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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.

CASING CEREMONY
2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division leaders Brigade commander Col. Dave Zinn, left, and Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Anton J. Hillig, right, perform the casing ceremony right before they deployed to Afghanistan from the Arrival Departure Airfield Control Group (A/DACG) at Colorado Springs Airport on Thursday March 1, 2018. This is a ceremony where the brigade's leaders put its flag into a case for transport to the warzone. It's a symbolic way for the Army to signal its readiness for combat. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
cheerleaders
Homeless camps have sprung up just west of where tent city was last year near I-25 and S. Tejon St. . American Klopfenstein adds sticks to the campfire at her camp on a chilly day. Thursday, December 12, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
The largest exercise ever held by Fort Carson's 4th Combat Aviation Brigade is going on at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault.
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)
ice fest
FILE - A homeless man gathers together his belongings to move from a homeless camp on Monday, February 13, 2017. The area is beneath the MLK Bypass on and off ramps on I-25. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Needle Exchange
According to the findings of a recent Community Health Partnership report, greater education— along with the creation of a long-sought needle exchange program—are the most cost-effective means to combat that epidemic .2017 AP file photo. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
daycare
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.
Austin Eubanks (Courtesy of Speakers for Change)
DACA RALLY
A group of students lead the larger crowd that turned out and showed up in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) at Acacia Park and ended their rally at the office of Cory Gardner on Tuesday September 5, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
The El Paso County Department of Human Services has begun processing EBT cards at its Fountain satellite office. (Photo courtesy of El Paso County/Twitter)