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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.

Nearly 15 people - many of them homeless - gathered at dusk Tuesday at the Salvation Army's proposed emergency warming shelter, solemnly rallying for its doors to open. (Photo by Jakob Rodgers, The Gazette)
Keri Kahn, communications manager for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children of the Pikes Peak Region, poses for a portrait at their office in Downtown Colorado Springs on Thursday December 21, 2017 in Colorado Springs. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Homeless camps have sprung up just west of where tent city was last year near I-25 and S. Tejon St. A man who wants to be known as "Cowboy" has a Christmas tree and comfy wing chair in front of his tent . Thursday, December 12, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Robert Heller shields his candle from the wind as the names are called of the homeless who died this year Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, during the Longest Night of the Year Vigil. About 75 people attended the annual candlelight vigil held Dec. 21, the longest night of the year. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
mobile medical clinic
FILE - Jackie Tardif and her daughter Lillyan Hughes, right, receive treatment from Doni Samson and Physicians assistant Greg Morris inside the Peak Vista Bridging the Gaps Homless Medical Outreach van on Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2010. (Gazette file photo)
Indiana Needle Exchanges
An El Paso County Board of Health member expressed "disappointment" at how a needle exchange proposal was handled earlier this month. (AP file photo/Rick Callahan)
Richard Sorkman,Colorado Springs City Council President, talks to the media at the press conference at City Hall regarding the evicted tenants of Emerald Towers and the process of finding new homes and just over $38,000 that was raised as fundraiser to help those impacted on Thursday December 20, 2017 in Colorado Springs. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Colorado Springs AspenPointe Mental Health Awareness Month
Mick Pattinson, AspenPointe
Health Overhaul Colorado
FILE - An employee of Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange, explains options and procedures to a walk in client signing up for insurance on the last day before fines are imposed, in Denver, Monday March. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)