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

  • Beauprez makes primary ballot — barely

    Posted on: 2:09 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 02:22pm, April 16, 2014

    DENVER — Former Congressman Bob Beauprez became the fourth gubernatorial candidate to make the GOP primary ballot when the Secretary...
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    Former congressman Bob Beauprez is the fourth Republican to make the primary ballot in the governor's race.
  • Denver Archbishop leads protest of Dems’ abortion rights bill

    Posted on: 5:05 pm, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 06:41pm, April 15, 2014

    DENVER — A few hundred Catholics and other pro-life Coloradans gathered on the Capitol’s west steps Tuesday afternoon in a...
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    Archbishop Samuel Aquila speaks out against a proposal that seeks to prevent future challenges to abortion during a protest on the Capitol's west steps Tuesday afternoon.
  • GOP gubernatorial primary: ‘This sucker is wide open’

    Posted on: 7:32 am, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 01:40pm, April 15, 2014

    DENVER — The primary fight for the Republican gubernatorial nomination is wide open after Republican delegates whittled the field to...
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  • Red-light camera ban gets green light from committee

    Posted on: 5:58 pm, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 05:59pm, April 14, 2014

    DENVER — A group of Colorado police chiefs and a number of people in wheelchairs couldn’t stop a bipartisan proposal...
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  • Ethics commission dismisses Hickenlooper complaint

    Posted on: 4:29 pm, April 14, 2014, by

    DENVER — Colorado’s independent ethics commission voted 4-1 Monday to dismiss a complaint from a conservative group alleging that Gov....
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    The Independent Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint against Gov. John Hickenlooper at its meeting Monday.
  • Priola bows to pressure, resigns House GOP leadership post

    Posted on: 11:42 am, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 03:01pm, April 14, 2014

    DENVER — Rep. Kevin Priola has decided to resign his position as whip of the House Republican caucus. Even after...
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    Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, at last week's House GOP caucus meeting where colleagues attempted to replace him as whip.
  • Kopp, Gessler win GOP assembly, advance to June’s gubernatorial primary

    Posted on: 5:08 pm, April 12, 2014, by , updated on: 10:41pm, April 12, 2014

    BOULDER –  In a bit of a surprise, former state Sen. Mike Kopp narrowly won top line on the June...
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    Mike Kopp, with his family looking on, signs official nomination forms after securing the top line on the GOP gubernatorial primary ballot. (Photo courtesy: Kopp for Colorado)
  • Renfroe beats Buck for top-line on CD-4 GOP primary ballot

    Posted on: 1:00 pm, April 11, 2014, by

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — State Sen. Scott Renfroe won top line on the June primary ballot over Weld County District Attorney...
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    State Sen. Scott Renfroe (Photo: Flickr / Colorado State GOP)
  • In backing GOP budget, Gardner, Coffman vote to end anti-terrorism grants for Denver

    Posted on: 8:35 am, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 08:28am, April 11, 2014

    DENVER — The Republican budget proposal that passed the U.S. House on Thursday with support from Colorado Congressmen Cory Gardner...
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    Colorado FBI agents during a 2009 on the Aurora apartment of convicted terrorist Najibullah Zazi. The successful dragnet was aided by federal anti-terrorism grant money that would be cut off under a House GOP budget plan that passed on Thursday.
  • ‘Reproductive Freedom’ measure clears first hurdle

    Posted on: 8:20 pm, April 10, 2014, by , updated on: 08:22pm, April 10, 2014

    DENVER — After the kind of lengthy emotional debate always triggered by policy proposals affecting abortion rights, Senate Democrats gave...
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    Democratic Sens. Jeanne Nicholson (left) and Andy Kerr during Thursday's committee hearing on their proposal to protect women's reproductive health choices from future challenges. (Photo courtesy: Senate Democrats)
  • 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.