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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.