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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.

Bridgette Swaney and her daughter, Addison, 4, use the last of their bottled water to make mint tea at their Widefield home Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. High levels of perfluorinated compounds, believed to be from a firefighting foam used at Peterson Air Force Base, have been found in the water systems of Security, Widefield and Fountain, forcing residents to drink bottled water. Swaney worries about the toxic chemicals that have been associated with kidney and testicular cancer as well as thyroid disease. Swaney and her family had drank the tap water from the day they moved into their home six years ago.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Bridgette Swaney and her daughter, Addison, 4, use the last of their bottled water to make mint tea at their Widefield home on Oct. 6, 2016. High levels of perfluorinated compounds, believed to be from a firefighting foam used at Peterson Air Force Base, were found in the water systems of Security, Widefield and Fountain, forcing residents to drink bottled water. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Pot Protest 20160420
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 insurers propose 27 percent rate hike 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.
The 36 police officers from the 66th police class at the Colorado Springs Police Department Training Academy take their oaths of office Friday, April 14, 2017, during the graduation ceremony at the Village Seven Presbyterian Church.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Springs police fitness test discriminated against women, judge rules in lawsuit. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)