Eli Jonathan Stokols is widely recognized as “The face of political journalism” on local TV news in Denver and is also a prominent White House Reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
Personal Details : Early Life & Family
- Eli was born on June 13, 1979, in California. He grew up in Irvine, California, with his family.
- His parents are Jeannette J. Stokols and Daniel S. Stokols. Eli also has two brothers, of which one is named Andy Stokols.
- Eli’s father is a well-known Research Professor and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. Eli’s mother is a retired clinical psychologist in private practice in Irvine, CA.
- His passion for journalism began in his parent’s living room, where he would play pretend newscasts.
- Soon, he began doing imaginary baseball commentaries in the park across the street for his neighbor’s enjoyment.
- Stokols married KTAB news anchor Lane Stone on May 27, 2006, but the couple is no longer together.
- After his separation with Lana, Eli started dating and later married POLITICO campaign reporter, Elena Schneider. The wedding took place at the Augsburg Lutheran Church on September 15, 2018.
Education & Early Career :
- Eli was a classmate and baseball teammate of Garrett Atkins – the first ballplayer from Irvine to play in a World Series. They attended Irvine University High School together.
- Eli graduated from The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) with a Bachelor of Arts, History and Mass Communications in 2001.
- He continued his studies at Columbia University & obtained a Masters of Science, Journalism in 2002. He spent the year reporting on the 9/11 attacks and its aftermath.
Career, Income, Salary & Net worth :
- In 2002, Eli worked at KSLA News 12 as a General Assignment Reporter until 2005. He was awarded “Reporter of the Year” and another 2 awards in 2004 at the Louisiana Associated Press Awards.
- He left KSLA in 2005 to join KWGN Channel 2 as a Nightside General Assignment Reporter. While he was here, he covered his former classmate and Rockies third-baseman Garrett Atkins in the 2007 World Series.
- In 2009, Eli became a political reporter and anchor for KWGN Channel 2 from Mondays to Thursdays, and anchors Fox31 News at Nine on Sunday nights. There he won an Emmy for the special series “School Cuts 101: A Parent’s Guide.”
- He began work at POLITICO in 2015 for two years as the National Politics Reporter, covering mostly the Republican side of the 2016 presidential race.
- In April 2017, Eli departed from POLITICO to be a White House Reporter for the Wall Street Journal. At the same time, he also writes articles and makes appearances on MSNBC as a political analyst.
Interesting Facts, Height & Trivia :
- Eli is a big fan of sports and roots for The Colorado Rockies in support of his friend Garrett Atkins but also cheers for The Los Angeles Angels.
- He is described as a passionate person in the world of reporting and is ardent about saving the penguins.
- He loves a good sandwich and is an avid reader. He spends a large proportion of his disposable income on books, and claims to have read most of them.