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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 state treasurer candidates debate

    DENVER — Treasurer Walker Stapleton fended off attacks from his Democratic challenger, former Congresswoman Betsy Markey, during a combative debate Sunday morning on #COpolitics: From The Source. Markey, who served one term in Congress, alleged that Stapleton hasn’t taken his responsibilities as treasurer seriously enough, pointing to key card records from the State Capitol showing that the Republican is in the office far less than his deputy, Brett Johnson. Stapleton, who is seeking a second term overseeing the state’s $9 […]

  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, seen here in an image from a TV ad now running in Colorado, will appear in Douglas County later this month to rally support for Colorado Republicans.

    Jeb Bush to headline Colorado GOP rally in election’s final week

    DENVER — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will headline a rally in Douglas County later this month to rally support for U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Gardner, gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez and the rest of the GOP slate, FOX31 Denver is first to report Saturday. Bush, who has yet to announce whether he’ll run for president in 2016, will appear at the Douglas County Fairgrounds for a rally organized by the Colorado GOP on October 29, six days before the election ends. […]

  • Sen. Mark Udall encouraging Democratic volunteers to spend time knocking on doors over the final weeks of the campaign to help him pull off a victory over Republican Congressman Cory Gardner.

    Udall needs Democratic ground game to come up big again

    AURORA — Looking to rally a room full of volunteers to work hard on his behalf over the final 18 days of the campaign, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall told them that the national pundits, looking at polls showing him trailing GOP Congressman Cory Gardner, are “already counting us out.” It’s the standard “win one for the Gipper” rhetoric you’re likely to hear a lot from candidates in the closing days of a campaign; but, in Udall’s case, it’s simply not […]

  • Democratic Sen. Mark Udall during a debate last month in Grand Junction, Colo.

    Udall leads Gardner with women, but will it be enough?

    DENVER — A new survey by left-leaning Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Mark Udall with an 11-point advantage with women voters, which seems like good news for the Democrat’s reelection hopes. That’s no surprise given Udall’s decision to focus seemingly exclusively on women’s health issues like abortion and birth control in his ads, looking to focus voters’ attention on GOP congressman Cory Gardner’s record just as Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet did successfully in 2010 when he eked out a win […]

  • Former statehouse Speaker Andrew Romanoff, a Democrat, is challenging Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, for his 6th District seat in 2014.

    Romanoff releases internal poll showing Coffman up one point

    DENVER — Democratic congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff released an internal poll Tuesday showing him trailing Congressman Mike Coffman by just a point, an effort to dispel the notion that the race is trending toward Coffman. Coffman leads Romanoff by a margin of 44-43 percent in the survey by Chris Keating, a Colorado-based pollster who typically works for Democratic candidates and whose surveys are regarded to be fairly accurate. In the poll, 13 percent of voters remain undecided. Romanoff has an […]

  • Former Colorado Sen. Gary Hart, a Democrat, told the Denver Post that he's lost faith in its editorial judgment after last week's endorsement of GOP congressman Cory Gardner.

    Gary Hart tells Denver Post he’s ‘dumbfounded and appalled’ by its Gardner endorsement

    DENVER — Former Colorado Senator and two-time Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart has written a letter to the Denver Post calling the newspaper’s endorsement of GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner “one of the worst endorsement decisions” of his lifetime. It’s not yet clear whether the letter, obtained Tuesday by FOX31 Denver, will be printed in the newspaper. The Post’s endorsement, posted last Friday, urged voters to support Gardner, who ranked last year as the 10th most conservative member of the […]

  • Hillary Clinton (right) and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall greet people inside Denver's Union Station Monday afternoon.

    Hillary Clinton drops by Union Station with Udall

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall may not want to be seen with the current president, but he seemed more than happy to appear with the woman who is the odds-on favorite to be the next one. Udall, a Democrat fighting hard to stave off a strong challenge from GOP Congressman Cory Gardner, appeared with former Secretary of State and increasingly likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Monday afternoon when the pair dropped into Union Station. Shaking hands and exchanging […]

  • A new Democratic TV ad attempts to link four Republican state senate candidates to the conservative Jefferson County School Board member behind the controversial proposal to sanitize the district's AP U.S. History curriculum.

    Democrats’ TV ad ties JeffCo GOP state senate to conservative school board

    DENVER — Democrats believe the new culture war in Jefferson County, the state’s most important electoral battleground, just might help them hold on to the party’s one-seat majority in the Colorado senate. In a new television ad, Colorado Democrats attempt to draw a line between the three conservative Jefferson County School Board members whose effort to square the district’s AP U.S. History curriculum with their idea of “American exceptionalism” has sparked weeks of protest, with four Republican state senate candidates looking to […]

  • Bob Beauprez.

    Beauprez: ‘Hickpocrisy’ for governor not to disavow new Democratic attack ad

    DENVER — GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez called Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper a hypocrite for disavowing negative attack ads himself but allowing his allies to fire away. The charge comes after news Thursday that the Democratic Governors Association has gone all-in, putting $1 million behind a new television ad bashing Beauprez over his past statements to roll back abortion rights and to limit funding for Planned Parenthood. “John Hickenlooper refuses to take responsibility for either his actions or his words,” […]

  • Democratic Sen. Mark Udall's campaign raised $4.53 million in the third quarter, loading up for a final sprint toward Election Day in a race that could swing the balance of power in Washington.

    Udall raises $4.5 million in Q3, bested by Gardner’s $4.75 million haul

    DENVER — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign raised $4 million and an additional $535,000 for to boost its field program — touted as the largest in Colorado history — in the year’s third quarter, FOX31 Denver is first to report Thursday morning. A campaign memo detailing Udall’s plan of attack just days before ballots are mailed out comes just a few days after Gardner’s campaign announced that it raised $4.35 million in the third quarter and upped its own October ad […]

  • Tim Gill addressing the crowd at a rally in celebration of same-sex marriage becoming the law in Colorado.

    Tim Gill slams Beauprez, Gardner at same-sex marriage celebration rally

    DENVER — Tim Gill, the software magnate whose personal wealth helped Colorado Democrats build a dynamic, durable political infrastructure and financed the state’s biggest LGBT advocacy group, slammed the Republican 2014 ticket for opposing marriage equality at a rally celebrating the state’s first marriage licenses being issues to same-sex couples. Kicking off a rally outside the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which overturned Utah’s same-sex marriage ban effectively allowing for same-sex marriage in Colorado and the other states under […]

  • GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner during the Denver Post U.S. Senate debate in Denver Tuesday night.

    Gardner again downplays support for federal personhood legislation

    DENVER — In Tuesday night’s Denver Post debate, GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner sought once more to downplay his continued support for the federal Life at Conception Act, which nearly everyone but Gardner agrees is tantamount to the Colorado personhood measure Gardner disavowed earlier this year. “The federal act that you are referring to is simply a statement that I believe in life,” Gardner said when asked about the Life Begins at Conception Act by the Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels. When […]