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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.

Health Overhaul Colorado
In this 2015, file photo, walk-in clients wait for their names to be called to sign up for insurance at Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
People living in vehicles can no longer park on El Paso County roads (Gazette file photo)
Staff of the new UCHealth Grandview Hospital participate in training on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Needle Exchange
In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 photo, Denise Brown who is addicted to heroin, pushes a drop of blood out of a syringe to demonstrate how to identify a used needle in Camden, N.J. The closure of the needle exchange in Camden, a struggling New Jersey city across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, and a place where drugs are dealt openly on streets lined with abandoned storefronts and homes, has left many people there without a resource intended to stop the spread of blood-borne illnesses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
homeless shelter
Darin Taylor and Theresa Graham organize their belongings across the street from the Winter Warming Shelter on Monday, April 18, 2016. (photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
NEW GAZETTE
Indiana Needle Exchanges
In this March 24, 2016 photo, Paula Maupin, the public health nurse for eastern Indiana's Fayette County, holds one of the syringes provided to intravenous drug users taking part in the county's state-approved needle exchange program, which is housed in the county courthouse in Connersville, Ind. The cash-strapped rural county, which is facing a hepatitis C outbreak among IV drug users, is one of the Indiana counties to win state approval for the programs that provide those users with clean needles to reduce needle-sharing as a way to stop the spread of HIV, hepatitis C and other diseases. But Indiana's counties have to find their own funding for their exchanges because state funding is banned from supporting them. (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)
HIV Outbreak Indiana
The El Paso County Board of Health will begin formal discussions on whether to green-light the Pikes Peak region's first syringe exchange program on Monday (AP file photo/News and Tribune, Christopher Fryer)
Indiana Needle Exchanges
FILE - In this March 24, 2016 photo, Paula Maupin, the public health nurse for eastern Indiana's Fayette County, holds one of the syringes provided to intravenous drug users taking part in the county's state-approved needle exchange program, which is housed in the county courthouse in Connersville, Ind. (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)