made the ruling and then immediately put his order on hold, giving the state a month to appeal the decision to a higher court. Attorney General John Suthers announced Wednesday evening that he plans to file an appeal. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and Suthers, a Republican, had asked for a longer stay until the issue is […]

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visits with diners at Sam's No. 3 downtown while protestors press signs to the window.

    Christie throws support behind Beauprez, stands by comments on Colorado, pot

    DENVER — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie barreled past a small group of protestors and into Sam’s No. 3 Wednesday afternoon, saying hello to midday diners and posing for photographs before making his way to a back room and holding forth before a bevy of television cameras and reporters. There, during a 15-minute exchange, Christie said the Republican Governors Association is planning to strongly support Bob Beauprez, the GOP nominee in Colorado’s upcoming governor’s race while proudly doubling down on […]

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall are statistically tied with their Republican challengers according to a new poll from PPP, a Democrat-leaning firm.

    Democratic poll shows Hickenlooper, Udall statistically tied with GOP challengers

    DENVER — A survey last week from Quinnipiac University showing Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper just one point ahead of Republican Bob Beauprez, the first poll showing Colorado’s governor’s race to be so close, was brushed off as an outlier. But a new poll released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling — a reliably Democratic-leaning outfit — shows that it may not be. In the PPP survey, Hickenlooper only leads Beauprez by a 44-43 percent margin, well within the poll’s margin of […]

  • A crowd of people opposed to personhood packed the Capitol steps Tuesday for a No on 67 rally.

    No on personhood campaign launches with big rally at Capitol

    DENVER — Few things fire up Colorado progressives like the issue of personhood, a policy they oppose and a political opportunity like few others. On Tuesday, with personhood likely to make the November ballot for a third time as Amendment 67, a huge crowd of progressive activists gathered on the west steps of the Capitol to launch the No on 67 campaign. The appearance of a cardboard cut-out of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner, who supported the last two […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Arrow Electronics CEO Michael Long during a 2011 press conference announcing the company's relocation to Colorado.

    Hickenlooper campaign announces coalition of business supporters

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper touted the state’s economic recovery over the course of his first term Tuesday while announcing a new coalition of more than 100 supporters from the business community who are backing his reelection bid. “I’m not sure there’s another state that’s increased it’s proportion of Fortune 500 companies like we have,” Hickenlooper said, referring to his success in recruiting Arrow Electronics, TriZetto and Ardent Mills to the state. “That’s about selling. We’ve worked hard. “These […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joins business and industry representatives last week in opposition to two local control ballot measures.

    Business leaders ask Polis to drop local control initiatives

    DENVER — A group of Colorado business leaders is ramping up pressure on Boulder Congressman Jared Polis, asking the Democrat in a letter Tuesday to stop funding an effort to get two initiatives on November’s ballot that seek to limit and give local communities more control over oil and gas drilling. While a number of the groups signing onto the letter have been publicly opposed to the ballot measures from the outset, the letter from Vital for Colorado is the […]

  • Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner appears with his father and son in his campaign's latest TV ad.

    In another TV ad, Gardner again promises ‘new generation’ of leadership

    DENVER — In case viewers didn’t get the gist of Republican Cory Gardner’s first TV ad, the U.S. Senate candidate is underlining it — that he’s a full generation younger than Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall — in his campaign’s second spot, which hits Colorado airwaves Monday. In the 30-second spot titled “Big Shoes”, Gardner, who appeared in his first ad, “Big City”, with his daughter, Alyson, sits with his own father and his young son, Thatcher. Once again, Gardner […]

  • Bob Beauprez in an image from a new video from "Republicans Who Want to Win", a newly formed 527 group supporting his candidacy.

    Dems take first shot at Beauprez over ’47 percent’ remarks

    DENVER — Colorado Democrats are highlighting GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez’s Romneyesque ’47 percent’ comments in a new web ad. The new 30-second video features audio of Beauprez’s 2010 remarks to the Denver Rotary Club in which he riffed about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay taxes and images of regular Coloradans shown with an arrow labeling them as part of the “47 percent.” The remarks are very similar to those made in 2012 by GOP presidential nominee Mitt […]

  • Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee last year.

    Udall responds to missile strike on airliner: Putin must ‘cease and desist’

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall told FOX31 Denver that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin must take action to deescalate the violence between pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists and Ukrainian forces following the missile strike that brought down a Malaysian Airlines jet carrying 295 people there Thursday. Udall, a Democrat who sits on the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees, echoed Republican Sen. John McCain, who acknowledged earlier Thursday that the surface-to-air missile strike couldn’t have been waged by Ukrainians because they don’t […]