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
  • Klingenschmitt won’t apologize for calling baby’s death an ‘act of God’

    DENVER — Facing rising outrage from Democrats and his fellow Republicans, State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt refused to apologize Thursday for his comments on his evangelical YouTube program attributing the death of an unborn child, cut out of a pregnant woman’s stomach, to an act of God. “I believe the Bible and I quoted the Bible and I applied it to current events,” Klingenschmitt said Thursday afternoon during an interview with FOX31 Denver. “If other people are offended by the Bible, […]

  • NRSC drills Bennet over human trafficking filibuster

    DENVER — Republicans aren’t close to having a challenger to take on Democratic Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet next year but that isn’t stopping them from continuing to try to soften him up with a barrage of early attacks. After launching robocalls against Bennet earlier this month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is out with a new video drilling the Democrat for his party’s recent filibuster of what had been a bipartisan bill to combat human trafficking. But the video ignores […]

  • Hickenlooper backs testing reforms, draws line in the sand on SB191

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper orchestrated a press conference Tuesday morning that served as a show of bipartisan support for a proposal to reduce the number of required tests and assessments for K-12 students. Hickenlooper sought to show broad consensus around reducing the number of assessments for students and teachers while maintaining high academic standards across the state. He also drew a line in the sand on a related issue, implying that he would likely veto any measure that […]

  • Compromise yields partial funding for undocumented licenses program

    DENVER — A bipartisan compromise Wednesday brings to an end a long-running battle over funding for a Colorado DMV program issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. The Joint Budget Committee voted 6-0 to approve some of the additional funding requested by the Dept. of Revenue to meet the high demand for the program. As a result, the state can reopen two of the four offices that were forced to shut down after Republicans on the JBC voted back in January […]

  • Unlikely alliance of far left and right roils testing reform debate

    DENVER — In a session defined thus far by partisan gridlock, Colorado lawmakers and Gov. John Hickenlooper have expressed optimism about bipartisan cooperation on legislation to reform the standardized testing regimen for K-12 students. But now that’s gotten sticky too — and not because the far left and the far right are again at loggerheads, but because, strangely enough, they’re working together. A coalition of some strange political bedfellows appears to be united around an alternative to a bipartisan bill aimed at […]

  • GOP Chairman Ryan Call facing revolt led by AG Cynthia Coffman

    DENVER — One might presume that the job of GOP Chairman Ryan Call, seeking a third term, would be safe just months after the party’s first big statewide win in more than a decade. One would be wrong. Call is in real danger of losing his job on Saturday to businessman and former GOP gubernatorial hopeful Steve House, who has seemingly consolidated opposition to the chairman from both the establishment and grassroots wings of the party. What makes it more […]

  • GOP letter escalates partisan fight over Iran deal

    DENVER — Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner didn’t back down Tuesday as controversy continued to swirl around the letter he and most of his Senate GOP colleagues signed in an effort to undermine a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran to limit that country’s nuclear program. He also declined to answer more questions about it. On Monday, Gardner was one of 47 Republican senators including 2016 presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio to sign a letter to Iran’s leaders warning them […]

  • COPolitics: A look at the first half of the state Legislature session and ahead to the next half

  • Hickenlooper: ‘U.S. would never put Israel at risk’

    DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a day after addressing AIPAC in Washington, DC alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, lamented the current low point in the United States’ relationship with Israel and softly defended the ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and Iran. “I think it’s unfortunate that this became a partisan issue. The relationship between the US and Israel should never be partisan,” Hickenlooper told FOX31 Denver during an interview Tuesday at his office. “Both parties have always stood […]

  • Democrats squash GOP bill to restrict Colorado abortion providers

    DENVER — In what has become an annual tradition at the Capitol, a Democrat-controlled committee Thursday again voted down a GOP proposal seeking to establish personhood and impose new restrictions on abortion providers. House Bill 1128, modeled after laws passed by Republican legislatures in Texas and other states that effectively regulate clinics out of business,was voted down after five hours of testimony. One Republican, Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt of Colorado Springs, joined Democrats on the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee […]

  • Oil and gas task force offers few solutions to local control issue

    DENVER — After half a year of meetings, all the state’s oil and gas task force could agree on to address the question of local control was the low-hanging fruit. Nine of some 40 policy proposals received the required support from two-thirds of the task force, on which the oil and gas industry and a contingent of pro-local control homeowners and conservations were equally represented. Those ideas, which the Gov. John Hickenlooper can choose to enact largely in the regulatory […]

  • Ban on “pray away the gay” conversion therapy passes first test

    DENVER — Legislation that would prevent Colorado youths from undergoing gay conversion therapy — programs run mostly by religious organizations to steer gay and lesbian teens back toward a heterosexual orientation — passed its first test at the Capitol Tuesday. After more than 90 minutes of emotional testimony, a House committee approved the bill on a 7-6 party-line votes, with the panel’s Democratic members all voting in favor of the proposal. It faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled Senate, […]

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