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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 Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, holds up the 10-page Fafsa form students seeking federal loans and grants must fill out.

    Bennet pushes bipartisan bill to simplify financial aid form

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is teaming up with Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to attempt to simplify the dreaded financial aid form confronted by millions of college applicants every year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or “Fafsa,” which students must fill out in order to access federal loans and grants, has more than 100 questions. The proposal Bennet and Alexander rolled out on Wednesday would turn the Fafsa into a simple postcard featuring just two […]

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper at the Capitol Thursday.

    Hickenlooper announces plan to help long-term unemployed

    DENVER — With Colorado’s economic recovery outpacing the rest of the country’s, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a new series of initiatives on Thursday that aim to help the long-term unemployed find jobs. The state will direct $3 million to pay for comprehensive assistance to those without a job for more than 26 weeks, tax breaks for companies that hire long-term unemployed workers as well as stipends for workers to offset the cost of internships, training and career coaching. It’s the […]

  • Outgoing Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, gets a hug from her successor, Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, as the GOP assumed control of the Capitol's upper chamber on Wednesday.

    Republicans take control of state Senate as legislature opens

    DENVER — Republicans took control of the state senate for the first time in a decade as the Colorado legislature reconvened Wednesday. Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, accepted the gavel from outgoing Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, who he thanked for “serving with honor and distinction.” Cadman, a long-time state lawmaker, now presides over a narrow 18-17 GOP majority in the legislature’s upper chamber and struck a bipartisan tone in his opening day remarks. “We all want to be […]

  • Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, takes the oath of office from Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.

    Gardner sworn in, Boehner re-elected Speaker as new Congress convenes

    WASHINGTON — Colorado Republican Cory Gardner took his place as part of a new GOP Senate majority on Tuesday as the new session of Congress convened in Washington. Gardner, 41, becomes Colorado’s first Republican senator since his old boss, Wayne Allard, who retired in 2008. During the ceremony, Gardner asked Vice President Joe Biden if he would say hello to his grandmother and passed him his cell phone (video of the exchange is below). “It is a tremendous honor to […]

  • Rodger Holmes in Grand Junction in November. He died a month later.

    Lawmakers want investigation into VA’s botched treatment of Grand Junction veteran

    DENVER — Rodger Holmes served his country in Vietnam. After he came home to Grand Junction, his struggles with depression and alcoholism left him homeless but he entered treatment programs, worked his way back and spent the last years of his life serving his community, counseling other veterans facing demons he knew well. He might still be doing so had the 64-year-old not gone to the VA Hospital in Grand Junction last summer to finally treat his Hepatitis C — […]

  • A look back on COpolitics in 2014

    DENVER — This week on COPolitics From the Source, we take a look back. A new¬†political landscape is about to take hold in¬†Washington D.C., and in Colorado, but before we turn the page, a look back at 2014 — the year that was in Colorado politics and our most compelling interviews. We started this show in the middle of 2014. We wanted it to be a place where politicians faced tough questions. This week, we review some of those interviews […]

  • Women at war

    Author Helen Thorpe talks about the past and future of women in the United States military.

  • Free Christmas trees for those in need

    Most people already have their Christmas trees. But for those who don’t, a holiday solution appeared on Wednesday.

  • Should members of the military get a tax break?

    DENVER — Should members of the military get a break on their state taxes? Colorado lawmakers are weighing whether active duty servicemembers should be excused from state taxes.

  • Maj. Mike Kingry was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with valor after a heroic mission to rescue Americans wounded behind enemy lines in Afghanistan.

    Legislation would allow active service members to forgo state income tax

    GOLDEN, Colo. — United States Air Force Maj. Mike Kingry may well be the most decorated active duty service member from Colorado. But the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross with valor, whose heroics flying behind enemy lines in Afghanistan ensured that five wounded American service members made it home, no longer calls Colorado his official home. It’s simply too expensive. “We just couldn’t afford to continue to maintain our Colorado residency,” Kingry said last month during a visit to […]

  • A sign held by an attendee at a press conference earlier this year at the State Capitol where Latino leaders called on elected officials and the community to welcome some of the Central American refugees currently in a logjam on the southern border.

    No Central American refugees coming to Denver — for now

    DENVER — Earlier this year, when thousands of Central American refugees were streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border, Denver was one of several cities that applied for federal dollars to provide shelter and care for some unaccompanied minors. The city found out last week that no unaccompanied minors will be headed here — for now, FOX31 Denver is first to report. Last Wednesday, the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement informed Denver Human Services that it currently has sufficient shelter capacity to […]

  • US Congress

    House narrowly passes spending package ahead of deadline

    DENVER — The least productive Congress in history neared the end of its term on Thursday night with the House narrowly passing a $1.1 trillion compromise spending package that would fund the government through next September after a rancorous debate that underlined divisions within both Republican and Democratic caucuses. The bill’s passage on a vote of 219-205 was a victory for both Speaker John Boehner and President Obama, both of whom lobbied intensely for their respective allies to pass the […]