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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.

Dr. Tom Price, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (second from left), visited Colorado Springs to observe a local program for people recovering from addiction on Monday, August 1, 2017. Price was visiting Phoenix Multisport gym, a non-profit that offers recovering addicts a free place to workout. After touring the gym and hearing the stories of those in recovery, Price posed for a fun group shot. It's his seventh stop in a nation-wide tour, seeking to highlight ways to best combat the nation's opioid epidemic.(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Federal, state, county and local agencies hosted an open house to update residents from Security, Widefield, and Harvey Schaefer and the Fountain area on the quality of their drinking water. Air Force Col. Todd Moore (center) answers questions from residents during the open house at Janitell Junior High School on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Air Force Col. During an earlier press conference, Moore said he wanted to be transparent about what had transpired in decades of firefighter training with the foam.(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
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A woman exhales while smoking a joint during the annual 420 marijuana rally on Parliament hill on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn answers a question during a public forum on upcoming changes to the health care in Colorado Friday, July 21, 2017, at The Historic Day Nursery in Colorado Springs. Other panelists sitting next to him were Linda Gorman, director of the Health Care Policy Center, left; Kyle Legleiter, senior director of policy and advocacy with the Colorado Health Foundation, and State Sen. Irene Aguilar. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Lighted magnifying glasses give customers the opportunity to closely inspect the marijuana they are thinking about buying at Maggie's Farm. Maggie's Farm is one of two recreational marijuana stores in Manitou Springs. Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
A crew from Velocity Constructors, Inc., in Denver work on a new ion-exchange filter system Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Southmoor Water Treatment Plant for the Widefield Water and Sanitation District. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A crew from Velocity Constructors, Inc., in Denver work on a new ion-exchange filter system Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Southmoor Water Treatment Plant for the Widefield Water and Sanitation District. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Twin protests held at Gardner's Colorado Springs office (Photo by: Jakob Rodgers)
The trial of former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has gone to the jury after closing arguments. Maketa, 52, is charged with nine counts alleging that he abused his power during his third term in office with the goal of damaging political rivals and potentially destroying the careers of deputies. Maketa listens to closing arguments at the El Paso County Judicial Building on Monday, July 10, 2017. (AP Pool, KOAA-TV, Adam Knapik)
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)
Colorado health insurance regulators on Wednesday made official a 27 percent average rate hike for people buying their own plans in 2018. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Two men console each other as police investigate a homicide at Full Throttle Auto Service at 305 North Chelton Road. Photo by Chhun Sun, The Gazette.
Two men console each other as police investigate a homicide at Full Throttle Auto Service at 305 North Chelton Road. Photo by Chhun Sun, The Gazette.