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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
  • Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, talks to FOX31 Denver in April about his reelection campaign and the challenge presented by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma.

    Udall raises $3.1 million in second quarter, has $5.7 million COH

    DENVER — Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall raised $3.1 million in the second quarter of the year and now has $5.7 million in cash on hand as the race against Republican challenger Cory Gardner enters a more competitive phase with the election less than four months away. Udall, who is seeking a second term, has raised more than $13 million overall to support his reelection effort. Gardner, a congressman from Yuma who didn’t enter the senate race until late February, […]

  • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony in 2012. (Credit: CNN)

    Bloomberg dismisses Colo. Springs, Pueblo as roadless, rural backwaters

    DENVER — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is popping off about Colorado in a new Rolling Stone interview and Republicans here, who have been blasting Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper for taking cues from Bloomberg on the state’s new gun laws, couldn’t be happier about it. Asked about three Colorado Democrats being forced out of office by a recall movement that arose last summer after the legislature’s passage of laws expanding background checks and banning magazines of more than […]

  • Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional, but ruling stayed

    DENVER — A judge in Adams County has ruled that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause, agreeing with 23 federal courts that have so far come to the same conclusion on same-sex marriage bans in other states. The ruling Wednesday is the first decision on the constitutionality of Colorado’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, which was passed in 2006. District Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled that the arguments for keeping the ban, that marriage […]

  • President Barack Obama

    Obama makes populist economic pitch, slams Congress in Denver speech

    DENVER — After a night hanging out in LoDo, President Obama took to a stage in Cheesman Park Wednesday morning and looked to recapture the populist message that worked so well for him in 2008 and 2012. Introduced by Alex Dooley, a young woman who wrote to the White House about how her boss gave her a raise following Obama’s State of the Union call for a minimum wage hike and one of five such letter writers to dine with […]

  • President Obama with Governor Hickenlooper at Wynkoop Brewing Company in LoDo on July 8, 2014. (Photo: Josh Winstead)

    Obama kicks off Denver trip dining in LoDo, shoots pool with Hickenlooper

    DENVER — In a couple hours after landing in Denver tonight, President Barack Obama bounced around Lower Downtown from one seemingly impromptu event to another, dining with a group of Coloradans and talking about pocketbook issues, shaking hands in a crowd of onlookers along 15th Street and making it over to the Wynkoop Brewing Company to share a beer and game of pool with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The nightcap at the brewery the governor founded years ago took place […]

  • President Obama announced Monday, June 30, 2014 he would take executive action on immigration reform after House Speaker John Boehner told him last week the House won't vote on a comprehensive bill this year.

    Obama adds Denver speech Wednesday; Udall, Hickenlooper won’t attend

    DENVER — President Barack Obama will travel to Denver on Tuesday and deliver remarks on the economy at Cheesman Park on Wednesday, the White House announced Monday. The president also will attend a fundraiser Wednesday for Sen. Mark Udall’s re-election campaign. The president’s speech at Cheesman Park is closed to the public, even though the setting is a public park. Interestingly, Udall won’t be there either. The vulnerable Democratic incumbent appears to have decided it’s better not to share a […]

  • Bob Beauprez, a former Republican congressman, is now the GOP nominee for governor.

    Democrats dump video of Beauprez echoing Romney’s ’47 percent’ comments

    DENVER — Democrats may have tried to take out Bob Beauprez in the Republican primary — but they saved plenty of bullets for the general election. Eight days after Beauprez’s primary win, just as the GOP gubernatorial nominee is barnstorming the state on a “Unity Tour” with his former rivals and newly-minted running mate, Colorado Democrats released a video of a Beauprez speech from a Denver Rotary Club appearance back in 2010 in which the then-retired politician riffed about the […]

  • An image of a fracking well being drilled just a few hundred feet from a row of homes in northern Colorado, as depicted in the first TV ad from Coloradans for Local Control, the group pushing a ballot measure to allow cities to ban fracking.

    Some home builders back local control compromise; Senate still locked down

    DENVER — Roughly half of Colorado’s home builders and developers have signaled their support for the revamped draft bill that attempts to reach a compromise on the local control of oil and gas drilling in order to avoid a nasty fight over local control ballot initiatives this fall. Although the Colorado Homebuilders Association itself isn’t taking a position on the proposal, 17 companies have indicated that they support the draft legislation from Gov. John Hickenlooper and encourage a special session […]

  • Republican George Leing is challenging Democratic Congressman Jared Polis in Colorado's 2nd District.

    Does this guy (George Leing) actually have a shot at beating Jared Polis?

    DENVER — When people talk about Boulder Congressman Jared Polis these days, they often focus on his financial backing of ballot measures that would allow local communities greater control of oil and gas drilling or on his leadership ambitions and interest in being named the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. They do not talk much about the possibility that Polis, first elected in 2008, is in danger of losing his seat in November. But two things have […]

  • Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella has been chosen to be Bob Beauprez's running mate.

    Beauprez taps Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella as running mate

    DENVER — Bob Beauprez, who won the Colorado GOP’s gubernatorial nomination a week ago, has settled on Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella as his choice for lieutenant governor. Beauprez is set to introduce Repella, a single mother of three, at a press conference on Wednesday before setting off on a statewide tour with the three men he beat in last week’s primary, Tom Tancredo, Scott Gessler and Mike Kopp. Beauprez’s campaign tells FOX31 Denver that Repella was the first choice […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, faces Republican Bob Beauprez this fall.

    Rasmussen poll has Hickenlooper, Beauprez tied at 44 percent

    DENVER — After his worst two weeks of press this year, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is polling at just 44 percent and running neck and neck with his newly-minted Republican challenger Bob Beauprez, who won last week’s four-way GOP gubernatorial primary. The survey of 750 likely voters from Rasmussen Reports out Tuesday was conducted by phone last Wednesday and Thursday, immediately following the Tuesday night primary in which Beauprez finished ahead of Tom Tancredo and two other challengers. Eight percent […]

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    Several new Colorado laws go into effect Tuesday

    DENVER — Colorado prosecutors will have twice as long as they do currently to file charges in hit-and-run vehicular homicide cases under a new law, one of about 50 new laws approved by the legislature earlier this year that take effect on Tuesday. The new law, which arose out of bipartisan legislation, will double the statute of limitations to 10 years from five years, allowing law enforcement more time to find the perpetrators. It also increases the statute of limitations […]