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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
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper shakes hands with a Native American tribal leader during a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre at the Capitol on Tuesday.

    Hickenlooper apologizes for Sand Creek Massacre on 150th anniversary

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper formally apologized to the descendants of victims of the Sand Creek Massacre in a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of what was one the most horrific killings of Native Americans in the country’s history. Hickenlooper, the first governor to apologize for the massacre, made the remarks during an event Tuesday morning on the Capitol’s west steps that was attended by tribal leaders, lawmakers and descendants. The event followed a ceremonial “healing run” that began […]

  • How the Gary Hart scandal changed politics

    DENVER — Back in 1987, as the country was on the verge of its next presidential election, a Colorado senator named Gary Hart was the all-but-certain Democratic nominee. “He was Hillary Clinton,” said Matt Bai, whose new book, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, re-frames the story of Hart’s sudden and stunning downfall over the course of one week that began with reporters confronting the candidate in an alley behind his Washington, DC home about charges […]

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    Ambassador Chris Hill on Iran, Iraq and the value of diplomacy

    DENVER — One of the most successful diplomats of his generation, Christopher Hill told FOX31 Denver Sunday morning that domestic politics — in the U.S. and other countries — is often the biggest obstacle to achieving major diplomatic goals. Hill’s interview on FOX31 Denver’s #COpolitics: From The Source comes just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif are continuing talks ahead of Monday’s deadline in hopes of achieving a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaking at the Capitol earlier this year.

    Latino group blasts Hickenlooper over immigration comment

    DENVER — As the nation’s Hispanic community Friday celebrated President Obama’s executive order sparing 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, Colorado Latinos expressed their frustration with another politician — the state’s Democratic governor. Earlier this week, Gov. John Hickenlooper visited with reporters at the Washington, DC bureau of the Wall Street Journal and answered questions about his successful reelection campaign, ongoing negotiations over the local control of oil and gas drilling and the president’s looming immigration overhaul. “What’s amazing to […]

  • Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat, plans to vote yes on legislation to approve the construction of the Keystone pipeline.

    Bennet’s yes vote can’t save Keystone pipeline, which falls one senate vote short

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet was greeted by protestors on Capitol Hill Tuesday hours ahead of a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline that ultimately failed by one vote. Senate Democrats defeated the proposal on a 59-41 vote, leaving the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, and Republican backers one vote short of the 60-vote filibuster-proof threshold. Environmental activists targeted Bennet and other Democrats who have signaled their support for the legislation to approve construction of the pipeline to […]

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    Physician-assisted death legislation in the works in Colorado

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers will likely debate legislation next year that would seek to legalize physician-assisted death for terminally ill patients. The bill, which is still being drafted, will be sponsored by two House Democrats, Reps. Joann Ginal of Fort Collins and Lois Court of Denver. While the legislation has been in the works for months, Ginal discussed it publicly for the first time over the weekend at a town hall meeting in Fort Collins, as first reported by the Loveland […]

  • Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder.

    Polis ‘relieved’ not to have gotten DCCC job he campaigned for

    DENVER — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Monday afternoon that she is appointing Rep. Ben Ray Lujan to serve as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the role overseeing the caucus’ fundraising and political operation. In so doing, Pelosi bypassed Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, who openly coveted the position and was among a half dozen lawmakers considered for the post. Lujan, in his third term in the House representing New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, will be the […]

  • Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, was one of eight authors of the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in 2013 but has been ignored by the House.

    Bennet backs Obama executive order on immigration

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is among five Democratic senators who are now encouraging  President Obama to take executive action to improve the country’s immigration system in the face of threats from Republicans on Capitol Hill to give them more time to craft a legislation solution. Bennet, who was part of the so-called Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group that drafted a comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support in 2013 only to be ignored by […]

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    Could Romanoff, after 9-point loss, challenge Coffman again in 2016?

    DENVER — In the congressional race thought to be the most competitive of the entire 2014, Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, thought to be the most vulnerable GOP incumbent in Congress, bested Andrew Romanoff, thought to be a blue chip Democratic recruit, by nine points. So it makes perfect sense that Democrats are already gearing up to go after Coffman in 2016, when they hope the higher voter turnout that comes in a presidential year will give them a better chance […]

  • The new 18-member GOP Senate majority donned Peyton Manning jerseys on Thursday in celebration of regaining control of the Senate.

    Republicans tap Cadman as next Senate President

    DENVER — After winning a one-seat majority last week, Colorado’s Republican senate caucus Tuesday elevated Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman to serve as Senate President next year. Essentially, he’s their quarterback. Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, who was declared Senate President-elect by acclamation after no other lawmakers were nominated for the post, capped off a celebratory caucus meeting by handing out Peyton Manning no. 18 jerseys to his colleagues who helped put the Senate back in Republican control for the first time […]

  • Hickenlooper says 2014 campaign was his ‘toughest fight’ yet

    DENVER — After an election in which so many Democratic governors and senators fell, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is still standing. In an exclusive interview taped just hours after he claimed victory on Wednesday morning that aired Sunday morning on FOX31 Denver’s #COpolitics: From The Source, Hickenlooper acknowledged that the 2014 campaign was the toughest fight of his political career. Despite aggressive attack ads from Republicans highlighting his controversial decision to grant an indefinite reprieve to death row inmate Nathan […]

  • Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs will be the next Senate President in 2015.

    Adams County win finally gives GOP control of Colorado Senate

    DENVER — Republicans will control the Colorado state senate for the first time in a decade when the legislature reconvenes in January. Senate Democrats conceded their 18-17 majority has flipped to an 18-17 GOP edge Saturday morning after Adams County finally finished counting ballots in the lone remaining undecided senate contest. In District 24, Republican Beth Martinez-Humenik held on to beat former Democratic state Rep. Judy Solano by 876 votes, providing Senate Republicans their 18th seat in the 35-member chamber. The […]