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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
  • Bob Beauprez.

    Beauprez: ‘Hickpocrisy’ for governor not to disavow new Democratic attack ad

    DENVER — GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez called Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper a hypocrite for disavowing negative attack ads himself but allowing his allies to fire away. The charge comes after news Thursday that the Democratic Governors Association has gone all-in, putting $1 million behind a new television ad bashing Beauprez over his past statements to roll back abortion rights and to limit funding for Planned Parenthood. “John Hickenlooper refuses to take responsibility for either his actions or his words,” […]

  • Democratic Sen. Mark Udall's campaign raised $4.53 million in the third quarter, loading up for a final sprint toward Election Day in a race that could swing the balance of power in Washington.

    Udall raises $4.5 million in Q3, bested by Gardner’s $4.75 million haul

    DENVER — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign raised $4 million and an additional $535,000 for to boost its field program — touted as the largest in Colorado history — in the year’s third quarter, FOX31 Denver is first to report Thursday morning. A campaign memo detailing Udall’s plan of attack just days before ballots are mailed out comes just a few days after Gardner’s campaign announced that it raised $4.35 million in the third quarter and upped its own October ad […]

  • Tim Gill addressing the crowd at a rally in celebration of same-sex marriage becoming the law in Colorado.

    Tim Gill slams Beauprez, Gardner at same-sex marriage celebration rally

    DENVER — Tim Gill, the software magnate whose personal wealth helped Colorado Democrats build a dynamic, durable political infrastructure and financed the state’s biggest LGBT advocacy group, slammed the Republican 2014 ticket for opposing marriage equality at a rally celebrating the state’s first marriage licenses being issues to same-sex couples. Kicking off a rally outside the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which overturned Utah’s same-sex marriage ban effectively allowing for same-sex marriage in Colorado and the other states under […]

  • GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner during the Denver Post U.S. Senate debate in Denver Tuesday night.

    Gardner again downplays support for federal personhood legislation

    DENVER — In Tuesday night’s Denver Post debate, GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner sought once more to downplay his continued support for the federal Life at Conception Act, which nearly everyone but Gardner agrees is tantamount to the Colorado personhood measure Gardner disavowed earlier this year. “The federal act that you are referring to is simply a statement that I believe in life,” Gardner said when asked about the Life Begins at Conception Act by the Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels. When […]

  • A new TV ad from a Koch Brothers-backed super PAC features this image of Colorado Sen. Mark Udall golfing with President Obama last year.

    Koch Super PAC puts $1 million behind new ad attacking Udall

    DENVER — The Super PAC funded by the Koch Brothers and announced at the June retreat in Southern California that Colorado GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner attended is coming to the candidate’s aid with a new TV spot attacking Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, FOX31 Denver is first to report. More importantly, Freedom Partners Action Fund is putting at least $1 million behind the spot, which features images of Udall playing golf with President Barack Obama and a screenshot of the […]

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

    Foreign policy battle escalates in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race

    DENVER — As the November midterms near amidst a news cycle that continues to be dominated in large part by news of efforts to combat the terror group ISIS, Colorado GOP Senate hopeful Cory Gardner is doubling down on his attack that Democratic Sen. Mark Udall isn’t taking the threat seriously enough. A new TV ad from Gardner released Tuesday expands the critique over Udall’s statement that ISIS “doesn’t constitute an imminent threat to the U.S.”, a statement Udall has […]

  • GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner during Monday's debate.

    Gardner: ‘My views on marriage have long been clear’

    DENVER — It’s not a major “October Surprise” but Monday’s announcement from the Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriage to become the law in Colorado and 29 other states moved the issue back to the fore of this year’s midterm election, now roughly a month away. That’s not great news for Republicans, generally speaking, given that so few of them support full marriage equality in a nation where a majority of citizens, especially younger voters, now do. Colorado’s GOP Senate candidate […]

  • Retired Gen. Irv Halter, a Democrat running in deeply conservative C.D. 5, blasts the GOP incumbent, Rep. Doug Lamborn, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a new TV ad.

    Democratic House candidate running against GOP incumbent — and Nancy Pelosi

    DENVER — The conventional wisdom holds that there is almost nothing Congressman Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, can do to lose Colorado’s 5th Congressional District seat, where Republicans hold an overwhelming voter registration advantage. But even Republicans in Washington are taking note of the campaign being waged against him by retired Air Force Gen. Irv Halter, the strongest challenger Lamborn has ever faced who is running as an independent Democrat and working hard to capitalize on voter fatigue with the gaffe-prone […]

  • GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Beauprez shares the debate stage with POLITICO's Manu Raju and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper during the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce debate Monday.

    Hickenlooper: Colorado ‘reckless’ to legalize marijuana

    DENVER — Leave it to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, fresh off his best political week in months, to say something controversial on stage at Monday’s debate with Republican Bob Beuprez, the fifth debate between the gubernatorial candidates to date. Hickenlooper, a Democrat seeking a second term, withstood pressure from Beauprez over his administration’s ongoing sentencing reforms amidst a new Denver Post report about the Dept. of Corrections releasing a violent inmate after he made threats to go on a shooting […]

  • GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Gardner shares the stage with moderator Manu Raju of Politico and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall during Monday's Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce debate.

    Gardner, Udall spar in feisty second debate

    DENVER — Two partisans, locked in a tight race to win over moderate voters in this purple state, sparred for nearly an hour Monday morning over their respective records in Washington. Democratic Sen. Mark Udall defended his support for Obamacare and underscored his support for a tax on carbon pollution, while criticizing Republican Congressman Cory Gardner’s voting record as being “out of the mainstream.” Gardner, who looked to soften his positions on issues like immigration and climate change, sought to […]

  • Democratic Sen. Mark Udall on #COpolitics: From The Source.

    Mark Udall on the political fight for his life and why he supports Obamacare

    DENVER — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall hasn’t run a TV ad yet touting his support for the Affordable Care Act, but he insists he’s proud of that vote and his voting record of siding with his party 99 percent of the time. “The health care system was broken. It discriminated against women, you could be thrown off your policy at a moment’s notice; there were far too many Americans who were uninsured and we needed to do something about it,” […]

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper responds to GOP challenger Bob Beauprez during a debate Thursday night in Pueblo.

    Hickenlooper: Beauprez ‘reprehensible’ alluding to Clements murder in debate

    DENVER — The politicos in the room Thursday night in Pueblo for the third debate between Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and GOP challenger Bob Beauprez haven’t stopped buzzing about the moment when the Republican drew the governor’s ire for alluding to the case of slain former Dept. of Corrections chief Tom Clements with a broad critique of his administration’s prison and sentencing reforms. Colorado Democrats have now posted video of the exchange, in which Hickenlooper slams Beauprez for alluding to the […]