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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 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 Gov. John Hickenlooper won re-election for a second term on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

    Gov. John Hickenlooper defeats Bob Beauprez to claim re-election victory

    DENVER -- John Hickenlooper will secure a second term as Colorado governor as vote totals overnight gave him a 22,000-plus lead over Republican challenger Bob Beauprez, FOX31 Denver can report.

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    Hickenlooper widening lead on Beauprez as counting continues

    DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper was engaged in a tough test against Republican challenger Bob Beauprez as returns from Tuesday’s election came in but was starting to pull away early Wednesday morning. As of 5 a.m., Hickenlooper led Beauprez by 13,506 votes with counting continuing in several counties. In Denver County, about 11,000 ballots still need to be counted, and Hickenlooper has been winning the county by a 74 percent to 22 percent margin over Beauprez. Officials there stopped counting […]

  • Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, declaring victory on Election Night last week with his wife, Cynthia Coffman, just elected as Colorado's next attorney general, at his side.

    Mike Coffman beats Andrew Romanoff in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District

    DENVER — Congressman Mike Coffman beat Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff to win a fourth term representing Colorado’s 6th Congressional District. Coffman, R-Aurora, led Romanoff by a margin of 53 to 42 percent at 2 a.m. During a speech to his supporters, Coffman thanked his supporters while also pledging to listen to the concerns of voters who cast ballots for Romanoff. “To all of the voters of the 6th Congressional District, I will continue to work hard for you in Washington, […]

  • Democratic Sen. Mark Udall makes a last-minute pitch to Hispanic college students on the Auraria Campus Monday morning with Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, the author of The DREAM Act.

    Udall making final, furious push to turnout Latinos, younger voters

    DENVER — By the time Republican Cory Gardner bounded into a room full of volunteers and supporters at the Colorado GOP offices in Greenwood Village Monday, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall was beginning his third campaign event of the day. Gardner’s speech, which lasted just five minutes, was his first public appearance since Saturday and possibly his last before voting wraps up Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Udall, who has stumped at 14 separate events over the last 48 hours, is […]

  • Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall.

    Judge dismisses GOP suit challenging Boulder County Clerk

    DENVER — A Boulder County judge quickly dismissed a legal challenge by Colorado Republicans, who filed a lawsuit Monday against Clerk Hillary Hall for allegedly violating the law by not allowing GOP election watchers enough time to challenge voter signatures as state law allows them to do. The dismissal from District Judge Patrick Butler means that the suit will not be heard and ballot counting in the county, a key Democratic stronghold, can continue uninterrupted. The lawsuit came just one […]

  • From left: Rob Witwer, Karen Middleton, Eric Sondermann and Terrance Carroll will join FOX31 Denver's Election 2014 coverage Tuesday night.

    Watch FOX31 Denver’s wall-to-wall Election Night coverage Tuesday

    DENVER — FOX31 Denver and Colorado’s Own Channel 2 will offer wall-to-wall coverage of Election Night returns on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. when voting ends and the first returns start coming in. Coverage will begin with a special edition of Channel 2 News at 7 on KWGN, anchored by Tom Green and Kim Posey and featuring live reports from crews embedded with the candidates and analysis in the studio from political reporter Eli Stokols and a team of expert […]

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    How to read Colorado’s ballot returns — now and on Election Night

    DENVER — Much is being made of the Republicans’ voter registration advantage in Colorado’s early voting, which inched from 104,000 Saturday to 106,000 on Sunday, seemingly a sign of yet another contested U.S. Senate battle tilting toward Republicans. But election observers from Denver to Washington, DC would be wise to pay attention to another figure: that voter registration margin as a percentage of the overall vote. As more votes come in, what was a 10-point GOP edge last week has […]

  • Colorado candidates enter the home stretch

    DENVER — With less than two days left until the election, Colorado’s political candidates continue pounding the pavement.

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    Colorado AG candidates Cynthia Coffman and Don Quick debate the issues

    DENVER – Cynthia Coffman and Don Quick debate the issues in their contest to replace outgoing Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.

  • Democrat Andrew Romanoff (left) and GOP Congressman Mike Coffman (right) spar in Colorado's first Spanish language candidate debate.

    Coffman, Romanoff square off in Colorado’s first Spanish-language debate

    DENVER — Near the end of a campaign dominated by overtures to Colorado’s Hispanic community, GOP Congressman Mike Coffman and Andrew Romanoff are squared off in their final debate — in Spanish. That’s right: these two white guys took and answered questions in Spanish for 30 minutes Thursday night in a debate televised by Denver’s Univision. Romanoff, the Democratic former statehouse Speaker, speaks fluent Spanish, which he picked up 25 years ago working for the Peace Corps in Central America. […]

  • An image from a new TV ad from GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez, which highlights the murder of former Dept. of Corrections chief Tom Clements in a broad-based attack on Gov. John Hickenlooper over public safety.

    Beauprez continues focus on public safety as Dems hit back

    DENVER — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bob Beauprez continues to stick to the issue of public safety in the closing days of his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. He’ll kick off a six-day tour across Colorado with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and several local law enforcement officers at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Colorado Springs. Beauprez has spent much of the last month attacking Hickenlooper on public safety matters: his indefinite reprieve for murderer Nathan Dunlap and […]

  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush urges Colorado Republicans to help elect Senate candidate Cory Gardner and the rest of the state's GOP ticket.

    Jeb Bush tells Colorado Gardner, Beauprez ‘won’t let you down’

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – Former Florida Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush told a few hundred Republicans here that they can help fix Washington by electing a “principled, centered” conservative like GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Gardner. Bush, echoing former President Bill Clinton’s pitch for Democratic Sen. Mark Udall earlier this week, framed the election as a chance to mold the country’s future. “This country can lead the world,” Bush said. “That’s what this election is about. It’s not […]