Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

Jakob Rodgers joined The Gazette in April 2010, affording him the chance to work for his hometown newspaper. He spent time on the crime and military beats before reporting on the public safety net -- a wide-ranging beat encompassing social services, public health and nonprofit organizations.

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Number of people without health insurance in El Paso County cut, survey shows

By: jakob rodgers

The percentage of El Paso County residents without health insurance dropped by nearly half during the first years of the Affordable Care Act, a vast survey on health care across Colorado shows.

The reduction...

Photo ID system could help streamline services at Colorado Springs homeless shelters

By: Jakob Rodgers

People seeking shelter from the cold this winter may soon be asked to show one thing first: a photo ID card made by local nonprofits.

Homeless service providers, led by the Pikes Peak United Way, plan to...

Colorado Springs homeless shelters set to close


Moments before sunset, Fern Gaylord gazed at her bed - a thin floor mat - and prepared for one last night indoors and off Colorado Springs' streets.

"That's the main concern with all of us: Where are we...

Southbound I-25 reopened north of Colorado Springs

By: jakob rodgers and Stephen Hobbs The Gazette

Southbound Interstate 25 was fully reopened about 5:50 p.m. Friday after a crash near Monument.. The left lane of the interstate was closed for hours as crews cleared the scene, the Colorado Department of...

Colorado Springs woman accused of embezzling more than $50,000


A Colorado Springs woman who ran a local physician's practice is accused of stealing more than $56,000 from its payroll and company accounts.

Michelle Lisanne Reynolds turned herself in to authorities on...

All roads reopen after I-25 overpass crashes in Colorado Springs

By: jakob rodgers

Two crashes involving a total of five vehicles slowed traffic Friday morning, but all lanes of northbound Interstate 25 have since been reopened.

The crashes happened shortly before 7:45 a.m. on the Cimarron...

Plans scaled back for Colorado Springs' cold-weather homeless shelter

By: jakob rodgers

Heeding neighbors' concerns, Colorado Springs and Salvation Army leaders scaled back plans for a cold-weather homeless shelter off Weber Street while vowing to increase security and crack down on loitering in the...

Cases of human contact with bats on the rise in El Paso County


What should you do if you wake up with a bat in your bedroom?

Leave the room - but keep the bat inside it, according to El Paso County Public Health.

The move might seem counterintuitive, but it also...