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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
  • An ATM is positioned inside a marijuana store, in Boulder.

    Marijuana welfare bill clears committee

    DENVER — An effort to make sure public benefits cards aren’t being used at Colorado marijuana shops cleared its first hurdle Tuesday. A bill, which also prevents the cards from being used at strip club ATMs, advanced out of a Senate committee on a 3-2 party-line vote and heads now to the full Senate. It faces an uncertain future, like most partisan bills this session, if it passes the GOP-controlled Senate and winds up in the Democrat-controlled House. The marijuana […]

  • Jane Doughtery, whose sister was killed at Sandy Hook, speaks out against a Republican effort to roll back Colorado's 2013 gun laws.

    GOP committee clears proposal to repeal expanded background checks

    DENVER — Democrats scheduled a spate of Republican gun bills for Monday, which happens to be Groundhog Day, in order to make a point about the GOP’s stubborn and seemingly never-ending opposition to Colorado’s new gun safety laws, which were approved by the Democrat-controlled legislature two years ago. At a press conference inside the Capitol’s west foyer ahead of the afternoon’s hearings, gun control activists handed out groundhogs — well, stuffed animals — just to be sure the assembled reporters […]

  • Death with dignity

    DENVER — Should terminally ill patients be legally allowed to end their own lives? Our panel discusses the “death with dignity” movement in Colorado.

  • "Equal Pay Right Meow": House Democrats at a press conference Thursday advocating to reinstate the Colorado Pay Equity Commission, which Republicans voted to sunset last week.

    Democrats look to re-start Pay Equity Commission

    DENVER — A week after a Republican-controlled Senate committee voted to do away with Colorado’s Pay Equity Commission, a Democratic-controlled House committee voted Thursday in support of a bill seeking to bring the panel back. Such is life in the first month of the new legislature, where both parties control one chamber and continue to advance partisan legislation mostly for political reasons — Democrats and Republicans alike understand that most of these bills, good for firing up their respective political […]

  • U.S. Senate Passes Keystone Pipeline Bill

    Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline measure

    WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday to clear construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial project that would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The vote was 62 to 36. Nine Democrats including Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet joined with Republicans to support the bill despite President Barack Obama’s promise to veto it because he thinks the decision should remain up to the executive branch. Bennet faces a tough reelection fight in 2016. […]

  • Veterans Administration Medical Center under construction

    Bennet, Gardner join Coffman in push to re-start Aurora VA project

    DENVER — Colorado’s entire delegation is backing legislation introduced Wednesday aimed at jump-starting the problem-plagued VA hospital project in Aurora. Rep. Mike Coffman, the Iraq war veteran who represents the area, is the prime sponsor of the House version of the bill, while Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner are co-sponsoring the Senate bill. Both pieces of legislation seek to authorize the Army Corps of Engineers as the permanent construction authority on the project, taking that role away from the VA itself; […]

  • Connect for Health Colorado

    Glitch on exchange accidentally cancels insurance policies; plans to be restored

    DENVER — Connect For Health Colorado, the state’s new health insurance exchange, is acknowledging another problem with its website. During the recent open enrollment period, a glitch cancelled the existing coverage of up to 3,615 Colorado policyholders who were eligible for automatic renewals of their health insurance plans simply because they were browsing other plan choices on the site, the exchange acknowledged Wednesday. The problem came to light in recent week as customers began hearing from insurance providers that they […]

  • Julie Selsberg, left, pictured with her father, Charles Selsberg, who urged state lawmakers to allow terminally ill patients to 'die with dignity' a month before he died from ALS.

    ‘Death with dignity’ legislation introduced in Colorado

    DENVER — A year ago, Julie Selsberg sat on her father’s death bed at the end of a slow, agonizing death and told him she loved him, that she was sorry he suffered so much and that she would work on his behalf to enable the terminally ill to die with dignity. On Tuesday, Selsberg fought back tears from behind a podium in the west foyer of the State Capitol as she made good on that promise, heralding the introduction of […]

  • Palcohol

    Powdered alcohol ban advances at the Capitol

    DENVER — In a state where policy-makers and law enforcement agencies are struggling to stay ahead of the myriad consequences of recreational marijuana, support is growing behind a preemptive ban on another, lesser-known but potentially dangerous novelty: powdered alcohol or “Palcohol.” On Monday, a Democrat-controlled committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of a Republican-sponsored bill that would preemptively ban powdered alcohol in Colorado until lawmakers establish regulations for it. House Bill 1031 is now headed to the House floor after Monday’s […]

  • Colorado Youth Advisory Council guides the Legislature

    DENVER — A group of 40 Colorado teens has an incredible opportunity to advise the state Legislature.

  • Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, speaks during Thursday's meeting of the Joint Budget Committee.

    GOP vote blocking immigrant driver’s licenses funding sparks Latino outcry

    DENVER — Immigration advocates flooded the Capitol Thursday a day after Republicans voted to block additional funding for the DMV’s new program issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. But the Joint Budget Committee, where the vote happened on Wednesday, tabled the issue, which Latino activists want them to reconsider, because one of the three Democrats on the panel was away attending to a family matter. “What we feel happened yesterday, it was a direct attack to the immigrant community here […]

  • Cory Gardner touting his support for renewable energy in a 2014 campaign ad.

    Gardner votes against recognizing human role in climate change

    DENVER — After campaigning successfully last year as a “different kind of Republican,” Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is under fire from conservationists for voting Wednesday against an amendment stating that humans contribute to climate change. Fifteen Senate Republicans, including 2016 presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul, joined Democrats in backing the amendment, but not Gardner. The vote took place amidst a flurry of amendments to the Republican bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline and were part of an effort by […]