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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.

Farasha Brown, WIC educator, left, interacts with smiling 7-month-old Makyle Lee as he is held by Geneva Montoya as his mom Jasmyne Coward, right, watches on at the new WIC (Women, Infants and Children) center that celebrated its grand opening Thursday February 2, 2018 in Colorado Springs. It's meant to serve southeast Colorado Springs -- an area significantly impacted by the county's decision to move those services to the extreme northwest corner of Colorado Springs several years ago. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Sixty-nine people sought prescriptions to end their lives last year under Colorado's new aid-in-dying law, and 50 of them reportedly picked up the lethal drugs from a pharmacist. (istock)
FILE - Chris Carr sits next to a large 5-6 hole in the ground with logs and branches as a roof. He participated in the annual Point in Time survey of the homeless on Monday, January 29, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
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Colorado state lawmakers are expected to decide next week whether to pump additional money into a cash-strapped child care program. Gazette file photo by Jerilee Bennett.
Fresh wound and blood from a bite cat
(AP stock photo)
The Ridge apartments - for which land has already been purchased - aim to help address a critical affordable housing shortage in El Paso County. (Artist rendering)
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Homeless camps have sprung up just west of where tent city was last year near I-25 and S. Tejon St. Thursday, December 12, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Registered nurse Leslie Bergan suits up Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, before treating a young patient in the pediatric intensive care unit of Children's Hospital Colorado at Memorial Hospital Central. University of Colorado Health and Children's Hospital Colorado announced Friday plans to expand both the pediatric and adult services which would include a new free-standing children's hospital next to Memorial Hospital North. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
State health insurance exchange signs up fewer Coloradans this year. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Ridge apartments - for which land has already been purchased - aim to help address a critical affordable housing shortage in El Paso County. (Artist rendering)