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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
  • Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, and Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff spar during their first debate of the campaign season Thursday morning in Highlands Ranch.

    Coffman, Romanoff spar in first debate in country’s hottest congressional race

    HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – Several hundred onlookers packed into a small hotel ballroom Thursday morning for the first debate between GOP Rep. Mike Coffman and Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff,  for what was an at times feisty exchange between two men battling in what may be the country’s most competitive congressional race. Mirroring the race broadly to this point, the 90-minute debate focused largely on immigration issues, an issue of interest to the district’s large and growing Hispanic population, and both […]

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper jams with One Republic front-man Ryan Tedder in a new web video from the governor's reelection campaign released Thursday.

    One Republic front-man to Hickenlooper: ‘Stick to being governor’

    DENVER — It’s no secret that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper enjoys (in no particular order): live music, playing music, poking fun at himself and showing a lighter side in his campaign commercials. On Thursday, the governor’s campaign finally released a video that Hickenlooper himself has been showing off privately for a couple months in which he appears strumming a guitar with One Republic front-man Ryan Tedder. The implied message: the guy is a terrible musician but a solid governor. In […]

  • Jamestown Mayor Tara Schoedinger in the latest TV ad from Democratic Sen. Mark Udall's campaign.

    New Udall TV ad highlights flood recovery efforts

    DENVER — In the latest TV ad from Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, the mayor of Jamestown credits the Democratic senator for coming to her community’s aid after last fall’s catastrophic floods. Jamestown Mayor Tara Schoedinger speaks — fighting back tears, at one point — about her community’s efforts to rebuild. “Many times we heard ‘why even bother rebuilding Jamestown’ because we are so small, but for us it’s our home — it’s our community,” she says in the ad. “Mark […]

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    Denver council puts preschool funding question on November ballot

    DENVER — The city council voted 10-1 Monday night to refer a question of a proposed sales tax hike to support the Denver Preschool Program to voters this fall. Following testimony mostly from supporters of the program and the council’s vote, the proposed tax hike — an additional 15 cents on every $100 spent — will be on Denver’s November ballot. “We are asking Denver voters to continue to invest in the next generation by supporting a program with proven […]

  • President Jimmy Carter talks about climate change with Sally Ranney of the American Renewable Energy Institute at the AREDAY summit at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo. Tuesday.

    President Carter calls for carbon tax at Aspen renewable energy conference

    ASPEN, Colo. — President Jimmy Carter called a tax on carbon emissions “the only reasonable approach” to combating climate change during an appearance here Tuesday, but lamented that even piecemeal actions are unlikely to get through a divided Congress. Carter, 89, who received a lifetime achievement award on the final day of the American Renewable Energy Day summit, spoke during a luncheon attended by a number of conservationists as well as Ted Turner, T. Boone Pickens and Tom Steyer, the California […]

  • San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer is pledging to spend $50 million in 2014 in support of candidates willing to push for action to combat climate change.

    Steyer in Aspen: 2014 focus is on turning out climate change voters

    ASPEN, Colo. — San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer, who has pledged to spend $50 million this campaign cycle in support of candidates willing to take action on climate change, spoke Tuesday at a conference here about the challenges of making progress through the political system. In an illustration of those challenges, Steyer, between sessions at the American Renewable Energy Day summit here, held several meetings with activists and wealthy donors in an effort to find additional financial support for his NextGen Climate political […]

  • Former state Sen. Tim Neville, a Republican who is challenging Democratic Sen. Jeanne Nicholson for her seat this fall.

    GOP state senate candidate accused of campaign finance violations

    DENVER — Tim Neville, a Republican running for a Jefferson County state senate that could determine which party controls the chamber next year, has been accused of violating Colorado’s campaign finance laws — by a fellow Republican. Christopher O’Dell, a former Jefferson County GOP chairman, sent Neville a letter Monday asking him to explain apparent violations of campaign finance laws allowing for anonymous contributions of no more than $20 and individual contributions of no more than $400. According to fundraising […]

  • Congressman Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, in his campaign's latest ad, which focuses on Obamacare.

    Gardner hits Udall on Obamacare in latest TV ad

    DENVER — When Republican Congressman Cory Gardner launched his U.S. Senate campaign in late February, he talked almost exclusively about his Democratic opponent’s support for Obamacare. Since then, Obamacare has receded a bit as a GOP attack line as polling has indicated that Obamacare-related attacks aren’t getting much traction with voters. On Monday, Gardner’s campaign launched its latest TV ad, which focuses once again on Obamacare and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s broken promise that “if you like your health plan, […]

  • Richelle McKim of Castle Rock appears in a new TV ad from Crossroads GPS blaming Obamacare for her having to "go back to work." Her own LinkedIn profile shows that she has worked continuously since 2008.

    Crossroads GPS ad attacking Udall glosses over Castle Rock woman’s Obamacare story

    DENVER — A new TV ad from Crossroads GPS features a Castle Rock mom criticizing Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for voting for the Affordable Care Act — not a surprising mouthpiece in a race that will likely come down to suburban women. But the woman in the ad, Richelle McKim, is actually an employee of an energy company that is among the biggest donors to Udall’s opponent; and her story, which seemingly contradicts information on her publicly available LinkedIn profile, […]

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

    Judge overturns Fort Collins five-year fracking ban

    DENVER — A judge threw out Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium on fracking, the first such vote by a Colorado city, in a ruling handed down Thursday. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association filed a suit in late 2013 challenging the bans passed by voters in Fort Collins and Longmont after voters approved them. District Judge Gregory Lammons ruled Thursday that the Fort Collins moratorium is preempted by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act because it “impedes a state interest […]

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

    Polis gives in, announces compromise with Hickenlooper on oil, gas control

    DENVER — At the last possible moment, Jared Polis has blinked. The Boulder congressman, who was prepared to turn in more than 200,000 signatures Monday afternoon in support of two ballot measures that would have allowed far greater local control of Colorado’s oil and gas industry, reached an agreement over the weekend to stand down on the initiatives and allow a broader stakeholder process to take place. Facing mounting pressure from a coalition of business and industry groups, mainstream environmental […]

  • A sign held by an attendee at Thursday's press conference 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.

    Denver set to apply for $12 million in federal grants to house Central American refugees

    DENVER — Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration is almost certain to submit a grant proposal by Tuesday’s deadline to receive up to $12 million from the federal government to support the relocation of up to 60 young refugees from Central America. According to the Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Obama administration is offering $350 million in grants to up to 60 U.S. cities and counties that are willing to temporarily house and take […]