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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 sign held by an attendee at a press conference earlier this year at the State Capitol where Latino leaders called on elected officials and the community to welcome some of the Central American refugees currently in a logjam on the southern border.

    No Central American refugees coming to Denver — for now

    DENVER — Earlier this year, when thousands of Central American refugees were streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border, Denver was one of several cities that applied for federal dollars to provide shelter and care for some unaccompanied minors. The city found out last week that no unaccompanied minors will be headed here — for now, FOX31 Denver is first to report. Last Wednesday, the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement informed Denver Human Services that it currently has sufficient shelter capacity to […]

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    House narrowly passes spending package ahead of deadline

    DENVER — The least productive Congress in history neared the end of its term on Thursday night with the House narrowly passing a $1.1 trillion compromise spending package that would fund the government through next September after a rancorous debate that underlined divisions within both Republican and Democratic caucuses. The bill’s passage on a vote of 219-205 was a victory for both Speaker John Boehner and President Obama, both of whom lobbied intensely for their respective allies to pass the […]

  • Former FBI agent Jim Davis and law professor Margaret Kwoka talk about the Senate report on the CIA's Bush-era torture program during a conversation with FOX31 Denver's Eli Stokols that will air Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on #COpolitics: From The Source.

    Former top Denver FBI agent rips Senate torture report

    DENVER — Jim Davis, a former FBI agent who took part in U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, told FOX31 Denver Thursday that the “extreme interrogation techniques” used by some CIA operatives to get information out of detainees were understandable and justified. The occasional use of waterboardings that amounted to “near drownings” and other brutal interrogation techniques, revealed in gruesome detail in a Senate report Tuesday, was, Davis said, an appropriate response to the fear and responsibility felt by the […]

  • Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet (left) and Mark Udall share a private moment on Udall's campaign bus in Sept. 2014.

    Bennet gets emotional during tribute to departing Udall

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet still hasn’t gotten over his colleague, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s defeat last November and it showed during a heartfelt tribute to the departing lawmaker on the Senate floor Thursday. Bennet, who as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee oversaw all of his party’s top senate campaigns, remains the most broken up about Udall’s loss to Republican Congressman Cory Gardner. Choking up near the end of his prepared remarks about Udall, Bennet referred to […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper talks about the state's first water plan at the Capitol on Wednesday.

    Hickenlooper introduces draft of Colorado’s first statewide water plan

    DENVER — Much fanfare and applause greeted the introduction of the first draft of Colorado’s first-ever statewide water plan at the Capitol on Wednesday, but Gov. John Hickenlooper, who commissioned it, and its author called it merely a first step toward protecting and conserving the state’s water from the shortfall looming on the horizon. The meaty first-draft, written after months of stakeholder meetings in all of Colorado’s river basins, lays out general options for meeting what’s anticipated to be a […]

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    Udall satisfied with release of CIA torture report

    DENVER — Outgoing Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, who’d indicated that he wouldn’t rule out reading a classified report on the C.I.A.’s Bush-era torture program if the disturbing details weren’t made public, is satisfied with the report that was declassified and released Tuesday that showed that the agency misled the White House about the extent and brutality of its interrogation methods. The long-delayed report, which took five years to produce and is based on more than six million internal agency documents, […]

  • Mayor-Michael-Hancock

    Hancock tells student protesters to stay in school; Plans to hold meetings on race

    DENVER — Following continued protests and student walkouts in response to excessive force cases from Missouri to New York, Michael Hancock, the city’s second African-American mayor, plans to lead a larger conversation about policing, justice and race relations. Hancock, who was in Panama last week when high school students took part in massive walkouts in response to a Ferguson, Mo. grand jury deciding last month not to indict a white police officer, praised the community for its peaceful protests to […]

  • Two Americas: Discussing Michael Brown and Eric Garner

    DENVER — As nationwide protests continue over grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers whose force led to the deaths of two black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, a diverse panel of local experts agreed that the justice system is in need of reform because so many people, especially in communities of color, are losing confidence in its fairness. “The perception becomes the reality,” said Nancy Leong, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of […]

  • Low-wage workers and labor organizers took part in a protest downtown Thursday to demand a $15 minimum wage.

    Fast-food workers march on Denver in fight for $15 minimum wage

    DENVER — Nearing the end of a week that’s seen massive protests in response to non-indictments in excessive force cases from Ferguson, Missouri to New York City, hundreds of low-waged workers marched onto the 16th Street Mall at lunchtime today to call for economic justice — a $15 an hour minimum wage. Most of the protesters were fast food workers, who were joined by home health care workers, gas station attendants, clergy and labor leaders in what was part of […]

  • Reps. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, (left) and Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, went different ways on a largely symbolic bill approved Thursday to block President Obama's executive order on immigration.

    Gardner joins GOP in vote to block Obama’s immigration order; Coffman votes no

    DENVER — After successful campaigns in which they went to great lengths to position themselves as advocates for immigration reform, Senator-elect Cory Gardner and Rep. Mike Coffman split on Thursday over a symbolic bill aimed at overturning President Obama’s executive order sparing five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Gardner, who defeated Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and is positioning himself as a moderate within the GOP Senate caucus, voted with a majority of House Republicans in support of Rep. Ted Yoho’s […]

  • Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio.

    Colorado’s Palacio one of 10 Democrats tasked with party’s post-2014 ‘triage’

    DENVER — Much like the Republican Party did following a bruising defeat in 2012, Democrats have put together a small, independent review panel to assess what went wrong in the 2014 election and how to get back to winning — and Colorado Democratic Chairman Rick Palacio will be among its 10 members. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, appointed Palacio, the only state chairman taking part in the project. He will join nine others: Google CEO […]

  • Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat.

    Bennet blasts House’s three-week extension of wind PTC, other tax breaks

    The House voted 378-46 Tuesday to renew a set of about 50 corporate and individual tax breaks that include a business research credit, energy breaks including a production tax credit for the wind industry, a state and local tax deduction and others — for just about three weeks. The breaks have mostly expired, but the bill would allow taxpayers to claim the benefits on their 2014 tax returns. Most lawmakers who spoke in support of the measure said they were […]