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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
  • Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, faces reelection in November.

    Udall answers GOP charges, denies using taxpayer dollars on personal wealth management

    DENVER — Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall is responding to charges from Republicans that the taxpayer money he used to pay a wealth management firm was for personal use. Udall didn’t respond to the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative “news” website, which posted a story Tuesday with the headline: “Mark Udall Spent Your Tax Dollars on A Wealth Advisory Firm.” Later Tuesday, Colorado Republican Chairman Ryan Call put out a statement echoing that charge and citing a report showing that […]

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    Udall blasts Gardner over local control comments on Thompson Divide drilling question

    DENVER — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner strongly opposed the two ballot measures, floated and ultimately dropped by Democratic Congressman Jared Polis, to extend greater control of oil and gas drilling to local communities. But when asked about whether he support legislation backed by his opponent, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, to protect the Thompson Divide from drilling, Gardner seemed to call for local control — or at least a process that’s led by local officials. “I think it’s something […]

  • A new ad from NextGen Climate Colorado attacks GOP Senate hopeful Cory Gardner.

    Steyer’s group rolls out first Colorado TV ad attacking Cory Gardner

    DENVER — NextGen Climate Colorado, the group founded and funded by San Francisco billionaire and climate change activist Tom Steyer, is hitting Colorado’s airwaves for the first time Tuesday with a new TV ad attacking GOP U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner. Steyer, who has pledged to spend $50 billion of his own fortune this campaign cycle to help Democratic candidates willing to take action on climate change, has already raised eyebrows with unconventional TV spots attacking Republicans in other states. […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper during an interview Sunday morning on Fox31's #COpolitics: From The Source.

    In interview, Hickenlooper offers new anti-death penalty stance, light support for Keystone

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who faces reelection in the fall, told FOX31 Denver Sunday that he is officially anti-death penalty. Hickenlooper told voters in 2010 that he supported capital punishment, but granted a temporary reprieve last May to convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap. In a wide-ranging interview on #COpolitics: From The Source Sunday morning, Hickenlooper talked about his reversal and defended his consensus-driven leadership style. “My whole life I was in favor of the death penalty,” Hickenlooper […]

  • Congressman Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, (left) and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, took an aerial tour of the flood damage last fall roughly five months before Gardner decided to challenge Udall this fall.

    Udall, Gardner campaigns battle over floods, government shutdown

    DENVER — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner blasted Democratic Sen. Mark Udall Friday for “politicizing” the tragedy of last fall’s devastating floods. Gardner, who joined Udall and other state and federal officials last year during the response to the floods, blasted the senator for trying to “exploit the tragedy for political gain” after Udall’s campaign Thursday attacked Gardner “endangering flood recovery” efforts by voting against a federal disaster bill and supporting the government shutdown that delayed federal assistance to Colorado communities. […]

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    Frank Rockwell, long-time Colorado photojournalist, loses battle with cancer

    DENVER — Frank Rockwell, one of so many unsung photojournalists working behind the camera and a long-time fixture in the local market, passed away Tuesday night after a battle with liver cancer. Rockwell spent the better part of two decades chasing stories across Colorado, where he relocated after working for C-SPAN in Washington, DC not far from his Maryland home. He was an old school newsman, someone who loved the excitement of breaking news and believed deeply in the journalistic […]

  • 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 […]