Eli Stokols

Political Reporter

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

  • House approves funding for, gives initial OK to felony DUI bill

    Posted on: 5:05 pm, April 10, 2014, by , updated on: 06:12pm, April 10, 2014

    DENVER — A proposal to punish habitual DUI offenders with a felony change and up to six years in state...
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    DUI checkpoint
  • Democrats blast Gardner, Coffman for yes votes on Ryan budget

    Posted on: 1:45 pm, April 10, 2014, by

    DENVER — The House approved a fiscal 2015 budget on Thursday that would cut federal spending by $5 trillion and...
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    Reps. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, (left) and Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, both voted in favor of a Republican budget proposal on Thursday.
  • House GOP coup to replace Priola as caucus whip fails

    Posted on: 1:22 pm, April 10, 2014, by , updated on: 04:17pm, April 10, 2014

    DENVER — House Republicans met for 30 minutes Thursday morning after Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, called a meeting with the...
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    The House Republican caucus discusses replacing its whip, Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, during a meeting Thursday.
  • Bill criminalizing cyberbullying killed over free speech concerns

    Posted on: 6:43 pm, April 9, 2014, by

    DENVER — Senate Democrats killed a measure that would have made cyberbullying a crime, citing free speech concerns and promising...
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    Cyberbullying. Image courtesy: University of Alabama
  • Coffman comes out in support of LGBT anti-discrimination measure

    Posted on: 6:16 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 06:56pm, April 9, 2014

    DENVER — Congressman Mike Coffman, a Republican fighting to hold on to his seat this fall, took another big step...
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    Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, in his Washington, DC office last year.
  • Bill upping fines for oil and gas spills moves ahead without last year’s fight

    Posted on: 5:49 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 05:51pm, April 9, 2014

    DENVER — Last year, the Boulder County Democrats behind a measure to increase fines on oil and gas companies for...
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    Rep. Mike Foote, D-Longmont, negotiated a compromise on his bill to toughen fines for oil and gas spills after refusing to do so a year ago.
  • Coffman, battling to retain 6th C.D. seat, raises $593K in first quarter

    Posted on: 4:58 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 04:59pm, April 9, 2014

    DENVER — Congressman Mike Coffman, perhaps the most vulnerable incumbent in the country, raised $593,775 in the first quarter of...
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    Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, harshly criticizing Dept. of Defense Comptroller Robert Hale during a congressional hearing earlier this month.
  • Gardner, trying to catch up to Udall, raises $1.2 million in March alone

    Posted on: 3:24 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 03:55pm, April 9, 2014

    DENVER — Congressman Cory Gardner, after jumping into the U.S. Senate race in late February, couldn’t catch up with Democratic...
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    U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, waves to supporters as he officially launches his U.S. Senate campaign Saturday morning at a Denver lumber business.
  • Romanoff posts biggest fundraising quarter yet with $603K haul

    Posted on: 1:30 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 04:53pm, April 9, 2014

    DENVER — Democrat Andrew Romanoff continued his prolific fundraising in the first three months of the new year, posting his...
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    Andrew Romanoff, a Democrat, rallied supporters at Dora's Mexican Restaurant earlier this year to kick off his campaign for Congress.
  • Tancredo makes GOP gubernatorial primary ballot

    Posted on: 12:22 pm, April 9, 2014, by

    DENVER — Former Congressman Tom Tancredo submitted enough signatures to qualify for the June primary ballot, the Secretary of State’s...
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    Former Congressman Tom Tancredo outside the Clear Channel radio studios where he announced his candidacy for governor in May.
  • On Equal Pay Day, Udall and Gardner wrangle on women’s issues

    Posted on: 6:14 pm, April 8, 2014, by , updated on: 06:43pm, April 8, 2014

    DENVER — Following the lead of President Obama, who pressured congressional Republicans to do more to help women gain equal...
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    Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner faced off over women's issues on Tuesday.
  • Udall raises $2 million in first quarter of 2014

    Posted on: 3:35 pm, April 7, 2014, by , updated on: 03:38pm, April 7, 2014

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall had his biggest fundraising quarter to date, bringing in more than $2 million between...
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    Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, faces reelection in November.