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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 and Arrow Electronics CEO Michael Long during a 2011 press conference announcing the company's relocation to Colorado.

    Hickenlooper campaign announces coalition of business supporters

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper touted the state’s economic recovery over the course of his first term Tuesday while announcing a new coalition of more than 100 supporters from the business community who are backing his reelection bid. “I’m not sure there’s another state that’s increased it’s proportion of Fortune 500 companies like we have,” Hickenlooper said, referring to his success in recruiting Arrow Electronics, TriZetto and Ardent Mills to the state. “That’s about selling. We’ve worked hard. “These […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joins business and industry representatives last week in opposition to two local control ballot measures.

    Business leaders ask Polis to drop local control initiatives

    DENVER — A group of Colorado business leaders is ramping up pressure on Boulder Congressman Jared Polis, asking the Democrat in a letter Tuesday to stop funding an effort to get two initiatives on November’s ballot that seek to limit and give local communities more control over oil and gas drilling. While a number of the groups signing onto the letter have been publicly opposed to the ballot measures from the outset, the letter from Vital for Colorado is the […]

  • Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner appears with his father and son in his campaign's latest TV ad.

    In another TV ad, Gardner again promises ‘new generation’ of leadership

    DENVER — In case viewers didn’t get the gist of Republican Cory Gardner’s first TV ad, the U.S. Senate candidate is underlining it — that he’s a full generation younger than Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall — in his campaign’s second spot, which hits Colorado airwaves Monday. In the 30-second spot titled “Big Shoes”, Gardner, who appeared in his first ad, “Big City”, with his daughter, Alyson, sits with his own father and his young son, Thatcher. Once again, Gardner […]

  • Bob Beauprez in an image from a new video from "Republicans Who Want to Win", a newly formed 527 group supporting his candidacy.

    Dems take first shot at Beauprez over ’47 percent’ remarks

    DENVER — Colorado Democrats are highlighting GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez’s Romneyesque ’47 percent’ comments in a new web ad. The new 30-second video features audio of Beauprez’s 2010 remarks to the Denver Rotary Club in which he riffed about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay taxes and images of regular Coloradans shown with an arrow labeling them as part of the “47 percent.” The remarks are very similar to those made in 2012 by GOP presidential nominee Mitt […]

  • Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee last year.

    Udall responds to missile strike on airliner: Putin must ‘cease and desist’

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall told FOX31 Denver that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin must take action to deescalate the violence between pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists and Ukrainian forces following the missile strike that brought down a Malaysian Airlines jet carrying 295 people there Thursday. Udall, a Democrat who sits on the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees, echoed Republican Sen. John McCain, who acknowledged earlier Thursday that the surface-to-air missile strike couldn’t have been waged by Ukrainians because they don’t […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joins business and industry representatives last week in opposition to two local control ballot measures.

    Hickenlooper stands with industry, business groups against Polis’ initiatives

    DENVER — One day after announcing that there won’t be a special legislative session to pass a compromise bill on the local control of oil and gas drilling, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stood with more than 100 industry and business leaders Thursday in opposition to two local control ballot initiatives. The press conference at the Lower Downtown offices of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce brought together a number of groups that supported Hickenlooper’s effort to reach a legislative compromise, […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will announce Wednesday that there will not be a special legislative session around local control of oil and gas drilling.

    Hickenlooper pulls plug on special session; Polis pushing ahead with ballot measures

    DENVER — After more than three months of trying to find support for a legislative compromise to resolve local control issues around oil and gas drilling in an effort to avoid a nasty fight over local control ballot measures this fall, Gov. John Hickenlooper is pulling the plug on a special legislative session this summer, FOX31 Denver was first to report Tuesday night. Hickenlooper and many Democrats had hoped to avoid a ballot measure fight that could hurt the party’s chances […]

  • Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, faces reelection in 2014.

    Udall, Hickenlooper, Romanoff all come out against Polis’ ballot measures after compromise fails

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall moved quickly Wednesday in coming out in opposition to two ballot initiatives that would restrict oil and gas drilling after a legislative compromise aimed at averting the fight over the measures fell apart. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who’d tried for more than three months to negotiate an agreement to give local communities more control over fracking without allowing them to ban drilling altogether, announced Wednesday that he would not be calling a special session […]

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

    Quinnipiac poll has Beauprez edging Hickenlooper in governor’s race

    DENVER — A poll by Quinnipiac University shows the governor’s race is in a virtual dead heat less than four months before election day. Republican challenger Bob Beauprez is at 44 percent with Gov. John Hickenlooper at 43 percent, well within the margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points in the poll, which was released Wednesday morning. READ THE POLL: Quinnipiac governor’s race poll But the bigger concern for Hickenlooper is his job approval rating, which plunged […]

  • Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall are statistically tied with their Republican challengers according to a new poll from PPP, a Democrat-leaning firm.

    New poll shows Udall, Hickenlooper leading GOP challengers

    WASHINGTON — An NBC News/Marist poll released Tuesday show Democrats Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper leading in their races to be re-elected in November. With less than four months until Election Day, Udall leads Republican challenger Cory Gardner 48 percent to 41 percent, with 10 percent undecided in the survey of registered Colorado voters. That’s a far wider lead than most public and private polls of likely voters have shown, and Republicans believe polling likely voters provides a […]

  • Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, inside his Washington, DC office.

    Coffman’s big June not enough to match Romanoff’s fundraising pace

    DENVER — Congressman Mike Coffman’s campaign is claiming momentum after winning the June fundraising period over Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff in one of the most competitive House races of the 2014 cycle. Coffman’s campaign brought in $405,000 between June 5 and June 30, more than Romanoff, who raised $373,000 in the latest reporting period. The press release from Coffman’s campaign didn’t mention that it brought in $742,000 during the year’s second quarter as a whole, which is $100,000 less than […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper shares the stage with Vice President Joe Biden during NGA meetings in Nashville over the weekend.

    Hickenlooper concerned about relocating Central American refugees to Colorado

    DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper isn’t ruling out seeing some of the more than 57,000 Central American immigrants who have crossed the Mexican border relocated to Colorado, although he has a number of concerns that would need to be addressed starting with the costs to the state. While the administration has not yet made any official request, the Associated Press reported Monday that Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met Sunday with Hickenlooper and a number of other […]